Pet Photography Blog

The pet photography blog is where you can find images from all of Outside The Lines photo sessions, and see what we are up to.

Preparing for Your Pet Photography Session

What to Bring

There are some things you may want to bring to your pet's portrait session.  Obviously the most important things to bring are your pet (of course) and anyone else who wishes to be in the photographers.  After that we recommend bringing the following to your session:

  • Nice Properly Fitting Collar (important since this will likely be in most images)
  • Leash
  • Treats (optional)
  • Doggie Jacket (if it is colder out)
  • Favorite Outside Toys (optional)

Generally we will bring extras of all of the above as well, so if you forget anything or don't want to bring any of the above, then no worries.  For the leash you will want to bring your own to transport your dog to and from the location.  However, after that we will use our own leash which is easier to edit out in photos.  We bring some things for your pet as well including:

  • Extra leash
  • Various Treats
  • Water and Bowl
  • Toys and Squeakers

We also bring camera equipment, lenses, light stands, off camera flashes, and reflectors to make sure we can capture the best images of your pet.  90% of the time we are just using our camera and a few lenses, but we do want to make sure we are prepared for everything.  All of our equipment is easy to move and set up in minutes.

This image was captured while Wyatt was on a leash and the leash was just edited out after.  Notice he has a nice clean collar, fur was trimmed from around the eyes, and he was groomed a while before the session.  This gives him a very natural and clean appearance.  Read more about preparing your pet for their photography session below.

Preparing For the Photo Session

Here are some tips to make sure your dog is prepared for their pet photo session.  We have four main recommendations which cover grooming, energy level, feeding, and training.   Remember all of the following recommendations are completely optional, and if you have questions feel free to give us a call at (240) 334-7694 or email

One of the first things we recommend is having your dog groomed a week or so beforehand.  We want your dog to have a clean but natural looking appearance so we recommend grooming far enough in advance that it doesn't look too unnatural.  Unless of course, your dog is always perfectly groomed, then just keep doing what you are doing!  Keep in mind grooming is definitely not required since many of our clients do not have their dogs professionally groomed before the session.  It's just something to consider.  However, if your dog has long fur we do recommend trimming fur around the eyes before the session.  Wouldn't want to hide their wonderful expressions!

Our second recommendation is for those dogs who have a high energy level.  For those dogs we suggest taking your dog for a walk either the morning of the session or the evening before (if you have a sunrise session).  This allows them to get a small bit of energy out, and makes them a littler easier to work with at the session.  Though we do understand they are still likely to have a ton of energy when we start photographing.  After all, it is a new setting, with new people, and new toys and treats!

Another thing we recommend is to give your dog less food than usual the day of their pet portrait session.  This could involve giving them half a bowl of food for dinner or just less throughout the day.  If they are treat motivated this means your dogs are more likely to respond favorably at the session since they are hungry and want the treats.  If your dog is excessively treat motivated (absolutely obsessed) then you can likely feed them normally the day of the session since they will still want the treats we are offering anyway.

The last thing we recommend is working a bit on your dog's training the week before the session.  This only applies if your dog is actually trained.  Just review sit and stay and practice it a bit.  If your dog is not well trained do not worry at all.  To be honest most dogs we work with are not perfectly trained, and some are not trained at all.  Our pet photographer will still get amazing images guaranteed!  

If you have any questions reach out to us anytime, and we can't wait to photograph your pet.  Don't forget to contact us for your free consultation where we will meet you and your dog at your home and bring along some of our products to show you.  You'll also get all your questions answered in person, and we can talk about the type of photos you are looking for.  You don't need to book a session to have a consultation, it's completely free.  Just send us a quick email at or give us a call at (240) 334-7694.