Tips for your Pet’s photo shoot

Your Pet’s photo shoot!

This blog is full of useful tips to ensure you and your Pet achieve the most out of your pet’s photo shoot.
A personalised photo session by one of Melbourne’s Best portrait photographers, you and your pet/s are going be stars!
What makes your Pet/s really special?
Is it one of their quirky personality traits, or the unconditional bond shared between the two of you.
Every pet is unique, just like people!
They are loved like they are children and we have been told by some even more so!! (lol)
To ensure you and your pet’s unique relationship is captured, we suggest you to invest a bit of time thinking about the photo shoot before hand.
Don’t worry it’s not too much homework (just a little).
Of course the session isn’t just all about your pet/s. Having photos taken of yourself, your fur babies and your family will make your shoot even more special. We love to celebrate the relationships between Pets and their People.
Ensuring yourselves and your pet/s look the best possible goes without saying!

5 Questions to think about before your PAWtrait’s Pet’s Photo shoot?

By taking the time to answer the following 5 simple questions it will ensure you get the most out of your Pet’s photo session!

We found those that took the time to prepare got more out of the photo session, than those who just turned up without really thinking about what they really wanted and what makes their pet so special.

Is there anyone else you would like included in the shoot?  
If you have spoken to us already it is likely we have asked you this question.
It is an important question, one very easy to dismiss quickly, due to this we’d like to explain why we believe it’s so important!
It is not every day that you get the opportunity to be photographed by a one of Australia’s best professional portrait photographer, so to make the most of it we like you to invite those closest to you to be involved.  
Have you just got engaged?
Want an update of the children for the wall?  
Been meaning to have family portrait?
Pet’s are a large part of our lives and they are our family. So why not do it all at once!
If reading this has changed your initial answer to when you spoke to us, please call us to discuss these details.
Does my pet need any special maintenance before the shoot?
Your pet may need to have a brush, be washed, trimmed or clipped, this will enhance getting the best end result.
Try to have all your pets preparation done at least a day or two before.
We don’t want your pet too exhausted to smile during the photo session.
What about the clothing and hair styling for the rest of the family?
You and your family:
Having children’s hair trimmed before the shoot is likely to be on your to do list.
Do this at least a week before the shoot is advisable. With children’s hair cuts we find that sometimes a new cut needs a few days to settle in.
Ladies may like to go to the hair dressers prior to the photo session, we suggest that if you are doing this closer to the shoot date maybe hold off on that dramatic new cut and go with the wash and blow wave option from your trusted local hairdresser instead.
We suggest doing makeup yourself as you usually would, all purchased images are retouched by our in-house experts.
Please have your hair and make up done prior to arriving at the shoot, we find you will look and feel fantastic and be more relaxed during your session.
If you never wear make-up, then al-la natural is perfect also…  we want you to be yourself!
Clothing suggestions:
Wear clothes you feel great in! It is that easy. If you love to dress up we can do a fabulously “fancy” portrait for you, if you are casual, trendy, classic or eclectic, we can do something PAWsome to suit your style. Choose colours that don’t blend with your pets colouring, for eg. try to avoid all black if your dog is black. If there is more than one person being photographed with your pet/s, choose clothing for everyone that co-ordinates well and looks great together, avoiding a mix-match of patterns and colours is advisable. “Keep it simple” is a great motto to go by. As we are often in Parks and feet will be in the shot, consider shoe choice and sock colours, footwear you can easily walk in, that you like the look of and will be happy with in your photos.

Personalising the shoot – What do you need to bring?

Definitely yourselves and your pet!

We understand that every pet is different, they all have unique personality traits.
Take the time to think about what make your pet unique, and how can we incorporate this into the shoot to make it extra special.
Some people bring special outfits, others special toys that show off unique skills or tricks their pets have mastered.
Does your dog fetch you the Newspaper or a beer from the fridge?
Able to retrieve special items on request?
Is their a certain household item your pet likes to sleep/squeeze itself into?  
Clothing Basket, undersized cardboard boxes.
Does your pet love water, frisbees, a soccer super star?  
Or do they love being carried around in your handbag?
This list could go on and on.
So any props/outfits that may add to the pet’s photo shoot, please bring those along, we are open to all ideas and happy to discuss and design something extraordinary for you!
We do ask if your pet has a favourite toy, or likes special treats to bring these along.

If small children are also involved in this shoot we ask that you bring a small healthy snack and a drink for them just in case.We find that if a child is hungry or thirsty, they are not at their best.

If out on location please arrive ready to be photographed. If we are photographing at the studio, we do have facilities for you and your family to get changed if need be.

Please note Pet’s Photo sessions usually take between 45 mins – 1.5  hours.  We find for pets and younger children (under 6), short and sweet is best, ideally under 1 hour.

We make this shoot as fun and as memorable as possible so there will be laughter and silliness!

What would you love to have out of this shoot? It’s important to take the time to consider what would you love to get out of your pet’s photo shoot.  It more than just a chance to give something back to charity it’s the perfect opportunity to create something that you will treasure for ever. It may be an Album, a collection of professional prints, a large wall portrait to hang in your home?


If you love the idea of a special pet’s photo for your wall, think where in your home you are likely to place it,  what colour tones suits your home decor best?


Do you find yourself attracted to the more clean, classic images, those a bit more contemporary in style or prefer a rustic outdoors backdrop?

Or are you known more for your eccentric tastes and want to go with a fully themed shoot filled of lots of quirky props. Whatever you would like, please discuss your these with us, we are here to help and provide you with something to treasure

Indoor Studio examples

Soccer star! PAWtraits Pet Photography, Melbourne

Soccer Super Star, he could bend it better than Beckham!!

Rottweiler - PAWtraits, Pet photography Melbourne

Adding a touch of colour can make your images really pop!

Chihuahua - PAWtraits Pet Photography Melbourne

Blues and reds are always a wonderful contrast in colour! We loved this woman’s heels and had to feature them!

Guinea Pigs - PAWtraits, Pet Photography Melbourne

These two are so adorable and they were so perfectly behaved when they visited our studio!

Beach Dogs - PAWtraits - Pet Photography Melbourne

Are your pets full of energy? The beach or a large park may suit them best. Let us catch them doing what they love! In this case running full speed at us!


Outdoor studio PAWtraits - Melbourne

We have had so much fun creating the first Three Pet Books and have multiple requests for the next edition, so we couldn’t not. With lots of NEW ideas we can’t wait to get started, we are just waiting to meet you and your furry, feathered or scaly family members so get in contact today!
Can’t wait to create something PAWsome for each and everyone of you!


Pet's photo shoot


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Digital files & Photo Prints

It’s no secret that we are the most photographed generation. In today’s day and age with current technology, photographs are becoming so disposable, within an instant we have clicked a button on our phone and sent a Snapchat, or taken 15 variations of the same image just to ensure we have got “The Shot” and upload it straight to Facebook.  Done and Dusted right? Why would you need more than ‘JUST the Digital files’? 


pixel stock image


Due to this instant upload. We are no longer taking the time to appreciate what we are capturing, or thinking about the images we are taking because we have no limits anymore, we can delete and retake as many times as we like. With the continuous clicking comes the death of printing and the reality that we could be left with no photographs to pass on in years to come.


One of the most common questions we get asked is how much for “just” the digital files?

This is an important question as we all want the files just for the peace of mind of having them, the what if? factor.


digital files


We understand this, we all have this fear of missing out! 

We believe deeply that there is a place for digital files in today’s society.  We also understand the importance of taking the time to have quality photos taken and printed, be that as prints, on canvas, wood or our luxury Acrylic wall art. So we provide you with both!  With every PAWtraits product purchased, we include a High-resolution Digital file for you to keep and some of our packages include all digital files.


Consider this:


When you walk into a restaurant do you ask for the ingredients in a bag at the counter (no instructions) and then have to go home and figure it out yourself?



NO WAY! You go to the restaurant for not just the base ingredients but the whole experience, the chef’s skills and expertise, the service provided, the experience of it all being done for you especially of course not having to worry about the dishes afterward. You understand you can’t create the same dish as a highly skilled chef and it’s not just the dish you are paying for when you choose to dine out.


restaurant dinning


So when visiting a professional photographer why is it that many think that the base ingredients (digital files) is all that you need.  The files are just one of the ingredients that make up your finished portraits. You  choose to hire a photographer for their skills and expertise. Expertise in posing, specialised retouching, colour management as well as providing high quality products and a memorable experience.


PAWtraits Photographic Products


Amazing Portraits take time and skill – it is more than just a push of a button. 


Digital file vs Final Portrait


Digital files aren’t just a cheap option, as without the professional photographers expertise that file would not have been created. Then without their advanced knowledge, a RAW file will not become the amazing piece of artwork you desire. 


Digital file vs Final Portrait


As professionals photographers, we understand that life is busy and that is why we believe in our services so much.  Having your family including your pets professionally photographed not only gives you beautiful photographs that you will have forever but it also takes the stress off you having to go and get these images printed yourself.


There are many reasons why we don’t get around to printing images,

but do these reasons serve you long term?  


We all dread the thought of losing a phone with so many treasured memories on it, or a hard drive failing so why are we not printing these images and displaying them in our homes?


Do you find yourself time poor? Just never get around to it?


Something else is always more urgent so you put it off time and time again. 


Is it because next time you might get a better photo? Is there always someone not looking at the camera, when you try to wrangle the family for a photo?


You understand there is a difference in quality from print labs, buy you’rer unsure where to get quality prints from? 


Leave it to us! You will be thankful you you did!


PAWtraits Digital vs Print


A quality finished photo of loved ones, be that your pet or family is creating your legacy, a portrait to look at for years to come. The emotion and memories that resurface connect you time and time again with those within the imagery (even after they are gone). We believe photos filled with love and laughter are what make a house really feel like a home.


Invest in quality today, you will thank yourself in the future. 


Call us on 9482 2006

to book your photo shoot today!

or complete the form on the link attached and we will contact you shortly. 

PAWtraits Pet Photography

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Where to catch Action shots of Dogs

Wondering where to catch Action shots of dogs in Melbourne?

At PAWtrait’s we know of some great spots to get amazing Action shots of dogs, we have some a few favourites parks we use regularly.

So if you adore your pooch to bits? Love the energy of your dog, but struggle to get a great action shot yourself?

Want to be in some of the images interacting with your dog in a natural fun way?

This is exactly why Donna decided to book her photo shoot with us at PAWtrait’s Photography and it was such a blast!

Ned was one of our very memorable PAWTraits Book 3 shoots! Ned is a Spoodle, (Spaniel cross Poodle) he is 3 years old and he is a very well trained dog. Donna spends a lot of time with Ned perfecting his skills and obedience and is super proud of him. The love they have for each other is obvious to anyone. Ned arrived straight from the groomer (and an hours drive away) looking all spruced up, fluffy and very handsome.

Action shots of Dogs

Action shots of Dogs

About the session from Donna – Ned’s Owner

“I had been thinking about having a photo shoot done with Ned for some time. When I looked into it I found multiple photographers that did photo shoots with dogs but I found it near impossible to get a real concept of what a photo shoot would cost and what I would be expected to pay for any selected photographs.
An advertisement for PAWtraits with the fixed price photo shoot for the book appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. I thought this was an ideal way for me to have a photo shoot done with the added bonus of the book and at the same time look at what I would be expecting to pay for any selected photographs.
Having this photo shoot done with Ned is one of the best things I have done. I adore Ned and I wanted to have high quality photos of him now while he is still a young dog and in his prime. I wanted photos that depicted the true him…running and jumping and being energetic and excited and at the same time I wanted photos that captured the connection between us and photos that showed off just how beautiful he is and highlighted his gorgeous eyes. I got all of that and more. When I first viewed the photographs I sobbed through the whole viewing because seeing how the photos told his story and displayed my gorgeous boy so beautifully just filled me with emotion. I couldn’t have imagined how beautiful the selected pieces I purchased would look in my home. I not only got beautiful photos of Ned but I also got lovely artwork for my walls.
I would confidently recommend PAWtraits to any dedicated dog owner who would love to have beautiful, quality photographs of their beloved dog/s that truly capture their personality and their beauty. The photographs that were taken were just sensational in terms of quality and variety. Julie and Tracy are fantastic to work with and so helpful in terms of photo and product selections. The products I selected look amazing in my home and I could not be happier.”
Donna Parkinson

Best Dog Photography - Melbourne

Best Dog Photography - Melbourne

We had caught lots of action photos of Ned showing off his attentive, obedient, sweet and devoted nature with Donna, performing his jumps, runs, fetches, returning to her and sitting patiently for his rewards.

We moved to a new spot in the park and had just taken this stunning portrait of Donna and Ned on the log, which is proudly hanging as a magnificent framed art piece in her home, when he decided the duck pond nearby looked extremely inviting and deciding he’d worked up a thirst, and needed cooling down, so without a moments hesitation took off and dived right in!

The joy (the uh-oh what have I done expression) the splashing and shaking, the running back in and coming out dripping in green slime and Donna’s mortified face was priceless!  Ned loved it and went back for more and between fits of giggles we kept shooting. Poor Donna, she kept apologising that Ned had ruined our photos! Quite to the contrary…this was priceless, we loved it!

Action shots of Dogs

Eventually, with a little treat persuasion, we moved the shaggy slimed pup to a cleaner water hole where he enjoyed himself even more and cleaned up for his travels home!

Imagine the stink for an hour or so of slimy duck pond dog!

Our favourite pic?………bedraggled Ned! Taken in the car park as we were saying our goodbyes with the biggest smiles on our faces 🤣

Moral to the story: Capture the Action…All of it, it tells the personality of the Dog. You can’t keep a water loving dog dry!

Wet Dog Photos


How awesome is this! Sent through from Ned’s “fur mumma” Donna after collecting her book. Great photos Donna!

PAWtraits Pet Book

I wanted to say a big thank you and well done on the book. It is amazing and Peter commented on the great quality of it just as I did when I saw it.

It is on the coffee table and I am looking forward to others seeing it and getting a surprise when they get to “Ned’s” pages.



Keen to get involved with the next PAWtraits of Pets Coffee table Book, Contact us today!

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