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Are you considering a pet photography session but not sure if you should if you can take the photos yourself? 🙂

1) Knowledge – I have gone to photography school at Langara college and spent 5 years there learning everything I could about technique, lighting, composition and artistry. Going to photography school gave me a lot of knowledge on how to take photos, no matter what the lighting situation was. I could have watched videos and googled a lot of the information, but I learn a lot better hands on, especially because I am a very visual person.

2) They grow fast!! I still can’t believe how fast Ollie has grown!! I am treasuring the photos that I took of him in his first year, from when I got him at 10 weeks to a year old. (I am now offering a first year package for your dog, cat or horse…) I know that you will treasure the photos of your puppy or kitten for years to come! They definitely don’t stay young forever sadly. I am also a huge proponent of having photos printed in albums or books so that they will be in a hard copy for years to come.

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3) Family – pets become family, and I love the gleam in a persons eye when they talk about their dog, cat or horse. They truly do become treasured members of a family, and when we eventually lose them photos are a tangible reminder of them. Pets truly not only become family, but we also get a deep connection to them that can be captured in a photograph. For people like myself that live on their own, pets become family and I love seeing a cute little face when I come home!

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4) Memories – photographs are a concrete way of having a memory preserved. They capture a moment in time that will soon be gone forever (no pun intended!) Photos can also capture a personality in a way that nothing else can. Each animals personality will be different – one of my favourite parts of being a pet photographer!! 🙂

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5) Equipment – I have a Nikon d300s and a variety of lenses that I can use to capture your furry friend. I chose Nikon because of it’s high frame capture rate so that when dogs are running around playing I can capture those moments. I definitely need that capacity when taking photos of your pets! I also bring at least four 8gb memory cards (definitely don’t need that many but it’s good to have if I need them!)

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I hope that I gave you some good reasons to hire me for your pet photography needs!! As always, if you have any questions comment below or e-mail me at hello@laurarosten.com 🙂

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lori and Mitch at their beautiful home for a family session with their dogs Calvin, a Maltese dog, and Curly, a chocolate lab. One of my favorite parts of being a pet photographer is seeing each dogs unique personality. Calvin was a really friendly dog but growled at random intervals throughout the session, while Curly kept running in search of sticks to play with 🙂 I loved taking some portraits of Lori and Mitch in the Arrow Leaf Balsam Root flowers too (Kelowna’s Official Flower!) I love seeing dogs run and play during their session and getting some more candid photos as well as more posed photos – I definitely think it makes for a nice blend.

This is Calvin…

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And Curly…
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This is definitely my dream job and I would love to take photos of you and your pets 🙂 E-mail me anytime at hello@laurarosten.com for more information and to book your session! Dogs, horses, cats, goats..!! I love how owners eyes light up when they think of their pets and I would love to capture that glow 😉

As a pet photographer, I thought it would be helpful to list some tips to get your dog ready for their portrait session and make it less stressful for you and your pet. 🙂

  1. Take your dog for a walk before the photoshoot takes place. Your dog will be happier, calmer and more focused on the camera (plus I have some awesome tricks up my sleeve!!)
  2. Bring your dogs favorite treats!! This will also help your dog get some awesome photos and give them something else to focus on too.
  3. Favorite toys always help the dog focus on the camera. If they are really squeaky toys, even better 🙂
  4. Brush and groom your dog so they look their best!! I loved when Nahla came to her photoshoot wearing a cute flower on her collar and when Waffles came wearing a really cute red bandana…
  5. Only bring one other person to the photoshoot. This helps the dog as it will be easier for them to focus and to know what to do. If the dog is well trained and knows their sit/stay, even better!! I will get you to keep your dog on a leash (it’s only a two second fix in Photoshop to edit it out, but would much rather your dog be 100% safe – and happy!!)

Hopefully these tips help you prepare for your session!! Looking forward to meeting you and your dog!! 🙂

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I have been wanting to do a portrait session in the snow for a really long time, and a couple of weeks ago my wish came true!! 🙂 Crystal contacted me via Facebook for a portrait shoot and when she mentioned she was going to bring her dog, Waffles, along too, I got really excited!! The snow started falling really lightly as I was heading there, and just before the photoshoot started, it started coming down harder and harder! I loved Crystals gorgeous red hair against the snow and Waffles exuberant energy – he was one tired puppy at the end from all the running in the snow 🙂 He also kept burying his face in the snow and trying to eat it! Without further adieu, here are some photos for you!!

 

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A couple of weeks ago I met up with Noni, Jacob, Jerryn and Hunter for another family session. Noni hired me for the first photography shoot I ever did, and I am really glad they came back to me this year for another session. They were all smiles and had me laughing within five minutes of starting. Thanks for braving the chilly 8 am temperature with me! I think we got the best light of the day (early morning start times are always worth it and are definitely my favourite!!)

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