Studio Noah Pet Photography FAQ
Below are some of the most common questions we get. If this page does not answer your question SEND US A MESSAGE HERE
The photo shoot – involvement, home preparation, weather, shy or naughty animals, clothing, what to bring.
Animals are very intuitive and can sense how you are feeling. Follow your regular routine, trust that the shoot will go well, and breathe ;o). We are so confident we will get some amazing images you will love that we offer a full money back guarantee on the session fee.
To keep your pets attentive and responsive we suggest withholding their breakfast till after the photo session- this is especially helpful when you have animals who may be shy or coy when meeting strangers.
CATS- If you have a cat, please keep him/her inside until the photographer arrive and they meet each other. In the case of overly shy cats, don’t give them too much attention as they may suspect a rouse and not participate. If they are particularly fussy eaters, and you know of a treat they love, please have some ready just incase they don’t like the treats we bring.
DOGS- If your dogs have particular needs please discuss when booking your appointment.
If your dog is aggressive to other dogs or unfamiliar people please let us know prior to the shoot, and we will adjust the shoot accordingly. Depending on what triggers your dog, we may suggest a particular location.
If your dog/s need to stay on a lead in public areas, we can Photoshop the leads out, take them to an enclosed area, or have the shoot at home.
HORSES- Horse owners often like to change the paddock for the photo shoot to get the most beautiful area for the photos. While this is a great idea- please also consider your horse may have his/her head down for most of photo shoot eating the fresh grass or having a smell if they haven’t been in the paddock previously. To help keep their attention please have their favourite apples/ carrots/ molasses or licorice on the ready.
Yes of course! We aim to capture the bond between people and their animals. You are a huge part of your pets life and capturing you having fun together or cuddling is very meaningful. If you choose not to be in the photos, we may still ask you to assist, even if it’s just incorporating your hands to embrace him/her.
There is no rule as to how many people you are able to have attend the shoot, providing are all in the same family. Keep in mind that if your pets are not used to having many people around, it could be distracting. We do ask that you let us know in advance as to who will be involved with the shoot. More time may need to be allocated to big shoots.
OFCOURSE! It is just important for us to be aware of the number of animals before we arrive for the shoot. Extra time may need to be allocated for shoots with more than 3 animals, or a variety of different animals. This just makes sure we capture beautiful images of all of them.
We like to use natural lighting so we will normally open blinds/ curtains once we arrive. We often use only one room and can move bits and pieces as we go, so its NOT necessary to have a clean house. If you like, you can choose a room, which is full of natural light at the allocated time of day, and do a bit of de-cluttering- or we can help you when we arrive. Often people like to mow their lawns in preparation of our visit- but even that is not necessary– in fact we prefer longer grass (within reason of course), as it makes for more interesting photographs. Please pick up any dog doodoo in the yard so it makes the session more comfortable for you and your fur family.
We often get the best shots on overcast or rainy days. In cases of unrelenting rain, the photographers will call you just before the shoot to discuss options of either changing the location or rescheduling the shoot. Quite often we have had fine days or windows of beautiful weather when it’s been predicted otherwise.
It’s a personal choice whether or not you want to get your pet groomed before the shoot. If you decide to have your pet groomed, a very small trim and a blow dry is often better than the full cut- you want them to look natural.
DOGS- Be careful with the grooming just before a session (especially with a new groomer)- often mid way through their growth cycle looks best. If you decide to get your grooming done and you haven’t had it done before, let your groomer know that how long you like their hair and that they will be having a photo shoot so need to look as normal as possible.
We suggest something simple and plain, without patterns, stripes or large logos but still reminiscent of who you are. Try to wear complimentary and slightly contrasting colours. Avoid wearing black if your pet is black. Please also consider wearing longer sleeves as this will increase the focus on your eyes. As for pet clothing, most pets prefer not to wear anything but if your baby(s) are different- please have his/her wardrobe ready.
If the session is not at your house it is a good idea to bring their toys/balls/ropes and anything they love playing with. It is also a good idea to bring some water, a water bowl and a lead.
Please note if your pet needs to have their lead remain on at all times, it is preferable to have the lead attached to a collar rather than a harness to make it possible to photoshop the lead out.
Location of photo shoots
No. Studio Noah comes out to an outdoor location of your choice or can come to your home.
We photograph mainly at peoples homes, local parks and beaches, depending on what type of pets you have. The location is mostly about where you and your pets like to spend time. Cats will be most comfortable and co-operative at home. Active dogs may be better at a location they can run around freely like a park or if they are water lovers then a beach, whereas smoochy dogs are quite happy to lounge around on the sofa. Some dogs require a fenced in location as they are not great off lead. Please discuss this with us, we may know a location that can provide this, or will suggest a home shoot. Horses are great in their paddock and also at a beach if they like water.
Studio Noah’s Products
Once you and your fur babies have had a photo shoot we are then able to show you images we took on the day. With your favorite images you are then able to order individual prints, framed prints, canvas’s ranging in many sizes, ice blocks and beautiful photo albums and packages to suit a wide variety of budgets.