Our little furry family members are our whole world. (Well, to me they are). I often get asked about incorporating them into the family photos and if I am able to do that. If they are in your family, they deserve to get photographed as well.
My little fur child, Kora, has always been the subject for me in my photographs, so I have been able to practice a lot with her. I have learned little tricks how to get her to look at me and how I want her to "pose."
Now I understand not every dog (or cat) can do these things so I came up with a little list of things you can do to help out on the day of your session.
1. Bring a treat bag - this can be with some favorite treats, toys, things that make noise, etc. I can use this during the session to get their attention and help them behave.
2. Practice with them - Teach them sit, stay, get them to love wanting a treat. This honestly helps get their attention and to keep them staying still for photos.
3. Let me know if there is anything I should be aware of (my animal hates hats, they get scared with loud noises, they get aggressive with strangers, my dog will get distracted by anything that moves, etc.) so I can prepare for this session as well. If your animal hates people with hats, I won't wear one. If your cat hates strangers, I can try to meet before hand so they aren't afraid of me with the camera.
If you go with these tips, this will help tremendously the day of the session.