Getting ready for your Wet Nose session will be a breeze with this handy little list. I've compiled 6 tips for my clients to help every session go smoothly and result in gorgeous, wall-worthy images!
In the week leading up to your session, I recommend that you have your pup professionally groomed, including nail trims, face trims, and/or a brush out if needed (depending on the breed). You’ll be keeping these photographs for years to come, and you want your pup to look spectacular!
2. Your Outfit
If you’ve requested to be in some of the photos with your pup, you’ll want to choose your outfit carefully for your session. Try to stay away from busy patterns or flashy colours. Even deep blacks or pure whites can be difficult to show nicely in a photograph. I recommend pastels or neutrals for the best results: greys, creams, etc. And you’re always welcome to talk to me prior to your session about your outfit choices and I can help you decide on the best one for your big day!
3. Lots of Treats
Be sure to bring LOTS of teeny tiny treats for your pup during the session. If his/her usual treats are larger, try breaking them into smaller bits. This will allow us to treat your sweet pup for all their great posing, without worrying about overfeeding them. We want to keep rewarding them when they do what we’ve asked, and we don’t want to run out of the good stuff!
4. A Long, Thin Leash and Your Favourite Collar
Please bring a long, thin leash if your pup will need to stay on their leash during the session. Many of my clients’ pups are on leash - it’s nothing to worry about! I can remove the leash and other distractions from your images when I’m editing. The thinner it is, the easier it will be to remove digitally. And the longer it is, the farther you can stand off to the side if you’re not planning to be in any photos. This allows you to keep full control of your sweet pup, but not be in the frame.
You can also pick your favourite collar for your pup to wear and show off in their photos.
5. Arrive Early
I recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes early to our chosen location, to give your pup a chance to explore the area and get comfortable. And if you notice that they’ve got a lot of energy, you can take them for a quick walk to expel some of it. You can also make sure they’ve had their evening walk at home, if you have time. The more exercise they’ve had, the calmer and more focused they’ll be during the session.
6. Relax and Enjoy!
Once our session time arrives, all the preparation is done! Now you can relax and enjoy our time together with your pup. Our sessions are no-pressure and all giggles. If there’s an idea I’d like to try, but your pup just isn’t feeling it that day, don’t worry. We’ve got plenty of other options; we’ll just go with the flow. Wet Nose sessions are all about the pups, after all! :)