FAQ SERIES - is Karra a cat or a dog person?

When Karra first started volunteering as a shelter photographer at the Kansas Humane Society, one of the first questions they asked her whether she was a cat person or a dog person?  She likes to consider herself an Omni animal person.  She doesn't have a personal preference and quite honestly can't choose a favorite, even if she tried.

Karra has been a pet parent to cats, horses, and a dog, named Heidi.  She is currently a pet parent to two senior catizens who have been with her since she lived in an apartment many many years ago (Gryffin is 17 and Phenix is 15).

Karra was raised on a farm, so animals were a major part of her upbringing.  Her first pet was a Chinchilla then she moved on to barn cats and kittens then dogs then horses and now she's back to cats.  There have been very few years of Karra's life when pets haven't been a mainstay in her life.

We can safely say Karra is an animal person.  Somedays, she prefers four leggers over two leggers.  We have no doubt that there are many who feel the same way!

Session Preparation - Grooming For 4 Leggers - Dog Photographer Wichita KS

Do's for your pet!

  • Groom and if necessary bath your pet.  Grooming can be a brushing to get all the mattes out, burrs/stickers etc.  It may also mean a trip to the groomers. 
     
  • Plan on using their 'good' or a new collar.  We ask that pets stay on leash which we will remove later on.  This also means they will need to be wearing a collar.  When possible we do try to remove collars but where we can not, it is best to have a nice looking collar.
     
  • Exercise your pet...a lot.  If you usually walk them for 20 minutes, walk them for an hour before your session.  This is very important and not something to forget to do.
     
  • If we are having your session at a location your dog regularly walks, plan to arrive extra early        and walk them so they are settled and not wanting to walk during their session

Do not's for your pet

  • Do not feed a bunch of treats to your pet before!  We do use shakers to help keep your pet's attention, if they are full, they will want to sleep not pose!

  • Hold off on the water as best as possible.  While we want your pup well hydrated, some breeds who have beards or longer hair around their mouths, need to have their face dried and combed after their drink.

Planning your session - Wichita Dog Photography

When thinking about your session, planning is key. It's an investment on your memories so a little planning can go a long way.

At your preconsultation, we discuss the goals for the session. Do you want all posed shots? Are you more a candid image kind of person? Would you like a combo of both?

What types of places do you and your pet go? Are they more comfortable at home or in your backyard? Are they adventurous? Do they encounter other pets, like a dog at the park, with fear or a calm demeanor? The safety of your pet is of utmost importance so if there is any concern we stick to locations where they will feel comfortable. If your pet is concerned or stressed, it will be reflected in the images we capture. Unsettled pets do not photograph well.

If your pet doesn't handle being taken out of their comfort zone well, maybe we plan the session indoors or in your backyard. If your pet is rambunctious, maybe we plan a session with lots of space to move around. Is your favorite four legger more of an uptown kind of pet? Maybe we plan a session amongst the brick streets of Old Town.

When thinking about your session location, what tone of colors are you drawn to? Does your decor have warm tones or cool tones? If your decor leans more towards crisp and fresh greens and blues, perhaps we schedule your session for spring when the outdoor landscape is lush and green. If your decor is filled with warms rich tones, perhaps we plan your session during the autumn or downtown in the brick filled streets of Old Town.

Have you had a chance to look at the products we offer? Are there any products you are interested in? Are you looking for a signature piece for your wall? Or would you prefer an album? If you have a product in mind, it's best to plan for it before your session starts. Photographing for an album is quite different than planning a single art piece.

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