I would love pictures but I own a cat and she's kinda picky... - Wichita Pet Photography

I love my cat - she's my girl and I would love to get some photos done of her She is a little bit of a scaredy cat.

~John, human pet/movable furniture to Fred the medium haired brown tabby cat.

Ah yes cats. We are very familiar with the four legged purring kind. Believe us when we say, we understand the ever changing finickiness and fickleness of felines but we also know that we are owned by them, not the other way around. We are owned by two pampered pussy cats who run the house. Sound familiar? To cat owners, we are sure it does.

Our two come out and about until guests come over and then they get very selective with whom they choose to associate. If you are of the under 13 crowd and don't live here, you are persona non grata with our two kitties. Add to that, anyone with a big black clicky box otherwise known as a camera, hit the road Jack, unless we are in the mood.

We have worked extensively with cats during our time with the Kansas Humane Society shelter volunteer work. We have experienced pretty much every feline personality known to cat kind. Friendly but aloof to face snugglers to text book scaredy cats to two steps from feral.

The key element of working with felines is you can't rush them. They take the time they need, which means a lot of patience is required by everyone in attendance at the session.

While it is all too easy to get frustrated and upset with your pet because they are taking a lot of time to come around but that only makes your pet more agitated and fearful. During your cat's session, it is more productive to just let them be themselves and give them some space. You will be rewarded with better photos of your beloved fuzzy if you respect their innate nature.

We are firm believers that we will spend the time that is needed to allow the pet to be comfortable.

If you are thinking of a session for your cat, please let us know! We are happy to come to your pet and meet them in person. We can discuss what your goals are for your session and we can see how your cat reacts to strangers. No strings attached, we are here to provide an honest opinion.

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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I think my dog is too high energy for a session... - Wichita Dog Photos

I really want a session but my dog, he is so hyper. I just don’t think it would work.
— Sonya, pet parent to Harold, the high energy 130 lb. yellow lab and love of Sonya's life.

We hear this more often that you might think.  The key to a great session is preparation.  We need to make sure your pet has been properly prepped.

What does this mean?  Dogs and other animals who are naturally more active and busy need to have that energy burned off before they can be expected to sit and listen.

Imagine being a kindergarten teacher and your students do not get recess or gym class to wear off the excess energy before they attempt to sit down and learn for the day.  The students do not behave well because they have ants in their pants and can't sit still.

The same thing happens with your pet.  If they can't sit still, they can't focus.  Then the pet parent gets frustrated and then everyone feels bad.

Nope sorry, this is not how a session should go.  The most important thing to remember when getting ready for your session is preparation.

We will say it again just because - PREPARATION IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL SESSION.

Preparation takes many forms such as selecting the right location, the right color of clothes/collar and most importantly how much to exercise your pet.

If your session is scheduled for late afternoon, plan to take your dog out for an extra long walk midday or maybe even a tad bit later.  If you usually walk 30 minutes, plan to walk for an hour.

Some consideration needs be be given to how much exercise.  First, we suggest all dogs be exercised at head of time just to take the edge of. This exercise can take many forms.  That said, if you have an older/ill dog, do not do too much.  Just having the session might be enough to tire them out.  Use your best judgement.

Now if you have a healthy dog who is naturally busy like sporting dog or a herding dog, you will probably need to do more not less.  Again use your best judgement.  

Our best example is Rufus, the 5 year old chocolate lab/GSP mix needs much more exercise than Missy the 13 year old senior Sheltie with hip issues.

The key take away is that you don't want to completely tire out your dog so they want to nap during their session, you just want to take the sillies out of the equation.   

We also recommend that you arrive at your session location about 10-15 minutes prior to your session in order allow your pet time to acclimatize to the location and well do any business they need to do before their session.

By preparing this way, it allows for more time to create beautiful memories and less time chasing squirrels.