I have a deep concern for, and love of, all animals I come into contact with. Over the years I have studied and gained qualifications in Animal Welfare, Canine First Aid and Canine Behaviour as well as Crystal Healing for Animals.
The underlying concept of any pet photo session I undertake is to make it fun and enjoyable for everyone. Communication is key to this and the first thing I do is find out more about your pets and their personality, while observing them giving them the time and opportunity to settle in and using positive, reward based methods only in the sessions. We use tiny, healthy treats as a reward but always make sure that there are no allergy issues.
Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (the Act) states that, as a dog owner, you must take such steps as are reasonable in all circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which you are responsible are met. From my perspective, this extends to my job as a pet photographer and I do not work with pets that are frightened and uncomfortable about the situation they are put in, and if, on a rare occasion and given the time, they are unable to settle in to the photo session, I will discuss what other options there are for getting that memorable portrait without causing the pet any distress.