Pet owners know that feeling all too well – trying to snap a good photo of your pet before they run away, out of your sight!
Photographing pets can prove to be quite a challenge, even for the most experienced professionals. So how do we bring out the best in the pets that visit our studio?
Pictured: Fur parents Sher and Jeff with their pet bunny, Potato
Animals come in all shapes and sizes, with different temperaments and personalities.
Dogs are known to be extra friendly and enthusiastic but they have their shy and skittish moments too. On the other hand, cats have a reputation for being proudly independent creatures, but they can also be incredibly affectionate and outgoing.
Whether it’s a bird, hamster, or a rabbit – each pet has its unique traits which make them lovable to us!
Admittedly, it’s hard not to shy away when a camera flashes at us. So what about our furry companions, who might easily feel just as overwhelmed during a pet photoshoot?
To help you and your fur kid have a fun-filled, stress-free pet photoshoot at White Room Studio, we got 5 tips and tricks for you that will guarantee picture-perfect paw-traits.
1. (Natural) Lights, Camera, Action!
If your pets are adventuring to a new location for the first time, they will need some time to get used to their surroundings, as different sights and smells can excite their senses!
Our 2400 sq ft shophouse studio boasts large French windows and a balcony which overlooks the mature trees of Singapore’s iconic Fort Canning Park. This means there is abundant natural light flowing in, gently illuminating the entire room.
Just have a look at the two videos featuring Oscar the Corgi and Snowy the Ragdoll below!
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Some pets can be more sensitive to studio lighting, so having plenty of natural light creates a warm and natural environment for your fur kids, putting them at ease. Just be patient and let them slowly warm up to the photographer and the camera!
Pictured: Kylo the Maltipoo (left) and Peanut the Chihuahua (right) with their fur parents
2. Play Dress Up!
Pet photography is all about capturing each pet’s character and the special connection you have with them. Sometimes, seeing how hilarious and silly our pets can look in a costume can be even more endearing!
Pictured: Who knew Shitzus and Pomeranians could look so adorable in these costumes?
If you have a costume for your pet in mind, do bring it along for the shoot and make sure the outfit is safe, comfortable and does not restrict their movement, especially if they are wearing it for the first time.
Slowly introduce the costume to your pet and let them get comfortable – most importantly, never leave them unattended by themselves (fur-parental supervision is required!)
Check out Chubby the Pug (@chubbypugg) in his adorable Halloween costume!
3. Trick and Treat Your Way Through A Pet Photoshoot!
If you have taught your pets any cool tricks, the photoshoot is the perfect time to perform those tricks and reward them with a treat after! This “trick” and “treat” combo works well for pets who need a little motivation to strike a pretty pose for the camera.
You can also bring along your fur kid’s favourite toy to encourage their enthusiasm and perk up their energy levels. Some of our clients actually play music to calm their pets during the shoot!
It helps to pay attention to your pet’s body language – only use the treats when they need positive reinforcement, or else their interest will wear off fast.
Pictured: Sandra with her cat Snowy (Ragdoll), Xavier and Shan with their doggies, Lisa (Pomsky) and Yoshi (Japanese Spitz)
4. Express Your Love!
Some of the most beautiful moments of a pet photoshoot come from the owner and their pet simply interacting with each other. It could be worth the while to make your pets recreate a certain pose or yield a cute expression, but the best portraits are often those that are candid and true to the relationship.
At White Room Studio, our 2-storey shophouse feels like a home away from home. Filled with natural light and themed decor, there’s plenty of room to explore creative angles that translate into fine art portraits!
Ultimately, your pet will not realize that they’re being photographed – to them, it is a special playtime with you! So cuddle up with your pet like you’re both at home, exchange hugs and kisses – take this opportunity to create magical memories that you will fondly look back on years from now.
And of course, when you need to take a break, feel free to relax in our brand new guest lounge and make yourself at home. Help yourself to the complimentary refreshments in the pantry! We also have a pet bowl prepared for their use if your fur kid is feeling thirsty.
5. Grooming Matters Before A Pet Photoshoot!
Pictured: Caleb the Corgi looks paw-sitively handsome!
Just like how we will get our hair and makeup done before a photoshoot, you want your pet to look their best, whether it’s their fur, paws or underbelly. If possible, we highly recommend taking your fur kid to the pet groomer before their pet photoshoot. Download our exclusive Pet Portraiture Lookbook for more professional pre-shoot advice!
During this 1.5 hour session, our pet photographer will snap as many amazing shots as they can, including close-ups of your furry friend that will mesmerize anyone.
Each portrait showcases your pet’s unique features and tiny details, such as the softness of their fur or the smooth texture of each paw.
Capture your fur kids at their best on print or frames and canvases; with their images professionally retouched in our signature style!
Pictured: We love pets at White Room Studio! Check out these beautiful pet portraits captured by our pet-loving photographers.
The White Room Experience
Taking a photo is not merely clicking on the shutter. For us, it is designing a photography experience meant to capture the best version of you and your loved ones. Have look at the White Room Experience below:
There is no other pet just like yours, so we want to celebrate the characteristics that make them unique.
White Room Studio Pet Photoshoot Details
The Pet Portraiture Collection is $490 for 4 pax ($20/extra pax). We advise preparing 2-3 outfits for your convenience, and our dedicated changing rooms are available for your use in getting ready, providing all the essentials such as garment hangers and a reliable steam iron to ensure your comfort and ease.
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My boyfriend booked a surprise photography session on my birthday together with my puppy, Kylo. Booking was also a breeze. Communication via Whatsapp / email with swift replies.
We were there bright and early! Yan was there to receive us at the studio and was very helpful and welcoming throughout. She had such a bright personality, we felt very comfortable and was not awkward at all.
Yan is also very good and patient with our puppy – Kylo loves her! The photo studio itself is great and beautiful. I particularly love the balcony with such nice backdrops!
I would definitely recommend White Room Studio to my friends and family!
– Denise Ang, fur parent of Kylo