Photo Shoot at Drs. Foster & Smith

by DFS-Pet-Blog on April 8, 2010

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

My office is next to the photo studio here at Drs. Foster and Smith pet supplies company. I really enjoy seeing the wide range of pets that come in and model for our catalog and website. (Ok, I’ll admit a snake being carried by its owner through the office area did make me do a 180 turn and, ah…quickly move in the opposite direction.)

However, I always wondered how our photo studio could get the pets to pose in just the right way to end up with that perfect picture for so many products. The pictures I take of my dog are far from perfect. Even if he does “sit” and “stay”, my pictures rarely capture the cuteness of the situation.

Photo Shoot Preparation

Photo Shoot Preparation

Recently, I had the pleasure of watching an actual photo shoot…

The photo assignment started about an hour before the pet model stepped into the studio. While Candi (our Pet Wrangler) set the stage with a mock bed scene, Alan (our Photographer) prepared and tested the camera lighting. When all the details were meticulously complete, Candi brought the model on stage. Daisy, a 3-month old Boston Terrier puppy, entered the staged area.

Being a puppy, Daisy was a bit unpredictable. I noticed that both Alan and Candi were very calm and relaxed, which I’m sure helped Daisy be comfortable. Rather than try to explain with words, I’ll use this video to better explain how they got that perfect picture of Daisy on pet steps: 

Watching this photo shoot was entertaining and awe-inspiring. Although I think patience is a key, it’s amazing what a few toys, weird noises and treats can do. Now as I look at pictures in our catalog and website, I better understand the effort that goes into capturing the perfect picture.

TIP! I asked Candi and Alan for their best tips for photographing pets:

1. Introduce the pet to the situation so they understand what you want, and never expect them to perform something totally out of the ordinary. Pets do best at what they enjoy.

2. Make use of what they like – some prefer treats, others like squeaky toys.

3. Try, try again.

Here are a few possibilities from the photo shoot.

Here are a few possibilities from the photo shoot.

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Kimberly April 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

It must be fun to work with all the cute pets. I like the video – interesting to see behind the scenes.

Sara April 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

I love taking photos of my dog; not only is he incredibly photogenic, but he’s a great model! He’ll stay anywhere I put him for a picture.

Karen Massey April 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

I Love Taking Photo’s Of My Animals. Fur And Feathered Kids. I Take The Most of My Youngest Pomeranian Girl Starr She is a Doll. But Her Time Is Limited She Has So Many Health Issues So I Value every extra Photo even More of her.

Nancy Heltman April 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Yoda is so cute but he hates to be photographed. Even with the flash off, all I have to do is pick up my Blackberry and he stops the cute thing he is doing. Same is the case with recording. He makes some of the cutest noises, but as soon as I push “record” they stop. He KNOWS.

Marie April 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I’m also a “challenged” pet photographer 🙂 The video is really cool. Interesting to see how your photo studio works. You always have great pictures in your catalog and website.

C Denise May 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

Patience IS the key even if you have some favorite currency! My dogs hate to have a picture taken. I have to be down right sneaky to get a really cute picture!

Sherri December 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

That video was so cute and fun to watch! It’s nice to see the inner workings of the beautiful photos in the catalog.

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