Happy Holidays Pet Edition

Happy Holidays Pet Edition

It just wouldn’t be the holidays with out our furry family members.

 

Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait
Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait

 

Being in Florida, it can be a little difficult to represent winter in your photos.  In Florida, we start to get cold when the weather dips into the 70s but it still looks like Spring or Summer. So for the pups’ holiday session I decided to use winter hats I found at Target with a simple string of white lights.

Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait
Pug wearing pom pom hat during holiday portrait
Pug wearing knit pom pom hat
Pug wearing pom pom hat

 

It’s hard enough to get dogs to sit still on their own let alone when you put hats on them.  So I put the pugs on a barstool, which is a trick I used to help them sit still.  Please keep in mind that they were supervised, so if they did decide to jump someone would be there to stop/catch them.

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Dogs check each other out during holiday portrait
Dog poses for photo wearing aviator hat
Dog wearing aviator hat gives a raspberry.
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Happy Holidays!

Today I wanted to feature some of my clients from a two recent holiday sessions.  These families wanted some Christmasy options for their holiday cards.  So I came prepared with a few themed props.  Now, don’t feel like you have to have themes or props for your photo sessions, but they can be fun to add into the mix.  Props can work really well with younger kids because it gives them something to do and can help shy kids open up a little more easily.  Sometimes, it can even get the more stoic kids to smile!

The little girl in this first set of photos was a little more reserved and didn’t smile as easily as some kids.  She really did like mashing her face up to my lens though…until she saw the cookies.

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Little girl enjoying Santa’s cookies in Clearwater, Florida

Nothing says Christmas like a toddler trying to decide which chocolate chip cookie to eat first!

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In this next set of photos we had two brothers who I think really just wanted to wrestle the whole time.  I had to be patient and use a high shutter speed with these two because they were really energetic.  But I got some great candids and I hear they got ice cream after they were done.

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