Pet Portrait65% of U.S. households own one, which equates to 79.7 million homes.  We spend nearly $1200 each year on them. 2/3 of the people who own them take them into account when buying a car. We’re talking, of course, about pets.  A generation from now, grandparents will be tending to grand-dogs instead of grand kids as young couples are raising canines instead of kids.

Okay, we love our pets. And, with good reason. They relax us after a long day, bring joy and laughter, ease our pain and sorrow, and are always willing to listen to our complaints without judgement (at least as far as we know). They give us unconditional love and ask for little in return.

So, it should be no surprise, then, that the hottest item on most pet parents’ list is a portrait of their “fur-ever” friend.

Why not capture that lovable little mug (or Pug) for posterity with a pet portrait? If not for yourself, then for a loved one. A pet portrait makes a great gift. If you do decide you’d like a portrait taken, consider this: Not everyone can take a pet’s picture. It takes skill, patience and above all, planning.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you head, leash in hand, to the photo studio.

Groom Your Pet

If possible give your pet a bath and a good brushing a day or two before your session so that he or she arrives ready to show it all!

Exercise Your Pet

An energetic pet can make a photo shoot… well, let’s just say “challenging”. Plan to take your pet for a walk or engage in some sort of tiring play so that, when the focus is on him, he is calm, relaxed, and prepared to portray an image worth capturing.

Accessorize Your Pet

Do you like to dress your pet up or outfit him or her with a special collar? Does your pet have a favorite toy or wardrobe? Perhaps a replica of the tunic work by Edward II at his coronation? Be sure to bring these special items to the photo shoot so the photographer can work them into your pet’s portrait.

Our pets are with us for a short time. Investing in a professional portrait of your pet will ensure that he or she is with you for many, many years to come. Let Michael Broyles work his magic and immortalize your pet soon.

 

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