I Already Have a Ton of Photos of My Pet; What Makes This Special?

“To be honest, I already have a ton of photos of my dog,” one inquiry call began. “I guess what I’m asking is what makes what you do different?”

I will admit that this question was certainly a first for me; I figured if someone were to reach out about booking, they can already see the quality of professional work, appreciate the value of documenting their time with their pet, or get a feel for a certain level of client experience they can expect…or maybe not. Either way, it got me thinking: What is it about what we as professional pet photographers do that makes investing in us worthwhile?

Although I can go on about the complete Bark & Gold Photography client experience or reiterate how quickly time passes for our four-legged friends or reassure how much my clients will love their finished artwork, the decision to invest in professional pet photography is just that–an investment–and one that should not be taken lightly. Those who find value in the investment of professional photography will always appreciate these irreplaceable memories; those who do not may never, rather finding themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum, content with phone selfies and spur-of-the-moment snapshots–and that’s OK! Professional pet photography is a luxury and not one that everyone desires.

Occasionally, however, we encounter potential clients who find themselves torn between wanting and needing professional pet photos. This is not the same as clients who believe that a picture is just a picture. These clients may know they have plenty of photos of their four-legged friend–so the motivate for booking is not entirely fueled by necessity–rather, is is the want of capturing the joy and love between them and their pet that fuel the desire to document things not always doable when they’re the ones taking the photos or when faced with the countless challenges that present themselves within photographing their pet properly.

1. You’ll be able to join in.

While you likely have hundreds or even thousands of pictures of your dog, I’m going to take a guess and say you can probably even count on one hand the number of photos that actually include you with him. I get it! It can be really difficult to play the role of both photographer and dog mom at once. You’ve got to find the right light (yep, that’s a thing), wrangle him into the perfectly posed position, and then cross your fingers and pray that he’ll actually sit and “staaay, staaay…” And if he does? You’ll challenge yourself to a marathon-like dash from the moment you set that self-timer and press the shutter release button to see if you can reach the finish line before all you’re left with is a shot of your back as you run frantically toward your dog, huffing and puffing from holding your breath that this all plays out in your favor, all with the added hope that your boy won’t see this sprint as an invitation to a game of catch-me-if-you-can, of course. (Sounds like I may know something about this, huh?) 

When you hire a professional to take care of these things for you, you’re not only able to join in, you’re able to relax and actually enjoy the experience! Your photographer will know how to find the most flattering light throughout particular locations, pose both you and your pup for candid and posed portraits, manage any behavior issues that may pop up while shooting, and capture calm, happy expressions from your dog. What you’ll be left with are images more natural and expressive than you could have ever dreamed of capturing yourself–and you’ll actually be in them! 

2. You’ll be left with beautiful keepsakes.

A smile gracing your face as you pass by your breathtaking barnwood-framed fur baby, a focal point of your living room. The sound of your fine art album cracking open as you flip through thick pages to reminiscence about a special day. The feeling of the luxurious texture on your favorite prints tucked away safely in an heirloom folio box. These keepsakes are where the true beauty of your session lies.

white brick living room with barnwood framed wall art above couch

All Bark & Gold Photography products are custom-designed and presented with an archival promise to last for generations. I work closely with a variety of professional photography labs throughout the county and internationally to ensure only the finest quality on signature wall art, fine art albums, heirloom prints, and more that you won’t find at a consumer-level lab. Frames made from rustic reclaimed barnwood or the finest genuine Italian wood are the finest in the industry while the professional pigments used in my gallery-wrapped canvases and fine art albums boast the most vibrant colors to make your images come to life. 

3. You’ll capture those special moments.

Whether documenting those exuberant and curious puppy stages or sweetly capturing the hardest goodbye to a best friend nearing closer to crossing the Rainbow Bridge, I’ve never had a client come back after their session and say that he regretted the experience. The moments we’ll capture, from high-energy puppy kisses to the appreciative eyes of a sugar-faced senior silently thanking you for years of love and loyalty, as well as the emotions you’ll feel when you see your images for the first time, are nearly impossible to describe. It’s not unusual for clients to shed a tear upon seeing their custom products upon delivery or for them to gush to their pets about their stunning wall art as
their four-legged family members jump around excitedly as if to say, Yes, Mom and Dad–it’s me!

To have these photographs of your fur baby to reflect upon as she ages, to preserve the subtle changes documented over time, is an undeniably beautiful gift to oneself and your beloved friend.


If you would like to book a Bark & Gold Photography session for your pet, click here or give me a call at 724-913-BARK (2275). For more information on Bark & Gold Photography sessions, visit “Your Session” in the menu and be sure to share your email on my homepage to join the VIP list.

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