Preparing your Fur Baby for Portraits …


Because Artist Photographer Portraits will be cherished for many generations to come, many people like to dress simply. For many, this will be the most elegant portrait they will possess in a lifetime. Based on over thirty-five years’ experience, we suggest that you consider the following:

Pastel Coloured or Lighter Coloured Clothing will give a more relaxed appeal to your portraits. This is more suitable for those who wish to have a more fun quality to their portraits. This colour palette usually suits young children or those with darker complexions.

Pants! If you’re bringing your pet, we think it’s good for everyone to wear long pants so they can comfortably and modestly sit down with their Fur Baby.

Avoid heavily patterned clothing and preferably choose fabrics that are not hair attracting (especially if you have a breed that sheds). Wool and tee shirt material is particularly bad in this respect.

It is also good if you can wear colours that co-ordinate with each other and complement the colouring of your Fur Baby. For example, f you have a black dog you will want to avoid black clothing as your dog will get lost against your clothing.  

It is important that dogs are groomed before the session and that their fringes are clipped so that their eyes are clearly visible – this is where we can easlly bring THEIR personality out!. We also advise to clean around their eyes to remove any gunk. Clipping their claws will save the our photographer, furniture and floor from being scratched.

If your Fur Baby has favourite toys that you’d like to include in your portraits, please bring them along but keep them hidden in a bag so that the they are not aware they are there – we ant to have some reward available to help them cooperate!

With dogs, we would advise that you take the dog for a short walk before coming to the studio The areas around both studios are very flat and are easy on both your Dog and you!.A short walk will calm their excitement levels and make it easier for us to get those perfect portraits!

If they are a little hungry they will be more responsive to treats – please bring whichever is best (Schmacko’s can make dogs a bit too excited, but something is better than nothing!)

For the Humans …

Choose a style that will look acceptable 20 years down the line, as many people make the mistake of wearing trendy clothing only to regret it when fashions change. Remember, it’s your face and eyes that should draw the attention in your portrait – not your clothes!

If you prefer a formal look … then the following guidelines will help:

Men/Boys: Darker, solid tones, shirt with suit or jacket, polo top or skivvy. Shave on the day of your portrait to avoid a ‘five o’clock shadow’

Ladies/Girls: Darker tones. Little or no pattern or stripes is preferred. We recommend your make-up is applied as usual.

Everybody: Dress comfortably – if you feel comfortable, then you will look comfortable!


Below are some animated examples of how different clothing photographs in color and black & white. The great news is that you don’t need to decided on B&W vs COLOUR portraiture at your session – you can decide that at your Image Selection Appointment! Some of our clients elect to feature their main portrait in one finish and others from their collection in another.

www.GIFCreator.me_mRAHRZ www.GIFCreator.me_L7i70Y