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5 tips for choosing the park for your pet photo session

Choosing the right park to have your photo session can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing your pet portrait session.

A special spot

When choosing a location, the first thing to think about is if you and your dog have a special spot. Do you go to the park every morning to play fetch or hike daily at a favorite location? Images at these locations will wrap you with the joy of remembrance every time you walk past the image on your wall.


Picking a location that has a variety of backdrops can give you a gallery of diverse photos of you and your pet. The variety can bring you different colors and textures to incorporate into your album.

Your Vision for the final product

Is your vision for the final product one giant image for the wall, or a storybook album of your journey together. Knowing your final vision for the portrait session can help us plan the best place for that vision to take place. Colors may play a part in this as well. If your favorite park is full of greenery, but your home is full of clean modern neutral colors, we may need to discuss alternative options for your session.


How does your dog behave? Is he reactive to other people or animals? Taking him to a park full of people and dogs may not be the best option. Even if your dog love other dogs, will he be too distracted wanting to play with the other dogs? If this is your favorite park, we will discuss alternate times to be at the park. Choosing a weekday or a very early or later hour at the park, may be more beneficial to capture the images you are hoping for.

Time of Day

Consider the lighting at the the park you wish to capture your images. This can determine the appropriate time of day to schedule your session. Generally choosing to photograph in early morning or later afternoon will provide the best light for photo sessions.

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Hank & Mabel!

Hank came in to the shelter with his daughter Mabel. They are a bonded pair that need to be adopted together.

Hank is very lovable and mellow. He seems to feel secure in the crate with the door open for snoozing. He loves to cuddle. Will need an area with no accessible stairs because he can’t see. He needs someone to be with him outside. He likes to walk around outside. He is a lap dog for sure. He just walks around and wags his tail all the time. He is crate trained and potty trained. Just a happy go lucky little blind guy.

He has an appointment to see the vet for his eye and it will most likely need to be removed. The shelter would cover his medical care.

Sweet Mabel is very sweet mellow girl who loves to cuddle up in your lap and be right by your side. She is crate trained and is easy to walk on a leash. 

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

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  1. Darlene

    Love your storybook album! Great way to tell the dog’s park adventure 🙂

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