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Keeping It Natural with Pet Portraits

Our Pets are always there for us when we need them. Capturing their photos is a way to forever keep them close in our hearts. At Nancy Kieffer photography, I always feel the best way to capture our pets is in their natural environment, whether it be at home or in their favorite park. Capturing them doing what they love to do is a wonderful way to create memories. Some of the benefits of doing this are:

Keeping the pet calm:

I feel that pets warm up a lot faster in their own environment. During a session, they have to get used to a new person sticking a big black box in their face. If you add unfamiliar surroundings, this just adds to the stress of your pet. When they are comfortable, they are more likely to show their true personalities making some wonderful images.

Favorite items:

Maybe your pet has a favorite place on the couch or loves that spot on the back porch where he can watch all the squirrels. Maybe that spot is in the park, running after his frisbee for the 500th time. Utilizing favorite items or places can make the images truly unique and personable to you.

Cooper in wall portrait
Cooper in wall portrait

Capturing authentic moments and memories.

These moments can happen anywhere, but when a pet and pet parent are comfortable and in familiar surroundings, they happen more often.

Where is the most natural place for your pet to be?

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Carol Mudra from Apawture Studios in Milan, Italy shares a few options when your dog prefers to be “au naturel” instead of all dressed up.

Meet Ollie!

This handsome boy is estimated to be between 1-2 years of age. Wandering alone in November of 2022, cold, miserable and very hungry as a stray, he just so happened across the right house because a nice lady took him in. He is potty-trained, crate-trained, knows basic commands, hand signals, and is practicing on his loose leash walking and heel command.
Ollie can be a goofy klutz who isn’t always aware of his large size, so he’d do best in a home with older kids and adults who will continue to work on his training and socialization. He’d truly excel with an active family and a fenced yard where he can run and fetch to his heart’s content. He LOVES head rubs, butt scratches, playing with other dogs, going for car rides, going on longer hikes or runs, and curling up on the couch with you. This food-motivated, intelligent guy aims to please and learns quickly.

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. Elaine

    I totally agree that dogs are more natural and more comfortable in their own environments. Great post!

  2. Carol

    My older dog loves comfort, if a pillow so much as touches the ground he’ll run to perch on top of it. Also, the couch is his and his alone. You need to offer him a snack tax to even get a corner of it from him, so it would be a fitting portrait place! Haha

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