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Pet Photography Tips & Tricks

Choosing the Right Location
If yours dog likes to swim, take them to the river so we can shoot with some water play time (messy activities get shot last). If your dog likes to play fetch, take them to an area with lots of grassy wide open areas so they have room to run and you can get great action shots.

Most importantly, if the dog is timid or doesn't do well with distractions, choose low traffic locations. Areas where there isn't a lot of foot traffic and few or no other dogs are best. I will even recommend to clients that we do at home shoots in extreme cases. They will be far more comfortable in their own space and you are much more likely to get shots that showcase their personality. If the dog is stressed by people or other dogs walking by, that will show in their photos!

This photo was taken on my parent's front porch. Missy is very comfortable here, so its the perfect place for a quick shot!

This photo was taken on my parent's front porch. Missy is very comfortable here, so its the perfect place for a quick shot!

Get in the photos!
Dogs will always feel more comfortable with their people by their side. Sitting next to their feet so they are close by, or giving big wet kisses, dogs show a great connection to the camera when they are connecting with their owners!

If you have kids, get them in the shot! My favorite photos by far are always with kids and dogs. Kids and dogs never hold back or are ashamed to show how much they care, and that shows!

I had my boyfriend come along to this location, and had him take this shot of me and Olive. I HATE getting in photos, but I'm so glad I have this shot of me and her! Totally worth it.

I had my boyfriend come along to this location, and had him take this shot of me and Olive. I HATE getting in photos, but I'm so glad I have this shot of me and her! Totally worth it.

Bribery
This is always my last resort! I prefer to try to shoot without any treats and to not use many props. However, some dogs just focus better with incentive.

Dogs can be afraid of the camera, and in that case, treats are crucial. I will sit with the dog, press the shutter, and then give them a treat. This helps give them a positive association with the clicking sound, and helps them to forget their fear.

Treats can also help to get them to look at the camera. I will hold the treat right next to my lens so they are focused where I want them to be!

The perfect example of dog bribery! Missy always gets a special treat for her annual birthday pictures. When she turned 5, she had her very first cake smash. The cake helped her focus, and I got some amazing "lick" shots!

The perfect example of dog bribery! Missy always gets a special treat for her annual birthday pictures. When she turned 5, she had her very first cake smash. The cake helped her focus, and I got some amazing "lick" shots!

Patience!
No matter what, be patient! It’s good to go into a session with a plan, but no two sessions are ever alike. Just like people, all dogs are different; but fortunately, this makes every session unique and fun!

This particular shot took quite a few tries, but it was absolutely worth it! If I hadn't insisted on placing the dogs on this bench repeatedly, the owner wouldn't have this special group shot of all of her fur babies!

This particular shot took quite a few tries, but it was absolutely worth it! If I hadn't insisted on placing the dogs on this bench repeatedly, the owner wouldn't have this special group shot of all of her fur babies!

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Marti Turns 1

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Marti Turns 1

My beautiful Marti turned 1 in July (yes I know this blog post is crazy late). We adopted her when she was about 4 months old. Since then, we have discovered her great love for playing fetch. I swear…nobody loves a frisbee like this girl! Marti also likes long walks and cuddling. Nice to have a dog that will actually take a nap with you (Missy and Olive could care less about cuddles)!

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Maternity + Bulldogs = Cuteness

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Maternity + Bulldogs = Cuteness

I had the honor of attending Kristin and Tyson's wedding last year, and one year later, I get to photograph their soon to be new addition! Happy anniversary to this beautiful couple. You guys are gorgeous, silly, and you will definitely be great parents. Their bulldogs Etta and Mavis are going to be great big sisters too.

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Skye

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Skye

It's been a few years since I've taken Skye's pictures, and I'm so glad that her family asked me to do it again! She is the cutest fairy I have ever seen! 

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Palouse Falls Fun!

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Palouse Falls Fun!

Palouse Falls is only an hour drive away from our house, so it was perfect for a day hike/photography outing! It was absolutely gorgeous! However...not for people who are afraid of heights. I couldn't bring myself anywhere near the view points (since most aren't gated and are a straight drop to the waterfall below). The hike down the the falls was also down a VERY steep hill! But to sum it up, I'm a giant wimp, but even I made it work! And Olive did fantastic! Adventure is definitely her thing.

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Kidchella

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Kidchella

In honor of this crazy epic shoot I did with Two Chicks, I created a magazine with all my favorite images! It includes information on how to purchase all the awesome clothing and accessories. Levi, Piper, Jagger, and Jordice are the Kidchella crew! They modeled clothing by Two Chicks, hair accessories by Bella Saraceno and One Innocent Feather, shoes by Lili Collection Shoes, vests by Hipster Littles, necklaces by Taylor Tots Trinkets, jeans by Farm Fresh Denim, and sunglasses by FJS Pop Shop.

Check it out: http://issuu.com/juliesaraceno/docs/kidchella_magazine/

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Missy Turns 7

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Missy Turns 7

Missy turned 7 in style! She got her very first professional made doggy cake, by a local bakery named Frost Me Sweet. And believe it or not, her very first trip to the river! She really enjoyed skipping rocks with Payton and dipping her paws in the water. Happy birthday Missy Moo!

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Olive Turns 2

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Olive Turns 2

My April Fool’s baby turned 2 this year! We celebrated with her very first trip to McDonalds (her and Marti split an ice cream cone and a burger), and a special shoot at the dunes. I couldn’t be more proud of my furry, crazy girl!

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