It might feel a little early to start thinking about the holidays (although that hasn’t stopped Meijer – Christmas music already??), but in just a few weeks there is a great event coming up that I want you to know about.

Santa Claws event, Dec 1, 2012, 2-5 pm, Shampoochie, Kentwood, MI

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There is a great group of pet-related vendors behind this event, so you’ll get to see lots of interesting products and services, some of which also make wonderful holiday gifts! Unlike many Santa Paws events, there is no charge. We simply ask that you consider a donation to Crash’s Landing, a West Michigan rescue for cats.

As the photographer, I would love to see you all turn out–not only to meet your pets, but also to help you get a cute holiday memory of your furry loved one with Santa Claus. I hope to see you all at Shampoochie on December 1, from 2-5 p.m.!

Getting the Best Holiday Photo of Your Pet

In the November/December issue of Dogs Unleashed magazine, I was interviewed for an article about getting your pets’ photo taken with Santa Claus. While picking an event with a reputable photographer is the first step to getting an adorable holiday photo, there are some things you can do as an owner to ensure the best results.

  • Find that holiday spirit. Lines might be long, and some pets (or owners) might not be as well-behaved as you and your pet. It’s important to stay calm, which will help your pet stay calm as well. If you know your pet doesn’t do well with crowds or other animals, take steps to minimize exposure: be the first to arrive, consider a portable kennel, or feel free to leave your pet in the car while you wait in line. Remember that we’re all animal lovers–as the photographer, I wouldn’t object to anyone who takes extra steps to keep their pets calm and happy in an otherwise high-energy environment. If your pet needs extra attention or time to feel comfortable, don’t feel embarrassed to ask.
  • Assist when asked. I often ask the pet owners to help me get the perfect photo–but only after I’ve given it a try myself. Standing to the side and calling your pet’s name or barking sit/stay orders definitely feels like the right thing to do, but it actually directs all the attention to you–and away from the camera. I have lots of tricks and treats to get your pet’s attention. If those don’t work, I won’t hesitate to enlist your help!
  • Exercise first! A great way to get a calm dog for a Santa Paws shoot is to get in some exercise first. Taking a long walk or playing with a feather on a string will wear your pet out, making them just a little less inclined to jump off Santa’s lap.

I hope you can make plans to bring your pet to Shampoochie on Dec. 1, from 2-5 p.m., for your picture with Santa Claus. We’ll have free copies of the latest Dogs Unleashed issue, hot chocolate/coffee, and lots of fun for all the dogs and cats that come out to say hi!



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