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Pet Pawtrait photoshoots – how much space is needed?

Pet Pawtrait Photoshoots – how much space is enough?

My Pet Pawtrait Photoshoots take place in your home so that your pet feels safe in their own environment. However one of the questions that comes up is how much space do you need? Some clients are sometimes a little worried about whether the space in their home is enough for a studio type photoshoot.

So how much room is enough?

Scroll down to find out. You can also find more details about the Pet Pawtrait photoshoots here.

pet pawtrait photoshoot studio cat photography

To give you an idea, my home studio (pictured below) is 10ft x 10ft. Day to day as you can probably imagine it’s full of props, backdrops and sample wall art and album products. So realistically I only use about 6ft x 5ft when I’m photographing my own two cats. Though I know  I’ve photographed in smaller spaces at clients’ homes. Just to note I do empty my studio completely for client photoshoots. 

pet pawtrait photoshoot studio set up

I recreated a pet pawtrait photoshoot studio set up in my own living room (below), which isn’t all that wide even though our downstairs is open plan. This shows you how my basic set up looks, and how this impacts on how much space we need.

home studio set up pet pawtrait photoshoot

This is my basic set up based on small animals (cats, bunnies, small dogs). If your pet is smaller then we could get away with using less space. However if you have a larger pet there would need to be more distance between me and them, especially for full body photographs.

living room pet pawtrait photoshoot set up

What do I bring with me for Pet Pawtrait Photoshoots?

I bring with me to every shoot: one flash with softbox on a light stand (the softbox pictured is about 1 meter wide, I do bring a smaller one with me just in case or to use as a second light if needed), stands and pole for the backdrop and a variety of two or three backdrops. Deciding which backdrops to bring depends on the colour of your pet and style of shoot you are looking for, and they all have the fine art painterly texture finish to them. I also show you the options of backdrops I have in case there is a specific one you would like to use. You can see some examples of the colours I have in my pet pawtrait photoshoots gallery here.

cockapoo puppy in pet pawtrait photoshoot home studio

Again depending on your pet and style of shoot I may also bring a couple of props. These will either be a stool or a crate to aid the photoshoot. You’re also encouraged to bring along their favourite toy or outfits or other props you wish to use so that the photoshoot is personal to you and your pet and shows off their personality in the photographs (they also make for a great “look this way” distraction). 

pet pawtrait photoshoot silver-award-of-side-profile-of-bengal-cat

I really hope this helps if you’re thinking about enquiring for a pet pawtrait photoshoot. If you have any other questions about anything I’ve discussed above or anything else about my Pet Pawtrait photoshoots please feel free to pop me a message or an email. 

Julia Healey

Julia Healey is a passionate and skilled photographer based in York, North Yorkshire, specializing in wedding and pet portrait photography. Her style is characterized as fun, vibrant, and timeless, capturing the unique personalities and precious moments of her subjects. Julia's love for animals, especially cats, is reflected in her work, leading her to become a renowned 'Pet Pawtrait Photographer'. She holds the prestigious Master Craftsman qualification from the Guild of Professional Photographers, a title held by fewer than 50 photographers in the country, achieved with a panel of 20 cat images. Julia's work is not just a profession, but a way to treasure memories of beloved pets and special life events.

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