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Photo Sessions: Session Day Checklist

What should I do?

That question has graced my inbox before most of my sessions! I promise that your session will be relaxed and fun and that I’m not at all scary.

No, really.

I know you might be nervous and worried that your dog won’t behave (they do) and that I won’t get any good shots (I do) or that your hair doesn’t look just right (it does) but we’ll get through it and have a blast in the process.

Seriously, what do I do?

I’m a chronic list-maker (one can never have enough Post Its. For real.) so I’ve put together an easy checklist for prepping for your big day. (Yes, it’s a BIG DAY!)

One day before:

  • I will confirm date, time and location. (If there is inclement weather, we will discuss options.)
  • Make sure you have directions to our meeting place.
  • Gather a “goodie bag” of any treats, toys, or special outfits you’d like to bring.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.


Session Day:

  • Exercise your dog for about 30 minutes prior to your session.
  • Bring your goodie bag and a leash
  • Stay relaxed – your dog will take queues from you and we want everyone having a good time


During the session:

  • Avoid using your dog’s name to get their attention. This usually makes them come to you. (Good dog.)
  • Stay relaxed so they feel comfortable.
  • Dogs can get confused if too many people are making noises to get their attention, so please leave the silly sounds to me – and try not to laugh at me too much.
  • If you’re in the photo, please look at me and I’ll worry about getting your dog’s attention.

I promise you and your dog a stress-free session filled with laughs and a lot of treats!

Ready to get started? Find your perfect session HERE.

  • Karen Kebarle

    October 8, 2018at2:34 pm

    Your work sounds so awesome and looks amazing! I wish you big, beautiful success. 🙂


    • Carina

      October 11, 2018at8:56 am

      Thank you so much!