Lori Pickens

girls standing in a field with her horse for a senior photography session

Planning Your Senior Session with Pets

Plan Your Senior Session with Pets

Senior year is the place of final high school moments and the anticipation of future beginnings. It’s a time filled with nostalgia and hope, making it all the more important to capture these fleeting moments in a way that’s as unique as your story. In Parkersburg, WV, and the surrounding Mid-Ohio Valley, Seniors have a special opportunity to commemorate this pivotal time with their pets. Including your furry friends (pets) in your senior photos not only adds a personal touch but also celebrates the irreplaceable bond you share.

Why Your Senior Photos are Incomplete without Your Pet

Our pets are our confidants, companions, and family members. They’ve been by our side through every chapter of our lives, so why should your senior photos be any different? Including them in your photoshoot provides a snapshot of your life at this moment, pet included, ensuring that when you look back, you remember the love and joy they brought into your life.

The Lori Pickens Senior Photography Experience

Lori Pickens Photography is not just about capturing images; it’s about documenting stories and personalities. With a personalized approach from the initial consultation to the selection of your final prints, I focus on creating an enjoyable experience that reflects your unique personality and bond with your pet. My expertise extends to making both you and your furry friend feel comfortable and at ease, enabling us to capture genuine moments of connection against the beautiful backdrop of Fresh Pickens Farm or other locations in the Mid-Ohio Valley that holds special significance to you.

Boy posing with his dog for his senior session

Preparing Your Pet for the Photoshoot

A successful photoshoot with your pet requires some preparation. Here are expanded tips to ensure everything goes smoothly:

Acclimating Your Pet

  • Familiarization: Spend some time acclimating your pet to the area.  If the area is outside of the home, you can arrive early to let your pet explore and calm down so they will be more responsive in the session.
  • Rehearse Poses: Practice some poses at home to see what works best for you and your pet.  Simple poses such as sitting or laying (if the pet is a dog).

On the Day

  • Exercise: A good play session before the shoot can help burn off excess energy, making your pet more relaxed and cooperative.
  • Bring Essentials: Don’t forget water, treats, and their favorite toy to keep them happy and motivated.

Tips for Getting Your Pet to Cooperate

  • Patience is Key: Pets can sense stress, so stay calm and patient.  During sessions with animals, it is key to meet them at the level they are capable of.
  • Use Treats and Toys: Use these as incentives for good behavior or to catch their attention during the shoot.
  • Take Breaks: Allow for short breaks so your pet can rest.

Creative Ideas to Include Your Pet

  • Theme Your Session: Match outfits or pick a theme that represents your relationship with your pet.
  • Incorporate Their Personality: If your pet has a favorite trick or pose, include it in the shoot for a personal touch.
  • Capture Everyday Moments: Sometimes, the most touching photos are the ones that capture your everyday interactions.
Boy posing with his dog for his senior session

Capturing the Significance of Senior Year Memories

Your senior year is a monumental chapter in your life. It represents the culmination of your childhood and the onset of adulthood. Including your pet in your senior photos adds depth to this narrative, showcasing the unconditional love and companionship that helped shape who you are today. These photos will serve as timeless reminders of your growth, achievements, and the furry friends who walked beside you every step of the way.

Lori Pickens Photography specializes in creating these enduring memories. My senior sessions are crafted to reflect your individual story, celebrating this significant milestone in your life and the pets that have contributed to your joy and growth.

Enjoy Your Senior Year

Senior year is a fleeting moment in the grand timeline of life, but the memories you capture will last forever. Including your pet in your senior photos with Lori Pickens Photography ensures that when you look back at this pivotal time, you’ll remember not just how you looked, but how you felt — the love, the excitement, and the bittersweet transition into a new chapter, with your pet faithfully by your side.

In Parkersburg, WV, and the surrounding Mid-Ohio Valley, choose Lori Pickens Photography for an unforgettable senior photo experience that honors the special bond you share with your furry companion. Visit us at Lori Pickens Photography to book your session and make your senior year memories last a lifetime.

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Lori Pickens is a Mother, Wife, Tech Geek from Parkersburg, WV, and the podcast host of Photo Goals. She is a true lifelong local and has been photographing in the area for over a decade. She serves families from Parkersburg, WV to Marietta, OH. Lori is also a Click Pro Elite and Click Community Mentor. When she’s not capturing pictures or spending time with her kids, she enjoys organizing her lists and spending time on her family farm.

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