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Pet Photoshoot – Choosing The Perfect Location

June 14, 2023

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As an outdoor pet photographer based in beautiful Coquitlam, BC, I’ve had the joy of capturing countless “pawsome” moments in the stunning landscapes of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas. One of the most common questions is, “Where should we do the photoshoot?” Choosing the perfect outdoor location for your pet photoshoot can significantly impact the mood, aesthetic, and, ultimately, the session’s success.

Let’s dive into the exciting process of finding that ideal location for your pet’s outdoor photoshoot, focusing on some considerations that are often overlooked yet crucial to capturing your furry friend’s charm and charisma.

Understanding Your Pet’s Personality

The heart of a great dog or any pet photoshoot starts with your pet’s personality. Does your pup love splashing in the water? Or is your cat most relaxed lounging around in open fields? Identifying what makes your pet happiest will guide you to the perfect setting for their outdoor pet photography session.

Comfort and Safety are Key

While an aesthetically pleasing environment is essential, your pet’s comfort and safety should be your top priorities. Avoid busy streets, areas with potential hazards, or places with too many distractions. The Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas offer many pet-friendly locations that provide safety and room to play, making them ideal for a stress-free pet photoshoot.

Time of Day and Lighting

Outdoor pet photography is mainly dependent on natural light. The “golden hours”— the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset — provide a soft, warm glow that can result in stunning images. Consider this when deciding the time and place of the photo shoot. 

Choosing a Unique Backdrop

The Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley regions have diverse landscapes, from breathtaking mountains to serene lakes and vibrant cityscapes. These unique backdrops can add a personal touch to your pet photoshoot and make your images stand out. 

Pet Photoshoot – Scouting Locations

Taking the time to scout locations can significantly enhance the outcome of your pet photoshoot. Visit the chosen site at different times to observe the light, potential distractions, and general atmosphere. Coquitlam offers many beautiful parks and nature reserves that are excellent for scouting. 

Popular Pet Photoshoot Locations in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

1. Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge: With its stunning water views and towering trees, this park provides diverse backdrops for a captivating outdoor pet photography session.

2. Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby: Offering panoramic views of Vancouver, this location is perfect for capturing your pet against the backdrop of a vibrant sunset.

3. Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver: This park boasts beautifully manicured gardens that can add a splash of color and elegance to your pet photoshoot.

4. Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley: A serene riverside setting for water-loving pets.

5. Mundy Park, Coquitlam: This peaceful park offers dense forests and tranquil lake scenes for a relaxing dog photoshoot.

Choosing the perfect outdoor location for your pet photoshoot can seem daunting, but remember, the goal is to capture the authentic connection between you and your pet. A site where your pet can be themselves and feel safe and comfortable is far more critical than the most scenic backdrop

Always remember that patience is vital during these photoshoots. Even in the most ideal locations, our furry friends might have different plans, and that’s perfectly fine! It’s their time to shine. So take a step back, enjoy the moment, and let your pet steal the limelight. The spontaneous and unexpected shots often turn out to be the most cherished ones.

I hope these tips guide you on your journey to the perfect pet photoshoot location. The Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas are teeming with gorgeous spots that can provide a memorable backdrop for your pet’s personality to shine through. And remember, no matter the location, your love for your pet is the most compelling element of any image. Happy shooting!


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