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Integrating Animal Photography into your Business

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Pets play a large part of every household, be it the best friend or first “child.”  Yet capturing their personalities is often more difficult than just a click of the shutter.  Instructor Norah Levine’s photographs are often defined by her clean compositions and authentic moments shared by people and their pets.  Now you can join Norah as she shows you the basics of pet behavior and how to get animals comfortable with the camera.  After this class, you’ll be able to capture great images of pets AND learn how to incorporate them into your family photography.   

In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to incorporate pets into your family photography.

  • Gain an understanding of animal behavior and key body language cues.

  • Build a business model that allows you to appeal to commercial, private and nonprofit markets.


  • Class Introduction
  • Getting Started: Understanding Animal Psychology & Behavior
  • Animal Behavior: Differences Between Dogs & Cats
  • Guidelines for Horses and Other Animals
  • Studio vs. Environment: Lighting and Gear Choices
  • Pre-consultation: Getting to Know Your Clients & Their Pets
  • Pet Portraits: Dogs, Judy
  • Pet Portraits: Dogs, Kobe
  • Pet Portraits: Cats
  • Live Family Shoot: Couch Set Up
  • Live Family Shoot: Standing & Chair Set Up
  • Live Family Shoot: Single Family Member
  • Shooting Segment Follow Up
  • Business Goals
  • Customized Business Model
  • Stock Photography
  • Commercial & Editorial Work
  • Fine Art & Personal Projects
  • Working on Location
  • Making The Session Personal & Comfortable For Pets & People
  • Finding Your Favorite Spots at The Location
  • Awareness of Your Own Energy
  • Directing Subjects
  • Planned vs. Spontaneous
  • The Studio vs. Non-Studio Experience
  • Culling Images
  • Final Image Presentation
  • Sales
  • Pricing
  • Volunteer Work
  • Portfolio Building Plan

Taught by

Norah Levine

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