Dos & Don'ts of Taking Seniors Photos With Your Livestock
As a stock show kid, it is a given that you want your four-legged companions in your senior photos. We’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts for successfully taking photos with your livestock.
DO pick a photographer familiar with livestock. This is a given, but sometimes it gets over looked. You need someone who knows how your livestock is suppose to look and is not afraid to say so. Sometimes it takes more than one shot or position to get both you and your animal to look their best.
DON'T be afraid to share your ideas. Photographers come with some ideas in mind, but they truly want to make the session about you. Bring all of your ideas and let your photographer know how you want the session to go and what shots you want. The more ideas that you give the more that you will love your photos.
DO prepare your props well in advance (banners, ribbons, etc.). Time will be ticking during your session, so come prepared and you won’t have to waste any precious session time trying to find your ribbons or digging your banners out of their box.
Bonus tip: sometimes banners or ribbons get wrinkled, an iron on low heat can help release those wrinkles and make your prized possessions look brand new!
DON'T get hung up on all of the traditional shots, think outside the box. Sure it is nice to have some of the typical photos, but it is also equally as important to incorporate your personality and style into the photos. This is where your personality can shine.
DO allow enough time, photographing seniors and their livestock take time to get the perfect shot. Photographing livestock is tricky. Your photographer has to take time to make sure both you and your animal look great. So make sure to give them the time that they need to get the best shot of both of you and try not to get frustrated if the photo is taking longer than you expected.
DO NOT travel to take pictures with your livestock. It is important to keep your livestock at ease during your session. Taking photos where they are comfortable is essential and they are typically the most comfortable near their barn. You do not have to have the entire session at one location, depending on the photographer you could have your session at multiple locations.