According to a recent study, 68% of American households have pets. Pets have become a big part of our lives!

Here are a few tips to make the experience fun and easy for you and your furry friend.

    Mansfield High School Senior Girl High School Senior Boy with pet

  1. Know your pet. Can your pet handle riding in the car? Is it going to be totally stressed out going to a new place? Does it hate strangers? Does it hate being picked up or held? These are all questions you need to ask yourself when deciding to bring a pet to your session. If you think it’s going to traumatize your pet, it’s best to leave them at home.
  2. Bring them in a carrier or on a leash. A loose pet can get excited and try to run into the street, so for their safety they need to be on a leash or in a carrier when they are not being photographed.
  3. Bring a pet wrangler. You don’t want your pet to be a distraction during your session, so bring a parent, sibling or family friend available to keep them occupied, or even better have someone available to take them home when the pet portion of the session is over.
  4. Pick the environment that best suits your pet. If you have a large dog or a hyper one, an outdoor setting might be more appropriate. Some dog breeds don’t tolerate heat well (such as English bulldogs) and do better in the studio. Cats for the most part are easier to photograph indoors.
  5. Dress to suit your pet. Plan clothing colors that don’t showcase pet hair. Wear clothing that is easy to move in and allows you to sit on the ground. Match your pet’s collar or accessories to your clothing colors.
  6. All types of pets are welcome! Do you have a bird, fish, rodent, lizard, snake or barnyard animal? They can be a fun and unusual addition to your session! Some large animals (horses, cattle, etc.) will need extra time and space, so let your photographer know in advance.
  7. Clean up after your pet. No one wants to step in a “surprise”, so please bring a pooper scooper and pet waste bags with you. You will be glad the person before you didn’t leave a mess!
  8. Treats!!! If your pet is motivated by food or toys (and who isn’t!), bring some to help maintain their attention during the session, and reward them for being such a great model!
  9. Have fun and “go with the flow”! Some of the best pet portraits happen when things aren’t going as planned! “Blooper” pics with pets are often hilarious. So relax and have fun and don’t worry about them being “perfect”.

Arlington High School Senior Girl

– Kimberly Eden, Munson-Cox Photographer


A month ago we had the chance to collab with a local Fort Worth boutique for a killer location senior shoot.

Editorial Senior SessionOutdoor Senior Session

Have you ever heard of THREE Boutique?

THREE Boutique Fort Worth Photo Shoot

Y’all…. Their stuff is so trendy and CUTE!!

We brought our 2020 Influencer group along to try on outfits & take pics for few hours!

Boutique Fashion for Senior Portrait

There were too many good vibes in the boutique that brought laughter and smiles the whole time!

DFW Senior PhotographyFun location shoot- Boutique

If you are ever in Fort Worth, make sure to check them out- shop small & local people!!!

Senior session collaboration

Thanks again Kristi & her team at Three Boutique!

They were experts at pulling outfits and accessories to style our girls & we can’t thank them enough!

10/10 would reccomend!! PS. Follow their instagram @threefw



Senior year has been in session for over a month, and we all know that means senioritis has hit hard by now. There’s no telling if there can be a true cure to this condition (outside of graduation), but there are a few positive things you can incorporate into your day to boost your mood! Here are 3 tips to help you fight senioritis and make your school day more enjoyable! After all, senior year only comes once!

2020 Senior Friends
Tip #1: Don’t isolate yourself.

Senior year can start to be a little confusing on your feelings. It may seem impossible to keep pouring into friendships when you’re going to move on soon anyway! But that attitude will leave you dreading your day. Make sure to be friendly and maintain your friendships this year and keep making new ones! We’ve all had moments where we just want to sit in class and not talk to anyone- but this mindset will make you have some serious senioritis. Instead, open up to friendships and share your senioritis together- this makes it manageable! Bonus tip is to keep mentoring and being a cool friend to your younger classmates who look up to you!

Making Memories Senior Year High School Senior Smiles

Tip #2: Make memories.

It’s easy to go through the motions of senior year and to just sit and watch the clock until graduation arrives. OR you could get out there and make memories. Participate in all of the senior things, ex. senior nights, homecoming, prom, senior pics etc! Once college starts- adulting gets REALLL. So make memories now while you don’t have to worry about those adult things!

Tip #3: Be Grateful

Take time to remember how far you’ve come! 12 years in school is a huge accomplishment. Be grateful for your education and this chapter. If you start to feel senioritis come on strong, make a quick list of all the things you have to be grateful for at this point in your life. For example: friends, a place to learn, parents paying your bills, no student loans yet, being close to home, prom, homecoming, etc. There’s so much YOU get to enjoy, so be grateful for it & you’ll feel less trapped by the senioritis blues.

The senioritis road might seem long, but take it from someone who has been there, you’ll get through it! Senior year is once in a lifetime, so try your best to enjoy the heck out of it!

-Allison Miller, Munson-Cox Portrait Design



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