Pet Photography

DURATION: 4.5 Hours Of Instruction
FORMAT: 1-Day Weekday or Weekend Workshop
PREREQUISITES: Photo 101 or equivalent


Photograph Your Furry Friend

It takes a fast, trained eye and quick hand to capture action shots or portraits of our beloved pets. Photographers also need an understanding of how to handle animals in order to really capture their true character and personality. In this one day workshop learn key technical considerations as well as how to read your animal to get the shots you want!

“…The instructors are amazing, truly passionate and knowledgeable about photography. Would definitely recommend!”
– Tammy Teeuwen


All of our classes incorporate a hands-on approach to learning. To really make it ‘click’, we get our students shooting outdoors and putting the principles they learned into practice.

5 Star Reviews

Not only do we consistently get 5 star reviews, we’re also listed as one of Toronto’s Top 10 Photography Schools by BlogTO.

Quality Instructors

Our instructors are professional photographers AND excellent teachers! They know how to simplify technical concepts and teach through exploration, and creativity.

Small Class Sizes

We have small class sizes to ensure the attention every student needs. Many of our classes have 1:10 instructor to student ratio; that’s only 10 students per instructor!

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Course Outline

Course Summary
  • Creative framing and composition of your pet in its element
  • Technical challenges of getting sharp images while shooting a moving animal
  • Handling techniques to get the shots you want of your dog
  • Best Lightroom editing techniques and workflow for enhancing your pet images



Photographing a furry face is not exactly the same thing as shooting a human one! Learn smart ways to frame up your shots to get stunning portraits of your pets no matter the animal or location. How to fill the space, dynamic camera angles and how to capture detail shots are just some of the topics covered.

Technical Considerations

Pet photography comes with a whole new set of technical challenges. How can you ensure a sharp and crisp image of an excited and moving subject? How do you make sure the eyes are in focus every time? What lenses should you use for what subjects? Learn a variety of camera settings and technical considerations to help you shoot quickly and successfully!

Live Shoot

Our instructor is a certified dog trainer and will show you crucial handling techniques to get the shots you want from your animal. During the live shooting component learn how to read your subject’s body language, how to get a dog to smile and how to make a photo shoot enjoyable for everyone involved!


An important step to perfecting a really great pet shot is mastering the right editing techniques to enhance your image without over processing it. In this course you’ll get an overview of the best Lightroom tools to use for efficient workflow and creative adjustments.

How early do I need to register?

Registration is open right up until the day the session begins. Please note however, that some of our classes sell out well in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule.

What are your class and cancellation policies?


  • Prepayment is required to confirm your registration and spot in the class / camp / workshop.
  • All sessions begin promptly at the stated time. Any missed material is forgone by the student.
  • Register early: If you wait until the last minute, the class might be filled or cancelled due to insufficient enrolment.

Cancellation by Student:

  • CLASS/WORKSHOP: Cancellations are non-refundable whether the student cancels or fails to show up for class; however, if we are notified within 7 days prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule you to another session but a $50 administration fee will apply*.
  • PRIVATE LESSONS: Cancellations are non-refundable whether the student cancels or fails to show up for the lesson; however, if we are notified 48 hours prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule your session, but a  $50 administration fee will apply.

Class Cancellation:

  • GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a class must be cancelled, you will be notified by email in advance (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of class fees.

*Exclusions: Travel Photography purchased as a Photo 101 add on is non-refundable and non-transferable prior to or post your scheduled session.

Do you offer certificates?

We offer a certificate of completion to students upon request. Please contact us through email or by phone to speak with an instructor to receive your certificate if you require one. Certificates will be delivered through email. There will be a $25 admin fee if you would like a physical certificate mailed to you.

What equipment should I bring to class?

• DSLR Camera or point & shoot camera that can shoot in manual mode
• Memory Card
• Fully Charged Battery Pack
• Class notes (you’ll be able to download these in your confirmation email)

What type of payment do you accept?

Most of our registration is done ONLINE using MC and VISA. We do however, except CASH / CHEQUES in person at the studio. (Note: We do not accept Debit) Please phone ahead to make an appointment to register if paying by cash, as we may be in session or out on assignment.

Cheques can also be mailed to our studio. Please make them payable to GTA Photography Classes.

Mailing Address:

25 Toronto St.
Suite #200
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5C 2R1

Do I need prior training or experience?

For the introductory courses (Photo 101) and photo tours, no prior training is required. More advanced courses such as Photo 201 and our workshops, do require prior experience as they build on basic techniques taught in Photo 101. If you have some prior knowledge or experience and not sure if you need some of the prerequisites, give us a call and talk to an instructor today!

Do I get more instruction in the in-class Weekend Boot Camp or the 4 week program?

All of our programs include the exact same lecture / workshop material.  You will not get any more or less in any of the sessions. We design our courses and workshops so that we equip all our students with the knowledge they need! You just select the class type that works best for your schedule.  Leave everything else with us!

Where are you located? Is there parking?

For all of our classes in Toronto, they are located at 25 Toronto Street, Suite #200. Parking is available on Toronto St and at several other paid-parking lots around the area.

For all information about our location, contact and map with parking options, please visit our Contact Page for more details.

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Steven Crawford - Country Living
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Steven Crawford - Dog Portrait
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Missy Maher - Rubber Ducky, you're the one
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Kathryn Jennings - Rockin Seniors
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Schedule & Registration

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