Erika Ward: How do people and pets effect the overall mood conveyed in a styled photograph?
Annette Joseph: Interior shots that include people (in this case, the homeowner) and pets truly speak to me; they are the key elements that essentially bring the photo to life.
Each shelter magazine has its preference regarding the use of lifestyle shots, and if you read a variety of them you will see which ones prefer people walking through a room and which ones do not. There are differing opinions on whether or not lifestyle shots add or distract from the room's focus.
I will say that once you introduce life into the shot it complicates the process and becomes more time consuming. Nevertheless, people and pets are my preference, and they add an element of fun.