Sessions are joyful experiences!
We want your pets to be in comfortable environments, whether they’re outdoors at local parks, in your home or yard, or at special places of your choosing. We leave plenty of time for your pets to reveal their unique personalities and provide lots of love, patience, and motivation. Treats (with your approval), toys, squeeky noise devices, playing, or whatever it takes… We stay calm and focused, along with capturing glorious photos of your fur children displaying their authentic personalities. We also understand you may prefer being in some memorable photos with your pets, and we will work with you to create those special experiences!
This sounds like fun, let’s do it!
So how does this pet photography process work?
We have a planning meeting before the session to make sure we understand your wants. We’ll pick what products will fit your home and style. We also make sure we understand how to make the photo session safe,comfortable, and enjoyable for you and your pet.
We’ll have a great time at the photo shoot! We come with love, patience, healthy snacks, toys and noises to keep your pet happy!
Two weeks later we’ll meet to reveal the best photos for your products. We’ll help you through the entire process! You place an order for products that will beautifully fit your home and style.
A few weeks later we’ll deliver your products and help you install any wall galleries you ordered.
You can also review a more detailed version of our process on the pricing page.
My dog flunked obedience school! Can you still photograph my pet?
Many dogs “flunked obedience school!” They get excited and forget all they learned! We are prepared for that. Fortunately, we are good with dogs. and have lots of patience. We will wait for them to relax and begin having fun. Our treats (with your approval), squeaky toys and hilarious sounds will keep them engaged. We just need them to give us that great expression for a fleeting second and we can catch it. Note that for safety reasons, on most photo shoots the dog will be on a leash.
Then there is the magic of Photoshop. That leash we put on your dog to keep them safe just disappears! So, whether your dog is perfectly behaved, flunked obedience school, or is somewhere in between, we will capture your fur child’s spirit and create great photos for you and your family.
As the Pet Parent, what is my role at the photo shoot?
Frequently, you will be helping us with your pet! Sometimes you will be holding the leash, and on occasions you are our secret weapon helping us attract your dog’s attention. Of course, you can often be in the photos! Most importantly, it’s about enjoying the fun while we capture your fur child’s wonderful personality.
How much should I budget for this experience?
The session fee is $175. Prints, photo books, albums, slideshows and other products are extra and can be purchased at a post shoot ordering session. Typically, clients invest between $1000-$2000 for products, but there is no minimum requirement. Purchase what you love!
Can we be in the pictures with our pet(s)?
Yes! We love capturing the unique bond between pets and their families.
If we decide to be in the pictures, is there anything special we should wear?
We want you to be comfortable and wear what you want. Here are a few guidelines to consider:
* We usually photograph outdoors where your clothing may get soiled, so wear something that could easily be cleaned.
* Avoid black or white colors. But white or black stripes are fine.
* Don’t wear something with a distracting message or label that might detract from the pet.
* Remember comfortable footwear! Many photoshoots with dogs, even if you are not in them, include “walkies” where you are walking your dog. Consider shoes that look nice, but don’t have bright colors that might distract attention from the dog.
Should my pet be groomed or bathed before the photo shoot?
Normally, a bath or simple grooming are helpful, as your dog’s fur will look better. But there might be one exception. If a large part of the photo shoot includes your dog running around in the water, bathing them ahead of time isn’t going to help! Depending on the dog’s energy, we will take the water pictures at the end of the session so they look their best before that. Regardless, it really is up to you.
What kind of camera do you use?
We use Nikon cameras designed to shoot fast action. Pets move fast and our cameras need to keep up! We also use a variety of Nikon and Sigma lenses including 35mm, 50mm and 85mm prime lenses, and 70-200 telephoto to capture both fast action and flattering portraits. We also have an ultra-wide angle lens to photograph pets up close.