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 follow a process to ensure you receive the best results. You can review the short version of our process on the pricing page.
Here is the longer version.
After you are confident that we’re a good fit for your pet photography needs, contact us through our website. We will respond quickly to both welcome you and schedule a pre-session consultation.
Before the pre-session consultation we will send you a brief questionnaire so we have a good understanding of both you and your pet’s needs. We will review the questionnaire at the pre-session consultation.
Normally this pre-session consultation will be held at a local Starbucks, Panera Bread or the like. Coffee and snacks are on us! This important meeting allows us to meet you and your pet(s), properly assess your needs, review frequently asked questions and choose a photo shoot location and date. After the session, we will send you an invoice for the session payment and a contract (to protect us both) for electronic signature. Note that payment is used to reserve the photo shoot date.
Then comes the most fun part – the photo shoot! We come with love, patience, healthy treats (with your approval), toys and noises to keep your pet happy and engaged. We will generally attempt to shoot a variety of photos like action, portraits, walkies playing etc. We will create at least 20 great shots from which you can choose. These photo shoots typically last 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours. Being a model is hard work, and we appreciate the time you and your pet contribute to the shoot.
Within two weeks we will review the images and select the best ones to show you during an ordering session. At this meeting, we can go through the images and select your favorites. After you make your photo selections we will order the products, and payment for prints and other products is required at that time.
Your products should arrive within a couple of weeks of ordering.
We might write a blog about the wonderful experience after the shoot!
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 $500-$1500 for products, but there is no minimum requirement.
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 and 50mm 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.