- What happens if my child / pet dosen't behave?
- My dog is crazy! Can you still photogaph him?
- Where do the photo sittings take place?
- I want to do the shoot at a public place but my dog needs to stay on a leash. Can you edit out the leash?
- What do I need to do to prepare for the session?
- When do I pay for the sitting?
- What’s a model/property release?
What happens if my child / pet dosen't behave?
I'm not afraid of a meltdown. I have lots of patience.
I've been a portrait photographer for over 15 years and and many of those years has been working with children and pets of all ages. During the sitting, the families job is to call for attention, distract, or pose them as directed while I focus on getting the perfect shot.
Even when I've had a child crying with a red face and a kitten that wouldn't sit for anything, I eventually got great shots that the family cherishes.
My dog is crazy! Can you still photogaph him?
I suggest to clients that have high energy dogs to take them for a long walk shortly before the session. Dogs with this much energy will still be happy and active for their session, but will most likely be calm enough to get some great shots that require them to sit still – even if it's for a tiny period of time.
Where do the photo sittings take place?
You have the option of:
- An outdoor location where we can capture some beautiful light.
- Doing a more formal or dramatic session in my home studio. Some restrictions apply. This is more for very well behaved pets or one pet with their owner.
- An on-location lifestyle shoot in your home. Your pets will feel more comfortable and safe at home, especially cats.
I want to do the shoot at a public place but my dog needs to stay on a leash. Can you edit out the leash?
I understand that some pets, especially cats, need to be leash-bound most of the time when they are not confined by a house or fence. It may limit us a little in the types of shots we can get, but most of the time we can get some photos without a leash showing or the leash can be edited out in most photos. Your pet’s safety is our number one priority. You must be present for the entire duration of the session. If you have any concerns about your pet being off-leash during the shoot, please use the leash. However, if you plan to do so, we recommend a thin style of leash such as a retractable Flexi leash, as it will be less noticeable and easier to remove in post-processing.
What do I need to do to prepare for the session?
- Bring your pet freshly exercised and groomed.
- Come dressed for the occasion. You may be apart of the photo even if you were planning on it just being your pet for this shoot. It may be just your legs or hands if you really don't want to be in photos at all.
- Avoid patterns and stripes.
- Bring your pets favorite treats and toys.
- It’s also a good idea to feed him or her a little less than normal a few hours before the shoot – when a dog is a little hungry, he or she will be more inclined to behave well for treats!
When do I pay for the sitting?
When you and I pick a date for the session, you’ll pay a retainer of half the cost of the sitting. The second half is due the day of the session and can be paid with cash or check.
I require at least 48 hours (except for a really, good excuse – at my discretion) for cancellations. If you cancel inside of 48 hours (again, special circumstances are taken into consideration and are sometimes a no-brainer) I keep the retainer you paid when you initially scheduled the session.
What’s a model/property release?
A model/property release is a legal release signed by you granting us permission to publish the photographs from your session. We ask our clients to sign this release so that we may share the images of your pets on our portfolio, Facebook page, and possible flyers or promotional materials. As a photographer, it’s important to be able to share examples of our work, so we kindly ask that you help us by signing the release.