It may be stating the obvious, but I am a huge animal lover. I don’t mind slobber, fur, or paw prints on my freshly-laundered jeans.
Because of the special place our four-legged family members hold in our hearts, it is so important to cherish our pets and their unique personalities while we have the chance. Photographs are a great way to do this, and I love providing people with keepsakes of their dog, cat or any other pet that will last a lifetime.
A pet session is fairly organic and very easy-going to keep with the natural, candid feel of my photography work. They are also lots of fun! This also helps keep your pup relaxed and happy.
What can I expect at my session: In one word: Fun! My goal is to capture relaxed and candid images of your four-legged friend in their natural environment, so my sessions are casual and customized to your pet’s personality. I want your pet to be as they always are, doing what makes them happy.
When I first arrive: When I arrive, I will chat with everyone, play with your four-legger until everyone is comfortable and relaxed. With most animals, getting completely comfortable with me is pretty quick. Others could take a bit of time, but I’ve developed more than a few tricks to bring even the shyest bub out of his shell pretty quickly!
Location: I am an on-location, natural-light photographer, so I can come to you or we meet at a pre-arranged location. A spot that is meaningful to you also creates wonderful photographic memories. If you are up for coming to my territory, I can recommend a location that will work well with your dog’s temperament, breed and colouring, as well as the style you are looking for (e.g. urban or natural setting).
Cats are photographed in your home or yard.
Leash: A lot of the dogs you see in my portfolio were not actually off-leash. The leashes were removed in post-production. I provide a selection of long-lines suited for your pup – small or large.
Crazy Dog: I not only take photos of dogs, I know dogs, and I’ve learnt a few tricks here and there. I’ve previously worked in an animal sanctuary and rehab center. I’ve worked with fear-biters and shy animals, on and off camera. It may take some extra patience and a little more time, but we’ll get there.
Puppies: New puppies are always fit into the schedule – they grow and change everyday!
Seniors: Seniors and cases of failing-health are always fit into the schedule. We never have enough time with our furry loved ones. I want to make sure you have photos of your pup that capture bub’s personality and your love.
Will I/we be in the photos: I always love capturing the family and your love for one another. Pet sessions focus on bubs and I love including people in some way, since the bond between pet and caregiver is so strong. If you are looking to include a single, more formal family photo in your session, be sure to let me know in advance.
Clothes: For families, think coordinating or complimentary colors (e.g. jewel tones, varying shades of the same color, etc.) rather than matching. Make sure everyone dresses in the same level too – either dressy or casual. And, that your outfits match the location and season of your session. You want to make sure you all have the same ‘feel’ with your outfits. Logos, characters, slogans, pictures, etc. on clothing should be avoided because they distract from your family’s beautiful faces. For men (and often for women too), long pants generally photograph better than shorts. Try to choose clothes that flatter your body type for the best results. Clothes should also be comfortable and easy to move around in so that your lifestyle images will look natural and reflect your true personalities. And, don’t forget about your fingers and toes! Your nails will probably be making an appearance.
Seasons: I shoot all year round! Spring, summer, fall and winter each provide beautiful backgrounds.
Rain/Snow: For outdoor sessions, I will keep in touch with you leading up to our session day. If it looks like bad weather, we will reschedule to the next available date that is convenient for you.
After the Session: Your images will be ready for viewing two to three weeks after our session. I will send you a link to a beautiful gallery of all your images. You can select the images you want to be included in your package or have the option to purchase additional images. Once you’ve selected your final images, I will do all the finishing touches on your images to make them perfect (e.g. remove the leash, or distractions in the background, etc.).
When your images are ready, I will send you a private link for you to download your images.
Why should I choose custom photography? Custom photography is a luxury, but it’s also an investment that will only become more and more priceless with time. Pets are cherished family members and sadly, they are with us for a much shorter time than we would like. Custom photography provides a personalized experience and gives you keepsakes of special moments that will last a lifetime.
How do I book?
I would love to meet you and your pet.
For more information and to book your session, email me at email@example.com