What if...?

Question:

My pet doesn’t know sit or stay. Is that a problem?

Answer:

Not at all! Some of my favorite portraits are of pets standing up. And rest assured, I have a DEEP well of unique sounds and tasty treats to grab their attention—even if it’s just for that split second while I capture each image.

 

Question:

My dog can’t be off leash. Can I still do a session?

Answer:

Yes! Absolutely! Believe it or not, many of the dogs that I photograph are on leash. Leashes not only keep your best pal safe, but they’re also important for following local laws when photographing in urban environments. Thanks to the wizardry of Photoshop, leashes will be removed from most final images.

Question:

What about harnesses or gentle leaders, can those be edited out?

Answer:

Well, Photoshop does have its limitations. Super-bulky harnesses hide so much of the dog’s chest that it’s very challenging to accurately rebuild those pixels in post-production. Gentle leaders can leave unsightly shadows or pull on the dog’s skin, so those are also a challenge to digitally remove. If your dog normally wears one of these for walks, I recommend using it while walking to our location, but also bringing a flat collar to use for the actual shoot. If you need to stick with the harness or gentle leader but would like it edited from final images, there is an additional retouching fee. However, digital removals for leashes, regular flat collars and martingale collars are always included.

Question:

My dog is super reactive to other dogs/people/bicycles/noises. How can we do a session?

Answer:

I completely understand; the world can be a scary place for all of us sometimes. If your dog is nervous or reactive, we can choose a location that suits his temperment. I have a few out-of-the-way locations that receive very little dog or foot traffic, or we can rent the private studio I normally use for a small fee, ensuring that we see won’t see a soul.

Question:

My dog is a never-ending ball of energy! How do you manage high-energy dogs?

Answer:

My camera shutter speed goes all the way up to 1/8000 of a second—in other words, plenty fast enough to capture even the most active dog! Our sessions never require your dog to sit, stay and behave for hours (or even minutes) on end. One of the benefits of hiring a pet-specific photographer is that we know how to work with “hyper” models and still deliver gorgeous images, jam-packed with personality.

Question:

Can I be in the images, too?

Answer:

Of course! I love documenting the wonderful connection between you and your dog. While we can certainly capture a traditional portrait of you both smiling at the camera, my clients especially love the candid images of the moments you share. If you’re especially camera shy, I can still create some lovely, creative images that tell the story of your relationship.  Please just trust me, and remember that you don’t need to purchase or display any images that you don’t adore.

 

Question:

What time will our photo session be?

Answer:

The most magical light for photography happens during the “golden hour,” which is why I schedule most sessions during the last two hours of daylight. However, certain locations—such as urban areas that bustle with activity during the evening—are better suited for morning sessions, when we can still take advantage of the lovely low-angle light.

 

Question:

How do I choose a location?

Answer:

It’s a big decision, but I’m here to help with plenty of recommendations. During our session-planning call we’ll discuss the look you’re after, any special needs your dog might have (mobility challenges, anxiety, etc.) and scheduling constraints on your part (e.g. mornings only). Our adventures can be indoors in a studio or outdoors in a park, or why not both. And if it rains, we will reschedule at a later date or only go ahead in the studio. With all that in mind, we’ll settle on the perfect location for your custom session.

...If after all these questions, you still have doubts or want to ask something you haven't found an answer to, please feel free to drop me a line. I'm always ready to help, and can't wait to hear from you...so click here.

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