Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
- Alfred A. Montapert
For many of us our pets are our family. We take selfies, snaps, videos and pics of our dogs, cats, and a wide array of pets everyday. What we don't have is a portrait our furry, feathered, or scaly beloved family member. This is where I come in, I specialize in taking those memorable portraits of your beloved pet. These are keepsakes of your love one that will last a life time and can be proudly displayed. My goal is to make memories and provide a tribute to your beloved family member.
First and foremost for any session that I do is the well being of your pet. It is important that they are happy and healthy. I do whatever I can to alleviate stress.
My typical session is held in the studio and includes the following:
Portrait Session Consultation - a meeting at the studio (or at your home) with you and your pet. This will allow your beloved family member (or members) to come and sniff around and get comfortable. We don't take any photographs at this time, this is just the "lets get to know each other" time. During this consultation I will ask you questions about your pet (or pets), what you are wanting to get our of the session, and give instructions on how to further prepare for the portrait session.
The Portrait Session - They can be any length, but typically lasts 1 - 1 1/2 hrs. This time includes any time needed for your pet(s) to get settled in. My goal is to make this fun for everyone.
The Reveal - As the title suggests - this is where you get to see the results. We start with a slide show of the best images from your session. I will also make any suggestions for wall portraits, albums, etc. This is the time you will place your order.
Each of these sessions are about a week apart depending on schedules.
Sessions can be held outside of the studio aka "on location". "on location" could be a park, your home or other location. With the on location sessions there still will be a consultation and a Reveal that will be held at the studio or your home. When considering a location, think about how much control you have of your pet outside of a confined area and whether or not they can be off leash. Also consider if your pet (mainly dog) can ignore distractions (think squirrels) that might be at a location.
I do not post any galleries of your images until after the Reveal.
Pet Photography Pricing
Elegant modern pet portraits are our specialty. Your pet’s true beauty will shine when posed and lit ideally for their coloring as well as your home decor.
A nominal creative fee of $100 for in studio sessions covers time for creating your portrait session and preparing the studio for your session.
A typical pet only session lasts about an hour to hour and half.
Final presentations will usually have 20 - 30 images for single subjects and 30 - 40 for two pets or a family.
We understand that some pets just aren’t comfortable outside their own homes. Car rides and new places can be stressful. For those situations, we can bring the studio to you! Our traveling gear allows us to create the portrait experience right in your living room. Or perhaps you want the look of the great outdoors in the artwork with your family and pets.... whether in your yard, another private location, or public space, we can capture the moment exactly as envisioned.
Location sessions begin at $200 actual price will be determined by travel distance, number of subjects, session length (typically 90 minutes to 2 hours), and any permit needs for location. Fee also covers time for preparation and travel within a certain range of the studio.
A typical pet only session lasts about an hour and a half
My Life Sessions:
My Life Session is held in your home where you companion is most comfortable. This special senior session show how much they have impacted our lives and the bonds their share with everyone around them. I will photograph them in their favorite places as well as with their favorite humans. These are great for older pets or those that don't travel well! These images are perfect for albums and keepsake boxes as well as wall art. These would be longer than a typical on location session to truly see you pet`s life. These start at $500 and include a tribute album*. These are considered priority sessions.
End of Life Sessions:
These by far are the hardest session to shoot. This is where you know that your best friend is about to cross the rainbow bridge and you want to create something special to celebrate their life. Your favorite images will be placed into a 4x5 Mini Leather Album as part of this session. These session are a priority with me. Please contact me to discuss details and fees.
Watch Me Grow Portrait Sessions:
These sessions are designed to show the growth of your newest family member. I start with portraits in studio as young as possible, then schedule follow up appointments over their first year to capture their amazing growth during this rapidly changing life time. These sessions start at $500 include 4 studio sessions. Also, includes a 5x7 print from each session or a larger compilation print* after the last session. These images make a great album!
Available for ANY pet but designed around puppies and kittens:
1st session between 12 - 14 weeks (after initial shots)
2nd session between 4 - 6 months
3 session between 9 - 10 months
Final session between 12 - 14 months
Mini Paw Portrait Sessions:
These are short fun filled sessions that are 10 - 20 minutes long depending on the number of pets. These may have different themes based on the season, it all depends on my mood. The locations and pricing for these sessions may vary.
All products, including wall art, albums, portraits, and digital images, are available for a la carte purchase or in specially designed packages. To print a photograph is to give it life. Quality professional suppliers are used for all products. All major credit cards are accepted for your convenience.
I believe strongly in prints such as wall art, albums, desk displays and keepsake boxes. Why Print? Here are a few of the reasons: Because there are moments you can't get back, but a print can make you feel them again; because you can touch and feel your memories; because prints are for today, tomorrow, and all the tomorrows after; because prints remind us what love really feels like..
"Social media has become a part of the everyday and part of the joy of that experience is the images that propel it. But another part of social media is the Flash in the Pan Effect: a sudden burst of excitement over an image and then the enjoyment of it fades as it falls off the algorithm. There’s seriously nothing like holding a physical print of your artwork in your hands, deciding where to place it in a home, and know your clients walk by it every day and enjoy. This week the girls talk about the power of physically printing your work, what it means to for kids to see pictures of themselves in the home, and so much more." - Kira Derryberry, Master Photographer, Cr., CPP
* Limitations in size of prints and number of pages in albums.