My dog tends to be shy around strangers, is that a problem? I hear this sort of thing all the time. No worries. I have lots of patience and never rush a session. Your dog’s personality is unique and the session will be tailored to accommodate them. Really shy or skid-dish dogs tend to fear the camera shutter at first so we will work slowly and before long we’ll be best buds.
My dog doesn’t sit or follow basic commands very well, is that a problem? Perhaps if we’re in traffic! kidding. Honestly, I live for the challenge and always walk away with great images. It’s their personality, we will let it shine. I will stress that it’s very important to not get upset with your dog during the session. Forcing them to do a command they haven’t mastered will only lead to frustration and it could reflect in the photos.
I want to be in some photos, what should I wear? Your outfit will mainly depend on the type of session we are designing and perhaps even the dog we are photographing. Cool shoes and accessories are always a good choice just like a nice leash and collar.
How do I prepare for our session? Does your dog need groomed in advance? How about a little walk just before we meet? Does their collar need updated? Depending on your dogs needs and your wants, there’s not much you need to do! How awesome is that?! I will have plenty of natural treats on hand along with some balls and squeakers. If there’s something particular you would like to bring, please do so!
Do sessions have to be scheduled for the outdoors? I receive a lot of inquires to hold the session inside or around the home. This is perfectly do-able. However, I will need to shoot where there is ample natural light from a window or door. This means that not all places in the home will be suitable for a professional photo. If we can venture outside, let’s go!
My dog cannot be off leash, will that affect my photos? nope. nada. no. (that’s fun to say fast). Having your dog on a leash is necessary when visiting most parks and open public areas. I will guide you with ways to hold the leash during our session if needed, but in most cases it just requires some magic in Photoshop. I will generally showcase 1-3 example images in your gallery with the leash removed, completing all leash removal on purchased prints only.
I see you photograph horses too, is that right? Yes, I love love love to photograph horses. I grew up riding horses on our farm as a kid and showing cattle in the county fair. However, I’m not thee horse photographer for everyone. While I welcome the opportunity to photograph you in the ring perfuming jumps, showing off fancy footwork or dressage, my focus is on beautiful portraits. As I grow this section of my portfolio I’m looking for sessions that want to focus on capturing portraits of the horse as well as the bond between horse and owner (this can include children, teens, adults).
Do you photograph cats? I don’t see any on your site? I know! What’s up with that?! Cat lovers, where arrrre youuuuu? I most certainly will photograph cats, bunnys, pet iguanas, rats, you name it. I have experience around all animals, being a cat owner (among other things) once myself. I’ve photographed numerous cats at shelters helping them find their forever homes. If you’re the proud owner of a meow-meow…please contact me!