The Nitty Gritty
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+ What a session looks like
I spend about two hours in your home, getting to know your pet and following them around with my camera.
Depending on the light in your house, I might guide them a little or have you assist but usually observe and let them do their thing.
I like to learn all about their favorite spots and activities to catch moments that will forever remind you of the lovely everyday quirks unique to your little companion.
+ We are a good fit if ...
- ... you value a natural approach. More genuine, less posed. I do guide sometimes but mostly observe.
- ... you enjoy letting things unfold freely and let your pet do their thing.
- ... you think your pet doesn’t need bows, nailpolish or outfits to be adorable.
+ The most important thing
The most important thing to me will always be that your pet is comfortable. When I first arrive I take all the time they need to get to know me and either calm down or come out of their shell.
Hyper pets can be really fun to get action shots with and shy ones usually figure out that the camera isn’t so bad. It can take time but that’s totally okay!
If you know your pet is typically shy or hyper around new people, let me know and I will send you some easy tips and info to prepare before I visit.
+ All pets are welcome
I am most experienced with cats and dogs and would love to work more with horses too! But no matter what animal your pet is, I’d love to meet them. Just message me and we will figure out the details.
PS: Did you see the chicken session on the blog? So much fun! :)
+ Why I don’t offer mini sessions
There are exceptions of course but overall I have found that beautiful, artful and soulful pictures can’t be rushed.
I like to create a comfortable environment for all of us – your pet, you and also myself. Taking the time to get to know each other pays off. Your photos will show your pet more happy, natural and relaxed.
+ My Rate
- ~2h in-home or on-pasture session with your animal within 40 miles of Fresno, CA
- 15 digital files you can use to print, delivered through an online gallery
I absolutely LOVE traveling, so if you are further away, just message me for more info!
I will start offering prints soon. If you are interested, just let me know and we will get your photos on the wall!
Your Pet session, STEP-BY-STEP
a look at each part of the experience
You’d like to book
You read all the info and have decided to book a session. Yay!!
It is time to schedule your session! To do so, simply click here on the button below and use the calendar to choose a date and time that works for you.
Once you reserve your date through the calendar, I will contact you the next day to welcome you, talk about your pet (I can’t wait to learn aaall about them!!), set a date and location for our pre-session meet-up and answer any questions you might have.
2. PRE-SESSION MEET-UP
To get to know each other and to make sure we all feel safe when I visit your home, I like to meet you and your pet in a public place.
If you have a pet that can’t leave the home, we can meet at a coffee shop or park and you can tell me all about them. If you have a dog, we can meet at your favorite dog park.
Here I like to learn a bit about you and your pet’s story and answer any questions you might have.
This is also the time to sign your contract and pay 50% ($75) of the session rate to hold your date.
3. before your session
Let me start by saying that you don’t have to do anything at all to prepare for our session if you don’t want to or your schedule is crazy!
But if you do feel like it, here are a few things you can do to prepare for our session:
get your pet’s favorite treats ready
pick up dog poop in the yard or clean cat litter box
clip your pet’s nails
pull back curtains and open blinds to let in natural light
pick up clutter around the home
find your pet’s favorite toy
if you were planning to get your pet groomed anyway, maybe now is a good time
4. The Session
Session day is here! I arrive at your home and your dog might be excited or shy, your cat might put on a show or hide out. It’s all okay.
When I come in, I usually avoid eye contact with your pet and don’t acknowledge them, so they have time to settle down or figure out that I’m not a threat.
This is a good time for you to show me around the house. That way I can get an idea where the light is good, learn about your pet’s favorite spots and it also shows that you approve having me in the house which helps them relax.
Depending how comfortable they are, I greet them and start taking some pictures. I let them smell me, investigate the camera and show them the clicking sound of the shutter until they get used to it and start acting normal around me.
I follow them around, we play and hang out for about two hours, until it’s time to turn off the camera and give them one more good scratch before heading out. :)
Be aware that while I shoot a lot, I will not be shooting the entire time. I have found that taking breaks and time to bond is vital to make pets feel at ease and make photos that are true to their personality.
5. After the session
You will get a preview picture a couple of days after your session and the full set of 15 images one week after my visit, delivered through a link to my online gallery.
Along with your gallery you also get a very short questionnaire, so you can review the experience if you think other pet families might like it as well.
Lastly, if you are interested in getting your pictures printed at all but don’t want to worry about it yourself, I can help you with that.
I really care about you getting exactly what you hope out of the experience and personally don’t like it when people try to sell stuff to me, so I won’t do that to you either.
I simply send you a list of sizes you can choose from and it’s up to you to decide if you’d like to order any prints.
So if you’d like a mini print to put on your desk – that’s awesome! If you’d prefer a large print for your gallery wall – that’s awesome too!
No matter what you decide you like, I’m here for you every step of the way.
After a couple of days I follow up with you, so you have some time to consider and that’s it.
After that, I hope we stay in touch and maybe see each other at the dog park or grab coffee sometime.