|Here are a few common questions I receive about my pet photography.|
Q: How long have you been a professional photographer?
I began photographing when I was 14-years-old and have been in business since 2003.
Q: What kinds of pets do you photograph?
The most common types of pets I photograph are dogs, cats, and horses. However, I am open to capturing almost any type of pet.
Q: Why do you photograph pets?
I love animals and they are an integral part of my life. I appreciate the importance of capturing a pet’s individual beauty and character, as well as the unique bond between people and their pets.
Q: What is your availability for sessions? How long does it take to schedule a session?
I prefer to schedule on weekdays; however, I am happy to accommodate weekend sessions, as I understand weekdays are not always possible.
Austin: Sessions are scheduled on availability. I strongly recommend scheduling at least two weeks in advance. During holiday seasons, I recommended that you schedule as far in advance as possible.
Santa Fe: Although there is no set schedule for my travels to Santa Fe, I suggest you sign up for my mailing list (just send me an email and I’ll add you) so that I can notify you of my Santa Fe session schedule. With this said, do not hesitate to contact me regarding any project. I always love a trip back to Santa Fe! And if you can get a couple of friends to schedule with me, I may be able to make a special trip.
Other Locations: I will be happy to travel to other locations for sessions. Please inquire regarding your specific needs.
Q: Where do your sessions take place?
I specialize in portraiture that is unique to you and your loved-ones. I prefer photographing at your home, where you and your pets are most comfortable. Pets tend to be most relaxed and less distracted in their own environment. However, if you have a special place where you’d like to photograph, I am happy to discuss it as an option.
Q: What is included in the Session Package?
Please refer to the Investment section for details.
Q: I’m just looking for a quick snapshot of my pet. Are you the right photographer for me?
Probably not. Because my work is custom and my goal is to create a meaningful series of portraits for you and your family, more is involved than a quick “snapshot.” I take tremendous pride in the quality of my work and I have learned through experience that I am unable to give less than 100% for each client.
Q: What do you specialize in?
I specialize in portrait photography, including adults and children, dogs, cats, horses, and other types of pets. My passion lies in creating portraits that show the deep connection between people and their pets, a bond I whole-heartedly relate to.
Q: I have multiple pets. How many pets can be in the photos?
Each session package includes a certain number of “subjects” (Please review the Investment section for more details). I currently have no limit on the number of pets included. With a large number, however, I may suggest multiple sessions to ensure full coverage and variety.
Q: Can I be in the photographs?
Absolutely! I photograph people quite often and love capturing the bond between pet and owner and/or pet and child. Please inquire about which session package is best for you and how many subjects you’d like included.
Q: What is a typical session like? Are you really going to photograph my pet for 3 hours?
We’ll discuss this during your pre-consult, but each session is unique. I usually begin by greeting your pet and making sure everyone is comfortable. If I haven’t already previewed the location, I will spend time determining the best place(s) to create the portraits. The session’s “flow” consists of set up, photographing, taking breaks, playing, and breakdown of equipment. I will not be photographing for 3 hours straight.
Q: Can I purchase digital files? Are digital files included in my session package?
I offer digital files in some of my Collection Packages. Single digital files are not available for purchase at this time. Digital files are not included in the Session Packages. Please refer to the Investment section or contact me for more details.
Q: How many images do you take in a session?
The number of images varies. While I may take a couple hundred images during a session, they will be carefully edited down to the best photographs for you to view. I always provide a large sampling of imagery from which to choose (typically 30-50 images in quantity).
Q: Will I need to be in the room/vicinity during the session?
If I am taking individual images of your pet, I may ask you to stay nearby so your pet is comfortable. Often times, however, I ask that the owner allow me to work completely alone with his/her pet in order that I may have the pet’s undivided attention. I will be sure to communicate with you during the entire process.
Q: What kind of light do you use?
I use the light that is most appropriate for the situation and location. If there is amazing natural light in and around your home, I will absolutely use it, but locations can be dark and therefore call for studio lighting. Since I am skilled in both natural and studio lighting, the options are endless!
Q: Do you take black and white images?
I capture all images in color, but can convert anything to black and white and will share b&w examples of each “scene” so you can decide which you like best.
Q: What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I photograph with a professional digital camera, using high quality professional lenses. I have invested in high quality equipment, including cameras, lenses, computers, and lighting equipment, which enable me to realize my creative vision. I currently use Canon cameras and lenses, and Dynalite and Elinchrom strobe equipment.
Q: Can you really capture images of my unruly pet?
Like humans, each animal is unique (That’s what makes life so interesting!) and so I approach each session differently. I have many years of experience and have photographed hundreds and hundreds of animals. I have loads of patience and I will give every ounce of it during your session.
Q: My pet is nervous around people…what then?
Since I have a lot of experience working with all type of demeanors, I am fully prepared to adapt to your pet’s specific needs. Some pets enjoy a high-energy approach, while others need a softer, gentler approach. I’ve learned a few tricks over the years! I guarantee that I will do everything in my power to provide the most meaningful imagery of you and your pets. You and I will discuss all of your pet’s individuality during your pre-consult.
Q: What is your philosophy on props?
Since my goal is to photograph you and your pet in your home (or a space that is meaningful to you), I usually do not bring props or costumes. However, if a client specifically makes a request to use a certain prop or I discover a special item in the home, I am more than happy to discuss its use. On occasion, I have used props for stock photography and commercial purposes.
Q: How should I prepare for the session?
You and I will discuss in detail how to best prepare for a session, but here are a few tips:
Schedule your session on a day that is free from other appointments (i.e. dog daycare, vet appointments, play dates, etc.).
Treats: Always have your pet’s favorite treat on hand, but please do not give them treats until we decide it is necessary during the session.
Grooming: I always suggest a good brushing before the session. If you regularly groom your pet, please schedule the appointment as close to the session as possible. Feeding time: Keep your pet’s feeding time consistent with his or her regular schedule.
If your pet is typically high in energy, a short walk before the session may be a good idea. We’ll discuss your pet’s individuality during a pre-consult to determine what is the best approach for you and your pet.
In general, it would be best to save your pet’s energy for the session, but again, we’ll discuss this individuality during your pre-consult. Pet’s Wardrobe: I prefer to take “naked” photos of pets (no collars or clothing), but if you have a special collar or piece of clothing you’d love to have your pet wear, I could definitely include it in the session.
I recommend clothing that has color. Black clothing, while it can be flattering, will show a lot of pet hair. Stay away from busy patterns and logos. If you are being photographed with more people, be sure to coordinate with others in terms of colors. I would be happy to discuss specific details during your pre-consult appointment.
Tacking and Grooming:
Unless you desire imagery of the grooming process, I’ll ask that all grooming and tacking be completed before the session.
Please make sure your horse eats in accordance to his or her regular schedule. We will discuss this issue during your pre-consult.
Again, you and I will discuss the individual needs of your horse during your pre-consult.
Dress according to your desire for how the session should “feel.” You may wish to wear riding garb, or perhaps you’d like to dress up, creating a more formal image. Of course, you could always combine the two.
I strongly suggest using your best tack for the portrait session.
Q: I don’t like being in photographs. What do you have to say about that?
I don’t blame you. Being photographed takes a great deal of trust in the person behind the lens. Having said that, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I don’t photograph well” from a client only to hear them pleasantly surprised and glad they decided to be in the photographs. While I personally prefer to stay behind the camera, I realize the importance in being on the other side of the lens. And thanks to the photographs’ ability to trigger memories and senses, I’ll never lose what it feels like to rub my dog’s ears or smooch my cat on the head. A photograph allows you to cherish these special moments forever.
Q: What happens after the session?
About a week after the session, you will receive a web gallery preview. This gallery remains live for a maximum length of one week. Included in your Session Package is a one-person image consult appointment to review your images and place your order. During this meeting, we will discuss layout options, select your favorite images, and decide the best way for you to enjoy these images in your home.
Q: What are my options for enjoying the images after the session?
I offer a large variety of options for displaying the photographs from your session, including Fine Art Canvas Wraps, Watercolor Prints, Wall Groupings, Heirloom Blocks, and Custom Designed Albums and Books. Please inquire for more details. I offer Collections and A La Carte Options with no minimum order.
Q: Do you capture events and shows for animals?
My passion lies specifically in portrait photography. Therefore, I leave specialty/event photography to those who enjoy and specialize in that type of work.
Q: Do you do commercial photography?
I am available for commercial photography and am happy to discuss any project.
Q: Will my photographs be used on your marketing materials?
My work is contingent upon potential clients seeing the images I create. I am thankful that the majority of my clients happily permit me to use their images (via model releases) for marketing materials (i.e. website, blog, print materials, etc.).
Q: I don’t feel I have a strong sense of design and creativity, but I have a really large wall I’d love to fill up with professional artwork. Can you help me design the perfect layout?
Absolutely! During your pre-consult, we will discuss your space, style, and goals. If you’re not sure what you want, I am more than happy to take a look at your wall space and décor and give you suggestions.