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Absolutely! In fact, some of the most fun and fetching shots happen when dogs are just being dogs. Sure, it is helpful to know basic commands, but it is certainly not essential. No matter how crazy a three-ring circus you may think your session resembled, I promise you’ll walk away from our time together with a range of creative, personality-filled shots.
As for leashes, don't sweat 'em. Almost every dog I photograph is leashed for safety and complimentary leash removal is done during post-processing.
Drawing on my experience and patience to work with a variety of behaviors and temperaments, from rambunctious to reactive, I take a no-pressure, relaxed approach to our time together. Your session never requires 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 portraits, jam-packed with personality. Your dog is not the only one who has some tricks up his sleeve.
Your pre-session consultation is held over the phone. During this time, I will get to know your dog’s personality, including what gets his tail wagging, what drives him bonkers, and what I need to do to create a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your pet. We will also talk about session expectations, possible locations, and address any additional questions or concerns that you may have regarding what to wear, how to prepare, and ways to display your images.
If you have no idea, don’t sweat it! I have a diverse location list that ranges from rustic and rural to urban and I'm happy to offer suggestions based on the feel and style you desire for your session. If you have the perfect spot in mind, I’d love to hear about it and look into it for feasibility.
While I love shooting on-location—the preferred choice for most clients—I can easily come to your home or backyard as well, if that's where you believe your pet will feel more at ease in front of the camera.
Roughly 2-3 weeks following your session we'll get together for your big reveal and in-person ordering appointment. I love this part because there's nothing more rewarding to me than seeing my clients' faces as they view the photos of their pet(s) for the first time! At this time, we will narrow down your favorite images together, talk about how you wish to feature them in your home, and finalize those must-have images and products. From there, your custom artwork order is placed for you to enjoy for years to come.
Yes, please check out my Rainbow Sessions, which are reserved specifically for pets preparing to cross the Rainbow Bridge due to illness or aging. These sessions hold a special place in my heart and I will always move mountains to accommodate these types of sessions.
My rule is that the number of paws must outnumber human feet. (OK, I'm only half-joking...or am I?)
I love when pet parents join in, and I encourage you to jump in at least a few shots, but since my goal is to capture the joy and love between pets and their people, the focus on every session will be on the pet. That said, I do not offer people-only sessions. If you are looking for a people-only family session, let me know and I will recommend a family photographer who can incorporate a pet.
While products, prints, and digital files are not included with your session, your non-refundable retainer required to book a standard session, Rainbow Session, or Puppy Love Sessions converts entirely to a product credit during your reveal and ordering appointment that you can apply toward your favorite products. Choose from signature collections, signature wall art, fine art albums, heirloom folio boxes, digital collections, and more.
To give you the best of both worlds though, each ordered product includes the matching high-resolution digital file of that product's image. High-resolution digital file collections are also available, of course, but I recommend them as a complement to tangible artwork you can enjoy every day, no scrolling required.
Separate session fees? We don't do those around here. Instead, your non-refundable retainer required to hold your date converts entirely into product credit during your reveal and ordering appointment. Essentially, it means you get all of that back to use toward those must-have products! (Winner, winner, chicken dinner!)
Bark & Gold Photography sessions focus on creating beautiful, heirloom-quality custom artwork of your pet through a variety of finishes and styles to suit your home. Signature wall art pieces are client favorites, and many love pairing their favorites with boutique add-ons. Do you find yourself with limited wall space? Fine art albums and heirloom folio boxes make great alternatives and are two of the most affordable ways to get all of your session images. View my products page to learn more.
Most clients invest in a combination of signature wall art and a fine art album, heirloom folio box, or boutique add-ons, therefore the total amount spent from client to client varies greatly. Most spend at least $1,000 on artwork; however, your total investment depends on the session type, how many images you love, and how you wish to enjoy them following your session. The best part is that what you choose to order is completely up to you because you're only purchasing what you absolutely love and you will make that decision at your reveal and ordering appointment. Whether you want a gorgeous fine art album of all your images, a statement-making wall art piece, or the moon, we can do that!
I believe that even prints should come as a finished piece of art, which is why I offer them in my popular heirloom folio boxes, the most beautiful way to preserve your prints and a stunning alternative to fine art albums. These come in sets of 10 or 20 matted 5x7 prints that promise the highest level of durability, versatility, and archival quality.
Desire just a handful? My boutique add-on album block, classic folio box, or portrait trio are also great options for purchasing smaller gift prints in addition to those gorgeous main event pieces at your reveal and ordering appointment.
While your non-refundable session retainer must be paid in full to reserve a session date, we can talk during your reveal and ordering appointment about setting up a customized no-interest payment plan for your product order. We'll choose a plan designed to fit your needs and provide you a simple and convenient way to stay on top of everything from inside your private client portal.