BOOK YOUR SESSION
The booking process starts with a pre-session questionnaire. This helps me learn more about your pet(s) and what to expect when working with them. Sometimes pets get nervous during a photoshoot, so we can also help determine where best to hold the photoshoot. During our pre-session, we'll discuss locations, likes, dislikes, etc., and we'll come up with the perfect spot for the photoshoot. Once we determine what will work best for your pet, you will then choose your session date from several upcoming spots available that meet your needs.
CONFIRM YOUR SESSION
Once the date is chosen, you will receive a portrait agreement electronically (via DocuSign) to review and sign. Then we will send out an invoice for your session fee via Paypal. Payment may be made using a Paypal account, or checkout as a guest with any major credit card, or mail in a check. Upon receipt of the signed agreement and session fee, your date is secured. See our photo guide for tips on preparing for your session.
We begin by taking the time to let your dog relax and get to know the space. Depending on the time of day, we'll either use natural lighting or studio lighting as well as simple props and backdrops. The focus is on your pet(s) having a wonderful and relaxing portrait experience, so they can shine. We work at a pace that suits your pet and take frequent little breaks to make sure your pet doesn't get tired or stressed. When I am working with your pet, it is important that the client not distract them, by calling their name, giving commands, or otherwise diverting their attention. If your dog doesn't have a solid stay, I may incorporate your help or the help of an assistant, but otherwise, it's best if you sit back and relax while I do my thing! Don't worry; I don't expect them to sit and listen all the time. I want them to stay relaxed and not feel restricted, so don't worry if it looks like your pet is not cooperating, it's all part of the process.
DESIGN AND PURCHASE APPOINTMENT
Design and Purchase appointments will be scheduled approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the session. This is the time when you see all your final images and make decisions on your portrait order. Currently Design and Purchase appointments are being done virtually. We’ll help you sort through the images and make final decisions on what will look best with your decor and what fits your needs and budget. We have carefully selected the perfect product line that balances art with exceptional heirloom quality. To learn more about our product line, check out the Products page in our photo guide. We will work with you to choose your custom artwork, so you won't be overwhelmed with options. It is a good idea to consider your budget before the viewing appointment, so that we can help you make the most of it when choosing products that are right for you. For wall art, we recommend that you take some time to consider where the art will hang and the size of the wall space. We also encourage you to send a picture of the wall space ahead of your appointment (please ask for instructions in doing so).
In about 4-6 weeks your order will be ready for pickup (2-4 weeks for prints, up to 6 weeks for handcrafted items). Then it's time to enjoy your artwork and let it bring a smile to your face each day!