SCHEDULING & LOCATION
Where are you located?
We are located in Carrollton, TX close to Addison and Farmer’s Branch.
What days of the week do you schedule appointments?
I work by appointment only. I usually schedule design consultations and ordering appointments Tuesday through Friday during the days and some evenings. Sessions are usually scheduled on weekday mornings and on Saturdays. Other times are available by special arrangement.
When is the best time to commission a portrait of my pet?
Most any time, but most certainly when your dog is new to your household, maybe every year at holiday time and when your dog gets older, but before they are sick. Most importantly, don't wait until it is too late. I hear too many stories from people who wished they had not waited until their dog was too sick for photographs. The years slip by and our pups are old before we know it. Don't wait, contact me today.
COMMISSION SESSION FEES & PORTRAIT PRICING
How much are commission fees and what do they cover?
My session packages include a design consultation, the session itself, an ordering appointment and credit towards the purchase of your wall portraits. My most popular session package is a studio session lasting from one to two hours (typically and hour and a half) for $400 plus tax. More information on my commission fees and session packages is on the pricing page. Session fees are due at the design consultation.
If you’d like more information on the specifics of the products I offer, drop me an email, fill out the form on this site to get more information or just pick up the phone and give me a call. 972-418-6084
Do I have to come in for a design consultation?
I greatly encourage a design consultation prior to your session. This is a time for me to get to know you and your pup. Most importantly, it is a chance for your dog to get used to me and the environment. We find that dogs settle in much faster on the day of the session if we meet ahead of time.
We will also talk about how you would use photographic portraits to decorate your home. If you do not have any ideas and would like some suggestions, I am happy to schedule a visit to your home and make suggestions for portrait locations and design.
If you decide during the design consultation that my photographic art is not what you are looking for, there is no obligation to schedule a session.
Generally, what can I expect during my photo session?
If this is your first time commissioning a portrait with a professional photographer who creates custom portraits, you are in for a treat! You are going to have fun! I spend time getting to know you and your pup. I learn about your dog's personality and at the session I create images that show their personality. The sessions are busy, but with my wranglers to help, it usually goes very smoothly. I promise, you will laugh a lot and have fun, fun, fun!
Where can a session be done?
Most people opt to have a session done in the studio for a more unique look. However, sessions can be done most anywhere. They can be done in your home, in your back yard, in a park or other location of your choosing. Consider how well your dog will handle distractions during the session if you are considering a location other than your home or back yard.
How do I prepare for a session?
We discuss session preparation in detail at the design consultation. I will talk about how you should dress for the session, grooming for your dog, treats, toys and how to get your pup all ready for the session day.
Is there a limit to how many dogs you can photograph at one time?
Up to three animals (dogs or cats) from the same household are included in the session package fee. There is a charge of $20 for each additional animal.
MY DOG'S BEHAVIOR
Does my dog have to be well trained?
It is most helpful if your dog knows basic commands like “sit” and “down” and will come to their name. The better your dog knows basic commands the more time we can spend being creative.
If your dog is shy, does not take commands well or has a short attention span, we will want to make sure you have a long enough session time scheduled so we have the necessary time to work with your pup.
What if my dog doesn't behave during the session?
We are very patient and we can usually get good images even if your pup doesn't want to cooperate. Unfortunately, we are not miracle workers, so doing any prep work that I may have suggested during your consultation will help. If necessary, the session time can be lengthened depending on the time available.
VIEWING IMAGES, DECISIONS & PAYMENT
How do I choose images for my wall portraits, wall collections and albums?
We schedule the viewing and ordering appointment about a week after the session. You will first see a slide show of what I think are the best images from your session. I may also show you sample wall collections I designed for you. These are groupings of your images that I think work best together. I may also show you sample storyboards that I think artistically tells your dog's story. I'll help you go through the images and suggestions and help you in choosing your favorites. You place your order at this time. Payment is due at this appointment.
Can you help me with selecting the best images?
Yes I can! There are usually some difficult choices to make. I can make that go a little easier by making suggestions on which images might work best for your wall portraits, wall collections and help with image selection for your storyboards and albums. If you wish, prior to your image viewing appointment we can schedule a visit your home and make suggestions on locations for portraits in your home.
What forms of payment do you take?
I accept cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard. There is a $35 fee for returned checks.
How do I get started?
Go to the web page, "Request a Photo session".
Fill out the form and give me as much information as you can. Or give me a call at 972-418-6084 and we can discuss your needs. We can set up a time for a design consultation so I can meet you and your pups and hear some great stories about your life together!