FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT TYPES OF ANIMALS DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH?
Although my sessions lend themselves particularly well to dogs, I am perfectly happy to welcome any animal, big or small. Be sure to think about the size and energy levels of your pet when choosing a location for your session.
WHEN DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
My sessions usually take place in the late afternoon or early evening. This is my favourite time to shoot because the sun is at its lowest point in the sky and creates the perfect light. With British weather being what it is, I can’t always guarantee sunshine, but if the weather doesn’t co-operate on the day then I’ll happily work with you to reschedule your session.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A LOCATION?
I’ll work closely with you to help you find the best possible location suited to your pet. Being situated in the picturesque county of Northamptonshire means that there is no shortage of locations, from a dynamic urban setting to an idyllic woodland or lakeside location. If they are nervous, easily distracted, or just prefer a familiar environment, then your home can be the perfect choice, providing that you have a back garden or well-lit indoor space.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
We all know how unpredictable British weather can be! Any photographer will tell you that great light is what really makes an image, so if the weather is unfavourable on the day of your session (rain, heavy wind etc.) then I am more than happy to reschedule for another day that suits you.
DOES MY DOG HAVE TO BE WELL TRAINED?
Whilst basic commands, such as sit and stay, are beneficial, the aim is to capture the personality of your pet and any antics they get up to, so you’re much more likely to get great shots if we allow him/her to act naturally and not force them into too many posed situations. I would recommend brushing up on your sit/stay commands in the days leading up to your session. If it’s still an issue, or your pet simply can’t be let off the lead, we can still work with your pet on a lead and I will work on removing it during post-processing – you’d be surprised what a little bit of Photoshop wizardry can do!
MY PET IS NERVOUS - WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?
Not really – as long as you let me know beforehand. Perhaps consider having a home session, or taking your pet on a familiar walk as part of the shoot. It’s important to take a little extra time at the start of the session to allow them to familiarise themselves with the camera and their surroundings, and they’ll soon settle in. Perhaps we could go for a little walk before we start shooting- this will ease your pet into the session and also help to bring their energy levels down a notch, which can be very important!
CAN I BE IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS?
Of course! Whilst my speciality lies in capturing your pet in all their furry glory, I know that some of the most special moments are those shared with you. If you want to get some memorable photos of you and your pet, feel free to jump in at any time.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE SESSION?
If you’d like to be in the photos, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. When it comes to choosing what to wear, keep it simple. Aim to complement the colour of your pet – go for neutral colours or denim and plain tops rather than bold prints or contrasting colours. Still not sure? Just let me know and I’ll be happy to help you pick something.
WHAT SHOULD MY DOG WEAR TO THE SESSION?
Some clients like to remove collars for their session, but others prefer to keep them on (safety is our priority, especially outdoors). If your dog will be wearing a collar throughout the entire session, be sure that it’s one you really like and want to see in your images. Clean up an old favourite, or consider purchasing something new for the occasion.
MY DOG IS SICK/ELDERLY - CAN YOU FIT US IN?
I will always do my best to make room in my schedule for an elderly or terminally ill pet. I offer special “Old Bean” Sessions where I can usually book you in on short notice, and take all the time necessary to capture your pet and the special bond you share together.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY EXPERIENCE?
Every session is uniquely tailored to you and your pets, with sessions and a product range to suit all tastes and budgets – what you spend is entirely up to you and how you would like to keep and share your artwork. Most of my clients choose to invest at least £500 in their experience and fine art products.
WHAT SORT OF PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
I want each of my clients to be able to get the very most out of their session images, and there’s no better way to showcase those images than with a tangible, physical product. That’s why I provide a range of high quality fine art products, from albums to canvases, and will work closely with you to create artwork that you can treasure. I use professional-only labs and also work alongside a local framer, quality checking all of my client’s orders to make sure they’re absolutely perfect! Visit the product page to find out more about what’s available.
CAN I JUST GET DIGITAL FILES?
While digital files are a great way to back up and share your images online, they’re only half the experience. A disk of digital files often ends up lost on a hard drive or unused in a drawer, or images suffer a loss of quality when printed at a consumer-level lab, and fade after a short time.
My aim is to create not just stunning images, but real artwork that you can touch and feel and experience. Whether you choose a canvas, a print or an album, I use professional-grade labs to create only the highest quality products, designed to last a lifetime. I’ll work closely with you to help you design artwork that’s perfect for you and your home, and you won’t need to worry about a thing as I handle everything, from designing to printing and delivery!
Of course, if you fancy a bit of DIY or simply just want that reassurance of having your digital files close to hand, they are available for purchase. Please contact me to request a full price list.
Please note: I cannot guarantee the quality/finish of any products you choose to print yourself. You are responsible for storage of your digital files after purchase – if you should lose the file(s), they will need to be purchased again.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
I accept all major credit/debit cards, online bank transfers, PayPal, and cheques.
Please note: A minimum 50% payment is required for any products ordered at your viewing & ordering session, with the remainder due before your order is placed with my lab(s). As soon as the full balance has been received and cleared, I will complete your order. At this point, orders cannot be changed or cancelled. Orders will not be placed until full payment has been received and cleared.
Of course, you’re welcome to pay the full balance at your viewing & ordering session – that way I can get straight on with ordering your lovely new products!