SESSIONS FOR IMAGES OF ANIMALS:
A great photo image rarely just happens, it takes planning. Your photo session starts with a consultation days before the actual shoot. I want to learn about your dog/cat/horse so that I can capture his/her personality in the images we are going to make. To do so, we'll start with a conversation about your companion before we schedule the shoot -- his/her quirks, habits, favorite places/activities/things, and what YOU love about him/her. With that information in hand, we'll determine the best location and manner to capture images of your companion in their most characteristic fashion.
The actual photo session will be a blast for both your pup and you. We will begin with me just playing with your pet to gain their comfort, then it'll continue with lots of treats (or toys or petting or whatever makes your pet happy) and play time throughout the session to keep them happy and relaxed. There will never be any rush or pressure. I've learned that patience is one of an animal photographer's greatest tools. For dogs and cats, I'm usually on the ground to get the best perspective. Depending on the situation, I may ask you to assist with toys or treats, or I may ask you to adjust the position of my lighting so I can work faster, or I may ask you to just step aside altogether. It's whatever works best for the animal.
I've photographed all sorts of dogs -- from sweet, lazy seniors to excited, bouncing pups. Whatever your dog's character, we WILL be able to photograph him/her. You don't need a well trained dog to get a great portrait. My experience with many dogs allows me to "read" a dog and know how to get them positioned, how to make them look their best, and when they need a break.
After the photo session I'll spend time (hours) carefully editing and processing your proofs, then we'll meet and review them together to discuss display options, sizing, cropping possibilities, different novelty items, and more. This will be when you place your order; prints are typically delivered within two weeks. Please note that I will not post the images from private sessions online for viewing/purchase.
SESSIONS FOR IMAGES OF PEOPLE:
A great photo image rarely just happens, it takes planning. So your private photo session starts with a consultation. During this consultation I'll ask about the types of images you'd like and how you're going to use them. I want to learn about your interest, your passions, your style, etc. so that these things can be reflected in the images we are going to make. With that information in hand, we'll then discuss the options for the location and time of your session. In some cases, I may do some location scouting and provide you with some location-only images to insure we are on the same page. Also, if wanted, I can arrange a professional hair and make-up artist for you on the day of the shoot (additional charge applies).
The actual photo session will be fun. There is no time pressure and (thanks to digital photography) there is no limit to the number of images. We'll maintain a very relaxed atmosphere and I'll assist you in posing in ways that are most flattering to you. We'll take breaks and you'll have a chance to review the images in-camera so that you can make any suggestions or adjustments you'd like as we go.
After the photo session I'll spend time (hours) carefully editing and processing your proofs, then we'll meet and review them together to discuss display options, sizing, cropping possibilities, different novelty items, and more. This will be when you place your order; prints are typically delivered within two weeks. Please not that I will not post the images from private sessions online for viewing/purchase.
Every photo session I do is completely customized to each individual's needs so that the photo shoot results in images that are exactly as you'd like, therefore, pricing varies. Generally speaking, you may pay a session fee and then purchase prints and other products "a la cart" or you may prefer an all-inclusive package price. Clients should expect to spend a minimum of $500. I accept payment via cash, checks, credit cards and PayPal.
I invite you to schedule a visit at my home studio where I can show you the various types of prints that are available. You may also request an eBrochure that outlines general "a la cart" and package prices.