Where do you take the photos?
I’m primarily photographing outdoors while Covid is still an issue. Using my longest zoom lens, we’ll be able to stay far apart. I’ll help you choose an uncrowded location that’s perfect for your dog.
I’m constantly location-scouting to find unique and scenic places around town where we can take your dog’s photos. For example, if your dog is a sporting breed, we could photograph him in tall grasses with mountain views. If your dog is more of a city dweller, we might photograph her with a backdrop of stunning architecture or a bold mural. I customize each pet’s session to fit their needs and the styles you love!
If you have a large yard, it may be possible to have your photo shoot in your yard. Obviously, that has advantages, such as less people, fewer distractions and no need for leashes.
COVID: What are you doing to keep clients safe?
- I’ll monitor my own health and err on the side of caution. I’ll reschedule if I have any symptoms.
- Liberal rescheduling policy – Either one of us can reschedule up to the time of the shoot if there are any health concerns. If you’re not feeling well, don’t hesitate to reschedule.
- Planning sessions will happen over the phone instead of in-person. Ordering sessions will be via Zoom calls. You’ll still get help ordering your artwork. I even have software that can show examples of your pet’s images mocked up on the walls of your home.
At photo sessions:
- I will wear a mask at all times and request that you do the same.
- I’ll use my longest lens so we can be at least 6 feet apart.
- We probably won’t use any props but, if we do, I’ll disinfect them before and after each use.
What if my dog is high energy or easily distracted?
It might be hard to imagine your dog sitting still for photos. My own dog, Murphy, isn’t the best behaved on the block so I understand. I’ll walk you through ways we can set your dog up for success. Often a walk before the photo shoot will help take the edge off their energy level. We can even incorporate action shots so they can simply be themselves. I really enjoy spirited dogs because they are so expressive in photos!
What if my pet is shy?
If your pet is naturally reserved, they might be a little concerned about a new person with a bunch of camera equipment. Choosing a familiar location gets us off to a good start. I’ll move slowly and quietly until I gain their trust.
Will my dog stay on-leash?
I care about your pet’s safety so we’ll leash your dog at outdoor locations. This opens up location possibilities while keeping your pup safe and secure. I understand what it’s like to have a dog who is overly interested in squirrels and rabbits. Even the best behaved dog needs to be kept safe from unpredictable distractions and dangers. The reason you don’t see leashes in my photos is because I retouch them out afterwards!
How much time do I need if I want to buy a gift?
I love being part of fun gifts! You’ll need to plan at least a month ahead for a surprise gift. I will try to squeeze you in but my calendar fills up so don’t procrastinate.
After your photo shoot, it will take about two weeks for editing and retouching. After you select your artwork, I’ll do final retouching and send your order to the photo lab ASAP. Normally, my lab will finish within 2-4 weeks but this year has been full of odd delays (Covid shutdowns & forest fires) so allow for extra time. If you feel like you won’t have enough time for a surprise, consider giving a gift certificate and let the recipient be part of the photo shoot later. It’s a fun experience that they will enjoy being part of!
How can I buy a gift certificate?
Call 720-238-3337 or e-mail me and I’ll custom design a gift certificate for you.
What can I make with my pet’s photos?
You can purchase prints, canvas wraps, metal prints, albums and more. I will help you select the sizes and styles to fit your home or gift-giving needs. I have software that can show examples of your pet’s images mocked up on the walls of your home. Clients tell me that these room mock ups are one of the best ways to feel confident they are ordering the right artwork for their space.
Does the session fee include digital images?
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Here are some photo locations that work well in winter!
Need a pet portrait when the landscape seems less than ideal? Off-season photography can be lovely, even without green grass or snow!
There are more photo possibilities in winter than most people imagine. Take a look at winter portraits I’ve taken of dogs in Denver.
A ’52 Chevy truck was the perfect spot for this dog’s photo session. The truck combined with the mountain scenery was a winning combination!