Updated: Nov 22, 2020
I get a lot of questions from potential clients asking about what they might expect at one of my sessions. It’s an excellent question, especially if you haven’t done many portrait sessions in the past, especially pet portraits, or if you’re coming to us as a new client. It’s so good of a question, in fact, that I figured I’d go ahead and address it right here.
I’ll start by sharing some of my experiences. Yup — totally taking a moment to #bragalittle. My first taste of photography was in 2009 photographing my own pawsome feline family members. (You can read how they paw-spired me in my blog post here)Fast forward a few years later, I enjoyed photographing my first client, the amazing Bre + her amazing momma. I loved the experience of photographing someone else and capturing those extra special memories of her and her special girl, that she still treasures to this day, long after her amazing Bre crossed the rainbow bridge. To make a long-winded story short, Paws + Tails Pet Photography officially launched in 2012, and since then I’ve had the great joy of working with tons of extra-special fur kids, pet paw-rents, rescue groups, foster paw-rents, dog trainers, and more to deliver photos they’ll treasure forever.
I’ll be the first to admit that there are lots of other photographers out there, and many of them are wonderful. What sets Paws + Tails Pet Photography apart, though, is the nose to tail experience. You have me by your side from the Meet and Treat until your artwork is delivered to answer any questions, help you decide on locations, artwork, what to wear, and more! During your experience, my goal is that there is no pressure, no anxiety, just smiles, laughter, and capturing the one-of-a-kind bond you and your amazing fur-kid have. From making sure they (and you) are relaxed the entire way through, that they are safe during their session and that everyone has a fun and positive experience while we are capturing that special bond that will last long after your fur-kids have crossed the rainbow bridge.
The Paws + Tails Pet Photography Experience: Booking through Delivery
With all the above noted, here’s exactly what you can expect from nose to tail when working with Paws + Tails Pet Photography.
1. Let's Meet + Treat: After sending you a few quick questions to get things started, so I can create a session that truly celebrates your special bond, we will set a date for your Meet + Treat Session. This is a wonderful and relaxed time held at Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ in Port Alice where we can enjoy some treats, drink in the view, you can ask questions, we can do some brainstorming and your fur-kid can get to know me a bit better; allowing them to be totally relaxed on their session day. After we’re finished, we’ll be sure to set a date, location + time for your session; place your reservation retainer + sign all the paperwork needed.
*Please note that in this Covid world we now live in, our Meet + Treat Sessions do alter depending on current Covid regulations. You and your pet's safety as well as my own family's safety is always a top priority!*
2. Be In the Moment: Before your session, I will be sure to send you fun tips + tricks to rock your session and if you have any questions along the way, I’m always here with you every step of the way! On your session day – RELAX, HAVE FUN + BE YOURSELF! With all the paperwork and other questions asked, answered and tasks completed, we can truly spend time being in the moment capturing all the little details and have fun capturing your pet’s one of a kind personality and your unique bond!
*Please note due to Covid, there will be some alterations in our usual format including wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart during your session. My first priority is to ensure everyone keeps as safe as possible*
3. The Magic Begins: When your session day is done, you can go home and relax and celebrate with Fido! At Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ I’ll be sure to get to work in the digital darkroom getting your images to sparkle and shine their very best. It generally takes about 3 weeks for me to complete this process, but have no fear, I will be sure to keep you in the loop every step of the way.
Once the images have been completed, we will meet up again at Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ and watch a slideshow with all your beautiful images, have some delicious treats and I will help you pick out your favorite images to create stunning archival quality artwork for your home.
It usually takes around 4 weeks for images to be completed in the Lab + shipped to Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ, depending on what has been ordered, but have no fear, we will go over all those details on your order day. Once they arrive, I will be sure to give you a bark and set a date for you to pick up your beautiful images at Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ.
*Please note again, in this Covid world we now live in, how your reveal session goes will be based off of current Covid safety regulations and may be altered slightly to keep you and your fur-kids as safe as possible.*
4. Decorate Your Home: During your delivery session we will gush over all your amazing artwork and I’ll help you to make sure it will arrive in your home as beautiful as when you saw it at Paws & Tails Pet Photography HQ. Once your home, be sure to hang up your artwork, share your artwork + be sure to send me photos so I can see how stunning they look in your home!
*Please note with Covid, there will be some alterations to how these go depending on current Covid regulations*
After all your artwork is up on your walls, our journey is almost complete! I will be sure to send you something special in the mail and via email to say thank you for letting me capture your special fur-kids! Be sure to be on the lookout, even after our journey is finished, for fun treats in your inbox + mailbox too throughout the year!