A Paws + Tails Pet Photography experience is fully customizable to create images that capture your fur-kids unique personality. Working on-location throughout the North Island, we will create custom artwork that will look gorgeous in your home and make your tail wag every time you walk by it.

 

Our session fees work a bit differently, namely – there are not any! The Port Paws + Tiny Paws sessions have a non-refundable reservation retainer to hold a space for your session. Magically, 100% of that reservation retainer transforms into a product credit during our Reveal Session!  

Port Paws Sessions

$299

Port Paws Sessions are the Paws + Tails Pet Photography Signature Sessions.  Together we will pick the perfect spot for you and your fur-kid to enjoy and capture some beautiful memories at.  I will walk you through every step of the process to ensure it is a stress-free and fun experience for you both.  These sessions are an hour in length, include a Meet + Treat Session where we will get to know each other, answer any questions you might have and start planning out your special day! Once your session is over, we will meet up again so you can see the beautiful moments we captured and I'll help you to pick out the best wall art + gifts for your home and for your friends + family to enjoy too.  

Your Session Includes: 

  •  60 minute photography session for up to 3 dogs from the same home 

  •  custom location of your choice

  •  30 minute Meet + Treat Session

  • 60 minute Reveal Session

  • 20 beautiful images to choose from

Tiny PawsSessions

$49

Tiny Paws Sessions are adorably priced, shorter sessions that are perfect for those looking for a small number of professional portraits of their pets. Some are themed to celebrate a holiday or season and others will just be fun pawtraits of your fur-kids. These sessions are shorter, 20 minutes long and include 10 images to choose from.

  

Tiny Paws Sessions are a great way to update smaller artwork of your fur-kid for your home or office, for gifts for friends and family or to create one bigger art piece of your fur-baby.  

Your Session Includes: 

  •  20-minute photography session for up to 2 dogs from the same home 

  • a pre-determined time + location

  • by reservation only

  •  30 minute Meet + Treat Session

  • 60 minute Reveal Session

  • 10 beautiful images to choose from

Passion PawsSessions

Once per season, we offer Passion Paws Sessions to help fundraise for our Featured Charity Program to help them raise funds so they can keep doing what they do best, help those fur-kids in our community who need a helping paw and are searching for their happy tails!  

Passion Paws Sessions are ultra-short sessions that have 2-3 images taken in a 10 minute session time.  Often we will also ask for a small donation and will gift a special keepsake as our small way to say thank you!  

Your Session Includes: 

  •  10-minute photography session for up to 2 dogs from the same home 

  • a pre-determined time + location

  • by reservation only

  • 30 minute Reveal Session

  • 2-3 beautiful images to choose from

  • 1 small special thank you treat

The Process

Hello!

I do believe we are lucky to have one of the most spectacular + wild backdrops in our own backyards here in the Tri-Ports. From ancient forests to rocky beaches and everything in between.  When you first contact me, I'll send you a quick questionnaire, along with a little information about me + a product catalog.  The more information you give me, the more I can customize your photoshoot so you have a good idea about what you want out of your session and together we'll make the magic happen!

  

Meet + Treat

 

During your Meet + Treat session we will get all the finer details sorted out, like locations and what you are looking for for your session + home afterward and we'll even get all the paperwork signed so that when your session day comes, all you have to do is simply relax, have fun + be in the moment with your fur-kids. 

During the Meet + Treat is also a great time for me to introduce myself + my camera to your fur-kid to ensure a less stressful session day and learn they can trust this stranger + the camera.

Session Day!

Session Day is all about 1 thing.  Relaxing and enjoying the moment while we capture some amazing memories of you and  your fur-kids.

Before your session day arrives, I'll be sure to send you some great tips + tricks on how to best prepare you and your pet for your special day!

 

If you'd like to be in some of the images too, no problem! There is no rush during your session, we'll take as much time that is needed to make sure we get the best results.

After your Session Day is finished, I'll head straight to my digital darkroom to check out the images and apply some digital darkroom magic to them. This usually takes two to three weeks to complete.

The Big Reveal

Once I'm done working in the digital darkroom, I'll reach out to schedule your Reveal session at Paws + Tails Pet Photography HQ.

 

During your appointment, we will view your images, enjoy some treats, laugh and possibly cry just a little bit and choose your favorites that we will use to create some stunning artwork for your walls and I'll place your order with the Lab. 

Lab order time can vary depending on the product and can take 7-30 days, but I will be in touch with you every step of the way and let you know the time estimates during your Reveal Session.

Delivery Day!

Once your beautiful artwork arrives, I will be sure to set up a meeting once more here at Paws + Tails Pet Photography HQ where we can gush over all your gorgeous new artwork, albums, gifts, you can ask any questions and more while enjoying some treats. 

Products

All my products are from high-quality professional labs just for professional photographers.  These products are archival quality and will last a lifetime.  Your artwork comes finished, ready to display products that you can start enjoying the day you pick them up.

Whether you order huge canvas of your fur-kids hanging out on their favorite beach, a stunning heirloom album to keep forever, or a stunning acrylic block to perch on your desk at work, we can customize your order so you get exactly what’s important to you.

Frequently asked questions

My dog is a little (insert adjective here; hyper, shy, nervous) so he will never cooperate for a session.


Yes! Approximately 98.9% of the pups that grace these pages are your everyday companions. They may or may not listen to sit or stay and that is JUST FINE! My camera will capture them at 1/1000th of a second so they truly do not have to be quiet or still.

It’s important to discuss any possible behavior challenges during the Meet + Treat Session, but sometimes no-one knows the dog is terrified of the sound of the shutter until that moment.

Whatever the case, we will spend some extra time with your four-legged family member to get them comfortable with me and my camera using positive reinforcement techniques. I won’t lie, it’s definitely a little easier when working with a well trained, well socialised dog!

But I understand that dogs have their quirks and there are often many factors contributing to their behaviour and level of training.Rest assured, I’ve worked with all kinds of dogs at all levels of obedience. The number one thing we can do to make things easier for ourselves is choose a location with as few distractions as possible (I can help with this).

During the session, I use tons of tricks and techniques (and a bucketload of patience) to overcome any training issues your dog might have so we can still get a range of awesome shots.Please don’t let your dog’s behaviour hold you back from booking a session. Relax, you’re in my capable and super experienced hands!




I love those outdoor shots but my dog can't be off-leash.


The safety of our clients is the number one priority during our session and the only dogs that should come off-leash are the ones that their owners are 110% confident in their ability to recall their pet in that particular situation. In certain situations, like urban shooting, we keep even the most well behaved dogs on their leash for safety. We can also use the special long line during our session to capture some action shots but still ensure they are safe and sound. All leashes will be magically removed in Photoshop from any ordered image at no additional charge.

Can I let you in on a little secret? The majority of dogs I photograph are actually on lead! I’ve got a bag o’ tricks up my sleeve to get great images while working with dogs on lead. Thanks to the magic of post production, the lead can be removed from images in a matter of minutes, leaving you with a gorgeous shot. No one will ever know a leash was ever there. Clever, huh?




What is a Paws + Tails Pet Photography experience like?


The first step is getting in touch with me and letting me know you would like to learn more! I’ll give you a call and we will go over the process, the products, and plan a perfect custom session for your fabulous four-legger. Once you are ready to confirm a date, a signed session agreement and reservation retainer will hold a place on my calendar just for you!

Prior to our session, we have our Meet + Treat Session here at Paws + Tails Pet Photography HQ. This is where we decide on how you may best like to display your images so I can be sure to plan the perfect session for you. Don’t worry, it’s not a final decision, but I do shoot a session for an album differently than if you are looking for one large stunning wall piece. We will also settle on our session location, discuss more details about your pet, and let them get to know me and the camera a little bit better too.

On your session day, all the paperwork will be completed and out of the way and you will get to simply relax and enjoy the time with your fur-kids creating special memories.

Once the session is done and the images are completed, I will contact you and set a date for the Reveal Session which is held approximately 3 weeks after your session here at Paws + Tails Pet Photography HQ. We will go over all of your images, choose your favorites, enjoy some treats, and finalize your order together. I will then move your files into production and produce gorgeous custom archival artwork that you will love for a lifetime. Each time you look at them you will be reminded of your special companion and the great years together.




I have no idea how I want to display my images? What are my options?


There are many possibilities to display your images and we will work together to create something that fits perfectly into your home. The signature products ofPaws + Tails Pet Photography are custom designed wall art. From canvases and frames that will fit rustic décor, to acrylic or metal artwork for modern homes there is something that will look fabulous on your walls. Many clients love to create custom designed coffee table albums too! You will have the opportunity to see, touch, hold, and feel many of the different product offerings during the Reveal Session.




My dog doesn't have much time left. Is there a special session?


I’m so sorry. Our pet’s lives are tragically short. Celebration of Life Sessions are available for those pets that are at the end of their time with us. They are regular on-location sessions, but I will give every effort to adjust my schedule to squeeze you in as soon as possible.




I want to create authentic portraits of my pet! How do I book?


Give me a bark by hitting the Let's Get Started Button! The reservation fee is required at the time of booking, which is done after your Meet + Treat Session to secure your session on the calendar and can be paid with a credit card. Sessions are often booked 4-6 weeks in advance, with the exception of Celebration of Life Sessions, which are often squeezed in last minute due to the nature of the sessions. However, I strongly suggest that you do not delay.




What if I need to cancel my session?


I am always willing to reschedule up to 2 times because I get that sometimes life just gets in the way. However, your reservation retainer is non-refundable.




Do you charge extra for travel?


My packages include travel to locations in the Tri-Ports Area. For other North Island areas however an additional travel fee applies. Request a Location Guide for more information. If you are located more than two hours away from Port Alice, please get in touch and ask for a travel quote before booking.




Do you photograph pets other than dogs?


Sure do! The majority of my clients are dogs but I also photograph other four legged friends – you’ll spot a few cats and horses in my portfolio, too.




How far in advance do I need to book?


As soon as you’ve decided to go ahead with your booking, get in touch. I can take bookings up to six months in advance (and sometimes my waitlist can take that long so it’s always advisable to contact me as early as you can!).




Do you offer gift certificates?


Yes! Gift certificates can be purchased that are in the amount of the Port Paws Reservation Retainer only. I don’t currently offer low-cost gift certificates for less than the cost of the reservation retainer because I feel it’s not much of a gift if the recipient is expected to or is unable to purchase their own prints and products from the session.




What if I only want digital files?


While the digital files are great for backing up and viewing your images online, they’re not a finished product.

In my experience, when the only thing that’s taken home from a session is a disk of files, you’re only getting half of the Paws + Tails Pet Photography experience. Most the time, files end up sitting in a drawer for years, or get looked at on a computer from time to time, or they may get made into cheap prints that fade within a couple years...or worse, they are lost when the electronics they're stored on eventually crash.

I’d be doing you a disservice to hand off the files and leave you to figure out what to do with them.

The goal of a session with Paws + Tails Pet Photography is not only the creation of beautiful images, but the tactile, visual enjoyment of those images. My archival products will have accurate color, be printed on the highest quality materials, and are meant to last a lifetime.

Please note that you do receive matching Social Media Files with everything you order.




Why should I book a pet photography session? It's so expensive!?


There are several reasons to go the custom route and ultimately it is one that is a personal choice. However, I think of it this way: Pets are our cherished family members what are sadly with us for a much shorter time than we would like.

Custom photography provides a personalized experience and gives you one of a kind keepsakes of special moments that will last long after your fur-kid crosses the rainbow bridge.

When you book a session with me, you know you’re getting high quality, creative and fun images, from a true professional who specializes in animal photography. With over 8 years of experience, lots of patience, and a very calm energy, I’m able to connect with your pets and capture their spirit and personalities in my own unique way. I’ve worked with all different types of personalities and abilities and create beautiful moments every time.

I’m not a wedding or family photographer who occasionally includes pets; I am a Pet Photographer.





Paws + Tails Pet Photography is located in magnificent Port Alice BC and specializes in candid, natural light pet photography.  As a lifestyle pet photographer, I photograph dogs, horses, cats and all kinds of critters on location on the picturesque North Island.