Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where is Posh Pets® Photography located?
My dog is shy/fearful/barks when exposed to new situations. Can you still photograph them?
How should we prepare for the Session?
- If your pet is a dog, give them a nice long walk approximately 1 hour before the session is to begin. But don’t overdo it. The goal here is to let them run off nervous energy, not to completely tire them.
- Arrive approximately 15 minutes before the session begins. This gives your pet an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the potentially new surroundings.
- Bring water and treats (if your pet is allowed them). Also bring any items, such as a favorite toy, that will assist in getting your pet to focus their attention in a particular direction.
- If you want images taken in your home, de-clutter the areas you want photographed.
- Remember to take care of your physical needs as well. We will be working together for approximately 1½ hours. Bring water and treats for you too.
- Most importantly, remember to have fun!
Should I have my pet groomed before their session?
I would prefer natural looking images. Does my dog have to be on leash during our session?
But do not worry! Practically all of the images you see in my portfolio feature dogs that were on leash when the images were taken, even the running/action shots. The leashes were removed during the editing process and any images you purchase will also have the leash removed. (Of course, if your dog has the coolest leash around and you want to make sure it makes it into the final images, I will be happy to leave it there.)
I don't want to be in the final images. Can you photograph just my pet? / Can I be in the images with my pet?
One thing I do suggest though – whatever your final decision, come dressed in case you want to have a portrait with your furry face. I’ve had many a client say that they didn’t want to be in any images, but by the time we were half way through the Session, the sheer fun we were having caused a change of heart. You will definitely be more hesitant to just jump in if your hair is not brushed, your clothes don’t match and you don’t have cool shoes. I am serious about the shoes – we almost always get a picture of those.
That being the case, consider the colour of your pet. If he/she is a beautiful ebony black, consider something that will compliment them and that they will show up against. Try lighter colours for pets that shed a lot as the hair will not show up nearly as much. Press your shirts, wear jeans without stains…and don’t forget about those awesome shoes.
I'm so excited! When will I get to see the proofs?
I would like to ‘borrow’ my friend’s or family member’s pet for the day, have you photograph them, and present the images to them as a surprise gift. What do I need to do?
Will your friend or family member want to enjoy and be a part of a customized experience? I am not just talking about whether they will want to be in photos with their pet, although that is an important consideration. It is a precious part of the family pet dynamic to spend time with your furry face, taking them to their favourite haunts and having that relationship forever immortalized in art. No one knows their pet better than the owner and that is why I always have a pre-session consultation with each client to find out exactly what they are trying to capture. They tell me what they love most about their pet, the adorable habits and expressions that make them special…and I specifically design the Session around that information. While you and I can have this discussion, we may miss important details, simply because neither of us had an idea that that is what they wanted photographed.
Who owns the pet? Before I can photograph anyone’s pet, I need the pet owner to sign a contract allowing me to do so. What that means is, if you are planning this session for your spouse or the pet lives in your household, in all likelihood, you will be able to sign the contract because you are the owner. But…if this is for a friend or involves a pet who lives outside your home, you simply do not have the authority to grant me the right to photograph them.
Okay…so what should I do? Rather than surprising someone with images, I suggest you surprise them with the experience itself by purchasing a Posh Pets® Photography Gift Certificate. Your friend will be thrilled at the thought of designing a customized portrait session for their pet. Read all about the perfect gift here.
How do I purchase a Posh Pets® Photography Gift Certificate?
Do you photograph any other animals besides dogs and cats?
Can I purchase digital files?
I am getting married and my dog will play a big part. Can I hire you as my photographer?
Generally, no. I am a contemporary pet portrait photographer, not a wedding photographer. I am happy to consider requests for sessions documenting proposals or creating Save the Dates featuring your furry family member. In some cases, your dog is playing such a large role in your wedding and you want to capture part of your day from their point of view. As long as you have a dedicated wedding photographer covering the main event, Posh Pets® Photography can be there for your dog. Of course, if your dog or cat is the one getting married, let’s talk! (Yes, it’s a thing – see for yourself here.) Or, if you have another unique session in mind that you just have to have Posh Pets capture, then contact me with the details.
I can certainly refer you to other photographers who specialize in weddings in the Toronto area, and I strongly urge you to hire someone with weddings as a large part of their portfolio. There is no ‘do-over’ of your wedding day – you want someone who has the knowledge, equipment and experience to document your day.
You have answered all my questions - how do I book?
- Step 1: Take a look at your Session options here.
- Step 2: Contact me, below, to book a session.