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ARE YOU AN ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?

I am an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). This means I have achieved the required standard to be classed as a professional photographer and adhere to the AIPP code of conduct relating to service, quality, and honesty in business and am trained, educated and skilled. The AIPP accreditation defines ‘professional’ as:

  • ‘Trained’ because all accredited professionals must have a minimum of two years’ experience with on the job training, or have completed a formal RTO approved photographic program before they can apply to become Accredited Members of the AIPP
  • ‘Educated’ because all accredited professionals need to continue their professional development by taking part in the AIPP CPD program
  • ‘Skilled’ because all accredited professionals are encouraged to improve their skills through taking part in the AIPP awards programs.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

I’m located in Wootton in the gorgeous Great Lakes region on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Photo sessions are held right here on our beautiful acreage.

DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH DOGS?

Dogs make up the majority of my pet photography sessions, but I love photographing all types of animals and birds, both domestic, farm and in the wild.

DOES MY DOG NEED TO BE FULLY TRAINED TO PARTICIPATE IN A SESSION?

Some basic obedience training in relation to sit, stand and stay commands definitely help the session go more smoothly, with outcomes similar to those featured throughout this website, however, if your dog is not fully trained we will still get some great photos. It might just take a little more time and patience and a longer lens. I’ll spend some time with your dog before I start shooting, to build rapport and get them used to my camera, and so I get some cuddles too! I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to get their undivided attention.

IS IT OK IF I KEEP MY DOG ON A LEAD, I'M WORRIED THEY'LL RUN OFF?

Your dog’s safety is my number one priority during the session and most dogs I photograph are on lead. Generally, the lead can be removed in the post-processing stage. I have a lead on hand which is thinner than your average lead, and I’ll show you how to hold it so it can be photoshopped easily out of your final images.

MY DOG IS SHY AND NERVOUS, CAN THEY HAVE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SHOOT?

I’m used to dealing with extremely shy and nervous dogs in the pound environment and this is where patience comes into play. We can discuss strategies in your planning session, when I’ll hopefully get to meet your dog for the first time, so I won’t be a stranger when it comes to the photoshoot. I always take my time with getting to know a dog before I even pick up my camera, so they get familiar with me and with my camera, the noises it makes, and the noises I make. For some dogs it can be a little daunting to have a big glass eye looking at you... so getting to sniff and sit with my camera for a little while always helps nervous dogs relax.

CAN I BE IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS?

Yes, I’d love for you to be in some of the photos if you choose to be. Catching the bond between a dog and their person is so important for having these photos to look back on when your dog has left our world. I would hate for any of my clients to regret not being in a photo or two due to self-consciousness.

I don't like being in front of the camera, but I also know it’s so important to have visual memories of your life. I’m not a fan of posed family portraits and prefer to photograph the bond you share when you interact with each other so hopefully, that will take away any fear of being photographed.

If I am photographing you with your dog in a posed situation rather than candid, all you need to do is smile at me and I will take care of getting your dog’s attention for the photo.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Most importantly, wear something you feel great in. Try to keep it simple and choose neutral tones and avoid patterns. You can get some tips in my Session Preparation Guide which will be sent to you well in advance of your dog's photo session.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE?

You know your dog better than anyone, and I want to make sure the photos reflect how you see and love your dog. Check to see if they need a wash or brush prior to the session, especially checking if they need a light trim around the eyes if they have longer fur as we want to make sure the windows to their souls are definitely highlighted to their photos.

Avoid feeding them just prior to the session as I want them to be responsive to my treats. I provide free-range chicken jerky that I prepare myself as I don’t like using manufactured products. If you would prefer, you can bring along your dog’s favourite treats if they are a fussy eater or have special dietary requirements.

To make sure they are engaged and calm for the shoot, please make sure you take them for a walk an hour or two prior to arriving at the location.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY SESSION?

Bring your dog on a leash and wearing a nice collar or other accessories such as a bandana if that’s what your dog is into. Please avoid using a harness for the photo session, if possible. Remove any council tags for the duration of the session as they detract from the photos... we want all eyes on the beauty and uniqueness of your dog.

If they have any toys they love and you want them included in the photos, bring them along. Don’t forget to bring poo bags! I always have some on me in case you forget, but you will be the one cleaning up after your dog!

WHAT TIME DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

I shoot in the last two hours before sunset. This provides a much softer light and results in beautiful images with dreamy backgrounds on our farm.

Sessions are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?

If we aren’t blessed with good weather on the day of your photo session, I will call you to discuss rescheduling your session to another suitable day. The types of weather that would result in postponing the session would be rain, thunderstorms, high winds, and extreme heat.

All these type of weather conditions are detrimental to both the safety and comfort of you and your dog, and the tolerance of my camera equipment! Besides all that, we want you and your dog to enjoy the experience and have a great time as well as awesome photos, so the weather plays a big part.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY EXPERIENCE?

You can spend as much or as little as you like as I don't have a minimum spend requirement. Every session is custom-designed to you and your dog. I have a range of products to cover all budgets.

When you make an enquiry I will send you a Product Guide and we will discuss your options at your planning session. I’ll work closely with you before, during and after your session to find the perfect options for you and your budget. 

I also offer interest-free payment plans through Payright with a flexible range of repayment options.

If you are only after a few photos in digital format only, it may be more suitable for you to book a session with a studio-only pet photographer.

AS THE PHOTOS ARE TAKEN ON YOUR FARM, DOES MY DOG NEED TICK PROTECTION?

Yes definitely. As we are located in an idyllic rural location, that comes with some nuances of nature and that includes ticks at certain times of the year. For the safety of your dog, you must ensure your dog is being treated with tick prevention at least a week prior to your session. It is also important to check your dog for ticks after their session.

Our dogs have tick protection and we never find ticks an issue, however, we need to ensure your dog is kept safe should a rogue tick take a liking to them.

DO YOU SELL GIFT VOUCHERS?

I certainly do. A Jo Lyons Photography e-Gift Certificate is the perfect present for every dog parent.

Our vouchers are suitable for all occasions – Christmas, birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, Mother’s and Father’s Day … or simply just for love.

e-Gift Certificates are $175 and include:

  • a pre-session consultation over the phone or via Skype
  • a photo session at our destination farm location for up to two dogs from the same household
  • a booking during my weekday or weekend sessions
  • a 5in x 7in print of your recipient’s choice valued at $125
  • an online sneak peek on my Facebook page
  • a purchase appointment at my client viewing room where I show the best 30 images from the photo session

You can choose to add credit to your e-Gift Certificate, which your recipient can put towards products. I can process e-Gift Certificates online or over the phone and will email them out within 24 hours of purchase.

e-Gift Certificates are valid for 3 years and are not transferable, refundable or redeemable for cash.

DO I NEED TO MAKE A BOOKING?

Sure do. The farm is open by appointment only and appointments are in high demand. Your  booking date and time are arranged at the most suitable time for you during our photo session times of 5pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the first and third Saturdays of the month.

I hold emergency appointments outside of my regular photo session hours for young puppies, elderly pets and pets with health issues. Please don’t hesitate to ask about these should you require a ‘sooner rather than later’ booking. There is a $75 charge for an emergency session.

I also photograph additional pets (more than two) on request for $50 per extra pet.