FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m located in Wootton in the gorgeous Great Lakes region on the Barrington Coast of NSW. Photo sessions are held right here on our beautiful acreage or off the farm at any dog-friendly locations or private property within 50km. I can travel further and charge $1 per additional kilometre outside the 50km radius.
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.
I specialise in photographing dogs and their family so don't be shy to jump in some of the photos too.
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.
If your dog has never had any basic training, please take some time in the lead up to your session to work on teaching them the basic commands. This will make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the session.
Your dog’s safety is my number one priority during the session and most dogs I photograph are on lead. 90% of the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 starting at $625.
When you make an enquiry I will send you a link to our Artwork 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.
As this is often a once in a lifetime, bucket list experience, I also offer interest-free payment plans through Payright with a flexible range of repayment options to make sure you get everything your heart desires.
If you are only after a few photos in digital format only, it may be more suitable for you to book a shorter session with a studio-only pet photographer. I do offer digital only packages which come with a fine art 5x7" reference print and these start at $750 for 3 images (in addition to the session fee).
Yes definitely. As we are located in an idyllic rural location, that comes with the 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.
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Yes, bookings are essential the farm is open by appointment only and appointments are in high demand as I limit my sessions to just two per week so I can give my clients the best possible experience. Your booking date and time are arranged at the most suitable time for you during our photo session times of late afternoon 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 dogs (in addition to two included in the session fee) on request for $50 per extra dog.