Whether you a booking a session for pet portraits, family/couples photos, engagements or special occasions, you are probably interested in seeing how your photo session will work! Read on to find out what happens in the lead up to the session, the process on the day, and how you receive the photos and choose prints and art afterwards.
PLANNING YOUR SESSION
I am very easy to reach and don't mind how you contact me to discuss booking a session. Whether you request a booking through my website, email me, or even flick me a message through Facebook or Instagram - I'll be sure to get back to you asap! You are also more than welcome to contact me with any questions you have.
Once you have decided which package option you would like to book, we will set a date and time. I am available any day of the week / weekend. My weekends tend to book up faster than weekdays, so you may have to book a little further in advance.
Customising your shoot:
My sessions are very flexible in terms of the type and style of shoot. We will discuss any ideas you have and whether there is anything specific you would like to capture or include in the session. You might want to have a theme, use props or accessories etc. But with all this in mind, it is also totally fine if you would prefer to keep it simple and wing it on the day!
The session can take place anywhere in Auckland - the choice is yours! It can be at a park, beach, forest, in your own home...or even on a boat for all I care! I have a bunch of locations up my sleeve, so if you're not sure I am more than happy to offer some suggestions!
Practice Sit & Stay with dogs:
The better your dog is at the "sit & stay" the smoother the shoot with go! In the days leading up to the session, do some practice with you dog and reward them with some nommy treats! However, don't stress if you think your dog won't behave on the day...I have plenty of patience and we will get beautiful photos one way or another haha!
THE DAY OF THE SHOOT
The fun part! I like to think of myself as a very easy-going person. I'm living my dream, and I look forward to photo shoots as much as you do! It's all about having fun and making it an enjoyable and easy experience for you and you pet!
What to bring:
I have an endless supply of treats and squeakers and funny noises, but if your dog has a favourite toy which you think will hold their attention then bring it along! Also bring some water along for your dog, and any accessories/props you would like in the photos (bandanas, flower wreaths etc)
You are more than welcome to leave your dog on a leash during the session as I can edit it out. However, harnesses are not ideal, and harder to edit out naturally, so make sure your dog is wearing a collar to clip the lead onto.
If your dog tends to get overexcited when going to fun new places, I highly recommend arriving at the photo location early to give them a run around and allow them to get used to the location.
Taking the photos:
During the session I need your pet's full attention on me so I can get them into position, and hold their focus towards the camera. For this reason, it is easier when owners let me handle the pet and if I'm the only one with treats on hand. We want them to stay focussed and not get confused about who to look at or listen to! If I need help I will ask for it :-)
If you have any ideas you would like to try during the session, or see any spots that you think would make for a nice photo, don't hesitate to let me know - I always want your input!
AFTER THE SHOOT
In the days following the photoshoot I will be busy editing the photos, but keep an eye on my social media because you might get a sneak peak of one or two of the images! Find me on Facebook & Instagram.
Your own online gallery
Within two weeks of the shoot, I will share the photos with you via your own private online gallery. These photos will be low res and have my logo in the corner. You can share the gallery link with friends and family and download the images to share on social media.
Prints and wall art
You can choose which prints or wall art you want to order from your gallery of images. I will provide you with a list of some fantastic products if you desire any! For any prints and wall art you purchase, you will also receive the corresponding high resolution digital images. You will also have the option to purchase high resolution digital versions of any of the images. You can expect to receive your ordered prints and wall art within two weeks of putting in the order. That being said - there is absolutely no obligation to purchase anything.
LETS HAVE SOME FUN!
If you have any further questions about photo shoots, or are interested in booking one, I would love to hear from you! Check out the package options here, and get in touch for a chat!