Absolutely! I've worked with many different types of "crazy" pets before. It helps that I have a nearly-limitless supply of patience (and treats)! Most of them simply require more session time, or strategic exercise before/during their session, such as high-energy dogs. I've also developed a process for working with extremely shy and skittish dogs, which ensures that they stay comfortable and we end up with beautiful images.
Yes, really! I've photographed pets exclusively for over ten years now. Dogs are my specialty; I've studied canine body language & psychology, so I know the best way to work with pets that have all kinds of different temperaments. For example, if you have two dogs and one is timid while the other is outgoing, I can coax your shy pup out of his/her shell while capturing the boundless happiness of the other, too. Dogs have incredibly distinct personalities - and I know how to show them off!
Choosing a session location is one of the most important parts of the custom photography experience. I discuss this with each client during our Pre-Session Consultation. In general, I'm happy to come to your house if that's where your pet is most comfortable, or if he/she doesn't travel well. We could also go to my studio, or one of my favorite places around San Diego! It's up to you!
Don't be silly! I'll be focusing on your pet, not the bits of clutter and dust in the corners of the room! As long as you're not a contender for a future episode of Hoarders, I'd love to visit where you & your pet spend most of your time together. I'll probably ask for the grand tour, so I can see where the best light occurs, and I think you'll love having images that are so personal.
Oh, I thought you'd never ask! I really love capturing the unique relationship between pets and their people; I think the bond you have with your animal(s) is beautiful - and even a little bit magical. If you're uncomfortable in front of a camera, I'll help you relax, and I promise we'll have fun! My clients often tell me, "I usually hate how I look in pictures - but I actually love how I look in your photos!" A knowledge of flattering posing & lighting goes a long way past the typical snapshots you're used to.
Of course! I am a PET photographer, after all - I have experience with feline and equine photography and I'd be thrilled to work with you to capture whatever species you love! (Except velociraptors. I've seen Jurassic Park one too many times.)
Excellent question. I shoot digital - it allows me to keep costs down and deliver a variety of final products. I use Canon equipment, and my workhorse lens is my L-series 24-70mm f/2.8 IS (but I love my 50mm f/1.4 almost as much). My photography background (before I started shooting pets exclusively) is in action sports photography, and I think my experience with fast-moving subjects prepared me well for the crazy antics of dogs! If you're a Notre Dame fan, I'd be happy to show you my past work. If you're a USC fan, you should know that your session will cost double. (just kidding... maybe!)
You get to sit back and relax! My work has just begun: I'll be busy posting a Sneak Peek for you on my blog, backing up and archiving your images so they'll be safe for years to come, picking out the very best photos with wagging tails and bright eyes, and digitally retouching those images to ensure they look simply stunning. Once I'm done with this process, which takes about 1-2 weeks, we'll get together for our Ordering Session. That's when you get to see all your images, and see & touch my innovative products in person. Once you pick out your favorites, I'll optimize your images for the mediums you've chosen (such as canvas), design any albums you've ordered, and send your selections to my professional printing labs. Once everything has arrived at my studio & I've done a final quality check, it's like Christmas morning - you get to come collect all your beautiful products!
Probably. He might start bragging to the neighborhood dogs and prancing around your house, looking for cameras in front of which to pose. It's a common side effect.