This Charlottesville, Virginia, in-home pet session featured lots of patterns, a backyard, bed and kitchen snuggles and the cutest little rescue pup you'll ever meet.
I started adding pet sessions to my offerings a couple weeks ago when Honey, our new rescue pitbull, needed surgery. But I love shooting dogs and their humans so decided to keep pet sessions as a permanent offering.
If you want to book a pet session, you have two options - mini and full. Minis are a good fit if you just want a few quality pictures of your pet (i've only done dogs so far, but am totally open to cats, horses, goats and any other animals you have too - someone please book me for a pig session). The session fee includes 10 images with the option to buy more. If you want a full-length session, your fee includes a full digital gallery and is great if you want a session that features your pet but has lots of just you two as well.
Usually for pet mini-sessions we meet at a park convenient to us both. They last about 30 minutes and I send you a proofing gallery with 30-40 images from which to choose your 10. I then edit your images, send you the final copies and voila! Beautiful images are yours for the taking.
With pet full-sessions we can go on a short hike (up to a mile), do an in-home session or meet at your favorite lake or park for an hour or so of exploring.
It's pretty difficult to pose pets unless they are exceptionally well trained so I usually don't. For the most part, we just let them be them. I recommend bringing favorite treats and toys to your session, though, to help grab attention or stay for those full-family shots. I also recommend exercising your pet before I arrive so he or she isn't straining at the leash to get some movement and is ready to snuggle in and mellow out. We usually do move a lot during pet sessions, but if your pet is ready to go, we don't have to spend photographing time getting the wiggles out!