Pet Photography and COVID-19

Pet Photography and COVID-19

So, it appears that the world has indeed changed. Unless you are deemed an essential business or worker, we are essentially still in lockdown due to the pandemic that is raging around the world.

While the full-on lockdown has started to be lifted and smaller freedoms are returning, as someone who lives with an autoimmune disease, I am not taking any chances, and at this stage, I am still not currently taking any photo session bookings, or doing any home studio viewings. Thanks for your understanding, and we must be strong together for a while longer… but at home  😉

I must point out the biggest positive – our fur family now have us at home – they must be soooo happy!! Well, except for the cats that is 😉

We are all feeling the effects of this situation, from the lack of freedom with the restrictions in place, and the financial impact, through to the heavy emotional turmoil that it creates. We all need to be kind to each other, be gentle in our actions and thoughts. Also, remembering that our pets pick up on our vibes. I love the fact that we are now able to chill out with our pets at home, without feeling guilty.

I’m an introvert, so I’m okay with being in lockdown, but I’m also an empath, so I’m feeeeeling everything that’s going on, whether I want to or not. We can get through this… we have different coping methods… for me, it’s tea, photography (yes, even just around my garden – check out my other Instagram account), furry cuddles, more tea, baths with candles, standing on the grass with bare feet feeling the sun on my face, even more tea, the couch, Netflix, and then some tea.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Here are some ideas for you, if you would like to support my small business while we are still in lockdown:

  • Purchase a gift voucher, either for yourself to use at a later date or as a gift for a friend or relative. They are valid for three years, so there’ll be ample time to organise a photo session. See my current COVID-19 promotion for gift vouchers. (NEW – these are also now available to purchase ONLINE)
    What a great way to celebrate the end of isolation!!
  • Leave a review for my business at one (or more) of the following locations, this greatly helps folks when they are trying to choose their photographer, I’d truly appreciate it:  Google Review, Facebook Recommendation, Find a Photographer
  • I’d love to see YOUR photos of the products that you have received from me and how you show off your beautiful images in your home. You can either share them on instagram and tag me (@ruffnstuffpetphotography #ruffnstuffcrew), or email them to me directly.
  • Is there a favourite image of yours that I took during our session that you didn’t get as a print? Perhaps now is the time to revisit your product selection. I am currently offering 15% off my fine art products during COVID-19. Contact me now to discuss your options.
  • If you would like to book a photo session, I am starting a waitlist for when spots open up again, and by paying a retainer fee you secure your place on the priority waitlist. Contact me now to join the waitlist and pay a retainer.
  • Purchase a set of fine art gift cards, a small fine art print, a large fine art print, or even a framed piece of fine art from my non-pet website (pricing from $60) – COMING VERY SOON.
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I’d also love to know how you’re faring, both physically and emotionally. The current environment is a big load for us all to carry.
Please reach out and we can chat… about anything.

Please stay home and stay healthy, snuggle your pets, and stay in touch.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE

Top Ten Tips for Choosing your Pet Photographer

Top Ten Tips for Choosing your Pet Photographer

I get it! You’ve thought about it for ages and aaaaages!

You have THE most adorable dog IN… THE… WORLD!!! EVER!!!  Seriously!!

You really should have professional photos taken so you can brag to your friends and show off that trendy wall art of your ridiculously quirky pug’s face (you know, that she always makes when you whisper “wanna treat…?”) that hangs pride of place above your bed.

But seriously, how on earth do you choose?

Well, don’t worry, I’ve gotcha!
I’ve put together this super handy guide just for you that lays out some top tips of what you can look for to help you in your search for the perfect pet photographer (and no, it’s not always me!!).

Check their portfolio.

Do you like their images and their style? Their images should show pets that are happy and relaxed, not uncomfortable or forced.

Decide if you prefer on-location or studio portraits.

Not all pet photographers offer both, so once you decide which look you prefer, that will help you narrow your search.

Find a pet photographer that has a history in animal behaviour, or has worked with pets for a long time.

It shouldn’t be just a fad to include the pet in family photos. It is actually a very special skill to work with animals properly. There can be a high level of risk involved and a good knowledge of animal behaviour is essential in preventing unfortunate incidents.

Have a conversation with them!

You need to know that you can talk to your pet photographer. Do they have a phone number? You have to “click” with them. If you are not relaxed during the photo session, your pet won’t be either.

Word of mouth is always the best recommendation.

Who have your friends used? What have past clients said?

Check their testimonials and reviews.

 

Look for a full-service pet photographer.

Do you want your images on a USB in your drawer that you’ll never look at, or displayed as high-quality Fine Art Photographic Products from only the best professional suppliers in Australia?

Look for Industry Accreditation and Memberships.

Every Professional Industry has a Body or Organisation that helps to keep their members at the top of their game. In Australia, that body is the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).

Ask the hard legal questions no-one wants to ask.

Are their business insurances up-to-date?

PRICING!

You probably think this should be in the top three of tips, but in reality it’s not really THE deciding factor here as we all know that no-one truly “budgets” for pet photography. While we all love our pets dearly and treasure them with all our hearts, photography is a luxury item and a very emotional one at that. You will see an enormous spectrum of pricing, as well as available services and experiences. Do your research and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions.

Gut Instinct!

One last word of advice and my best tip, is to go with your gut, speak with any prospective pet photographers and you will know when you “click” with each other.

That’s it! Have fun, keep it natural, and enjoy your furries, because unfortunately, they are never around long enough!

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And, as always, if you have any questions or would like to chat further, please contact me.

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