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.

Shilo rocks Bombo – South Coast Pet Photographer

Shilo rocks Bombo – South Coast Pet Photographer

Shilo’s mum Ashleigh is simply THE best guesser in the entire world!

How do I know this? Well, she managed to WIN my guessing competition at the recent UNLEASHED Dog Event at Shell Cove, on the South Coast of NSW. She scooped herself a pet photography session with me, along with a beautiful framed canvas, which she then chose to upgrade to a Fine Art Bamboo Print Series. You can check out some of the other aaahhhhmazing products I have on offer, over on the products page.

 

We had soooo much fun during our photo session and I’m sure I could have kept photographing Shilo ALL day, as she was such a happy little PUPSTAR. She was eager to do pretty much anything we wanted her do, as long as we paid her with many, many, many, MANY treats!! Did I mention Shilo liked treats???

 

We played in the grass, walked trails, and scrambled over rocks.

Bombo is such an amazingly photogenic location, especially when you get to frollick with an awesome little dog like Shilo.

Just check out some of the different types of portraits we were able to create during her session…

 

If you would like to book a photo session for your dog at Bombo (do it, it’s sooooo much fun!!), please contact me.

Tempus visits Kangaroo Valley

Tempus visits Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley Pet Photography Session with Tempus –

A few months ago, I shared a post about a gorgeous Golden Retriever puppy called Northern…. weeeeell, meet her beautiful sister TEMPUS. She is (was) a 16 week old Border Collie puppy at the time of our session, and we headed to the picturesque Kangaroo Valley for our shoot.

A HUGE thank you goes out to The Heavens Mountain Escape in Kangaroo Valley, they kindly supplied the perfect backdrop for Tempus’ first photo session.

Now, you may think, another puppy in such a short timeframe….?? What the heck? That’s just asking for trouble!! Well, let me set you straight, Kellie, from Totally Pawsable Dog Training, is an amazing dog trainer. She already has TWO older dogs, Southern, a 10-year-old Border Collie, and Bella, a 10-year-old Golden Retriever… you can see a breed theme happening, hey?

Kellie has done an amazing job in creating beautiful, balanced and happy dogs. They all get time together, but also time apart so they don’t become dependent on each other. Training, walking, sleeping, playing, Kellie is all over it. I’m in awe of what she has achieved with her four dogs.

SUPER AWESOME JOB KELLIE!!!!!

Now, back to the newest addition, TEMPUS… she is just THE sweetest puppy!

Check out a selection of images from our photo session at The Heavens… I make no apologies for the number of images contained – there were soooooo many favourites!!

 

If you are interested in capturing your puppy in all their awesomeness before they grow up, please get in contact with me, I now do sessions around Wollongong, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, South Coast of NSW, and more…

Get in touch and let’s chat.

Northern – Southern Highlands Pet Photographer

Northern – Southern Highlands Pet Photographer

Northern in the Southern Highlands:

I’ve had a lengthy hiatus from shooting due to a major relocation from Dural in the Hills District of Sydney down to the beautiful South Coast of NSW. It was a huge move for us, but one that was very overdue, and we are loving every second of being on the coast. Being on the beautiful South Coast  is a huge inspiration for me, and is proving to provide some much needed motivation.

I am also so very pleased to reconnect with old friends who have also moved away from Sydney. Recently, I had the opportunity to have an amazing photo session with Kellie from Totally Pawsable Dog Training, and her new Golden Retriever puppy, Northern. Well, what an absolute joy Nothern was. Every golden wiggly inch of her 🙂

Check out a selection of photos from her session below…

 

 

If you are interested in capturing your puppy in all their awesome goofiness before they grow up, please get in contact with me, I now do sessions around Wollongong, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, South Coast of NSW, and more…

Get in touch and let’s chat.

SPRING special…

SPRING special…

So, for the very first time ever, I’ve decided to offer a SPECIAL.
The reason is quite simply the fact that I am enjoying the start of SPRING so much and would love to celebrate SPRING with you and your amazing pets!

You can check out the offer over on my specials page, but briefly, it’s a $50 discount off the ULTIMATE session fee, PLUS a $50 credit towards your product package. Isn’t that AWESOME?

So if you’ve ever been thinking about capturing your precious pets for a lifetime of memories, now is the perfect opportunity. Contact me now to book your session.

Just prior to the start of SPRING, I had a wonderful photo session with two adorable dogs; Melinda, a 2-year-old Cavoodle and Trevor, a 12-year-old Dachshund.
Trevor being a Dachshund, he was a little uncertain of me, to begin with, and dachies being dachies, he barked for about 80% of the session. But, as you can see from the end result, dogs who are incredibly talkative, or even who aren’t obedience trained (a common worry for a lot of folks), are still able to have a photo session. These images are just adorable, and capture the personalities of each of the dogs…

 

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