The Pet Project Co FAQs
So you saw the photos on Instagram and now you want your dog photographed, too?
Amazing! Who wouldn’t?! It’s an awesome keepsake of a very special loved one.
You might be thinking, “Now what? What does this process entail?” To assist you, here is a list of questions you might have (and hopefully) answers to those questions:
How much for a session with my dog?
It varies. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates.
Where do you photograph my dog?
I can either come to you or you can come to me. Either way is fine. I live on the east side of Los Angeles, but will travel wherever. If you are further than 20 miles from me (Venice, Playa del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, San Diego etc.) there may be a small travel fee of $50.
Do I need to be there?
Yep! One pet parent is required to be with me at the shoot helping to coax and wrangle and play and treat the pup as we go. This will make things easier for your puppy and will make the session’s photos more fun and exciting.
How long does the session take?
I shoot for roughly an hour. Set-up and break down takes roughly 30 minutes. Plan on a total of 2 hours from me walking into your house to me leaving.
What payments do you accept and when is payment due?
I only accept CASH and payment is due the day we shoot.
Do I owe a deposit?
I work on an honor system. Most photographers require 50% down to show up. I do not. However, if we schedule together and you cancel, I expect the session to be rescheduled at the same time of cancellation. Otherwise, there are no cancellations.
What will the photos look like?
Exactly like the photos you saw on Instagram that led you to hire me! Or like that one directly next to this text. Or above this text. Or below this text. You get the idea.
What will I eventually get from the session?
I will take roughly 100-200 photos; however, you will receive only the best of the best. Most of the time, you’ll receive somewhere between 20-30 incredible shots. They will be delivered as high resolution digital jpegs via Dropbox, where you can download them to your desktop.
Do I need subscription to Dropbox to download the images?
Nope. It’s very simple to use and doesn’t cost a thing to download the gallery.
Do you do prints?
I do. I can print up to 13x19 inches. However, I do charge between $10 and $25 dollars a print depending on the size.
Why would I use you to print the photo when I can go to Costco?
I’ll answer that with a question. Do you feel more comfortable working with the artist that took your pet’s photos from start to finish of the process? Or do you enjoy the cold, sterile process of having a stranger walk you through the steps of printing?
All kidding aside, it’s really a matter of preference at the end of the day. There are so many ways to print a photo and it definitely can come down to personal taste how you want to print your photos. However, if you print with me, I’ll also have the chance to sign the photo if that is something you desire.
My dog has dark hair. Shouldn’t we be shooting on a white background?
Do you also shoot puppy lifestyle photos?
Yes, but that’s a different session for a different day. We can chat about doing a combo session if you like.
Can you shoot two pets in the same photo?
It depends. Sometimes, this is a good idea. Sometimes, it isn’t. For the most part, I think focusing on one pet at a time is the best option for creating the most interesting photos. We can certainly discuss it as an option. There will, however, be an additional charge for this service if we decide to do it.
Do you also photography cats?
I do. And birds. And lizards. Whatever pet you love, I’m happy to photograph.
With cats, I do have to charge a little more than dogs because they are very difficult to wrangle. That being said, they photograph beautifully and I’m happy to work with you and your cat.
Do I own these photos?
That’s a question I get a lot and the answer is both simple and slightly complicated.
The short answer is no. I own the photos and can do with them what I please.
However, you will have a non-commercial license to the photos. Post them. Share them. Print them. That being said, you are prohibited from commercial use of the photos (you can’t make money off them or use them in any advertising without permission) and you are prohibited from editing them. They are a finished product to be used for your viewing/sharing/printing pleasure.
If this is at all confusing, just think of the photos like a piece of music. You don’t own Elton John’s Rocketman when you download it from I-Tunes, but you can listen to it and play it and dance to it for the rest of your life.
If you have any other questions or want to book a shoot, hit me up!