· Why Pets - I’ve always been a photographer that liked to take photographs of things exactly as they are. I don’t like things posed or fake. Animals by their nature are completely devoid of pretense and will never pretend to be something they aren’t. This allows me to have so much more fun during a shoot. With animals the direction comes from the opposite side. The animals tend to direct things via their playfulness.
· Are there pets you won’t photograph - Nope! All pets are welcome weather they are furry, feathery, slimy or scaly. Even non-animal critters such as spiders are fine as long as I don’t have to touch them! I also have no problem with any breed of dog; I am a huge supporter of animal rights and stand firmly against breed specific legislation.
· Do you photograph people too - Yes and no. If your cat wants to sit next to you and be petted I will happily capture the interaction between you. If you and your dog like to play with sticks and Frisbees, fun time makes for good picture time. If your dog decides to take a break and sit on your lap I'll make sure to snap pictures of that too. At the heart of things, I'm here to try to capture pictures of your pet in its most natural state. That may include interaction with the owner but pet will always be the focus.
· You are called Off Leash Photography but I see leashes in some photos. - I do like capturing dogs off leash. However if we are doing a session in a public place I think it's important to follow leash laws. If the session is in a backyard, dog park or other controlled closed environment, I say take the leash off! Let them run free and be themselves. I do bring 15’and 30’ training leashes with me to parks so they still can run around. If desired, we can work on removing the leash in photographs that are purchased for prints.
· What if my pets are shy? - That’s fine! After a few years of volunteering at a shelter I have become very used to shy dogs and cats. I will always come prepared with high value treats and spend some time getting them to get used to me. We will work at their pace and make sure the animal is comfortable. I’ve had great success with shy and fearful animals and sometimes they become the best models!
· What if my pet is crazy and doesn’t know any tricks.- Great! We will get along perfectly! Since I don’t believe in posing it is great if they are hyper/crazy/untrained it really can lead to some wonderful and hilarious photos.
· Can I dress my animal? - Sure! Do you have cute sweaters, ties, hats, or lobster costume? Any clothing is welcome and encouraged as long as your pet is used to being dressed up.
· Is there anything else I should bring?- You don't need to bring anything, other than yourself and your pet. I’ll cover treats, water, leashes, toys, or anything else we may need. That said; if you have something specific you would like your animal photographed with you are highly encouraged to bring them. All of our pets have a favorite toy that we can’t imagine them without or; something that makes them uniquely them.