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Got Questions?  Here are answers to some common questions about pet photography photoshoots.  Of course, you can always get in touch with me directly, and I'll help in every way that I can!

  • Where do you do the photo sessions? Can the shoot be inside my home/garden?
    Parks, forests, beaches, countryside - I have a list of many beautiful places to choose from! We'll talk about the kind of setting you'd like and agree on the location together. We can also do the photo session in your own home, inside or in your garden, and this is often the best option if your pet is more relaxed or comfortable in their own home.
  • My dog isn't trained. Is that OK?
    Yes, of course that's OK! We will keep your dog on a lead at all times (and the magic of digital photo processing will make the lead disappear :) Many dogs quickly work out what's required of them (especially if a treat is offered, if that's appropriate in your dog's case). And if it's too much to ask them to sit or stay still, then I'll photograph around all that movement and we'll capture all the natural exuberance of your furbaby instead!
  • Are you only a dog photographer? Do you have sessions for cats or other pets?
    Not at all! I love photographing ALL kinds of animals! Dogs are certainly very popular photography subjects, but I'm also a great cat photographer and understand them very well. I'm comfortable around all animals and welcome the opportunity to photograph any kind of pet.
  • What happens if it's raining on the day of the photo session?
    Ah the weather, that's one thing we can't control, so if it doesn't cooperate with our plans, we'll reschedule the session to another day.
  • When is payment due? Is the deposit refundable?
    50% of the session fee is required to secure the booking, and the balance is payable on the day of the photoshoot. The deposit is non-refundable, however, if something comes up that prevents the photoshoot from going ahead on the planned date, the photoshoot can be rescheduled to another date. Payment for artwork is payable at the time of order placement. Once the order has been placed with the printers, it cannot be refunded.
  • What happens in the pre-session planning appointment?
    The pre-session planning appointment is our opportunity to go through what you want to achieve from the photoshoot. It's important for me to be clear about the style of photograph you have in mind, or what kind of artwork you are thinking of. That won't lock you into anything specific though, it's just for me to get a better understanding of your requirements and plan accordingly. I'll also ask you more about your pet's character, and we'll go through some tips and ideas so you can also be prepared for a happy, stress-free and successful photoshoot. The pre-session planning appointment can very often be done over the phone or by zoom, but in some circumstances it may be necessary for us to meet face-to-face. Some examples of this kind of situation include if you choose your own private location for the photo session, or if we think your pet will benefit from meeting me first.
  • Can I be in the photos with my pet?
    Yes, of course you can! It's a wonderful opportunity to get a beautiful photo of your best buddy with the people he/she loves so much. However, for those who are camera shy, we can still include a photo that shows the connection you have with your pet in a more abstract way, if you like.
  • When will I get my photos?
    You will receive the photo proofs within 10 days of the photoshoot, and we will then arrange a time to discuss artwork. The order will then be placed with the printers, and the finished artwork is usually delivered within two weeks.
  • My pet is very ill. Can we do the photo session sooner?
    I know from experience what it feels like to know a dear friend is slipping away. I will do everything I possibly can to help you through this time. I'll arrange my time so that you can have your session straight away, and we can also take the photos at the most comfortable location for your pet.
A Poodle cross and and Golden Retriever
© Ronnie Gaye Photography
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