SESSIONS

ABOUT A WINDHOUND PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

Looking for a pet portraiture experience that’s guaranteed to pamper your pet as much as you do? We can make beautiful images together without worry about your pet’s age, personality or level of training. After all, a portrait session should be about having fun and capturing your furry friend’s true spirit and uniqueness.

With a full complement of professional animal handling experience, camera gear and lenses, squeaky toys, tennis balls and yummy treats, memorializing your pet’s personality will be a day to remember.

After our session, your final images will be perfected with leashes and other distractions removed during the post-production phase, resulting in art guaranteed to make your heart melt. And if you’re not thrilled with your images, I’ll re-shoot your session at no charge or refund your reservation fee!

The reality is that one day, all we’ll have left of our special companion is memories and photographs. Don’t let their legacy be a bunch of blurry phone images, or lost to a misplaced USB or changing technology. Let’s make sure you have high-quality, expertly produced images of your best friend that will last a lifetime and beyond.

 

What to Expect

Get in touch

You can book your session directly online below, but I encourage you to contact me directly via phone or email. We’ can discuss your personal vision for your session and I’ll share some tips to make the day as stress-free as possible. You can then decide if I’m the right pet photographer to meet your needs. There’s no pressure!

Session planning at the perfect location

What is it that makes your pet so special? The pre-session consult typically happens over the phone or via email, but can also occur in person if your pet is reserved around strangers and it’s better that we get to know each other before our big day.

What motivates your furry friend? What are his or her favorite places and activities? 

As we plan our session, I’ll gather information about your pet and his or her likes and dislikes. We’ll decide on a location that will bring out the true spirit of this furry little creature.

Want to add humans to your images? I always encourage families to join in the photo fun. Pets are part of the family, and families are more than welcome!

We’ll also discuss the type of artwork you envision and tailor our session and images with the end goal in mind.

The incredibly awesome photo day!

There’s zero pressure to perform! This is the time all of the fun, silliness, and magical memories happen. Your pup is free to run, play, splash in the waves or chase a tennis ball down a forest path.  The photo session is all about him or her after all.  Yes, we’ll attempt some formal poses, but no worries if your best friend prefers a more casual approach to the portrait experience. The goal is to bring their personality to life in whatever way they decide.

Here’s a secret: Most of the dogs you see on my website were wearing leashes during our session. After some delicate Photoshop work…presto chango…suddenly you see before you a naked dog free of distractions! We can even use a special long line to safely create action shots if your dog can’t be off leash. And with my arsenal of duck calls and squeakers, I know how to get your pup’s attention. You let me know what kind of images you love, and I’ll bring the tools and the know-how to create them for you!

Regardless of their activity level or training skills it’s okay! I promise you that I successfully photograph hyper, untrained, and camera-shy dogs ALL the time. And remember, if you’re not thrilled with your images, I’ll re-shoot your session or refund your reservation fee.

The viewing and ordering appointment

This is the step that clients often enjoy most! I’ll invite you to home studio in Norfolk where the much-anticipated image reveal happens!

Sit back, relax with some cookies, chocolates or other snacks (an important part of the process!) and see our session come to life. Choose your favorite memories and I’ll guide you through various options as we decide how you’ll most enjoy your images, often through a combination of artwork, albums and digital files. (ZOOM calls are also available during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

ELATION!

The day we’ve worked toward! Your envy-inducing artwork of your beloved companion has arrived and will be delivered right to your doorstep. Get ready to show off the images meticulously crafted for your walls, desk or coffee table.

Along with your purchase of artwork, you’ll also receive a complimentary gallery app for your mobile phone or tablet where your images are always easily accessible to show off to family and friends.

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Investment

While individual investments can vary greatly, most clients typically invest several hundred dollars or more above their session fee on their selected artwork. The amount you choose to invest is completely up to you. Buy only the items that you love!

Choose from professionally framed prints, stunning wall galleries, custom designed image albums and other keepsakes.

Albums and wall art start at $500. All wall art arrives framed and ready to hang in your home or office.  Albums and other keepsakes are individually designed just for you. Want to print your own?  Digital packages are also available.

Windhound Photography accepts all forms of payment including credit card, cash and check. Payment plans are available to make sessions affordable to anyone who values unique, one-of-a-kind heirloom artwork of their very best friend.

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Your session fee reserves your portrait date and time.

Session retainers do not include any digital files or artwork. When your images are ready for viewing, your reservation fee will become a credit applied toward the purchase of artwork during your ordering appointment.

6% VA Sales tax will be added to your session reservation fee and any purchased artwork.

CHOOSE YOUR EXPERIENCE:

Signature Session $250

The Signature Session includes up to 2 hours for a private photo session at your chosen location on a date reserved just for you! During our time together, we’ll explore a variety of activities and settings that will results in 30-40 final images for you to choose from during the ordering appointment.

This type of session offers great image variety and is suitable for multi-pet households.  You and your family are always welcome to join in the photo fun, so make plans for some awesome group shots.

 

Artisan Session $100

Artisan Sessions are held only several times each year and include a 20-30 minute session at a predetermined location on a specific date. Artisan Sessions are limited to dogs only (no humans) for up to two dogs from a single household. This session results in 10-15 final images for you to choose from during your ordering appointment.

This is an ideal option for clients who want to select their favorite images for one large wall piece or gallery collection.

Perfect for senior dogs or dogs with mobility limitations.

 

Gift Certificates

You’ll be the big dog in town when you purchase a gift certificate for that special pet parent in your life. Available in several denominations, it’s the perfect gift for the most pampered pets around.

 

Questions?

If you prefer to talk about options or unique situations for your pet portraiture session prior to booking, please feel free to schedule a call with me. I’ll contact you at a time most convenient for you!