SESSIONS

ABOUT THE WINDHOUND PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

Looking for a pet portrait experience that’s guaranteed to pamper your pet as much as you do?

We can create beautiful images 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.  An elegant framed image of a senior boxer dog

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.

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.

And if you’re not thrilled with your images, I’ll re-shoot your session at no charge or refund your reservation fee!


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’ll discuss your personal vision for your session. I’ll share some tips to make the day as stress-free as possible.

Your session retainer fee automatically becomes a credit toward the purchase of artwork during the ordering appointment.  —Sweet!—

Decide if I’m the right pet photographer to meet your needs. There’s no pressure!


Session planning and the perfect location

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 to bring out the true spirit of this furry little creature.

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

What is it that makes your pet so special to you? 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. Every pet is unique so there are no rules. Whatever makes them comfortable!

What motivates your furry friend? Is he or she a chow-hound? I’ll bring the treats!  Unfamiliar sounds creates a hilarious head-tilt?  I’ll pack the duck-call.  Tennis balls and toys give him or her a wild case of the “zoomies”? I’ve got the perfect camera equipment to capture all of the zany fun.

What are his or her favorite places and activities?  Was she a mermaid in a former life?  Let’s hit the waves.  Is he more of an explorer?  There’s wooded paths awaiting.  Maybe your pup is more of a sophisticate. Let’s explore some downtown cityscapes.

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!


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.  A desktop image of a colorful dachshund

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 dog free of visual distractions!

We can also use a special long line to safely create action shots if your dog can’t be off leash. And with my arsenal of unique calls and squeakers, I know how to get your pup’s attention.

Let me know the type 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 silly, hyper, 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! My home studio in Norfolk is where the much-anticipated image reveal happens!A keepsake box with heirloom images

Sit back and 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. 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.  Using special software, I’ll even show you exactly how your artwork will appear on your walls. It takes all of the guesswork out of ordering the proper sizes and frames.


ELATION!

Your envy-inducing artwork 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. Your pet will be the talk of the town…and rightly so!

You’ll also receive a complimentary gallery app for your mobile phone or tablet where your purchased images are always easily accessible to show off to family and friends.

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A wall gallery of dog artwork

Investment

Individual investments can vary greatly. Most clients invest several hundred dollars or more above their session fee on their selected artwork.

Buy only the items that you love! The amount you choose to invest is completely up to you. Choose from professionally framed prints, stunning wall galleries, custom designed image albums and other keepsakes not found in consumer labs. Albums and wall art start at $500.

A custom-designed acrylic front image album imported from EuropeYour wall art will arrive 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.


Click to call or email Barb at Windhound

757-752-8025

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Or book your session online below


 

The session fee reserves your portrait date and time.

Your reservation fee will be applied toward the purchase of artwork during your ordering appointment.

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!

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 session offers great image variety and is suitable for multi-pet households.

You and your family are welcome (and encouraged!) 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 15-20 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 and also 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!