Below is a high level outline of the Big Love process.
CONTACT BRITT - Use the Contact form to set up a consultation call in which we will sort out all of your session details. I will send you a Questionnaire to learn a little more about your Big Love so I can be prepared for our discussion.
CONSULTATION CALL - During our consultation call, we will go over your Questionnaire answers, talk about your session preferences, session goals, location options and scheduling dates. I will also provide you with some preparation tips to get your Big Love ready for the spotlight! Once we’ve honed in on a date and destination, your completed contract and paid session fee will put you and your Big Love on my calendar!
YOUR BIG LOVE SESSION - It’s time for some fun! Your Big Love will have a blast hamming it up in front of the camera! I come equipped with toys, treats, and a lot of love to share. Remember, the more relaxed you are at the session, the more relaxed your pet will be. It’s always a good idea to exercise your pet for a bit before the session to burn off any excess energy. And being a wee bit hungry will make those treats more of a motivator. Even if your Big Love isn’t on their best behavior, don’t worry, we will take as long as we need to capture your furry baby’s big personality!
THE BIG REVEAL - 2-3 weeks after the session, I will send a link to your Big Love's gallery, with print release and download instructions. From there, you may print at your lab of choice, or elect to order pro prints through your BLP gallery!
What kind of pets do you photograph?
Where will my session take place? Can you come to my house?
Should I bring anything to my session?
Does my dog need to be leashed?
My pet is shy. Will you be able to get any decent shots?
My Big Love is a wild child and not terribly obedient; should I even try this?
Should I have my pet groomed?
How should I prepare for the session?
Can I be in a shot with my pet?
Dogs and cats (in that order) are most common, but I do photograph horses on occasion and welcome the opportunity to work with other species as well!
This is one of the things we talk about in some detail during the consultation call. We’ll discuss your pet’s personality and comfort level in different locations. You may have favorite spots you frequent that we will want to consider. Whether that’s a sunny spot at home, on a well-trodden walking trail, rolling in the grass at a local park or chasing the gulls on the beach, our best option will be a place your Big Love can relax and have fun.
I do make a point of bringing a sampling of treats and toys to help peak your pet’s interest, but if your Big Love has particular favorites or special dietary requirements, be sure to bring those items with you. Please make a point of not overusing the treats/toys before the session to help keep them motivated when we’re shooting.
For your Big Love’s safety, pets should be leashed in public places. Rest assured, though, that I’m a pro at making those pesky leashes disappear in your final images!
These are things we will discuss before your session. If your pet is timid, we will want to choose a location that they are comfortable in for the best possible outcome. I will always take a little time at the beginning of the session to earn their trust and allow them to become familiar with me and my camera. We will spend as much time as we need to let them settle in so they can relax and be themselves.
I do understand that your Big Love is perfect just as they are. It is important that we respect their limitations and not push them beyond their comfort level during the session. This means that we will not try to create images in situations that make them fearful or are contrary to their personality.
While having nice manners and knowing a few tricks certainly doesn’t hurt, don’t worry if your Big Love has a mind of their own. We are capturing your pet’s unique personality, and with little extra time and patience (and some tasty treats!) we will capture some amazing images. We will also be sure to keep your pet leashed to ensure everyone’s safety.
If your dog is in any way aggressive with unfamiliar people, please make a point of disclosing this information when we conduct our consultation call. I can still photograph your pet, but we will take some precautions, including use of a longer lens to provide some buffer space.
If your pet is accustomed to being groomed, a little trim and sudsing before their session is a great idea. To avoid stressing your Big Love out, though, don’t schedule the grooming for the same day as your session. If you do not regularly groom your pet, a nice brushing and face cleaning can certainly help them look their best.
- Exercising your pet before the session is a great idea, but don’t overdo it. We want them to burn some extra energy to help them be a bit more calm, but not wear them out to the point of needing a nap in the middle of their session.
- Don’t let them eat before their session; we want them to be hungry enough to respond when offered treats for good behavior.
- If we’re shooting at a location outside of your home, plan to arrive a little early to give your Big Love a chance to familiarize themselves with new surroundings.
- If we’re shooting in your home, please clean and declutter the area we will be shooting in.
- Bring water, treats, favorite toys or anything else that will help us in attracting your pet’s attention. I will have a selection of my own, but it always helps if you have their favorites on hand as well.
- To help keep your pet focused, please do not bring extra people or animals who are not being photographed to the session.
- Don’t stress out if your pet is not on their best behavior the day of the session. The calmer you are, the more relaxed your Big Love will be in front of the camera. Trust me, I will be able to capture some great shots!
Yes! I especially love capturing the bond between you and your Big Love. If you think you might want to be included an image, be sure to dress appropriately for the location and in harmony with your pet’s fur color. Please mention your desire to be in a photo at the consultation call for more specific recommendations.
*Please note; your Big Love session is NOT an opportunity to squeeze in a few family shots. You will need to schedule a separate family session for this purpose.