If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right
It's only natural that people interested in having their pet photographed would have questions about the process, and how
I approach it. Following are questions that I have been asked thus far, and a few I anticipate to be asked:
- Q. How much will it cost for you to photograph my pet?
A. I charge by the setup. Add or subtract a pet from a setup, and you have a new setup. My base studio-fee is $150.00 for the first setup or pet in a setup, and $50.00 for each additional setup or pet in a setup. There is no up-charge for additional pets in a setup if the additional pets were previously billed in that session.
- Example 1 - A single pet photographed: $150.00
- Example 2 - Two pets photographed individually OR as a group: $200.00 ($150 + $50).
- Example 3 - Two pets photographed individually AND as a group: $250.00 ($150 + $50 + $50).
- Example 4 - Three pets photographed individually AND as a group: $300.00 ($150 + $50 + $50 + $50).
- Q. You photographed my pet several years ago. Is there a discount for a returning client?
A. My prices for pet-photography have increased over the past 10 years; however, I do not increase the pricing for an established client. Your price now, whether for the same pet or a different pet, would be the same price you paid on your first visit.
- Q. What do you charge for the inclusion of people in the pet photo?
A. There is never an up-charge for the inclusion of a single human being in a pet setup. Additional people are $50.00 each with some restrictions as to their number.
- Q. Can we rotate the single free person to pose with a pet without extra charge?
- Q. How many poses will I get?
A. In a typical session, I will shoot about 150 frames.
- Q. Will I get all 150 frames?
A. The number '150' is not guaranteed, and most likely if it were a 150-frame shoot, you would not get all 150 frames.
- Q. Why not?
A. Because a major part of the work performed is editing, which takes about 3-hours, and occurs after you leave.
Editing includes trashing the 'duds' from the session. The number of fully-edited and print-ready
photos delivered is promised to be at least seven.
- Q. Exactly what do I get for my money?
A. As I photograph and post-process each photo for you, I will post it to a web site constructed specifically for you. This will allow you to view the work as it is created. Each posted file will have a resolution of 300 dpi, and be either 800 pixels wide or 700 pixels high.
Within 72-hours of the completion of the post-production, I will post to the Internet a ZIP Archive containing the same files as posted to the above mentioned web site. Each file will have a resolution of 300 dpi, but (unless otherwise requested) it will be sized to 1500 x 2100 pixels. This is the size required to make a high-quality 5x7 inch print.
- Q. Is it possible for me to obtain a DVD containing ALL photos taken.
A. Yes! For an additional charge of $10.00, I will prepare and burn a DVD containing ALL files created during the course of photographing your session. If you wish the DVD to be mailed to you, there is an additional charge of $15.00.
- Q. What size prints will I be able to have made from the files you supply?
A. Just about any size you specify up to 16x20 inches. If you want the files to print to larger than 8x10 inches, you should so state BEFORE the photo session.
- Q. What if I desire a particular photo finished to a particular size after I have received and reviewed all the photos?
A. After the presentation has been received and reviewed and upon your request, a single file of your choosing will be hand-finished to any reasonable size for no additional charge. That finished file will be delivered to you via a ZIP file posted to the Internet.
- Q. What do you mean by fully-edited?
A. Editing usually involves the following steps:
- Color Balancing
- Determination of White-Point, Contrast and Brightness
- Cropping and Proportional Sizing
- Image Sharpening
- Q. Why are there so many steps in your editing process?
A. I refuse to allow the camera to make certain decisions at the time of exposure. Instead, I prefer to reserve certain critical image work for the desktop computer. It makes a big difference!
- Q. What 'pet stuff' should I bring when I come to your studio?
A. That depends upon your pet. For cats and small dogs, a crate would be expected. For large dogs, a leash is required.
In addition, the pet's favorite snack treat and chew toys are appropriate. And most important, bring a cloth fabric item
that is heavy with the pet's scent. This can be a stuffed toy, a blanket or a small carpet the pet uses to lay upon at home.
I supply bottled water at room temperature in a dish-washer clean dish.
- Q. What if my pet makes a 'mess' in your studio?
A. Not a problem! It's happened before, and it will happen again. I supply all the needed material for a cleanup: paper towels,
sponge, Lysol spray, air deodorant, and supervision while you supply the labor. ; - )
- Q. Do you offer gift certificates? I have someone in mind whose pet I would like you to photograph.
A. I do not issue gift certificates, as such. What I do offer is the following. By phone, you give me the necessary information
about the pet and its owner so that I can make an intelligent and informed phone call. I will then contact the individual you have
designated, and inform them that you have made ALL of the arrangements to have their pet photographed in my studio.
I will follow-up that call with an eMail message confirming either the appointment they made with me at that time, or an eMail
message giving them specific details on how they can contact me in the future.
Only after the appointment has been kept and the photographs taken and processed, will I then contact you asking for payment.
When payment is received, the finished files will be posted to the Internet, and if so ordered a DVD containing the photos taken will be mailed either to you or the pet's owner.
- Q. Where is your studio located?
A. My studio is located in the attached garage portion of my home with nearby bathroom facilities for guests. The studio
is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, computer and sound equipment. In addition, it is both heated and air conditioned.
I operate under the City of San Jose Business Taxation License #180012408.
- Q. Why sound equipment?
A. I play music while I work. I find that it helps calm and distract the subject (both animal and human) from the otherwise
'waiting' silence between shots.
- Q. Do you do on-location work? In other words, will you come to my home to photograph my pet?
- Q. How do I pay you?
A. Your choice - cash or personal check at the time of the photo session, or PayPal after you have left my studio using any funding source PayPal will accept. The eMail address you would use for PayPal payments is:
- Q. Do you offer special pricing for photographing a litter?
A. Yes! Just CLICK HERE
- Q. I notice that you show a lot of the photos you take while promoting your photography. What if I do not want you to show the photos you take during our session?
A. Not a problem! Simply double the amount of the base fee for the photo session. Instead of my asking you to sign a model release, I will sign a 'Do Not Publish' agreement for you. I am always willing to exempt from publishing a 'single type' of photo taken during our session for no additional cost.
- Q. Are you licensed?
A. Yes! I operate under San Jose Business Taxation License #180012409 as @MY-FAMILIA.com. , and do so under several names with each intended to reflect the type of photography being offered. Those names are:
Web sites for the above may be accessed at : SHEEBAH.com.
- Q. If and when I'm interested in pursuing this matter further, what should I do?
A. Bookmark this page, so you can easily find your way back, and then eMail me
when you are ready. In that eMail, give me your phone number and the best time for me to call you.
To eMail PICTURE-YOUR-PET for any reason,