Questions and Answers
Who is a Love Tails photography session for?
Love Tails shoots are for everyone. Celebrate the pet in your life whether you're single, a couple, have kids, or just want to focus on your pets without being in the portraits. I mostly photograph dogs, if you have a different kind of pet that has feathers, fur or scales or one that doesn't travel well, let me know, I may be able to set up a mobile studio at your home.
Love Tails is inclusive of all people of all ages, identities and abilities. 🌈
What should I wear for my photography session?
Good Question! The best thing to wear is something you like and something in which you're comfortable.
I suggest neutral colours without bold patterns or brands and logos and colours that compliment each person and the colour of your dog. Generally, fitted, but comfortable clothes look best. But also, you do you, if you're big and bold, go for it! I'm happy for you to bring outfit options or costume changes. Have a look in the Gallery or Session Results for inspiration.
For an outdoor shoot we will likely go for a walk in one of Sydney's beautiful dog friendly parks, play, sit, lay and cuddle, so choose something that allows free movement.
How much does it cost?
Photography sessions have a booking fee of $195 for up to 2 dogs and 2 humans from the same household.
If you'd like to buy more at your artwork design session, you can choose a great value Artwork Collection packages, digital and print packages, or buy individual pieces to suit your taste and budget. People typically spend between $600 and $3,200. I have options for you to pay upfront or spread out your payments over 6 weeks to 12 months (subject to approval).
Specials, projectsprizes and event session inclusions will be outlined when booking.
Send me an inquiry via the contact page if you'd like the product guide and price list, I can send this to you after a quick phone call.
Should I get my dog groomed before the shoot?
Yes! But not on the same day. Grooming can be exhausting for your dog and we want them feeling relaxed when they come in. Book it so the hair length is just how you like it by shoot day and a wash the day before.
I can recommend Star Paws who are just on Crystal Street, Petersham. Ask for Kazoo and tell him you have a Love Tails shoot coming up.
Should I tire my dog out my dog before we come in?
You can go on a short, relaxing walk before you come in but don't wear your dog out!
We want them at their most natural and to have enough energy to be engaged and cooperative. Being in a new environment and behaving will take a lot of energy. They will sleep on the car ride home!
Where will we have our photography session?
The Love Tails studio is in the inner west, convenient to all parts of Sydney. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting with air conditioning for warm days.
Love Tails also shoots in your home (great if you need to include your cat) and this suits people who love their home and want a relaxed at home style and people who have anxious dogs who are happiest at home, this is by request and may incur travel fees.
I have wound back outdoor shoots due to all the extreme weather we've been having so most shoots are in the studio. Outdoor shoots are possible, For outdoor shoots we look for a location with low foot traffic. Favourite places include Lavender bay for harbour and opera house views and Centennial Park. We can also discuss other locations. Examples of studio and outdoor are here. Hover over each photograph to see where it was taken.
My dog is really naughty and hyper, do you think we can get good photographs of them?
Absolutely! I have lots of experience photographing dogs of all ages, abilities and training levels.
I have photographed old dogs, young dogs, deaf dogs, blind dogs, reactive dogs and anxious dogs. We take our time and get to know each other and work within their emotional and behavioural capabilities so it's a fun, stress free session for everyone. These sessions need to occur in the studio where it is safe and free of distractions.
Is there any way we can get the dogs to sit together?
Yes! I am experienced in this. As a back up plan, I will also photograph them individually, so that if I need to I can Photoshop them into the same image to create for you the perfect portrait.
Should I bring anything?
Things to bring along are your dogs best outfits, their favourite toys and any special treats you know will get their attention. Feel free to be totally outrageous. Too much is never enough!
If you have more than one dog, bring an extra person to look after them whilst each dog gets their portrait taken.
What's the next step after the shoot?
At the end of your shoot we synchronise our calendars and find a date and time for your viewing and purchase appointment, held within 2 weeks of your shoot. All decision makers attend this appointment.
I will have for you a slideshow of your images and then we go over them one by one to choose your favourites to turn into stunning artwork for your home, prints, gifts and sharable digitals. We have our presentation over Zoom and it generally takes about 1 hour.
I will give you a take home pack at the end of your shoot with all the information you'll need.
Can I get the digitals?
The 'All your digitals' collection you can purchase at your design session, comes with every image from your presentation and a 16x24 inch framed portrait. Your digital images are provided via an online gallery that you can download to your computer and phone. In this collection, they are provided as web sized files and also in high resolution that you can print.
I also have a 'Ten digitals' pack you can purchase at your session, that comes with your chosen portraits and matching 5x7 inch prints. Digital images are provided via an online gallery that you can download to your computer and phone. In this collection, they are provided as web sized files and also 5x7 inch files that you can print.
If you purchase any framed artwork collection, the matching digitals are included in web size.
If you spend over $995, matching digitals are included in web size.
How do I know what size artwork to buy?
Simply take photos of rooms in your house using your phone and send them to me on email.
Then, in our viewing appointment, I use those photos with an interior design program to visualize framed portraits in your home. This allows you to experiment with different options and make more informed decisions about the placement and style of your artwork. You can be confident about the outcome when making your choices.
What are your payment options?
Orders and purchases are made at the end of the viewing and purchase session and you can pay with credit, paypal, EFT or spread out your payments over time using payright, for as little as $20 a week. Payright requires a quick credit check which can be approved very quickly, usually on the spot.