You are probably thinking "What the heck Amanda, you ARE a professional photographer" It is true! I have also heard every single reason why someone may not want to use the services of a professional photographer for their pet. Do these sound familiar:
1. My dog is too hyper/too young/has no training/hates the camera
This is my favourite excuse. Why? Because I LOVE hyper, crazy, ridiculously adorable dogs. The more energy they have, the more amazing their session will be...their personality will SHINE! In our pre-session consultation, we will chat about my process, how I get the photo, what motivates your pet the most (food, squeek toy etc) and make a plan of action. At the end of the day, these sessions are supposed to be fun, and how much more fun can you have then watching a dog running around in all its glorious happiness?
2. It is too expensive
I understand. I really do. This is why I offer payment plans! In our pre-session consultation (which is FREE!), we will chat about what you wish to get out of the session (digitals, prints, wall art) and an estimate of the total cost. We can work within your budget and if you decide to blow the budget out the window to get what you really want, I have a payment option for you:)
When you order through Prancing Paws for your prints, you are getting back a product that you literally can not buy anywhere else. We use a professionals only lab. This means that the product you are getting, is high quality and will last your family forever. Nothing is worse then spending your hard earned money on a product just to have it fall apart a month later.
3. I have a smartphone, I take my own photos
I have always said, the best camera is the one you have on you. Smart phones have come leaps and bounds in the last few years. If all you want to be able to do is share photos on your social media, then your phone will be awesome! I use mine all the time.
When you hire a professional photographer, you are not only hiring an expensive camera. You are hiring a person who knows how to use it to. You are hiring someone who can set up a shot perfectly. You are making memories.
I hear all the time from my clients, how they wish they printed more of their photos and had them in albums like they used to. I am the same way. When my dog EmJay passed away, I tried to make a photobook of all my saved up pictures of her. Almost every photo taken on my phone was considered "too low quality" to print. So they sit, in all their blurry glory on a harddrive.
Don't regret NOT having those beautiful high quality memories. I offer various album options - they are a great option to collect your entire session in one spot!
4. My dog/cat is still young and healthy
Oh gosh wouldn't the world be amazing if every animal lived to be 75 years old! If your childhood dog lived its entire life with you! I lost EmJay at only 8 years old. It happens. Accidents happen. Illnesses happen. So why not get that perfect photo now before it might be too late. If you feel the need 5 years later to do it again, then by all means I'll be happy to work with you a second time!
Feel free to send me a message through my contact page. I will gladly chat with you and hopefully ease your mind of some of the reasons preventing you from making the leap into a session.