I offer a range of session types. Depending on whether you want a full custom private session at a location of your choice to tell your pet's story, a mini-session to get an updated wall portrait or a fun, themed photo for your holiday card - you are sure to find something that suits your needs and budget. Sessions can include multiple subjects. The private session fee does not include prints, products or digital files. Products are available to purchase afterwards. I do not require minimum purchase, most private session clients spend between $600 and $2000 on print/products. Not sure what is best for you? Take a look at the FAQ or contact me. I'm happy to provide more information so you can book with confidence!
The rate for all private sessions is $250 plus a minimal travel fee. Private sessions generally last 60 to 90 minutes and take place on a date that works for you and at a location of your choosing.
Full custom experience, at a park, beach or the comfort of your home! We'll spend 60-90 minutes getting a variety of posed and candid images. Yields approximately 75-125 proofs to choose from. Order from full product line. Tell a full story.
Clean and classic! We offer Studio Days in Pleasanton a few times a year and a Mobile Studio option that sets up on your home! Set up fee applies for mobile home.
Full custom experience in the comfort of your home! We'll spend 60-90 minutes getting a variety of posed and candid images. Yields approximately 75-125 proofs to choose from. Order from full product line. Tell a full story.
Clean and classic! Full custom experience! We'll spend 60-90 minutes getting a variety of posed and candid images. Mobile studio option. Yields approximately 75-125 proofs to choose from. Order from full product line. Tell a full story.
Can't decide between a studio or location session? Do both! When you book both at the same time you'll save 20% on the session fee and 10% on all product orders. The sessions take place on different days within one year.
Minis are 20 minute sessions at pre-determined date and location. Yields ~25 proofs to choose from. Order from limited product line. Ideal for a few updated portraits.
Minis are 20 minute sessions on pre-determined date and location. Simple, neutral backdrops. Yields ~25 proofs to choose from. Order from limited product line. Ideal for a few updated portraits.
Photo Box Sessions are offered as private sessions at your home and as full and mini-sessions in Pleasanton. The session comes with a mounted print ready to hang.
starting at $299
Photo booth events are fun, themed backgrounds. Ten minute sittings yield 3 final images. Get a fun photo and helping a good cause. Portion of proceeds benefit local animal shelters and good causes. Backgrounds are unique so come often for fun photos!
I want to do a session but I don't know where, can you help??
A.Yes, I'm happy to help figure out what works best for you. I suggest browsing the portfolios to see if you are drawn to a particular type of location (like the beach, manicured park or natural open space) or if the classic simplicity of a studio session. One of the steps in the booking link is a questionnaire that collects information so I can better help. I also offer a guide with some of my favorite Bay Area locations. I'm here to help each step of the way.
I'm worried my pet won't cooperate, is that a problem??
A.No problem! Whether your pet is hyper or shy, we'll work in a way that makes them comfortable and yields beautiful images! In fact, many of my portfolio images that look calm were actually in the midst of zoomies, and some had to be reassured to feel comfortable. With all the different personalities and energy levels, there really is not one trick that works for everyone. One of my favorite parts of doing pet photography is that each session is a unique journey. I love the process of discovery and getting to know your pet's personality.
I have multiple pets. Can I have them in a photo together?
A.Yes, of course! I do suggest giving thought to your priority goals. Ideally in a multi-pet session I'll try to get photos together and individually, posed and candid. But it helps to know your goal so I know best how to use our session time.
The session fee includes up to four subjects at no extra cost. For additional main subjects there is a $25 fee each. You are welcome to pop into a few photos at no extra cost.
What is included with the session?
A.For private sessions, prints and products are sold separately. Some of the short session specials come with either a digital file or print.
Where does the session take place?
A.I am based out of Oakland and serve the greater Bay Area doing sessions at beaches, manicured parks, natural open spaces, urban areas and homes. Travel beyond the Bay Area is available for a minimal fee. We are fortunate to have so many amazingly beautiful options and I'm happy to make suggestions based on your preferences. I also offer a location inspiration guide.
How long does a session last?
A.Private sessions typically take an hour for one pet, but the sessions are not timed. I'll usually block a two hour time and we'll go with the flow, get a variety of shots until we feel the session is complete.
Mini-sessions are limited to twenty minute appointments. Photo fundraiser events are limited to ten minute appointments.
What if the weather is bad?
A.Here in the Bay Area we have micro-climates and unpredictable seasons. I'll begin checking the weather forecast about a week before our session and will be in touch if it looks like the weather will affect our plans.
What about the COVID-19 pandemic?
A.We follow state and county guidelines for events and default the the comfort and safety needs of private session clients.
Does my dog need to be well-trained? My dog can't go off leash, is that a problem?
A.No, your dog does not need to be well trained and it is possible to stay on leash for the session. However, I encourage bringing high value treats and toys so that if you feel comfortable, we can unclip the leash for a few fun candids. I will always trust your instincts and safety always comes first but dogs often do better than owners expect.
Do you photograph people with their pets??
A.Absolutely! Usually a session focuses on your pet but you are welcome to jump in for a few shots and if your priority goal is to get shots of you together or the full family, that will be how we focus our session time.
How far in advance do I need to book my session?
A.Session appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. There will always be more flexibility during the week and it will depend on the season (Fall books fast). In general, Saturdays will be about a month out and weekdays will be about two weeks out. Exceptions will be made for time sensitive sessions.
My pet just received a bad diagnosis and doesn't have much time left. Can you fit us in?
A.Every effort will be made to get your session done as soon as possible! It is a heartbreaking fact that our pets don't live forever and sometimes a photography session is not a priority until time is defined. It is my own loss of a soul-mate cat that brought me to my calling of being pet photographer, so I understand how important these sessions are.