Consultations, what's the point?

March 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I invite all of my potential clients to come to the studio for a complimentary consultation prior to booking their sessions (of course telephone consultations are available too). It helps prepare you and me for your personal session. It also allow us to get right to work the day of your session without having to worry about the "formalities".  

During the consultation we discuss the following:

  • The type of pet portrait session best suited for you and your pet
  • The location of the session (in studio or on location of your choice)
  • The number of pets to be photographed
  • If you or other members of the family will be in the photos
  • Appropriate attire for the session should you decide to participate in the photos
  • The pets' names, ages, breeds
  • The priority of photos to be taken
  • Any allergies or medical conditions the pets may have (Huh? Why is this important? Because it helps me plan the layout of the session. If your pet has a bad back, I'm not going to make them jump up on the couches. If they have an allergy or are vegan (yes some pets are vegan) I'm not going to give them treats that will aggravate their allergy or upset the vegan diet)
  • Where you envision your keepsakes to be displayed in your home
  • What to do/not do the day of your session
  • How I approach each session and pet from a creative and psychological standpoint
  • If you would like a personal keepsake ordering session to help decide which keepsakes will be best for you (these are also complimentary and can be done in studio or in your home)
  • Enrollment in the ReFUR a Client program
  • Any questions you may have

Pet Photo Pillow During your consultation, you will also have the opportunity to see and touch several of the keepsakes that I offer such as the throw blanket and pillow. We will also set up your session date and time and make the session payment, should you decide to book. Model releases for the participating pets/people will also be signed during this time.

Holy cow, that's a lot of stuff to go over! Yes, it is. I'm not a commercial JcPenney or Sears that takes your money and sends you on your way with a couple of standard "stock" photographs and "packages" (I don't offer "packages" - see yesterday's blog post as to why)

All of my work is done boutique style. Which means every client and pet gets a custom tailored session and constant communication from me prior, during, and after the session. I am always available to answer any questions you may have whether it be through e-mail, text message, phone call, meeting, or Facebook message; you can reach me.

I take great care in ensuring your experience with me is personal, professional, and posh.


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