I am interested in your photography services, can you briefly explain how everything works? Sure! Delaware Pet Portraits offers portrait sessions in your home or at a location of your choice. We prefer to photograph your pet where your pet is the most comfortable. Your Portrait Session can include just your pets or the entire family. During your Portrait Session, we capture a variety of images such as your pets individually, with you, posed shots, candid shots and more. Your Ordering Session takes place one week after your Portrait Session.
How do I prepare for my Portrait Session? There are a few things we want you to start thinking about before your Portrait Session to make sure that we create the best portraits possible for you. What is your home decor like? What colors do you have in your home? Where are you thinking of displaying your portraits? It’s important that you start thinking about the answers to these questions so we can be sure to pick a background that will not only compliment your pets but also compliment the decor and style of your home. Also, if there are specific areas you would like to display your portraits, we need to know if those spaces would accommodate a vertical, horizontal or square image.
What are some of my printing options for my favourite images from my Portrait Session? We offer a variety of printing options including framed portraits, canvas gallery wraps, holiday cards, coffee table albums, personal stationary and more!
How can I schedule a Portrait Session? You can schedule a Portrait Session by simply sending an email and reserving a date and time. On the day of your Portrait Session you will schedule another appointment to return to Delaware Pet Portraits to order your portraits. All Portrait Sessions and Ordering Sessions are by appointment only.
Do you charge a sitting fee? Yes, our sitting fee is $95.
How long is a typical Portrait Session? Every Portrait Session is unique and will vary in length, but plan on about an hour. We will be shooting for about 20 minutes of that time.
How long is a typical Ordering Session? Allow at least an hour to view your portrait options and make purchasing decisions. All decision-makers should be present when selecting portrait sizes and artistic finishes.
After ordering, how long before I receive my portraits? Allow 2 weeks for signature portraits, personalized greeting cards and canvas gallery wraps.
If I am going to be in the portraits with my pet, what should I wear? We devoted an entire section on our website to answering this question! See ‘What To Wear’ for details and examples.
Can I order additional portraits or custom photo products after my Ordering Session? Yes. Your images will be saved on file for 12 months from the date of your Portrait Session and any portraits or custom photo products can be ordered from Delaware Pet Portraits within that time. Many clients schedule their Portrait Session in the Spring or Summer months and use those images to order their Holiday Cards in the winter months. We make gift giving easy for friends and family for the entire year.
What if my pet won’t sit still for portraits? At Delaware Pet Portraits, we see all the different personalities – calm, hyper, bored, excited, nervous, anxious, attached – you name it! We even photograph a lot of pets who are blind and/or deaf. We take a different approach to photographing each pet because all pets are different! A squeaky noise might work great to get one dog to sit nicely and tilt her head, while the same squeaky noise might cause another dog to become crazy and obsessed. Our photographers have the patience to outlast any personality that may seem impossible to photograph. We promise to not let you leave the session until we capture the best portraits possible. Although extremely rare, if it were to happen that we didn’t capture any portraits during your Portrait Session that you are happy with, we will reshoot your session free of charge or refund your Creation Fee. We stand behind our services and our products 100%.
Do you offer consultations? Absolutely! If you would like a complimentary consultation to help you prepare for your Portrait Session, just send us an email! A consultation prior to your Portrait Session is a great time for us to meet in person and talk about clothing, backgrounds and what to expect the day of your Portrait Session.
If you are joining your pet(s) in the portrait, these are suggestions for what you wear:
- Solid color tops. Busy patterns take attention away from your pet(s).
- Wear a color that contrasts with the coloring of your pet(s) so they don’t blend into your clothing.
- Long sleeve or 3/4 length sleeves work best when creating classic portraiture.
- Families should wear colors in the same color harmony. Different shades of the same color are great, but avoid clothing with high contrast tones such as one person in a black top and one person in a white top.