FAQ

 

i only need a few images, can you do that?

If you’re wanting a wide variety of gorgeous images that captures all of the different aspects of your pet’s personality then you’ve come to the right place!  There’s an extensive amount of time and effort that my clients and I invest into each session and it’s a lot of work for a client to end up with just a few images.  If you are truly only looking for a few images then I may not be the right photographer for you. I would recommend looking for a photographer who offers mini sessions which might be better suited to your personal needs.

CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT CERTIFICATE?

Unfortunately gift certificates are not available for purchase.

WHAT IS A PET PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION LIKE?

Pet photography sessions are casual and easy-going for everyone – your pets will most likely feel like rockstars from all of the love and attention. Every session is tailored to your pet’s personality, energy level and each client’s personal vision – no two sessions are ever the same. I’ll snap shots along the way of everything – moments of excitement, happiness, action and silliness, to more quiet and sentimental moments filled with hugs and kisses. It’s all about capturing the love.

I wholeheartedly believe that real smiles don’t originate by saying “cheese,” rather they happen during the types of moments that you want to bottle up forever – those are the moments I want to capture! 

After the session you’ll receive a timeless collection of heartwarming images in a private gallery that might overwhelm you with happy tears, laughter and a “bursting from your heart type of joy like a little kid on Christmas” - which is how one of my many cherished repeat clients described the feeling!

WHAT IF MY PET ISN’T WELL TRAINED?

Training can be helpful but it is no way required to capture gorgeous images.  The majority of the dogs that I work with are not well trained.  Your dog might not respond to every command the first time, the first ten times – or ever – but you have to trust me on this, it’s fine! In fact, it is completely normal!  I promise!  Whether your pet is a perfect angel, a mischievous diva or a total goofball - it's those types of unique personality traits that I'm most interested in.  The best way to let your pet’s spirit and unique character shine through is to let them relax and be themselves without any pressure from you or me.

WHERE WILL THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?

I highly recommend my beautiful countryside location in Loudoun County or my new water location for those H2O lovin' pups!   Click here for more information about my location options.  For an additional travel fee, the session can instead take place at the location of your choice.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT’S RAINING OR CLOUDY ON MY SESSION DATE?

Rain and extreme weather conditions are a natural part of the unpredictability of outdoor photography in the DC region. Contrary to conventional wisdom, partially cloudy skies can be just as great as bright sunny days for photography. If it is scheduled to rain or be fully overcast on your session date then we can either play it by ear or reschedule depending on what the forecast looks like.

DO YOU HAVE A FENCED AREA WHERE MY DOG CAN BE OFF-LEASH?

I don't have a fenced area but be sure to see the next question below for more information.

CAN YOU EDIT OUT LEASHES/ COLLARS/ HARNESSES?

Most people are surprised to find out that 70% of the dogs that I photograph are actually on a leash throughout their entire session (you just can't tell because the leashes have been edited out in post production).  I’m happy to remove leashes as a complimentary service for any ordered images because your pet’s safety and wellbeing are always my number one concern.  I'll bring an extra long durable leash that helps to simulate being off leash too.  I do not remove collars and/or harnesses from any images.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO BOOK A PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?

Autumn and spring are my busiest times of year for good reason, they are the most gorgeous times of year with the most comfortable temperatures. Just be warned - I book up quickly in advance those times of year, so if your thinking about scheduling a session, contact me now.

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH FAMILY PORTRAITS WITH PETS?

I strive to capture the bond and those quiet, intimate moments between pets and the absolute closest people in their lives with whom they share the deepest relationship.  The more people involved - the less intimate the images become.

ARE ANY PRODUCTS INCLUDED IN THE SESSION FEE?

There are no prints, products or Digital Negatives included in the session fee.  They are instead available for purchase after the session.

DO YOU SELL DIGITAL NEGATIVES?

I do and most of my clients like to purchase Digital Negatives from their session.  They are for personal, at home use only, any type of professional/ business/ commercial use is prohibited.  Copyright remains solely with Photography by Sara Riddle.

WHAT THE HECK ARE DIGITAL NEGATIVES ANYWAY?

A Digital Negative is a large image file that my camera records onto a memory card that is then uploaded to my computer and professionally edited.

WHAT TIME OF DAY WOULD MY SESSION BE?

Pet photography sessions take place in the late afternoon several hours before the sun sets because it truly is the best and most flattering light of the day.

DO YOU SHOOT STUDIO WORK AGAINST BACKDROPS WITH LIGHTS?

All of my work is shot outdoors using all natural sunlight.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE IN THE PHOTOS?

I wouldn’t want you to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. It is completely up to you how many photos you want to be in. Some people want to be in almost every photo with their pets, some only want to be in a few – or none at all. It’s your call. I’ve had many clients who said beforehand that they were not interested in being in the images but then changed their minds once we got started and decided to jump in.  After seeing their images, they were very happy that they decided to go for it!

WHY DO YOU HAVE A MINIMUM PRINT/PRODUCT ORDER AMOUNT?

The honest answer is that I simply couldn’t stay in business without it (the photography industry has one of the highest overheads of any type of business). Also, it’s heartbreaking after all of the effort, time and hard work that we both put into a session (and the editing/post production work after the session) when clients are only able to walk away with a few small prints and aren't completely satisfied because they fell in love their their images and wanted to get SO much more. 

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH HORSES TOO?

Absolutely!  I grew up on a horse ranch and have always loved them! Horse sessions take place at the location of your choice.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Not to worry, I thoroughly cover this in my exclusive Prepare Guide which will help prepare you for your session. There is a ton of seriously fab outfit inspiration included for women, men and kiddos.