Hiring a Pet Photographer, a Customer Checklist

Hiring a Pet Photographer, a Customer Checklist

 

THINGS TO ASK WHEN HIRING A PET PHOTOGRAPHER:

  1. Does the pet photographer photograph pets (and pets with their people) exclusively?
    A photographer wedding photographers in New Jersey who photographs anything and everything (weddings, families, newborns, etc) may not understand that a dog or cat may not be inclined to stay in one place. Human beings get that. Dogs and cats have smells to sniff and balls to chase.
  2. Do they have pets of their own?
    Pets are very special beings. Until you have one of your own, you never truly understand them. Your pet’s photographer should relate well with your special furry friend. Natural-looking photographs are created when your pet is at ease.
  3. What are the photographers print prices?
    Beware of “free portrait sessions” (contests excluded) and incredibly cheap portrait session fees. Let’s face it; photographers have to earn a living. If the photographer isn’t charging you up-front they will charge you higher print and product prices. REMEMBER: Ask to see their print prices before booking a session.
  4. Is there a minimum print order fee?
    For example, your portrait session may have only cost you $75.00, but if the photographer requires an order of at least $350.00 in products. You have now spent $425.00, and you may not even like the photos. Look for a photographer that does not require you to order a certain dollar amount of product. REMEMBER: Ask if there is a minimum print order fee.
  5. Does the photographer charge a minimum reorder fee?
    When re-ordering additional photos, sometimes photographers charge a fee in addition to the price of the print. REMEMBER: Ask if there is a fee and how much it is to order prints after you initial order.
  6. Do they put a time limit on a photo session?
    My experience is that dogs will be dogs and cats will be cats. They do what they want to do and they really don’t care if the clock is ticking. Let’s say you book a “mini” 30 minute session, and right when the photographer says time’s up your pet does the most adorable pose ever. Do you want that shot to be missed because you were on a time limit? I don’t want that pressure and I won’t put it on your pet’s session. Also, how much are they going to charge if they continue after the 30 minutes.
  7. What does the photographer’s website look like?
    The web-site may actually answer Question 1. If you open the site and the cover photo is a newlywed couple on a beach in an embrace, that is a clue that the photographer does not concentrate solely on pets. Also, in terms of the photos on the site, these are the best photos that the photographer has to offer. Our best work is what we show the World Wide Web. If you are not thrilled with the quality of those photos, chances are good that you will not be thrilled with the final product.

 

 

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