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Frequently Asked Questions (rev. 4/2/18)

Q. What areas do you serve?

A. In July, 2016, I finally reversed my commute and am now full-time in the Charleston SC area serving Charleston, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Summerville, Moncks Corner, and Mt. Pleasant areas of SC. Special exceptions can be made for other local travel - please call to discuss. I will continue to come to Northern VA seasonally for sessions and will then accept assignments in Fairfax City and Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria. Please inquire directly as exact travel dates will not be posted.

Q. What is included in the session fee?

A. My one-hour session fee is quite affordable for custom photography and includes local travel to/from the appointment*, the hour (sometimes a little more) with your pet(s) and you (aka "the talent time"), meticulous editing of your images (additional or extensive edits requested beyond routine may incur an additional charge), my time corresponding with you during the selection process and time during the production of your prints/products ... and then there is my time to manage the delivery of your order. (A nominal travel charge may be applied for more than 40 round trip miles incurred in the Charleston area, or 25 miles round trip in the Northern VA area during seasonal appointments.) Also, certain Charleston area locations will incur a location premium charge for weekday morning sessions. Location options will be provided at the time you reserve your appointment. I have found that pets' attention spans don't last much longer than an hour - we will take the extra time if we need it, but it's usually not necessary. Shipping and handling, and state/local sales taxes are not included in special offers or session fees but will be charged separately as required.

If there are park entrance fees or permits required, Clients will have the obligation to ensure these are paid for their session and the members of their party. I will, however, pay for my own park entrance and any associated parking fees I may incur. So basically, we are going Dutch!

The session ensures your pet will be in his or her glory as the center of attention! They will earn healthy, natural treats and likely exhibit some never-before-seen head-tilts when they hear some of my goofy sounds. They will also be showered with my affection!

I have had people inquire as to whether they would receive all their proof images as part of their session fee. The answer to this is NO. Digital collections are available for purchase, but, absent a special offer, the nominal session fee is only applied to time and effort. No prints or products are included with the session fee unless they are stated as part of a special offer.

Q. How does this work?

A. Basically, you tell me a little about your expectation and your animal(s). We will discuss your vision and what you hope to achieve from the session. We can then determine a location and schedule an appointment. My preference is for secured (fenced) locations so the pets can feel free to express themselves unrestrained. You will receive a Client Guide by email that may have helpful information for your session - please take a moment to read it.

If you are bringing two or more pets, you may be asked to bring a friend or handler to help manage them during the session.

I do accept credit cards and Paypal, for those who prefer to pay via this method. Personal checks and cash are fine too! The only amount due at the time of the session is the actual session fee or, if participating via a special offer or mini-session, whatever that promotional amount is. A small convenience fee is required for credit card and Paypal payments.

When the sitting day arrives, I'll take a few minutes to get to know your pet so they are comfortable and enjoy the experience. If your pet is generally on the high-strung side, please take them for a brisk walk beforehand so they can be more relaxed during their session. It really is true that a human's energy and anxiety can affect a pet's mood (and the session). If a human is anxious or worried that their pet is not exhibiting model behavior in public, or they are too demanding of the animal (i.e., repeatedly yelling at him/her to sit or stay), the pet won't enjoy the session (neither will you) and this will be reflected in the photos. I have an infinite amount of patience when photographing pets so just relax and enjoy the experience with your companion.

Within two weeks (usually less) of your session, you will receive a link and access to a password protected proof gallery online, where you can view your images and make your selections. It should be noted that I don't begin editing until a session is paid, so if you forget your checkbook, your proof set clock won't begin until payment is received. Charleston area clients may opt for an in-home proof review - this allows me to see your wall space, make suggestions, etc.

Q. Do you have suggestions for the session day?

One of the BIGGEST things I have found is that the pets are generally fine - they smile, they play, they enjoy the adventure! But what I have also noticed is when people want to be photographed WITH their pets,the best images result when the humans are relaxed too. So don't try too hard. Just relax and go with it. If you are tense or stressed, it will show in the photos - I am not a magician. Bask in the simplicity of your pet having a blast and just enjoy the pleasure of their company!

Q. What should I wear?

I like to encourage people to think ahead to the photos they want - I am not going to dictate what you should wear (although I will gladly give guidance to ensure a good mix depending on your pet's coloring). You are paying for this time and these photos so if you don't want to forever recall and regret the decision of wearing a graphic tee the day of your session, then choose something else. :)

Q. Who owns the copyright of photos taken?

On ownership of creative works ...copyright law is pretty clear cut and waivers are a necessity in a creative field. A freelance artist who has created a work owns the copyright. Since these types of photos are typically for personal use, a freelancer (me) may offer a client a Rights Managed relationship specifying a particular use and/or time frame in exchange for the payment, but the originator (me) will retain the actual copyright.

Q. Where might we have seen your work?

A. In addition to panel displays at Dogma Bakery & Boutique in Arlington VA, Parkway Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA, and now Woof Gang Bakery and Boutique and Ziggy's Dog Parlor in Mount Pleasant, SC, my work has been used in multiple print publications (see partial listing below), several rescue and other web sites, and I have had multiple features on The Daily Dog Tag. Other notable media use in 2013 included photos in the big screen premiere of the Stand Up for Pits video, as well as on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy. A 13-piece large print collection is also now on display at the Charleston Animal Society, as requested, for the renovation of their adoption space. In 2017, my Santa photo fundraiser work was discussed (with photo features) on Lowcountry Live (ABC 4 News). In December, 2017, the winners of the Best of Mount Pleasant were announced and I was so pleased to learn I was honored as Best Pet Photographer, 2018.

In early 2013, my photo of "Roger & Storm" was selected as the cover for the 2013 Paws for Charity Book, raising funds for a shelter in Nova Scotia (also bio and client photos on page 45). (This art book was on the Publisher's Best Seller list for quite some time!)

Collateral images are also in use by Embrace Pet Insurance and Anicira Veterinary Center, as well as other national brand commercial clients. Most recently, an image was selected for use in the Subaru Share the Love Campaign with Charleston Animal Society for the 2017 holiday season (Post and Courier). They (CAS) also have several images in use for their vehicle wraps. Additional representative publishings include the following.

Representative Publishings

American Rare Breed Magazine
Animal Wellness Magazine
CACDRR Calendar (2018)
Carolina Tails Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
Charleston Animal Society 2016 Annual Report
Charleston City Paper (2016, 2017, 2018 - adoptables)
Crowfield Community Times
Dog Fancy Magazine
Dogster Magazine
Evanger's Ad campaign (2011)
Evanger's Calendar (multiple years)
LaGunitas Brewers and Their Pets Calendar (2018)
Lowcountry Dog Magazine (2017 – adoptable)
Lowcountry Paws Magazine (2018)
Mount Pleasant Magazine (2018)
My Name is Milk Calendar (2018)
OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue Calendar (2014)
Paws for Charity 2013 (Cover Photo) and 2014 Artist Inclusion - Page Spread (2014 was the final year)
Paws for Charity Notebook and Weekly Planner (2014)
Pet Home Magazine
Pet Lovers Companion Guide 2013
Stubby Dog (Pit Bull) Calendar (2012)
The American Dog Magazine (multiple)
The Bark Magazine (print and digital editions - multiples)
The Connection Newspapers
The Huffington Post Digital Edition (multiple)
Workman 365 Dogs Calendar (multiple years)
Workman 365 Kittens Calendars (2013)
Workman 365 Puppies a Year Calendar (multiple years)


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