Experience

EEEEEEK! Its awesome to meet you & your dog! Welcome to About A Dog Photography!
(If we have met already in real life at an event or via the socials, its wonderful to see you again!)

Step One: Touch Base

You’ve gotten a chance to meet me (you’d be wrapped in a hug & happy greeting were it not for this space between our screens) but we haven’t gotten to meet each other!

The best way to do this?
– Call/text: 320-428-0135
– Email:

(there’s also Facebook, and  Instagram. Smoke signals and messenger squirrels not recommended as Bender will eat them before they can deliver the message…)

For some dandy trivia about me, Cahlean, and About A Dog, pop over to the About page!

Step Two: About Your Dog

Now that we’ve met, tell me about your dog.

How did you find each other?  How long you’ve been together?
Was it love at first sight? What are the things they do that always makes you giggle and make your the day better? Or tell me how they are a complete doofus or lug head! 

If your family has 2 or more dogs, who’s who?

Any food allergies? Anything else about your dog you’d like to share?

Are you ready to book a session? Step 3 - 6 are next!

Step Three: Plan Your Session

A. Pick your season: winter, spring, summer & fall
B. We’ll discuss the perfect date & time
C. We pick the perfect location: urban alleys or pristine park?

*Our schedule does book quickly – figure 2-3 weeks out. If you’d like those marvelous fall colors, start thinking about your session in August!

**If you have a dog that is terminally ill or elderly, we will adjust our calendar to get you on the schedule ASAP. 

A & B. In the spring & summer your session will be in the evening, roughly two hours prior to sunset. In fall & winter darkness comes earlier and we will still follow the rule of two hours prior to the sun setting to maximize the best light of the day (this means sessions start at 2:30 vs 8).

More of an early bird?  Morning sessions are available in the two hours after the sun has risen. 

 C. Speaking of location, we can go where ever your heart is happiest. Or you dog is! We can hang out at your house & backyard, meander to a nearby park or go on an adventure to somewhere new. Not sure where to go? Here are some of my favorite places around St. Cloud and my favorite places in the Twin Cities!

What parts of your dog do you want immortalized? The details – eyes, ears, the swirl of fur on his butt? The action? A favorite toy or the perfect head tilt paired with snaggly snaggle tooth? Or the completely hilarious way he performs a play dead? Let me know! 

Pairs nicely with:
• The details: Albums & Wall Art (create an abstract look of your dog’s nose, or them shaking off water)
• The action: Albums, Circles in a trio, & Wall Art
• The classic pose: Circles, Wall Art & Framed Prints
• The silly snaggletooth or terrific trick: Acrylic Blocks, Circles & Wall Art

** Take a gander at each of the pieces of artwork you can change your dog’s images into: Prints & Products

Step Four: Your Session!

The date arrives! Eeek! I’m excited to meet you and your dog! 

The first handful of minutes will be in making in person acquaintances. 

From there we stroll. Into the woods, down the path, towards the mural, with pauses in the perfect parts for posing and treats. 

Your dog may be shy or think the giant eyeball of the lens is an uncomfortable stare – no worries! We’ll take our time.

From there we will explore, play, and have fun!

The more fun we make your dog’s session, the more relaxed and happy they will be. If we ask for a sit, but get a lay, we’ll work with it!  We’re going to let your dog be themselves with a little gentle direction if needed.

Additionally there will be a plethora of silly sounds – I will howl, meow, bark, buzz and make all kinds of odd noises to snag the attention of your dog for an instant. Feel free to be impressed (or giggle at me haha!). Aside from the noises, there will also be treats GALORE!

Step Five: The Viewing Session

Two to three weeks after your dog’s session, we will meet for the Viewing Session either at your home or a local coffee shop (Caribou is my favorite!). Together we will oogle at the images of your dog and then pick the favorites that you just can’t live without. 

From there we will pick the perfect products that will immortalize you dog as epic custom artwork. 

** With 2020 & COVID we will be doing online Viewing Sessions via Skype etc. You will get to meet the prints & products at the end of your session in the back of my Equinox. **

After we wrap up the Viewing Session and depart ways the behind the scenes magic will start. This magic will edit out leashes, eye boogers, body parts from leash holders, an odd leaf or debris to make your dog’s images perfect.

Step Six: Your Dog's Artwork Arrives!

 

The day arrives (2-3 weeks after the Viewing Session) when you will get the news that everything is finished and ready to go home to you – and wait until you see them!!!!! Eeeek! ♥ Enjoy!

Gus & Zeus, the mastiffs, in Matted & Framed Prints:  2 – 11×14 & 2 – 16×20 // Investment 3600 
Shiloh, the sheltie, in Metal Wall Art: 2 – 16×20 & 2 – 20×30 // Investment 2600
Gatsby & Dublin, the pugs, in 3 – 20×20 Metal circles // Investment 1650