Its awesome to meet you! If we have met already in real life at an event or via the socials, its wonderful to see you again!
[For some dandy trivia about me, Cahlean, and About A Dog, pop over to the About page!]
Step One: 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 doofuses and lug heads! If your family has 2 or more dogs, who’s who?
Start thinking what parts of your dog’s tale you want captured.
Will the story be literal parts, from their eyes, their toes, their tail or the adorable way their butt hair curls? Will the story be of the bond you have with them? Will it be action shots with their favorite toy or galloping towards the camera? Or stunning images of your dog just being themselves? A little bit of all of the above?
Step Two: Plan your session!
Pick a date!
My schedule does book quickly, so it is best to plan for about 2-3 weeks out from when you make contact.
**If you have a dog that is terminally ill or elderly, I will adjust my schedule to allow for a session at a shorter notice. **
In the spring & summer your session will be in the evening, an hour & a half to two hours prior to sunset. In fall & winter darkness comes earlier and we will still follow the rule of an hour and half to two hours prior to the sun setting to maximize the best light of the day.
More of an early bird? Morning sessions are available in the two to three hours after the sun has risen.Location?
Anywhere 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!
Start thinking of how you are going to TELL the story of your dog.
This can be done with stunning pieces of ready to hang wall art such as Acrylic, Metal or NEW Circles, with frameable, epic, one of a kind Deckled or Archival Prints, Or you can tell the whole story with classic and timeless Albums.
** Don’t forget smaller prints to share with your parents (we know our moms LOVE their grandpups!)
Step two: Plan your session will happen & be completed after Step One!
Step Three: The Session!
The date arrives! Eeek! I’m excited to meet you!
The first 5-10 minutes after we meet up will be spent getting acquainted with your dog as well as getting to know you. Your dog might be weary of the noises of my camera or weirded out by the fact that there is a giant eyeball staring them in their face and may take a little to warm up to me and the camera. This is totally normal! I’ll break out the treats or toys and soon your dog will forget weird things and unleash their inner superstar.
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 Four: 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.
Meet & pick the products that will be your storytellers.
All of those detail shots you wanted? They will look amazing in a lay flat Album on a coffee table (the 8×8 size make awesome brag books to show off at work!). The action shots you requested? They will look playful (possibly hilarious) as a series of Circles or Metals in a wall collection. And the one of you and your dog? Showcase your bond with a stunning piece of art in Acrylic
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 Five: Your dog’s wall art 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!