FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is your point of view as a pet photographer?
I create portraits that showcase your animal’s personality and character and that honor the relationship between you. My intention is to offer you an enjoyable time exploring that relationship in a photo session tailored to you and your animal in a location of your choice. A portrait of your animal is an investment. I will do my best to make the experience fun and the portraits tender reminders of your relationship for many years to come.
How long have you been a professional photographer?
What kind of pets do you photograph?
I’m available to photograph any animal as long as the pet guardian has a good rapport with the pet.
How many pets do you photograph in a session?
An additional fee is required for more than two animals in a session.
What does a Pet Portrait Creation session include?
It begins with an in-person meet-and-greet with you and your animal to plan the photo session. Within two weeks after the planning meeting, we’ll schedule a photo session at an agreed upon location. Post-session, the images will be curated and edited and then uploaded to a private online gallery. You’ll have two weeks to review the images and then we’ll meet in person or on the phone to discuss the photos and cropping options. At that time, you can place an order for the products that you want.
How should I prepare for the photo session?
Have your animal groomed a day or two before the scheduled session. Keep your pet on its regular schedule. Take the animal for a walk before I arrive. Have favorite toys and outfits available. Favorite treats should be on hand but not out.
Can I be in the portraits?
Yes. I always like to have at least a few images that include you with your animals.
What should I wear?
I like color in portraits. Wear a color that compliments your animal. Don’t wear a white or black shirt or wild prints.
Where does the photo session happen?
It should take place where the animal feels comfortable—at home, a favorite park, a garden. Photo sessions can also be scheduled at my studio. The choice of location is dependent upon the needs of the animal and the intention of the session. If you have a favorite location in mind, take a picture and send it to me. Shooting outdoors is done early in the day or late in the afternoon to capture the best light.
Who’s responsible for the animal during the photo session
Representatives of Cate Goedert Photography are not animal trainers. The pet guardian is responsible at all times for the animal and its safety.
The photo team will wear masks indoors and also outdoors when in close proximity to other people. We ask that the pet subject’s family wear masks indoors except while photography is in process.
Who owns the copyright to the images?
Cate Goedert Photography retains copyright on all images created. I depend on these images to promote my business and will use them responsibly in my own promotional materials. I will not sell them to any third-party enterprise without your written permission. You may not print or reproduce them in any form.
How long will the images be available?
Images are archived for a period of 6 months
What is your payment policy?
A deposit equal to one-half of the initial fee shall be paid when the session is booked. The remainder is due at the time the photography session occurs.
What is your cancellation policy?
Full refund is available if cancellation is two weeks before the scheduled photo session. After that, you forfeit your deposit unless you reschedule for a later date.