Here are the most common questions I receive from pet owners. If you still have questions about our sessions or policies, please text me at 251-349-4329.
How far will you travel?
I am happy to meet with pet owners within 100 miles of Mobile, AL.
Where do sessions take place?
After our initial consultation via email/messenger/or phone, I can come to your home or business, or we can meet at a park. I do place priority on safety, both for owners, their pets, and myself, so I reserve the right to make alternate suggestions if I feel a suggested meeting place may not be safe for a photo session.
What types of pets do you photograph?
Dogs and cats are my most common subjects, but I am willing to photograph any type of pet you own as long as it is not dangerous based on my own judgement.
Can I be in the photograph?
People are certainly welcome to be in the photographs I take as long as a photo release is signed for each participant.
What do I get for my session fee?
The session fee covers the service cost of my time and expertise and business expenses. You will be given a $100 coupon to use toward purchase of prints and products from your gallery. Five or fewer faces (pets or people) make for the best sessions, but I will fit in as many as you like within the time available for the type of session you have chosen. After the shoot, I spend more time processing the photos and bringing out the best in your images. Edited images will be posted in a private online gallery usually within 10 business days.
How many pets are allowed per session?
Keep in mind that the more faces there are in a photograph, the longer the shot will take. I leave it up to pet owners to decide how many subjects to include in the session for the amount of time that has been booked.
What if the weather is bad the day of the session?
Again, safety is a priority for me. If the weather is bad due to rain, wind, excessive heat, or excessive cold we will need to reschedule. Even if the session is indoors, we will likely need to reschedule in the event of severe thunderstorms due to many pets having storm anxiety.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel, that is not a problem as long as you let me know before I travel to meet you. I will call to confirm our appointment within 24 hours of the session.
Can my dog be on a leash for the session?
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, I would prefer it for the safety of your pet if we are in a public place. I can erase most leashes out in my post-processing. I do not generally erase collars or harnesses.
How would you describe your photography style?
I am primarily a pet lifestyle photographer which means I let the pets do their thing with a bit of coaxing and attempt to capture the essence of their personality.
Can you work with hyper animals?
Absolutely, as long as they aren’t biters.
My dog is not friendly with strangers, can you work with him?
It depends on what you mean by not friendly. If they are just shy and want to hide, I can work with that. I love dogs, but I’ve been severely bitten and am wary of dogs that show any kind of aggression. If your dog is small and on a leash, it probably will not be a problem, but please don’t ask me to get close to large dogs (or other large animals) that are not well-socialized unless I can take pictures through a sturdy enclosure or at a distance.
Do you print your own products?
No, I use Bay Photo through my photo website, JLouPhotography.com. My galleries are set up so that you can order directly from the photo-lab. Shipping and taxes are additional but will be handled at the time your order is placed. Coupons you have received from me toward the cost of your prints and products need to be redeemed when you place your order.
Do I need to sign a contract or property release?
You will need to sign contract which includes a model and/or property release that spells out exactly what rights clients and participants have and my rights as the photographer.