WHAT KINDS OF PETS DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH?
Dogs and cats (in that order) are most common, but I do photograph horses on occasion and welcome the opportunity to work with other species as well!
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
The Big Love home base is in Fostoria, OH. My service area includes all of Northwest Ohio, and in special cases beyond that. I will travel at no charge up to 30 miles outside of Fostoria. Please ask for a quote for additional mileage beyond that radius.
WHERE WILL MY SESSION TAKE PLACE? CAN YOU COME TO MY HOUSE?
This is one of the things we talk about in some detail during the consultation call. We’ll discuss your pet’s personality and comfort level in different locations. You may have favorite spots you frequent that we will want to consider. Whether that’s a sunny spot at home, on a well-trodden walking trail, rolling in the grass at a local park or chasing the gulls on the beach, our best option will be a place your Big Love can relax and have fun.
WHAT IF THERE’S BAD WEATHER ON MY SESSION DATE?
If the weather doesn’t want to cooperate with us, we will reschedule your session at no charge. I keep an eye on the forecast in the days before session. It things are looking risky, I will contact you to discuss our options and, if necessary, we will choose another date that looks more promising.
SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING TO THE SESSION?
I do make a point of bringing a sampling of treats and toys to help peak your pet’s interest, but if your Big Love has particular favorites or special dietary requirements, be sure to bring those items with you. Please make a point of not overusing the treats/toys before the session to help keep them motivated when we’re shooting.
DOES MY DOG NEED TO BE LEASHED?
For your Big Love’s safety, pets should be leashed in public places. Rest assured, though, that I’m a pro at making those pesky leashes disappear in your final images!
MY PET IS SHY; WILL YOU BE ABLE TO GET ANY DECENT SHOTS?
These are things we will discuss before your session. If your pet is timid, we will want to choose a location that they are comfortable in for the best possible outcome. I will always take a little time at the beginning of the session to earn their trust and allow them to become familiar with me and my camera. We will spend as much time as we need to let them settle in so they can relax and be themselves.
I do understand that your Big Love is perfect just as they are. It is important that we respect their limitations and not push them beyond their comfort level during the session. This means that we will not try to create images in situations that make them fearful or are contrary to their personality.
MY BIG LOVE IS A BIT OF A WILD CHILD AND NOT TERRIBLY OBEDIENT. SHOULD I EVEN TRY THIS?
While having nice manners and knowing a few tricks certainly doesn’t hurt, don’t worry if your Big Love has a mind of their own. We are capturing your pet’s unique personality, and with little extra time and patience (and some tasty treats!) we will capture some amazing images. We will also be sure to keep your pet leashed to ensure everyone’s safety.
If your dog is in any way aggressive with unfamiliar people, please make a point of disclosing this information when we conduct our consultation call. I can still photograph your pet, but we will take some precautions, including use of a longer lens to provide some buffer space.
SHOULD I HAVE MY PET GROOMED?
If your pet is accustomed to being groomed, a little trim and sudsing before their session is a great idea. To avoid stressing your Big Love out, though, don’t schedule the grooming for the same day as your session. If you do not regularly groom your pet, a nice brushing and face cleaning can certainly help them look their best.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE SESSION?
- Exercising your pet before the session is a great idea, but don’t overdo it. We want them to burn some extra energy to help them be a bit more calm, but not wear them out to the point of needing a nap in the middle of their session.
- Don’t let them eat before their session; we want them to be hungry enough to respond when offered treats for good behavior.
- If we’re shooting at a location outside of your home, plan to arrive a little early to give your Big Love a chance to familiarize themselves with new surroundings.
- If we’re shooting in your home, please clean and declutter the area we will be shooting in.
- Bring water, treats, favorite toys or anything else that will help us in attracting your pet’s attention. I will have a selection of my own, but it always helps if you have their favorites on hand as well.
- To help keep your pet focused, please do not bring extra people or animals who are not being photographed to the session.
- Don’t stress out if your pet is not on their best behavior the day of the session. The calmer you are, the more relaxed your Big Love will be in front of the camera. Trust me, I will be able to capture some great shots!
CAN I BE IN A FEW OF THE PICTURES?
Yes! I especially love capturing the bond between you and your Big Love. If you think you might want to be included in a few images, be sure to dress appropriately for the location and in harmony with your pet’s fur color. Please mention your desire to be in the photos at the consultation call for more specific recommendations.
DO YOU SELL THE DIGITAL FILES?
I specialize in providing a high end experience and a full professional quality, fine art product line to ensure your images stand the test of time. This includes luxurious custom designed albums, wall art, press printed cards and much more. While I do offer digital files for purchase, more often than not, a USB drive will often end up in a desk drawer and your beautiful pet portraits remain unseen and unappreciated.
Rest assured, though, that if you prefer to print yourself, you may purchase those digitals. I provide a print release and lab recommendations to make sure you get the best possible quality at a consumer level.
Because I know you are eager to share your Big Love’s images with friends and family, I do provide a web resolution file of each print or file ordered to share on social media.
DO YOU DO PEOPLE PORTRAITS TOO?
I sure do! Big Love began as a subdivision of Britt Lanicek Photography. Check out the BLP website here to learn more.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
I thought you’d never ask! Let’s get the ball rolling! Shoot me a message by using the Contact form here on the website, or give me a call at 419-619-7576 to set up your complimentary consultation and answer any additional questions you may have.