Q: Where will Pet Portraits in the Park be held?
A: It will be at Sugar Pines Tree Farm in Chesterland. Their address is 11281 Heath Rd, Chesterland. There is a lovely, winding gravel drive to follow.
Q: When is it?
A: It will be one day only - Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 9-5
Q: Do I need to pre-register?
A: Yes. Each session is about 20-30 minutes long, so we need to know who will be coming in order to plan properly and safely.
Q: How much does it cost for the session?
A: $59! Goes in its entirety to Silver Fur.
Q: What does the $59 include?
A: Your $59 session fee covers your session and all subsequent appointments. The entire amount goes to Silver Fur K9 Rescue & Retirement, and is fully tax-deductible. Wall art, coffee table books, small prints for your desk or piano, and other ways of displaying your artwork will be available at special prices. An additional 5% from every sale for Pet Portraits in the Park 2021 will be donated to Silver Fur as well.
Q: My dog doesn’t know sit or stay. Is that a problem?
A: Not at all! And rest assured, we have a deep well of unique sounds and other tricks to grab their attention—even if it’s just for that split second capture.
Q: My dog can’t be off leash. Can I still do a session?
A: Yes! Absolutely! Believe it or not, 95% of the dogs we photograph are on leash. Leashes not only keep your best pal safe, they also help keep them in place. Thanks to the wizardry of Photoshop, leashes will be removed from most final images.
Q: What about harnesses or gentle leaders, can those be edited out?
A: Photoshop does have its limitations. Bulky harnesses hide so much of the dog’s chest that it’s very challenging to accurately paint in what’s missing in post-production. They can also leave odd shadows or pull on the dog’s skin, creating another challenge to digitally remove. If your dog normally wears one of these for walks, use the harness while you're going from one spot to another, but also bring a flat collar to use for the actual shoot.
Q: Can I be in the images, too?
A: Of course! Documenting the wonderful connection between you and your dog is an important part of your images. While we can certainly capture a traditional portrait of you both smiling at the camera, the candid images of the moments you share are special too. If you’re especially camera shy, lovely, creative images that you only partially appear in can also tell the story of your relationship.
Q: Do I have to make funny noises?
A: Nope - you’re off the hook. All the silly noises and funny behaviors come from the photographer. In fact, every noise and move you make will draw your dog’s attention to you and away from the camera. Although sometimes that can be a good thing too!
Q: Who can come to the session?
A: Everyone who lives in your household (furry or not) is welcome to participate in our session. In the interest of minimizing distractions, however, it's best to just bring those who will be participating.
Q: What if it’s raining?
A: No worries - we have a canopy to keep us all dry, while the sides are open to allow for the appearance of being out in the beautiful autumn color, no shelter to be seen.
Q: So what happens after my session?
A: About two-three weeks after our wonderful day at Sugar Pines, we’ll send you an email letting you know that your images are ready for viewing. You can choose to watch the slideshow of your images and make your selections from your choice of locations:
1. the comfort of your own home - on your big screen TV or a separate monitor we bring,
2. our shared office space in Kirtland, near the Kirtland Public Library, or
3. if you’d like to do a little shopping before or after, we can also meet at the Posh Pet Boutique location on Center St in Mentor.
Q: Do I get a digital copy?
A: For each item you purchase, you will receive a free "paw-marked" digital image for use on social media. That includes each image in a Charming Little Book!
Q: How do I get my final artwork?
A: About 2 weeks after your View & Choose meeting, we will hand-deliver your order to you, ready to place on the walls or display on your coffee table, mantel, or desk. The little ‘pawmarked’ digis for social media of each of the images you’ve purchased for your wall, album, desk, or elsewhere will also be emailed to you. And if you’re eligible for the pawmarked phone slideshow, that will be sent to you then as well.