Frequently Asked Questions


What does Pawtrait do exactly?

I help dog owners create priceless memories. I capture that amazing love and special bond humans share with their dog. I also capture the dog’s one-of-a-kind personality through playful photography. When my clients work with me, I not only give them images that will last forever but a moment captured in time. Together, we capture those moments, so my client can enjoy them every day, because nobody will ever love you as much as your dog does.

What makes you so different?

Our dogs are a great source of companionship, comfort and motivation. Because of them, we live mentally and physically fitter lives. 7 years ago, my rescue dog, Ozzie, saved my life by helping me out of depression and social anxiety. That’s the power of dogs. That’s why what I do is so important to me. I help dog owners celebrate the story of their dog. If you want to keep hold of that special look that makes your heart melt and enjoy an experience tailored specifically to your Pack’s needs, then I’m the one for you.

How much does it cost?

Professional photography that truly captures your pet is an investment. Cost is really dependant on what kind of artwork you would like at the end and how many pieces you are going to invest in. The average spend of my clients, including session fee, is between €800-€1200. I offer personalised payment plans to my clients looking to invest in larger pieces so the cost is spread out over time.

My dog is not very well behaved, will that be a problem?

I’ve great experience with dogs, including those that may suffer from behavioural issues. 95% of the dogs I work with are rescues or adopted, which usually means at one point or another, they’ve had behavioural issues. I’ve all the time in the world for dogs but if you’re in anyway unsure whether a behavioural problem might be an issue then it’s best to contact me and let’s have a chat about it!

What about nervous dogs?

I’ve photographed hundreds of dogs. I have a wealth of professional photography experience working with both nervous (sometimes terrified!) and hyper dogs. I’ve been invited to work with Dogs Trust Ireland to photograph their dogs that are up for adoption and those in active behavioural work. The charity is very closed about inviting photographers into their sanctuary because of their lack of handling skills and so to receive a personal invitation verifies my skills for working with those more difficult breeds and personalities.

Should I groom my dog beforehand?

I will always recommend professional grooming, after all, you wouldn’t get your own photograph taken professionally without getting yourself spruced up, right? If you have a long or curly haired breed, make sure your dog is brushed before the session also so they look their best.

Should I bring anything with me?

Bring a great attitude, be ready to work but mostly prepare to have fun! If you’re not going to be in the photographs, then wear old clothes because more than likely you’re going to get just about as dirty as I do. You may want to consider bringing a family member or friend along for extra assistance while taking the photographs if you think it might be needed. A checklist is provided in the contract you will sign with Pawtrait Ireland.

Is there a fee for you to travel to me?

There is no travel fee if you are based within 30km of my current location which is Kilpedder, Co. Wicklow. If you are outside of this limits there will be a travel fee applied at €0.70 per km plus any toll or road usage fees. This fee will be listed on your invoice and I will make sure to notify you beforehand if there is a fee applicable.

I need to reschedule my shoot, is this possible?

Deciding to get professional photography done is an investment and you should make sure that you are free on the date and time we have chosen. However, life can get in the way sometimes. If an illness or situation prevents our session from taking place, you can reschedule up to at least 48 hours prior to your shoot. Read more…

Does my dog need to be vaccinated?

Your dog needs to be up-to-date with their required vaccinations, kennel cough, and of course, should not have been exposed to rabies or distemper. Unfortunately, your dog cannot have bitten or shown aggressive or threatening behaviour towards any human or animal. By booking an Experience with Pawtrait you will be entering into a contract in which terms and conditions are outlined. You can read the full terms and conditions here. Terms and conditions are subject to change.

It’s called Pawtrait, is it for dogs’ only?

I specialise in dog photography. I can and have photographed all different kinds of pets, including exotic animals. This website is dedicated to celebrating dogs so you won’t find other animals on my website for the time being.