Frequently Asked Questions


What does Pawtrait do exactly?

I help dog owners create priceless memories that will last forever. I capture that amazing love, special bond and personality that is one-of-a-kind. When my clients work with me, I not only give them images that will last forever but a moment captured in time. Together, we’ll capture those moments, so you 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 look that makes your heart melt and have an experience tailored specifically to your Pack's needs, then get in touch.

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 and 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. Please make sure to bring poop bags and if you are bringing a puppy, then please make sure you have pack puppy pads.

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. If you are outside of these limits there will be a travel fee applied. This fee will be listed on your invoice and I will make sure to notify you of any fees at the time of your booking.

I need to reschedule my shoot, is this possible?

Deciding to get professional photography done is an investment and you should certainly make sure that you are free on the date and time 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 24 hours prior to your shoot. Please do not leave it until 30 minutes before your shoot to cancel, especially if it's a Saturday! I rarely get lie-ins! 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. One thing though, you won't find them on my website. This website is dedicated to celebrating dogs. If you would like a link to a private gallery for other photography work then get in touch. There is no additional charge for other pets.

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