Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find my most commonly asked questions below, all you need to do is click on the question you would like to see the answer for. 

I have a gift voucher, how do I redeem it?

Simply get in touch so we can start planning your adventure together. You can contact me through the contact page, call me on 0857277844 or e-mail me at audrey@pawtrait.ie.

How much does a photo shoot cost?

The photo shoot fee is €150.00 and covers a 60min session with me in the Studio or a Dublin/Wicklow Outdoor location. The fee includes one complimentary 5x7in professionally mounted print. 

Can I just get a USB with the files?

I wouldn’t be offering the best possible service I think is possible if I provided “just the files”. My focus is on providing my clients with a unique and memorable experience that includes stunning artwork that can be cherished forever.

I include a complimentary social media file alongside any piece of artwork you purchase. I also have some artwork collections available after your shoot which include the hi-res digital file for the corresponding piece. 

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes I do. Your order will go in to production once the final payment has been made. If you don’t want to wait, I also accept credit cards.

What is your availability?

I’m usually fully booked 2-3 months ahead. If you are considering a professional shoot, It’s best to get in touch as soon as possible so we can get you booked in.

My dog is sick, can you fit in a last minute booking?

I know how important your dog is to you because I feel the exact same way about mine. If your pet is ill, I will do everything in my power to book you in for a shoot. I operate an “out-of-hours” service for ill or end-of-life pets so don’t be afraid to get in touch immediately. 

Do you travel outside of Wicklow and Dublin?

Yes I do.  I’ll usually pick a few key counties in Ireland to offer a limited number of shoots on a specific date. If you would like me to travel outside of a scheduled travel date, a commitment to invest €850.00 in artwork is required. 

Do you force dogs to pose?

9 years ago, my rescue dog, Ozzie, saved my life by helping me out of my depression and social anxiety disorder. That’s why what I do is so important to me; I help dog owners celebrate the amazing story of their pet. 

Each dog has their own level of capability and I never force a dog to do anything. I use only positive reinforcement to get the shots you see. It’s all about creating a stress-free environment to just let your dog be, well, a dog!

Does my adult dog need to be vaccinated?

100% yes. Absolutely. Your dog needs to be up-to-date with their required vaccinations preferably including kennel cough. I photograph a lot of elderly pets who I want to keep as safe as pawsible because they can have fragile health. For more information check the full terms and conditions. 

I have a new puppy who is not vaccinated yet, should I wait?

No, no, no, no, no! Hand over the puppy for puppy snuggles! Your puppy can be photographed safely in a sterile environment either at the Studio or in your own home. There’s a huge difference between 8 & 12 weeks old, especially in larger breeds so don’t wait!

Is my dog suitable for a photo shoot?

All the dogs in my galleries are just normal dogs! 95% of them are rescues.

You’ll be amazed at what your dog is capable of when positively being encouraged. Some dogs take a little more time than others to pick things up but that’s ok.

Of course, it helps if your dog knows the basics. Sit, stay and a lie-down. It’s not necessary at all though and I’ve photographed so many rescues that don’t even know their name! I’ll find a way that works best with your dog, as every pooch is different!

If there is a particular shot you have in mind, make sure to discuss it with me before your shoot date so I can be prepared.

My dog is not very well behaved?

There’s nothing I love more than a naughty pup! I’ve great experience with dogs, including those that may suffer from behavioural issues. I work mostly with rescue and adopted dogs. Usually, that means at one point or another, they’ve had (or are still working through) behavioural issues.

That being said, I cannot photograph your dog if they have bitten or shown aggressive or threatening behavior towards any human or animal for safety reasons. If you’re in any way unsure whether a behavioural problem is an issue then it’s best to contact me and let’s have a chat about it!

My dog is really nervous?

I’m Mum to two beautiful rescues, Ozzie and io, who came with their own issues. I would never force your dog to do anything. It’s all about building up some confidence to allow their personality to shine. 

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 so to receive a personal invitation verifies my skills for working with those more difficult breeds and personalities.

My dog cannot be off lead, is that an issue?

95% of the dogs I work with are rescues or adopted. Usually, that means at one point or another, they’ve had (or are still working through) behavioural issues and so cannot be off-lead for whatever reason.

The most important thing is to keep your dog safe, so if they can’t be off-lead, no problem! I have an 8m lead for location shoots and a lead can easily be taken out in post-processing.

Can myself or my family be in the photographs?

Of course, your session is entirely planned out based on what you would like to have as the finished result. It is no problem if you or your family would like to be in the photographs too.

I need to reschedule my shoot, is this possible?

Deciding to get professional pet photography done is an investment and you should make sure that you are free on the date and time we have agreed on. However, I understand that 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. 

What if the weather is bad on the day of my shoot?

For location shooting, if there is a lot of rain or cloud cover, we will need to reschedule. I don’t photograph in high temperatures or strong winds either as in my experience, your pet will not be comfortable. 

If you have chosen a studio shoot, your shoot would only be rescheduled if it is unsafe to schedule due to a storm for example. 

My goal is to get the best portraits of your pet pawsible, so we want to have everything in place as best we can to do that! If your shoot does need to be rescheduled, I promise you it will be worth the wait!

 

Do you only take pictures of dogs?

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. If that changes, I’ll announce it on my social media platforms.

I want to be a pet photographer, can you teach me?

My schedule is usually pretty jammers but feel free to reach out to me via e-mail. If you are an aspiring photographer, you might be interested in my blog post which covers my equipment list and some other stuff.

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