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Your pets are not ‘like family’, they are family. They become our best friends- keeping our secrets and never judging us. I believe in celebrating this bond through photographs that will last long after they outgrow the puppy stage.

The Pet Portrait Experience

We offer two portrait experience based on your needs. Signature Sessions offer the most customization and variety, perfect for gallery walls and albums. Simplicity Sessions offer a quick and efficient session that keeps the focus on your pet.

Signature Sessions

I want to get to know your pet so I can tell their story in a fun, authentic way. We can meet in the studio or chat over Zoom to plan the perfect session. We’ll talk about your pet, how they joined your family, and what you love the most about them. We’ll plan the session including finding the right location, how to set them up for success, and how you envision the photos in your home.  Do you want a wall gallery over the couch or would you prefer an album?

My studio is located in downtown Mebane and it’s perfect for pets that need to be off leash in a safe space. I love keeping portraits simple with solid backdrops so all the focus is on your pet.

Looking for an outdoor portrait? I love keeping pets on their property so they can be off leash but I know some picturesque places around Alamance County for the adventurous pet. While your pet will remain on leash in public, I’ll be able to digitally remove the leash in post processing.

Because I love what I do, I don’t time my sessions. Sessions usually end when your pet is over it or we’re out of light.

Within 4 days, we’ll meet in-person or over Zoom and we’ll go through the photos together, picking out your favorites, and deciding how they’ll fit in your home. My ordering process makes it easy and there’s no slimy sales tactics ever. In fact, I always tell clients that if they hesitate on a photo, it means they don’t love it and I only want them to buy the photos that truly speak to their heart.

Each image you purchase is retouched to perfection. For pets, that’s whitening fur, removing slobber, cleaning up treat crumbs, etc… I’m a big fan of keeping editing subtle and making small adjustments until it’s perfect.

There’s a $250 session fee to hold your session date. Session fee is 100% happiness guaranteed.  If you don’t love your photos, I’ll reshoot or refund.

You’ll be able to choose from wall art and albums. Every print includes the matching digital copy to share on social media and to archive as back up. Most clients spent $750-1000 for printed products and digital copies.
 

Simplicity Sessions

I want to get to know your pet so I can tell their story in a fun, authentic way. We can meet in the studio or chat over Zoom to plan the perfect session. We’ll talk about your pet, how they joined your family, and what you love the most about them. We’ll plan the session including finding the right location, how to set them up for success, and how you envision the photos in your home.  Do you want a wall gallery over the couch or would you prefer an album?

My studio is located in downtown Mebane and it’s perfect for pets that need to be off leash in a safe space. I love keeping portraits simple with solid backdrops so all the focus is on your pet.

Looking for an outdoor portrait? We can step just outside the studio to my meadow, which gets the perfect lighting in the evening. While your pet will remain on leash, I’ll be able to digitally remove the leash in post processing.

black cat photographed by NC pet photographe katie smith photography

I’m not watching the clock but with one background and no outfit changes, we can capture a lot of variety in thirty minutes or less.

Immediately following the photo session, I’ll upload the images to the computer and we’ll go through them together. With my system, we narrow down your portraits until you find the ones you truly love. Then we’ll talk about how they’ll live in your home so you can continue to enjoy them for years to come.

Each image you purchase is retouched to perfection. For pets, that’s whitening fur, removing slobber, cleaning up treat crumbs, etc… I’m a big fan of keeping editing subtle and making small adjustments until it’s perfect.

Simplicity sessions have a $150 session fee to hold your session date. Session fee is 100% happiness guaranteed.  If you don’t love your photos, I’ll reshoot or refund.

You’ll be able to choose from wall art and albums. Every print includes the matching digital copy to share on social media and to archive as back up. Most clients spent $500-750 for printed products and digital copies.
 

F.A.Q.

All pets allowed- dogs, cats, horses, spiders, snakes…

While our clients are usually dog owners, we love all animals and we’re willing to create sessions that capture your bond while keeping your pet safe if your pet doesn’t wear a leash.

What if my dog can’t sit still?

Let’s be real- photographing animals can be total chaos AND I LOVE IT! It’s going to be photo session full of laughter as I make silly sounds and roll on the ground and do whatever it takes to get your pet to lock eyes with the camera.

What should I bring to the session?

  • A neutral-colored leash that I’ll be able remove in Photoshop.
  • Small treats that gulped down in one bite. Large treats and crumbly treats tend to make a mess on your dog’s face and on the set.
  • Favorite toys if they’re still in decent shape. Balls, tug ropes, and squeakers are great.
  • Pet waste bags.

THE BIG QUESTION- Is Katie a dog person or a cat person?

I’ve always considered myself a cat person, mostly due to my independent and introverted personality. I have two kitties- Tony and Jack- that like to curl up with me as I sleep but otherwise do their own thing. On the other hand, I can’t resist babytalking and playing outside with my two rescue mutts- Lady and Bruno. So I guess I’m both!

Ready for your pet’s close up? Fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch!

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