With a little bit of planning....

So you are thinking about booking a photography session?  Awesome, let's talk.  

Planning can provide guidance for a successful portrait session.  Your session is an investment in your memories so a little planning can go a long way.  

At your preconsultation, we discuss your goals for the session. 

Do you want all posed shots?  Are you more a candid person?  Would you like a combo of both?

Have you had a chance to look at the products we offer?  Are there any products you are interested in?  Are you looking for a signature piece for your wall?  Or would you prefer an album?   

Are there any images in our portfolio that you like it are drawn too? If so, please let us know!

If you have a product in mind, it's best to plan for it before your session starts.  Photographing for an album is quite different than planning a single art piece.      What types of places do you and your pet go?  Are they more comfortable at home or in your backyard?  Are they adventurous?  Do they encounter other pets, like a dog at the park, with fear or a calm demeanor?  

The safety of your pet is of utmost importance so if there is any concern we stick to locations where they will feel comfortable.  If your pet is concerned or stressed, it will be reflected in the images we capture.

If your pet doesn't handle being taken out of their comfort zone, maybe we plan the session indoors or in your backyard.  If your pet is rambunctious, maybe we plan a session with lots of space to move around.  Is your favorite four legger more of an uptown kind of pet?  Maybe we plan a session amongst the brick streets of Old Town. 

When thinking about your session location, what tone of colors are you drawn to?  Does your decor have warm tones or cool tones?  If your decor leans more towards crisp and fresh greens and blues, perhaps we schedule your session for spring when the outdoor landscape is lush and green.  

If your decor is filled with warms rich tones, perhaps we plan your session during the autumn or downtown in the brick filled streets of Old Town.

By taking a few minutes to talk and plan your session, the resulting images from your session will be well worth it!


Preconsultations - why they are important

When you contact Islay Corners Photography to book a session, I ask for an in person consultation.  Ideally, I would love to meet both you and your furry loved ones!

Simply put, a successful consultation leads to a successful session!

My goal with asking all the questions at the consultation to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that you are aware of what I can do for you.  A session with Islay Corners Photography is more than me standing in a field snapping and squeaking a toy.  You are hiring me to help you to create memories that you will to cherish your session for years to come.

This is why I require a consultation in order to better serve you.   

If you are investing in a photography session for your favorite four leggers, we need to talk ahead of time to help define the goals of the sessions, what products might interest you, who is being photographed, what is their personality like etc.  

During the consultation, I go over formalities such as the pet questionnaire that provides me with important health and personality information such as temperament, vaccines record, their overall personality and the like. 

 I want to work with you to best select the location of your session so that both you and your furry best friend are safe and comfortable

It would not be a good idea to take a dog who is fearful of other dogs to a park where dog walkers are prevalent.   Similarly, some pets prefer the comfort of their home so meeting with you at your home allows me to get a feel for the location where your loved one is most comfortable.  It also allows your pet to meet me so I don’t just show up one day and stick a clicky flashy thing in their space without having a chance to meet them first.

An in person consultation allows us to get the legal formalities like discussing and signing the session’s model releases and contract.  It is far more comfortable to discuss expectations, session goals, products, and what your experience will be in a coffee shop or your home than a parking lot of a county park with the Kansas winds blowing your session paperwork all over the park.

Lastly but most importantly for me, you can put a face the name.  When working with someone’s cherished family members as directly as you do when you are photographing them, you need to meet them first.   

Hi! My name is Karra and I look forward to meeting with you!

Why I photograph

When I look at what drove me to learn photography, I need only to look at my children. I want to leave something for my kids to own of our lives. I want my children to have a photographic story of our lives that I don’t have.

My children love nothing more than sitting down and looking at their lives in pictures in an album or at a photo collage hanging on the wall.

My children’s reality is much different from my own. My parents, they owned a camera, but it wasn’t used very often. It always seemed like a hassle, you had to get the film developed and no one knew how to use it.

There are very few images of my immediate family and my childhood. This reality became sadly obvious after we lost my brother in 2010. We had two family portraits. One from 1988 and one from my wedding in 2003.

This is where we have the advantage today. We can easily take selfies and snapshots with our smart phones and post them to Facebook for all our families to see and enjoy.

The instant gratification these images offer is great but they really tell the story of our lives? Are they something you want to pass down to your kids? Will they even get printed off your phone?

In this, I understood why I photograph.

I photograph to tell the story of a family, of siblings, of grandparents and of pets. I photograph so that the love and relationships you share are preserved so that you have those memories for tomorrow. Sometimes it’s a candid laugh or a silly pose. Maybe it’s a quiet moment with your children.

Your family, both human and animal, deserves to exist in photographs.


Me and my kids (circa 2013)