Planning your session - Wichita Dog Photography

When thinking about your session, planning is key. It's an investment on your memories so a little planning can go a long way.

At your preconsultation, we discuss the goals for the session. Do you want all posed shots? Are you more a candid image kind of person? Would you like a combo of both?

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. Unsettled pets do not photograph well.

If your pet doesn't handle being taken out of their comfort zone well, 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.

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? 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.

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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)