The Portrait Process


Candid FX Photography Custom Portrait Sessions



The portrait process takes place in three different meetings. The Pre-Session Consultation, the Photo Session, and the Preview & Ordering Appointment. Our process begins with the pre-session consultation, where we plan your session and discuss how you want to display your images. Planning ahead helps ensure that we achieve the best results. 


This is where we talk about goals; what you would like to achieve, how you would like to display your images, what products you are interested in, colors, design, backdrops, props, or location planning if we are planning a lifestyle shoot.

The pre-consultation answers all your questions and helps us get to know you and your fur baby. We will coordinate how we shoot the session with what the desired final outcome in mind. Pre-consultations can take place in-person or on the phone.


Shoots can sometimes be stressful for dogs, so we want to take the time to let your dog relax and get to know the space. We spend the first 15 minutes or so just letting your dog become accustomed to the environment, the equipment, and me. For studio sessions we work with controlled studio lighting as well as simple props and a variety of backdrops. On-location sessions can be in your backyard, local park, or in your home. I bring a variety of equipment to deal with any lighting situation. We also offer a studio experience in your own home. We bring all the equipment, backdrops, lighting, etc. and you provide the space to set up. Our focus is on you and your dog having a wonderful and relaxing portrait experience, so we bring out their true personality and energy. We take frequent little breaks to make sure you and your dog do not get tired or stressed.


The Viewing & Ordering Appointment is the time when you get to see all the final images from your session. We take the time to choose the right product for your style and your home. This is the time when you will finalize your portrait order, so be sure to pick a time where all decision makers can be present. We’ll help you sort through the images and make final decisions on what will look best with your decor. Specializing in wall art and unique desktop art, our products are archival quality and custom ordered. We will work with you to choose a custom package or individual pieces.


We offer several session options to create the perfect photographic art that is specially designed for your space. The creative session fee officially books your portrait appointment and covers the pre-session consultation in person or by phone, your portrait session, post-session processing and preparation of your images, and a private viewing/ordering appointment at our studio or in your home. The creative session fee does not include any prints or products. Clients may purchase products by creating a custom collection or A La Carte.


$125 | Mini Session

  • 30 minute session in studio (single subject only)
  • One backdrop choice
  • 5+ images to choose from

$195 | Studio Session 

  • 60-90 minute session at my home studio (up to two subjects)
  • Up to three backdrop choices
  • 20+ images to choose from

$250 | On-Location Session

  • 60-90 minute session either outdoor or in your home (up to two subjects)
  • 20+ images to choose from

$150 | Twilight Session (single subject only)

  • Session is for terminally ill or senior dogs
  • 60-90 minute session in studio or in your home
  • 20+ images to choose from
  • Priority scheduling



  • Creative session fee is due at time of booking to secure your place on our calendar and is non-refundable. Session may be rescheduled with a minimum 48 hours’ notice.
  • An additional fee is required for more than indicated number of subjects. There is no extra charge for dog owners being in the photos.
  • Travel fee is required for sessions 20 miles or more outside service area.
  • An additional fee is required for a studio setup in your home. Minimum space required and additional time for setup; please ask for details.
  • Mini sessions are for dogs with basic training. It is not recommended for puppies, or dogs with minimal or no basic training.
  • Repeat Clients receive 50% off future session fees.
  • Refer a friend and if they book, you receive a $50 print/product credit.

Ready to book your session?

To reserve your date, click here or go to the contact button above – weekends have limited availability, so plan in advance. Session fee is due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. We also require a signed contract and model release before your session (you will receive these electronically once you are scheduled). In the event of inclement weather or illness, we are happy to reschedule your session, but we ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice.

We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards through Paypal. All Prices subject to change without notice. All prices subject to State Sales Tax.

Check this blog post for Tips on How to Prepare your Dog for a Photo Shoot