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The best Christmas gift for true animal lovers: Dog Photography session Gift Certificate

With Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays around the corner, everybody is starting to look for “that” perfect gift. Something unique, original but with meaning.

There’s definitely lots of amazing pet products but they are products for pets. But what about for the pet owner? What’s out there for the dog lover you are? Well, don’t worry. There is something: Frame Your Pet’s Gift Certificates.

And this is exactly what Porter’s mom did.

Porter enjoying the stunning views of Los Angeles city from the top.

Porter enjoying the stunning views of Los Angeles city from the top.

Porter is her boyfriend’s most beloved pet. So when they knew that Porter had cancer, the idea of a life without him was inconceivable. Porter overcame the cancer, and now that he is back to his happy days, his mom decided to gift her husband with something unique, original, fun, artistic and custom made: a dog photography session for Porter.

Cute photos of Porter with the autumn leafs at Runyon Canyon Park.

Cute photos of Porter with the autumn leafs at Runyon Canyon Park.

Choosing the location was pretty easy. She wanted to have it done at Runyon Canyon because it’s their favorite place to hang out with their dogs Porter and Lola.

Porter in his past life was a monkey. I'm sure.

Porter in his past life was a monkey. I'm sure.


Runyon Canyon was perfect for the dog photo session. With 160 acre park area, offers plenty of hiking and walking trails that helped me get diversity on my photos. Also, Runyon Canyon is one of Los Angeles’ most loved places to go with your dog thanks to its 90 acre off leash area. Without forgetting the breathtaking views from the top!

Lola and Porter waiting to get some tasty dog treats for being good models!

Lola and Porter waiting to get some tasty dog treats for being good models!


When we got there, I started shooting at the bottom and I kept shooting until the top, where I finished the session with these beautiful images of Porter and Nadja together during the sunset.

Beautiful dog photo session with the sunset on top of Runyon Canyon.  

Beautiful dog photo session with the sunset on top of Runyon Canyon.  


If you are looking to surprise somebody with a very unexpected Christmas gift or do you want to gift yourself with something to remember for years to come, buy your Gift Certificate here.

Also, and most important, the Gift Certificates are part of the BUY ONE, SAVE ONE campaign. For every Session sold, I’ll donate a session to a dog or cat in a shelter.


Porter definitely likes to be on trees!

Porter definitely likes to be on trees!

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Lola with her mom having a blast on top of the Runyon Canyon trail.

Lola with her mom having a blast on top of the Runyon Canyon trail.


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GIFT GUIDE 2014: TOP 10 CHRISTMAS PRODUCTS FOR DOG LOVERS

With the gift giving season right around the corner, this question begs to be asked. As a dedicated dog lover, I always have the latest and greatest for my dog, but what about me?  It’s not always easy to find suitable pet-related gifts for those deserving, dog-loving humans. I’ve decided to make it easier for you this year by sharing an extensive list with you of some of my own favorite dog-related products!

 
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1. Custom Pet Photography from Frame Your Pet (Starts at $249)

What it is: A custom pet photography session with me. We will sit down for a consultation and discuss what setting will really make your pet’s personality shine through.  We’ll have a fun session with your pet and capture their best and most memorable moments. You will receive photos that will capture the love and essence of your pet in every frame and will last a life time. Your pet’s personality will shine through and you will treasure these photos forever.

Why you’ll love it:

  • It’s a great gift for people that have a new dog, or a senior one.
  • Commemorate your dog’s first or last holiday season with the family.
  • Create a moment that lasts forever, long after your pet is gone.
  • Celebrate new beginnings; puppies, adoptions, additions to the family!
  • For every session you book, I will donate a session to a local shelter.
  • Subscribe to my newsletter and receive a discount on your session!

BUY YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR YOU OR A FRIEND HERE.

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2. SilhouPETte, $249

What it is: Hand-crafted, custom-designed cufflinks and custom charm necklace with your dog’s profile on them. You provide a photo of your pet and each piece is handcrafted to look just like your best friend. Available in either sterling silver or gold-dipped sterling with the option to engrave a name.  

Why you’ll love it:

  • These cufflinks and charms allow you to bring your best friend with you everywhere you go.
  • They are a creative, fashionable way to commemorate your pet.
  • A masculine gift for the guy who has everything.
  • A beautiful and unique gift for your girlfriend, wife, mom or sister.
  • A timeless gift that allows you to be close to your pet, even long after they’re gone.
  • SilhouPETte will donate 30% of profits from each purchase to animals in need.

Where to get it: http://silhoupette.com/ and used code SPFRM2014 to get 10% off in your purchase!

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3. Pet Toaster, $29.99

What it is:  A conventional toaster with an unconventional twist. In goes a slice of bread, out comes a lovely piece of toast art emblazoned with your favorite breed! It will have dogs and their humans alike begging for another piece.

Why you’ll love it:

  • It’s unique and fun!
  • It serves a practical purpose.
  • It makes breakfast fun for children and adults alike!

Where to get it:  http://fab.com/product/pet-toast-dog-dachshund-444853

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4. Silk ties and scarfs from Bows-N-Ties, $39-$59  

What it is: Coordinating scarves and ties for men and women in fun colors patterned with your favorite breed. These high quality ties and scarves are 100% silk, handmade and jacquard woven and are perfect for any dog lover! Proceeds from Dogs-N-Ties are donated to the San Francisco SPCA.

Why you’ll love it:

  • You get a fun, high-quality product while helping serve animals in need.
  • A perfect gift for the person who has everything.
  • Fashion forward designs.
  • These are available in multiple breeds, so order more than one!

Where to get it: Dogs-n-Ties

 
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5. 101 Dog tricks book $10.72

What it is: An international best-selling book by acclaimed celebrity trainer and dog show performer Kyra Sundance.  This book teaches dog owners in a step-by-step fashion how to teach their dogs 101 fun tricks.  The book uses the build on method, so once your dog learns the basic tricks, the possibilities are endless!

Why you’ll love it:

  • Well detailed, easy to read and understand.
  • Fun, useful, engaging tricks for you and your dog.
  • Helps you bond with your dog on a different level.
  • Perfect for dogs of all ages and levels of obedience!

Where to get it: Amazon

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6. Pet Sling, $88

What it is: A fashionable, hands-free carrier for your best friend, the scarf sling by Anastasia Balyura is a great way to take your dog along for the day. The scarf is made from soft Italian wool so it is comfortable for you and your dog. (You might even decide to wear it without the dog!) The scarf sling holds dogs up to 17 lbs.

Why you’ll love it:

  • It’s comfortable!
  • It’s fashionable!
  • It’s a unique, hands-free way to stay close to your pet all day long.

Where to get it: Go to Fab and get yours!

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7. Pet Vacuum Accessory, $19.99

What it is: A vacuum attachment for your Furminator, this adds power and ease to your deshedding tool.  Dogs love it, people love it, it’s a win/win! Attaches to all vacuum brands and comes with two removable heads to adjust to your tool size.

Why you’ll love it:

  • There’s a lot less hair to sweep up later.
  • With all the added power it takes far less time!
  • At less than $20, it’s super affordable.

Where to get it: Furminator products.

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8. Pretty Fluffy eBook of Dog Recipes, $19.99

What it is: A cookbook that details how to make simple, healthy, and delicious treats for your pet all year long.

Why you’ll love it:

  • With step-by-step instructions, it’s appropriate for cooks of all skill levels.
  • It contains handy tips, nutritional information, and even a list of allergy alternatives for those sensitive pets.
  • It’s separated across the seasons and includes special birthday treat recipes!

Where to get it:  Pretty Fluffy

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9. Custom Stuffed Pet Toys, $150

What it is:  A custom stuffed animal that looks just like your real dog! Any dog you can photograph can become immortalized as a custom stuffed animal.  Finished products are about 8” long and weigh about half a pound.

What I love:

  • You can memorialize a beloved pet when they pass away.
  • Great gift for children and adults of all ages.
  • Each stuffed animal is as unique as your dog!

Where to get it: http://www.shelterpups.com/custom_order.php

 
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10. Doggie Daycare Gift Certificate, Price Varies

What it is: A day with friends and lots of exercise for your pet, a day (or a night) away for the humans.  Sometimes, we all need a break, a day or a weekend away without having to worry about our beloved dog.

Many pet daycares and boarders don’t offer the option to purchase gift certificates online, but most have them available if you call or stop in to request one.

Why you’ll love it:

  • Your dog has tons of fun.
  • Your dog comes home exercised and exhausted!
  • It is the gift of freedom: no worrying about your dog being home alone, potty-breaks, meal times or finding a dog sitter!

Where to get it: Your local doggie daycare or kennel. If your favorite facility doesn’t offer gift certificates, you could design and create one!


Share this Gift Guide with your family and friends and help them to find the perfect gift for these Holidays!

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Tips to choose the right pet photographer

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Tips to choose the right pet photographer

 

Becoming a pet owner is a more life-changing event than many people realize when they set out to choose a new addition to their family. Within a short space of time, a new dog or cat takes up a space in your heart that you didn’t know was empty. They are forever a part of your family and not just an animal.

Your pet becomes an integral part of your life; he is there for all of life’s monotonous daily moments. He greets you when you wake up, when you get in from work, and cuddles on your lap before bedtime. He’s also there for life’s milestones; birthday’s, family bbq’s, the birth of children. He is a constant presence, always offering unconditional love and affection.

Celebrating Maui's 7th birthday.

Celebrating Maui's 7th birthday.

Time passes quickly, and before you know it, your pet has transformed from puppy or kitty to a fully mature dog or cat. He changes as if before your eyes; blink and you could miss it! In the world of smartphones and modern technology, you take frequent snaps of your beloved pet until your phone memory is full to capacity in an attempt to capture him at every phase in his life. Unfortunately, these low resolution images don’t print well, and your pet can not be proudly displayed in frames in your home, as he deserves.

How many photos of your dog or cat do you have in your smart phone? 

How many photos of your dog or cat do you have in your smart phone? 

The solution to this problem is to hire a professional pet photographer. The pet photography business is gaining lots of attention, so choosing the right one is becoming extremely challenging. A conventional photographer, who photographs anything to everything, may not comprehend the art of taking the best pet portraits.

 

How to choose the right photographer for your beloved pet?

First, you need to look for a specialist. There are many styles of pet photography, such as documentary, traditional, photojournalistic, fine arts, abstract, and studio. The vast amount of options can make the choice seem daunting, but we have some easy to follow guidelines that will make choosing your pet photographer foolproof.

 

1. Generalist vs Specialist

While not all amateur photographers are created equal, the best way to ensure you receive quality work is to hire a seasoned professional with a solid background.

This is the first step toward success choosing the right photographer for you. Generalists are the ones who shoot a bit of everything: newborns, pets, weddings, landscape, etc. Pets do require an experienced photographer to have their pictures taken. The photographer must understand animals and be able to engage them to get the best out of them. Check the photographer’s experience and background and ensure he or she is a professional and has a career that backs up what he or she does with a gallery representation, awards, magazines, and blog features. Every pet is a unique character and being able to be patient with pets is not enough. You need to ensure that the candidate has experience working with animals, and ideally, can provide some references from previous customers.

 

2. Choose the Photography Style: Studio vs Outdoor/Indoor

Studio photography requires that your pet be taken to an unknown environment, which could cause nervousness. Studio photography can be very stressful for the pets. They not only have to stay quiet in the same spot for long periods of time, but the whole setup can be overwhelming when you consider all of the lights and bright flashes.

Photo courtesy of Keith Stenhouse.

Photo courtesy of Keith Stenhouse.

Outdoor photography, also known as “on location” photography, has great benefits. In the case of a dog, outdoors means exercise and having a great time. Having an incredible pet photographer will make no difference if your pet is stressed or unhappy, so considering how the location will affect them is key. In the case of senior dogs, puppies, or cats, indoor is a good alternative to outdoors. As long as the pet feels comfortable, the pictures will turn out great.

 

To know more about Studio photography vs Outdoor photography, read this post.

 

3. Choose the Photographer’s Style

Although many pet photographers use digital cameras, there are still some more traditional ones using film. Do you prefer film or digital? Do you want black and white or color? Each one comes with pros and cons, and depends on your personal preference. It’s important to spend some time checking the photographer’s portfolio to see if his/her style is what you are looking for.

 

4. Know The Process

If possible, schedule a pre-session consultation with your top two photographers. Discuss your project, what you are looking for, how the session works, and your expectations, and use the time to clarify any questions you may have. The consultation will help you get to know each other and you’ll get a better feeling of which pet photographer will be right for you.

 

5. The Investment

Figure out your budget and compare what each photographer includes in the price, but don’t let this be the deciding factor. Price is often a synonym for quality, not only in terms of products but also in customer service. Do you want a shoot-n-burn photographer or somebody who can prepare a tailored session for you and your pet? Do you want to buy a few 8x10 prints or do you want gallery-quality art pieces? You will pay once, but a few years from now, you won’t remember how much it cost you, only how wonderful and unique your pet was.

Framed Fine Art photo of a Greyhound. Perfect to decorate your home or office.

Framed Fine Art photo of a Greyhound. Perfect to decorate your home or office.

Although choosing the right pet photographer can be a time consuming process, it is vital that you invest some time searching for local dog or cat photographers that will be able to capture your pet’s personality in the best way possible.

 

If you are looking for a pet photographer in San Francisco or in the Bay Area, I'd love to work with you. Contact me now to schedule your free session consultation and let's get your project started!


Frame Your Pet’s Mission:

To provide customized services in a professional and personal manner to create timeless high-end pet photography artwork exceeding client satisfaction and expectations.

 

 

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