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Confirm Details with Your Dog Photography Clients

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

As you find out more about your client’s needs and wants, you’ll know what session or package option is right for her and her god and you can discuss that with her.

Sometimes, a client wants to cram too much into a session. It’s your responsibility to make your best suggestion, and if that means telling her that you can’t fit in indoor shots, a studio setup, and a trip to the beach in an hour (even though that’s what she wants), then so be it; you need to be upfront and honest.

Know your limits so you don’t overpromise and under-deliver. If she’s set on wanting several locations, then recommend a longer session, and don’t be shy about it. You can explain your pricing structure and discuss the pros and cons of the different options with her.

Most clients appreciate your guiding them with honesty and will work with you to make sure the shoot is set up for success. When they see how much time the shoot ends up taking, they’ll thank you.

After you have the lowdown on who you’re working with and how long it may take, you can go ahead and schedule the session. Again, remember to be honest. If your client wants to do it at 4 p.m. on Saturday but you don’t have the time to fit it in then, suggest some alternatives. Some things to take into consideration when scheduling the session include

  • Your current calendar: Make sure you always update your calendar. Nothing’s more unprofessional than double-booking or overcommitting yourself.

  • Time: The time factor has two parts: how long the shoot will take and how long it will take you to get to the location (don’t forget to factor in snarled traffic if you live in a large city; better to arrive extra early than late).

  • Lighting: Stay away from the noon hour if it’s an outdoor shoot. Stick with morning or late afternoon time slots.

  • Weather: Check the forecast and keep an eye on it in the days leading up to your session. Make sure to agree on an inclement weather plan/policy ahead of time.