With people we often think of a Portrait Study or Character Study as a stand alone portrait. Sometimes it may be a series of two or three portraits, especially if it's of a child. Pets can be a bit different—they do ooze character. And just like people some pets are easier to define the character than others.
We offer a pre-session consultation for all of our portrait sessions—people orpets. For pets it's important that they meet us and see (actually smell) the studio before the session. That way they will be more comfortable when they return for the session. During this consultation we get to meet the pet and understand more of who they are—to see their personality. Whether your pet is shy or exuberant we can plan accordingly and this helps your session go more smoothly.
In any case we'd like you to exercise your pet before the session—it's great when they arrive a little tired –especially for energetic breeds. Otherwise we have to spend longer on the session trying to burn off a little of your pet's energy. Also bring them a little hungry—this way they will do whatever it takes to get that treat. And of course make sure they've been able to take care of their business before arriving. Or we'll also have to take pee breaks.
What about grooming? We do suggest a bath and/or grooming your pet before the session. Like people sometimes you need to allow a little time between getting hair clipped before scheduling for certain breeds. It’s alsoa good idea to allow your pet to dry thoroughly before arriving if after a bath since you don’t want them to look wet in the portrait.
A Character Study for a pet can be a stand alone portrait (like people) or a series. In addition to stand alone portraits we offer several multi-image panels for pet portraits. These are great when you want a series of your pet (like shown). Again it helps to understand your thoughts on what type of portrait you'd like so we can plan the best session for you. We want you to be able to look at your portrait each day and know that it's an accurate study of your pet.
Not sure what you want? Give us a call at the studio (719.475.0160) and we can discuss the different types of pet portrait sessions we offer.