Pouka Fine Art Pet Portraits
The bond we share with our pets is worthy of celebration. Let me create a timeless piece of art to capture the soul and beauty of your furry friend.
PHOTOGRAPHY OF YOUR CHERISHED PET
As a professional pet photographer and digital artist, I look forward to creating a timeless piece of art that you’ll be proud to display in your home. I strongly believe that the bond between you and your pet is worthy of the same celebration as any family or wedding portrait. When you choose a photography session, I will come to your home or location of choice, wherever your pets are most comfortable, to capture beautiful memories for you to cherish forever.
I am based in Grove City, Ohio just outside of Columbus and my photography services the Central Ohio area including Hilliard, Marysville, Dublin, Delaware, Westerville, Worthington, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, and Lancaster.
We received our prints of Shelby today and I can’t even explain in words how pleased we are. The pictures came out beautifully and I just can’t wait to get them up on the wall. Thank you so much for such amazing pieces of art!!!!Mary Robinson
HOW YOUR PET PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION WORKS
BOOK YOUR SESSION
When you’ve decided you want to book, fill out the contact form and include your preferred dates. I have Saturday and Sunday sessions available with the occasional weeknight. For outdoor sessions, I prefer late afternoon, a few hours before sunset for the best soft warm light. We can also do very early morning sessions if need be. Indoor sessions are available throughout the day.
Once you’ve booked and we’ve settled on a date and time, I will schedule a time to visit with you so that I can meet your pet, scout out the session location, and complete an informal interview. If you’re not able to schedule time or are out of state for one of my travelling sessions, I will send you a questionnaire to fill out telling me about what you have in mind for your session. You will also receive a contract to sign, and I will ask you to pay your session fee.
ENJOY YOUR SESSION
On the day of the shoot, I will arrive with a car full of equipment at the location we’ve chosen. I will spend some time setting up and getting your pet used to me and the equipment. There’s no rush; if your pet is shy or timid, we can sit around and chat until they become acquainted with me. If they’re very active we might play around to tire them out first.
I will work to capture the unique character of your pet – maybe that funny half-smile or the head tilt that makes your heart melt.
As the owner, your job is to relax and enjoy the experience! Dogs are amazing at reading human body language – as the mother of two deaf dogs, I assure you that we are open books! So to keep the dog calm, you need to be calm, too. Understand that this shoot will probably not go smoothly. It’s totally OK. I’m familiar with dogs who like to pee on my equipment or who suddenly refuse to acknowledge years of obedience training. We’ll make it work. If you think your dog isn’t well behaved enough for a photo session, take a look at some of the outtakes!!
If we’re doing an outdoor shoot and the weather proves unsuitable, we’ll simply reschedule the session to another day at no extra charge.
CHOOSE YOUR ART
After the session I carefully select and edit the very best images. During this process, one or two of my favorites may be posted as “sneak peeks” on Facebook, often within a couple of days. Make sure you follow my Pouka Fine Art Pet Portraits Facebook page so you don’t miss these!
Once I’ve finished editing your images, usually within two weeks of your session, we will make an appointment to meet again so that you can browse through the final images at your leisure and decide on what beautiful products would look best in your home!
Depending on what you order, your beautiful art will be ready in 3-6 weeks! I will either deliver it to you personally or we can have it shipped directly to you, ready to hang!
Why should I print my images?
It is so easy for older generations to pull down a box of old family photos, take the photo album off the shelf, or point to the family portrait on the wall to reminisce. Unfortunately, our generation and regrettably, generations to come, don’t have that advantage. Thousands of pictures are left to perish on smart phones, leaving you with nothing to hold between your fingertips.
I believe that photography is best appreciated and enjoyed once it is printed, and it’s a lost art that we are moving away from. We need to bring it back. We are the most photographed generation, yet we enjoy those photographs the least.
Technology comes and goes. What if all you had from your grandparents’ wedding was a floppy disk of their wedding pictures? Would you be able to even look at them today? There have been a lot of warnings from people more tech-saavy than myself about the loss of data as technologies evolve. The most stable solution? Print your photos.
A printed portrait hanging in your home is something that you can enjoy every day. An album is something you can sit on a couch with and reminisce, without the distraction of Facebook notifications and email apps bouncing on the bottom of your screen. Looking at photographs in print allows us to slow down and enjoy them on their own and without distraction or limitation.
I archive session photos as well as I am able so that you can come back to me in two or five or ten years and ask for reprints. But there’s always the possibility of data failure or technological obsolescence. Your professionally printed photographs are on archival paper and could last for 200 years or more. I can’t guarantee that kind of digital immortality. Printing your images as soon as possible is the best solution.
If you have your own family or pet photos that aren’t in great shape or aren’t what you would consider “frameable”, then let me paint them for you so that they’ll be something you can hang on your walls with pride.
A $150 session fee is required to reserve your session. We will go over art pricing during our interview. Product orders are placed after you’ve viewed your final edited images. Clients invest between $300 and $1,200 on a session. Credit card payments and interest-free payment plans are available.
Your Session Fee of $150 includes:
- On Location photography session
- Up to two pets
- Up to two hours of shooting time
- Weekend booking dates
- Anywhere within 40 miles of Grove City, OH – 43123
- Customized ordering session
Your session fee does not include any printed products or digital images.
Session Fees are used to reserve your appointment and are due before the portrait session. You’re not just investing in pretty photos of your pets… you’re investing in having your memories captured flawlessly, an amazing and FUN portrait experience, and a completely custom experience to fit your vision and needs.
Session fee refunds for cancellations:
- A month or more before your scheduled photo shoot: %100
- A week before: 50%
- Less than a week or no shows: 0%
What's a Session Fee and why do you charge it?
Each photography portrait session is unique. Creating art from your pet’s life story requires time, technical expertise, and creativity. When hiring a photographer to do custom work, you’re not just paying a “sitting fee” to commission someone behind a tripod to release a shutter. You are investing in an artist’s time and talent to capture your pet in a creative light.
Before each session, I spend 2-3 hours in session coordination, client consultations, emailing and planning your shoot. After each custom portrait session with a client, I spend an additional 4-6 hours color correcting, editing and preparing your custom images and presenting your gallery; plus additional time designing and preparing images and products to be ordered, receiving and delivering your products. A typical time investment is between 8-15 hours for each custom portrait session. To ensure that your portraits are as stunning as previous clients, I am continuously attending workshops and classes, investing in new equipment, investing in production cost and business expenditures. I enjoy every minute of it.
In short, all clients pay a Session Fee to commission me for my time and talent in capturing your memories.
WHY CHOOSE ME?
I am a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). Those three letters assure you of my professional credibility, knowledge and experience. As a CPP, I am an expert in lighting, posing, and styling; I can handle any situation. I will consistently achieve great results and I have the skills to create unique customized works of arts – not cookie-cutter pictures. It’s YOUR story that I’m capturing!
I am an internationally award winning artist and photographer. I participate regularly in the competitions hosted by the Professional Photographers of America to challenge myself against their high standards of photographic and artistic excellence. I compete for the chance to better my skills and stretch myself so that I can create the best work possible for my clients. I am a 2016 Silver Medalist in the Master Artist International Photographic Competition, one of the Top Ten photographers in Ohio in 2017, and the number one pet photographer in the 2017 North East District Print Competition. I have also won awards in the Prix Photographie de Paris (PX3), various local competitions, and recently received a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers for my book, “Setterly Yours: A Photographic Introduction to The English Setter.”
I want to get to know you so that I can provide you with a great experience as well as beautiful art that you will be proud to display. Whether I’m photographing your pets, creating a one-of-a-kind art piece, or photographing a home, my goal is to tailor the experience to your needs and desires.
I have a fabulous picture of my beloved Maggie that Danica took … in the summer of 2014. Maggie was always shy of a camera or phone and would run away, so I have very few photos of her. Maggie passed over the Rainbow Bridge in February, and I miss her so much. The photo Danica took caught is a treasure that I enjoy every day. Many thanks, Danica, for capturing that moment for me. I miss Maggie so much and I appreciate having that photo. Forever grateful!Barb Clevenger
Working with the talented Danica is always a pleasure. I admire her patience with both the dogs and their humans. She puts everyone at ease and always captures the essence of her subjects. Her “candid” shots of our family were so professional that we used them on our Christmas cards. I asked her to do a digital portrait of my husband and our first dog. She took a scanned photograph with a very busy background and turned it into a work of art. I highly recommend her for both human and pet photography.Karen Lin
I commissioned Danica to do a photo shoot of my Setter Truby. The pictures were wonderful as Danica was able to capture Truby’s beauty and her personality… I am so thankful to have Truby immortalized in such a beautiful manner that I am doing my other dog soon!!Wendy Shay
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW LOVES ENGLISH SETTERS,
YOU'VE JUST FOUND THE PERFECT GIFT!
"Setterly Yours: A Photographic Introduction to The English Setter" features over 150 professional photographs and covers a brief history of the breed, the physical characteristics, personalities, grooming requirements, health issues, as well as the availability of the breed in rescue. This book differs from other books about English Setters by providing information on many of the multiple bloodlines as well as illustrating the great physical variety in the breed in beautiful detailed photographs.
"Setterly Yours" was recently awarded a silver medal by the Independent Publishers and will be a beautiful addition to any English Setter lover's library!
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