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Pet Photography for the wild & Adventurous

The Experience

Scruff Life Photography is a Minnesota-based pet photographer specializing in capturing the bond between people and their pets. portrait sessions, adventure sessions, Celebration Sessions, and Dog-powered sports sessions are designed to capture the unique relationship between you and your furry friend.

How it Works

How it Works

Step 01

Getting to know you

Before your session, you'll receive a questionnaire to complete for me to get to know you and your pet. The goal is to capture the unique bond between you and your furry friend, so I'll work with you to determine the best location and time of day to make the photo session as comfortable as possible.

Step 02

Being Your Beautiful Selves

During the session, we can take it nice and slow to ensure your pet is feeling safe in front of the camera. I believe that the best photos are the ones that capture your pet's true personality. I encourage you and your furry friend to be yourselves, and I'll capture those candid moments that truly showcase your special bond.

Step 03

Editing Your Photos

After your session, I will carefully select and edit your photos to create a stunning collection that you'll treasure for years to come. I'll work with you to choose the best images and create a beautiful finished product.

Step 04

Choosing Memories to Treasure

Once your photos are ready, I'll help you choose the perfect way to display and enjoy your memories. From prints to albums to wall art, we offer a variety of products to suit your style and needs. You will also have access to download and share your images with everyone you love.

Investment

Investment

Packages

I offer a variety of package options to suit your needs and budget. Humans are always welcome and encouraged to be included in photos regardless of the session type. Each session requires a non-refundable retainer of 25% to hold your spot.

 

Included with each package:

  • Pre-session planning, including a get-to-know-you questionnaire

  • Location suggestions and advice

  • Styling help for you and your pet

  • Your photography session, including fancy treats for your pet (if they like treats)

  • A private, online gallery to view, download, and share your images

  • An online store connected to your gallery to order photo prints directly from a local, professional photo lab

  • A digital and print ebook to assist you with your files and any printing you'd like to do on your own

  • A personal print release for you to print your images at your favorite printer

The Essential Collection

The Complete Collection

  • Investment: $450

  • 1-2 pets**

  • 60 minutes

  • Your choice of 25 fully edited images for download

  • Option to purchase additional digital images

  • Ideal for:

    • Portrait sessions with several pets or larger groups

    • Adventure sessions

    • Dog-powered sports sessions

The
Mini Session

  • Investment: TBD

  • 1-2 pets

  • 10-20 minutes

  • Your choice of 5 fully edited images for download

  • Option to purchase additional digital images

  • Offered seasonally, sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page to be the first to know about upcoming mini sessions!

*Celebration sessions are offered at a discount, please inquire for details

**Additional pets can be added for $25 each

If you don't see an option that fits your needs (e.g., an event or other special case), please don't hesitate to reach out for a personalized pricing quote. I am happy to work at pet-related events and sporting events and can provide pricing per request.

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FAQ

FAQ

Have questions about Scruff Life Photography's services? Check out the FAQ page for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. If you don't see the information you're looking for, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly.

  • What types of sessions do you offer?
    Portrait Sessions are for a more traditional photo session with your pet(s). Adventure sessions are for the adventure-seekers who want to explore a bit more with their photo session. Celebration Sessions are for pets that are at or nearing their end-of-life stage. Dog-powered sports sessions are for showing off the athletes of the house! Product/Branding is for the pet-related business that wants to take its marketing to the next level.
  • What package options do you offer?
    Here are the current packages offered: The Essential Collection: 1-2 pets 30 minutes 10 images ideal for portrait and celebration sessions The Complete Collection: 1-2 pets* (can add more) 60 minutes 25 images ideal for portrait, adventure, and dog-powered sports The Mini Session: 1-2 pets offered seasonally
  • How many pets can I have in one session?
    With the Essential Collection and all Mini Sessions, you are limited to 2 pets due to time constraints and the number of photos provided. If you have more than 2 pets, I highly recommend scheduling a Complete Collection package, which includes up to 2 pets with the option to add more. This package includes more images and is double the length of time, which is helpful for wrangling multiple pets for photos. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.
  • Where are you located and do you charge travel fees for photo sessions?
    I'm based in Forest Lake, MN, and happily travel to session locations within a 35-mile radius, which includes all Minneapolis locations. Outside of this radius, I do charge the industry standard rate of 65.5-cent per mile to help cover my expenses.
  • Does my pet need to be off-leash to get nice photos?
    Not at all. Most of the pets I photograph are on leash during their sessions. This can be for a variety of reasons, but most of all is that I shoot in state, regional, and county parks and nearly all of these have leash laws in place. With a little bit of instruction, I will show you how to hold the leash such that it is easy for me to edit it out later. This keeps your pet safe, keeps us in good standing with the parks, and is an overall win-win!
  • I have a reactive dog. Is it even possible to photograph him/her?
    Yes, it is totally possible and I've done it multiple times with other reactive dogs and their owners. The key is finding the right location and going at the right time of day. As a reactive dog mom myself, I know the anxiety you probably feel when you take your dog out even on a simple walk. As your photographer, I bring the same level of awareness and care to our sessions as I do on my own outings with my reactive dog. I am dedicated to ensuring that we have a smooth session together to create images you love.
  • My pet takes a while to warm up to new people. Will this make a photo session difficult?
    Most of the pets I photograph take a little bit to warm up to strangers and that's totally okay! The timeframes provided for each session are flexible (aside from mini sessions) to allow for some introductions and time to adjust. My goal is that you and your pet have a safe and fun photo experience with me and that the images captured represent the pet you know and love, not one that was anxious or stressed about the photo session.
  • I want to schedule a Celebration Session for my pet, but they're not sick or dying, just getting older. Is that okay?
    Yes, you're welcome to schedule a Celebration Session for whenever you feel it is the right time. It's not always possible to schedule these sessions in advance, but it's often easier on them if they are still moving well and enjoying life with you. Whether your pet is only here for another day or for several more years, the Celebration Session is available to you.
  • I see a lot of dogs in your portfolio. Do you photograph other animals?
    While dogs are my most common subject, I do photograph a variety of animals and I'm always up for photographing more! I have experience photographing cats, horses, and guinea pigs, and would love to work with more. Somewhat related, I am also frequently photographing wildlife such as birds, squirrels, deer, bumble bees, and the like that one might see around Minnesota. I love to share these photos on my social media, so you can see more of the variety in my work and what I enjoy outside of working with clients.
  • How can I prepare for an amazing photo session with my pet?
    Before your session, you’ll receive a detailed email from me, but here are a couple of suggestions: For you, being well-rested and having your outfit picked out in advance will help with any stress you may have in front of the camera. During your session, try not to stress about what your pet is doing. I’ve seen it all and I’m here for it. :) For your pet, it’s important to make sure they’ve had their usual amount of exercise for the day. Not too worn out, but also not bouncing off the walls. You can also bring a favorite treat/toy for me to grab their attention.
  • I'm not sure what location would work best for a photo session. Can you help me pick a location?
    Yes, of course! I have a variety of favorites when it comes to selecting a location for photos based on my own personal time location scouting and from previous photo sessions. Location ideas range from rolling prairie to a beach to a stand of red pines to a boardwalk through a marsh. Some locations include more than one! To narrow down the options, it helps if you can provide some information about your dog and what kinds of activities you enjoy together. For example, if your dog loves to swim, we can look into an option with a dog-friendly beach.
  • I don't know what I would wear to a photo session. Can you help me with outfit ideas?
    Of course! I'd be happy to help you with outfit ideas for your session. There are several factors that go into picking an outfit for your session, but number one is what makes you feel confident and like YOU! You can also consider what colors will also present, such as yellow sunflowers or white snow. I can help you pick colors that compliment the landscape and your pet. We can even discuss accessories for your pet, like bandanas.
  • What happens after the session?
    After your session, you can expect a proofing gallery from me within two or three weeks. This gallery will contain lightly edited and watermarked images for you to choose your final images. Each session package includes a specific number of images guaranteed. You can also purchase additional images each. After you select your favorites, I will do the final editing including any additional touch-ups and removal of leashes, people, etc. I aim to have the final images turned around within one week depending on my schedule. Once you have your final image gallery, you'll notice that you have web-resolution and high-resolution versions. Your gallery comes with a digital and print guide to explain everything you'll need to know about your files.
  • Do you provide sneak peeks?
    No, I don't generally provide sneak peeks from sessions. I want to ensure the gallery of images presented to you looks cohesive, and sometimes the edit I would do quickly after a session doesn't match the eventual look of the entire session. Providing quality and cohesive galleries is more important to me than getting you a quick glance. I hope you understand! That said, I have been asked for a quick photo or two to share on social media for a particular holiday coming up that would occur prior to the final gallery being released. If I'm not too overloaded with other things, I am happy to oblige these requests, so please ask!
  • Can I order photo prints and products from you directly?
    Yes! With your online gallery, you will have access to shop for a variety of print products directly in the gallery. You can place your order there and the products are made locally by a professional photo lab in Minnesota, White House Custom Color. Your order will be sent to me to assess the prints to ensure everything looks great and then the products will be delivered to you!

Questions?

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