There are a few different stages to working with Marie Wulfram Photography as your pet's photographer, from the moment you reach out to inquire to the final delivery of artworks and products. This series will walk you through what each step looks like and what you can expect along the way.

In the first of this four part series, learn more about the first step in the adventure of working with Marie Wulfram Photography.

The Design

Marie Wulfram Photography is all about creating gorgeous images that truly show the beauty and bond between Washington pets and their people. Every pet-person connection is so uniquely their own and that's why the first step in our journey together will begin with a design consultation.

If you've never worked with a professional photographer, or you've only dealt with "shoot-and-burn" models, you may never have heard of having a consultation before booking your photo session.

Your design consultation is critical in determining if I'm the right photographer for you and your pet.

This is the time where we get to know each other, see if we vibe well, set expectations for each other and also provides you the opportunity to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have about booking a session for your pet.

Common questions include:

  • Does my pet have to be off leash? (Nope!)
  • What if my pet doesn't listen? (Totally okay!)
  • My dog is leash/dog aggressive, can you still photograph them? (Absolutely!)

Rest assured, the consultation is the best chance to be able to work through all these common questions and more so you can feel confident in your decision to hire me as your photographer.

Your consultation is also a design appointment in that we'll work through what you're imagining for your final keepsakes. Every family is unique not only in their personalities but also in what they're looking for from their session.

Some have a specific vision for one phenomenal photo that will end up as a grand statement piece above the fireplace while others prefer to capture as many images as possible and create an album to capture every little detail of their fur-babies from the little specks on their ears down to the spot on their tail, every head tilt and every slobbery smile.

The design consultation is how we bring your vision to life, or how we create the vision for what you'll cherish most.

This includes:

  • Deciding on the perfect location for your session.
  • Finding the best time of year and picking a date.
  • Addressing any wardrobe concerns and what to wear.

How is the consultation held?

Most clients enjoy being able to have this conversation over text or email.

In-person consultations are also a great option, especially for the pets who may be fearful or aggressive.

Note: If your pet is defensive of the home, we can meet at a local park instead.

What happens after the proposal is completed?

After completing the proposal, you'll be taken to your client agreement for review and signature, and then the invoice for your $300 reservation retainer. Completing these items locks you in for working with me and we'll create your customized session together.

What if my dog is shy/aggressive?

If you have a dog or pet who is shy, nervous or even a little aggressive, this can also be a great time to introduce them to me and my camera and work on getting them used to me prior to their session. This has worked really well in the past and has allowed me to work with dogs who tend not to like strangers very much.

From there, you're officially part of the Marie Wulfram Photography pack and on the path to an expertly-crafted session just for you and your pets.

You'll receive access to a password protected client portal to keep track of all documents and emails, get help with preparing for your session, wall art gallery inspiration and so much more leading up to your session date.

You won't have to worry about walking this journey alone as I'll be there with you every step of the way.

Part two of this four part series will dive into what you can expect on the day of your session and how much fun your pets are going to have. Simple. Easy. Fun.

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