Everything You Need To Know About The Unleashed Pet Portrait Program

Crystal Lee 


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Everything You Need To Know About The Unleashed Pet Portrait Program

Jun 19, 2021

The Unleashed program is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. I know that in today’s market, and particularly in my local area, not everyone can afford to have beautiful professional portraits taken of their pets. This program is a great way for people to get a few fun portraits of their pets while also benefiting animals in need.

What exactly is Unleashed? 

The prime mission of the Unleashed pet portrait program is to benefit the Grand Strand Humane Society. They are very often at maximum capacity and could use all the help they can get to take care of these sweet animals! I offer low-cost pet portrait events a few times a year in exchange for food donations that go directly to the shelter. This is a great way for people to get beautiful portraits of their fur babies while helping out animals in need at the same time.

What is the cost?

Packages start at just $50 and a donation of a 15+ pound bag of Purina dry dog or cat food. I am also happy to collect any other items that you’d like to donate as well, including wet food, blankets, etc.

What is included?

You will receive a 15-minute studio portrait session and your choice of 5 digital images available for download with a print release. We can work together to choose a backdrop color that will compliment both your pet and your home decor. You can also add on a second backdrop color for only $10 more!

Why, oh why, is it so cheap? Professional photographers can’t profit off of a $50 photo session!

That is absolutely true! No professional can afford to run a legitimate business charging $50 for a session. There are so many taxes and overheard costs to consider and if this was my only source of income I would essentially be paying my clients to let me photograph them! But that’s not the case here at all. My business is built upon weddings and baby portraits. That’s what pays the bills and puts food on my table.

Unleashed is a special event. The objective is simply to get food donations for our local shelter. The small portrait fee simply covers studio time and the replacement of backdrops. (Dog drool + paper backgrounds = lots of trash at the end of the day!)

Do I still have to put 30% aside for taxes? You bet.
Do I get to take home a paycheck from this event? Nope.

But the point isn’t to make a profit… it’s to make a difference.

Where are the sessions held? Can you photograph my pet in our home?

I do not offer on-location pet sessions. All of my sessions take place in the studio, where I can offer a fun, unique (and colorful!) photographic experience.

Do you only photograph cats and dogs?

Of course not! I welcome all pets, whether they have fur, feather, fins, or scales! I will photograph anything… but if it has scales, I can’t promise I’ll touch it. 😉

When is the next pet event?

Unleashed events take place every few months, usually 3-4 times a year. You can see the updated schedule on my website. I do not start taking appointments for our pet events until the event has been officially released on our Facebook page, typically 2-3 weeks before the event.

What if I am not available during your pet dates? Can I schedule a session at another time?

No problem! Everyday Mini Sessions are available throughout the year. This is a 30-minute studio session with 2 backdrop colors, 10 digital images of your choice for download, and a print release.  These mini sessions are weekday appointments only and availability may be limited during peak season.

Awesome! Where can I view more photos?

You can check out the awesome Unleashed website at https://crystalleephotography.com/pets, as well as our Facebook page! 🙂

Who is your favorite pet photographer?

My all-time favorite pet photographer is Rachael Hale, her stuff is so much fun! I consider her the “Anne Geddes” of pet photography. What an inspiration!

I hope that answers any questions you may have about our Unleashed program. I am so overjoyed with the response to these sessions and I hope to meet you and your fur-baby at our next event! 🙂

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