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Everything You Need To Know About The Unleashed Pet Portrait Program

Feb 19, 2018

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 pet while also benefiting animals in need.

What exactly is Unleashed? 
The mission of the Unleashed 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 in exchange for food donations that go directly to those animals in need. 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 $40 and a donation of a 15+ pound bag of Purina dry dog or cat food.

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 $40 photo session!
That is absolutely true! No professional photographer can afford to run a legitimate business charging $40 for a session. There are so many taxes and fees 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. My main objective is to get food donations for our local shelter. The $40 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?
Sessions take place in our beautiful 1,300 sq ft studio space in The Market Common. At this time I am not offering on-location pet sessions.

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?
Events take place every 2 months. You can see the updated schedule on the website at 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! You are welcome to book an Everyday Mini Session! This is a 30-minute studio session with 2 backdrop colors, digital images 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, 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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