Why hire Candice Daum Photography?
There are literally hundreds of photographers to choose from and it can be overwhelming. In our “no obligation” discovery introduction, we can discuss your ideas and concerns. If done in person, it is also a perfect time for me to get acquainted with your fur family. Your decision to book will mean you value the expertise of a certified Professional Photographer, devoted to the niche of photographing animals.
Do I choose the location?
If you have a location that means the world to you, or an idea of the type of photographs you’d like captured, then by all means, please do let me know. If however you have no idea, that is perfectly ok too. I will can make suggestions based on your likes and dislikes. With cats, most often the home environment is all we have to work with.
My pets aren’t trained, can you still photograph them?
What happens if the weather is bad?
Contrary to popular belief, we do not need a sunny day for great photographs. Photographing in midday full sun is actually not ideal. Photographing in a torrential downpour, also not ideal. Blizzard or extreme cold… well that’s not ideal either if I can’t feel my fingers. Whatever we are faced with, if we need to reschedule, we will. Keep in mind, a bit of rain makes for rich glistening colours, and opens up the potential of capturing an amazing rainbow as a backdrop. Sometimes out-of-the-ordinary, can be extraordinary.
How many people can attend the session?
How many pets does a session fee include?
A session fee includes up to 3 pets from the same household. Additional pets are welcome but we will need to allot more time so we can ensure we capture images of all pets involved. Each additional pet is an additional $50 (special rate for litters of puppies/kittens). If pet parents want to partner up, I do offer group sessions for 10 or more pets. Just keep in mind, more pets = less photos/pet. Full sessions ensure a variety of images to choose from.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, if a payment plan is desired on products we can set something up that works for you. In general, we would divide a payment into 3 separate installments, and products would be delivered with the final payment. The session fee is paid in advance to secure a session date.
Do you photograph more than just cats and dogs?
Being an animal lover, even if I tried to say no, I wouldn’t be able to. So no, my services are not only limited to cats and dogs. Fish, horses, hamsters, bunnies, lizards, snakes, frogs, crustaceans… I photograph them all. I invite the opportunity to photograph a unique variety I haven’t done before, and will even waive the session fee for a pet I have yet to add to my portfolio.
How far in advance do I need to book?
My pet has a mark/just had surgery, can you remove the blemish?
My dog never sits still. Is this a problem?
Not a problem at all! I absolutely love action shots – especially one with personality! Sitting is boring and I encourage your fur family to be playful and act silly. For more refined sit/stay images, we can take these with dogs on leash. The leash is simply removed in the editing process. If you are not comfortable with your pet off leash, or we are not in a dedicated ‘off-leash’ area, DO NOT remove it. The best option would be to use thin lead which makes editing it out easier.
My cat is shy and afraid of strangers. How will you photograph him/her?
I have met a lot of cat’s in my lifetime and I know, no two are alike. So what happens when one is really shy? Well, I am extremely patient. It may take a few visits of introductions to get them used to the idea of me being there, or I may need to extend my time there to ease them back into feeling safe enough to be photographed. I will use a long lens so I can stay a good distance away, and not invade their personal ‘cat’ space. Either way, we will work with your shy kitty to keep them comfortable and content.
My cat is strictly an indoor cat and I don’t think my house is good for photos. What now?
Indoors can be tricky, mainly because of the distracting elements, limited space, and low-light conditions. However, what you see in the final image will be different than what you see with your eyes. With a camera, photographers can isolate the scene and remove unwanted distractions in the editing process. As an additional option, a backdrop may be used for kitties who are open to it.
I don’t live in Winnipeg. Is that a problem?
Can my friend bring her pet?
Yes, as long as the pet will not be a distraction and is not an ‘add-on’ to be photographed without prior notice. I would be more than happy to photograph multiple pets from different owners as long as they are registered for the shoot prior to the session. When preparing for our day, a lot of thought goes into how it will all fit together. ‘Throwing in’ another element at last minute may disrupt the process. It can be done, but additional considerations may need to be asked.
Do you do family portraits?
I specialize in animal photography and cannot promise the same type of devotion to family portraits. I would feel better leaving that type of photography to the family portrait specialists. This does not mean I will not welcome you and your family to be in some of the photographs with your pet. The animal-human bond is extremely important, and when I see it, I will most certainly want to capture it. If you are looking for posed portraits, I can recommend the best certified portrait photographers I know to help capture a more traditional look if desired.
Can I be in the photograph with my pet?
Do you offer gift certificates?
What if I’m not happy with the pictures?
That hurts me to even think about! If you are anything like me, I know how hard it can be to voice your displeasure with a service or product. My goal is to ‘WOW’ my clients, and have them recommend me to their friends. If you are not happy, I am not happy. My personal guarantee is your total satisfaction. PLEASE do let me know. We will do what we can to make it right.
How do I view the pictures so I can order?
I offer both “Event Photography” and “Session Photography”. With Event Photography, PRE-ORDER photo packages are available for purchase. These are the only images that will be available online to view. I take great care to sort through, select, and edit the perfect shots for each package ordered. For full sessions, all photos will be edited and made available in your personalized album. From there, I can help you pick your favourites and choose how you’d like to display them. This is a full-service deal, right down to hanging the artwork on the wall!