Who is doing pet photography?

2 months 3 weeks ago #760830 by Jasper_1
Where are you finding a consistent stream of clients?  I get one hear and one there from vets in the area, but really looking for a more full time blend of business coming in.  

Any tips you can share would be greatly appreciated.  


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2 months 3 weeks ago #760858 by Karen Russell
I do some, but you need to visit the bet shows and if you go to the shelters, which there I donate time and help take good photos that they can use on their website so the animals get adopted.  I leave my contact information there so others can find me.  Also if you go to PetCo, they have events there you can hand out your cards.   


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2 months 3 weeks ago #760924 by KZAM
Get friendly with vets and pet stores

I don't need no stink'in Signature! ha ha ha
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2 months 3 weeks ago #760962 by CharleyL
"I do some, but you need to visit the pet shows and if you go to the shelters, which there I donate time and help take good photos that they can use on their website so the animals get adopted.  I leave my contact information there so others can find me.  Also if you go to PetCo, they have events there you can hand out your cards."

I agree. I did this a few years ago and it worked well. Spend your time outside the store, not inside, unless they give you permission. Volunteer walkers come to the store on scheduled days. They bring the pets that are adoptable out for walks and also around inside the store to meet people, and maybe get adopted. Each adoptable pet gets a special tag, so it's easy for anyone to tell those that are up for adoption.

Talk to the store management for the dates when they will be doing this and let them know what you are your planning. Make certain that you have the store manager's permission.

I did this to spread my business cards around in the hope of getting more business, and not just pet photography, and I donated my time and printing costs whenever I did this. When someone adopted a pet, I had them pose with the pet for a more formal portrait shot, and then I printed an 8X10" of them with their new pet that I would later mail to them, or a smaller print if they preferred. I took other shots of those pets not being immediately adopted and gave the smaller 4 X 6"prints of these to the store for them to post in the store, if they wanted them, in the hope that someone would arrive late and ask if a certain animal had been adopted. This happened several times.

My recent pet photo sessions have been in my studio. It's a much more controlled environment, but I only get to meet the pet and the owner this way. No chance to spread my business cards around. I'm no longer healthy enough to stand for long hours.

Charley


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