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100% of the session fee will be donated to our rescue partners.

For more information about the event, see the Q+A below.


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Mini-Studio Session Q+A: 


What are the Mini-Studio Sessions?

Animal photographer, Hannele Lahti, began the Mini-Studio Sessions in 2016 with the mission to give back to the region’s rescue community through photography. By keeping the idea simple—15 minute photo shoots on a white background in a pop-up studio space—Hannele has photographed 170+ pets and raised over $8000 for homeless animals. 

Most dogs enjoy the experience due to the copious amount of treats + attention. However, if your dog is sensitive to things like thunderstorms, this may not be the event for them due to our flash lighting system. Instead, you may want to consider a natural-light documentary session. To learn more about those laid-back photo shoots, visit our commission page. 



How do I book a session?

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How many pets may I bring?

One per session fee, please. If you’d like to photograph multiple animals please book two sessions.

*Limit two sessions per person. 



Does anything come with my session fee? 

Your $50 session fee covers a 15 minute time slot and 4-6 web-sized, watermarked images for online sharing only. 

The session fee is non-refundable. 100% of the fee will be donated to our rescue partners. 



What products to you offer?

There are several Print + Digital package options available. Product Packages can be pre-ordered at booking or ordered through the proofing gallery after the event. Samples will be on display at check-in. 

Print + Digital Package A: $199

A 4x4 bamboo desk block and 1 high-resolution digital file. 



Print + Digital Package B: $449

One framed 8x12 print* and 3 high-resolution digital files. 



Print + Digital Package C: $799

One framed 16x24 print* and the full set of high-resolution digital files with print release. 


 * Frames are made with an acid-free white mat and your choice of hardwoods: white, black, natural walnut, medium walnut, dark walnut. 


Digital Only Packages

High-resolution digital files for printing on your own. For personal display use only.

1 File: $99

3 Files: $249

All Files: $399 



Where is the event + when should I arrive? 

The pop-up studio will be at The LINE Hotel DC in Adams Morgan – 1770 Euclid St, NW Washington, DC 20009. Valet parking is available at the hotel or there is street parking nearby. The LINE Hotel DC has generously donated space for us and their staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of you and your pet! Be sure to thank them + tag them in your BTS posts! 

On the day of the event, plan to arrive early to give your pet time to acclimatize and for you to view our product samples. Due to the nature of this event, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals!



What should I bring?

Please bring anything your pet may need to stay calm and focused. They must be on a leash or confined to a carrier while checking in. We will have a wide selection of all-natural treats and toys. Feel free to bring any bow ties, bandanas or small props. 



How can I prepare my pet for the shoot? 

Dogs: Teaching and practicing sit and stay commands with your dog may be the most beneficial thing you can do to prepare them for the photo shoot. It is also a good idea to exercise your pup thoroughly beforehand so they are not at their peak energy level during the shoot. If your dog needs grooming, I recommend doing that during the week leading up to the event. A good bath the night before works well too.


Cats: As a cat owner, you probably know full well that cats do as cats do. I'll do my best to capture their attention with toys and possibly a little catnip. :)  Grooming them the night before and bringing along a brush and a favorite toy or treat would be advisable. 



Can I be in the room for the shoot?

Yes, of course.



Can I be in the photo?

Due to time constraints of this event, we will be focused on capturing the best possible portrait of your pet. Once we get that, you are more than welcome to hop in for a shot or two. 



What if my pet misbehaves during the event? 

We will make every effort to make your pet feel safe and at ease during the photo shoot. However, some pets are simply not comfortable in this active, flashy setting. If I feel your pet is unduly stressed by the environment it may be necessary to end the session early. 

If your pet becomes a danger to himself or others during the photo shoot, it will be my discretion to end their session. The safety of you, your pet and my staff is of upmost importance. 



What if you don't get any photos of my pet?

So far, we have had a 100% success rate! However, since we are at the mercy of a limited session time, please understand that our success is not guaranteed.

If you pre-purchased a product package, you may apply that to one of our lifestyle sessions or request a refund. Refund requests must be made prior to the release of the images. 



What if I can’t make it to my session?

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make it to your session. The session fee ($50) is non-refundable. However, you are welcome to transfer your time slot to a friend, please just let us know. 


If you selected a package option we are happy to refund the full amount as long as you cancel within 2 days of the event. After that time period, we can apply the package amount to one of our other services - full photography session, photo mentoring or gift certificates. 



What if the event is canceled?

In the unlikely event that the Mini-Studio Sessions are canceled and not rescheduled for a later date, you will have two options:

  1. You may apply the amount paid to a donation to our rescue partners or another service we offer - a full photo session, gift certificates or photo mentoring. 
  2. You may request a full refund.



When and where will I see the results?

We will provide a link to an online gallery to view the photos within two weeks. From this gallery, you will be able to pick favorites, share watermarked photos on the web and order one of our product packages. Expect between 4-6 proofs to choose from. 

If you pre-ordered a package option, all you have to do is email us the image(s) you’d like for your product(s).



Once I place my product order, how long will it take to receive it? 

Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery. 



Do you need volunteers?

Yes! If you are interested in helping with set-up or take-down, assisting in the photo studio or checking people in, please contact me at hannele@adogphotographer.com. Thanks for your interest! 



Which rescues do you support and how can I learn more?

City Dogs Rescue + City Kitties rescues adoptable dogs and cats in overcrowded and high-kill shelters, where resources are severely limited. They offer a lifeline to as many of these wonderful animals as possible. By finding these animals permanent and loving homes in the DC metropolitan area, they enrich lives of humans and their pets. City Dogs Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is made up of a dedicated network of volunteers. 

The Boston Terrier Rescue is a breed-based rescue serving the entire southeast through sister chapters in 9 states. For the past 20 years they have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed Boston terriers through a network of dedicated volunteers and donations. For the pups not able to be re-homed, they set up permanent foster parents and cover all of the dog's needs until they leave this world because every dog deserves a home and a family. They are also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



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Send me a note: hannele@adogphotographer.com | Give me a ring: 571-225-5103