Limited Edition | Studio Session FAQ
What are the Limited Edition 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. Hannele has photographed 200+ pets and raised over $10,000 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?
For early access and announcements about our next event, please join our mailing list.
How many pets may I bring?
Up to 2 pets per session. If you have more than 2 pets, please book 2 consecutive sessions.
Does anything come with my session fee?
The session fee includes:
- 30 minute photography session for up to 2 pets on a white background
- Up to 15 proof images to choose from, in color
- Private Online Gallery with optional Zoom ordering session
- 5x7 Framed desk print OR $299 to spend on anything in our product line
The session fee is non-refundable. $100 from each session fee and 20% of product orders will be donated to our rescue partners.
What products to you offer?
Are Digital Files included?
Social media sized digital files are included with any image you order. If you are interested in printable digital files, you can use the product credit towards purchasing them.
Pricing for studio session printable files are: 1 file - $199; 3 files - $499; 5 files - $799.
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.
On the day of the event, plan to arrive early to give your pet time to acclimatize to the new environment. Due to the nature of this event, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals!
The LINE Hotel DC has generously donated space for us and their staff are eagerly awaiting the arrival of you and your pet! Be sure to thank them + tag them in your social posts!
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?
Yes, of course.
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 themself 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, please understand that success is not guaranteed.
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. If we are able to fill the session with another guest, we will refund your session fee. Otherwise, the session fee is non-refundable. You are welcome to transfer your time slot to a friend, please just let us know.
What if the event is canceled?
In the unlikely event that the Studio Sessions are canceled and not rescheduled for a later date, you will have two options:
- You may apply the amount paid to another service we offer - a full photo session, gift certificates or photo mentoring.
- 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 the image for your framed print and/or order from our product catalog. Expect up to 10 proofs to choose from.
Once I place my product order, how long will it take to receive it?
Please allow 4-6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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