Next event will be in early 2019

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For one day only, we'll set up a pop-up photo studio to raise funds for City Dogs Rescue and the Boston Terrier Rescue!

100% of the session fee goes directly to help animals throughout the Southeast!

See the pets who have helped raise $5500 for homeless dogs and cats!

For more information, see the Q+A below.





Mini-Studio Session Q+A:

What are the Mini-Studio Sessions?

Hannele created these bi-annual events as a way to give back to the community while creating fun studio portraits for animal lovers. Each session is 15 minutes long and each participant will be able to choose from about 4-8 proofs. This is one of the few times a year Hannele offers commissioned portraits in a flashy studio setting. 

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?

BOTH AUGUST EVENTS HAVE SOLD OUT. Next round will be in Jan/Feb 2019. 

Reserve your spot by completing the following steps:

Pay the session fee and select your optional product package via the link provided. 
Time slots are scheduled in the order they are received. We will follow up via email within 48 hours with your shoot assignment. 


How many animals may I bring?

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


Does anything come with my session fee? What products to you offer? 

Your session fee covers your 15 minute timeslot and web-sized, watermarked images for online sharing. 

There are 2 specially priced package options available. These can be pre-ordered when you book your session or ordered through the proofing gallery after the event. Product Package samples will be on view at the event.

Package A:

Your choice: a desk cube, magnet or ornament made of eco-friendly bamboo and the corresponding high-resolution digital file. $95.


Package B:

Framed 8x12 print with the choice of 5 frame moldings (white, black, natural walnut, medium walnut, dark walnut) and the corresponding high-resolution digital file. $250, save $145!



In addition, prints (framed or unframed) and high-resolution files will be available à la carte.

Learn more about our available products, here.


Is this event only for dogs? What about my cat? 

Both cats and dogs are welcome! Please bring cats in a travel carrier and dogs must be leashed during check-in for their safety.


When should I arrive and what should I bring to the shoot?

On the day of the event, plan to arrive early in order to sign our photo + liability releases, view our product samples and try some goodies from local dog treat baker, Piccadilly Paws! Due to the nature of this event, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals.

Please bring anything your dog 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, toys and noise makers. Feel free to bring any bow ties, bandanas or spring-themed props. 


How can I prepare my dog (or cat) 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's also great in daily life). 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 would be advisable. 


Can I be in the room for the shoot?

Absolutely. You can even help out. Your dog or cat knows you best so we’ll work with you to help keep them on set, grab their attention and make sure they stay safe.  


Can I be in the photo?

These mini-studio sessions are designed for your dog or cat to shine. Due to time constraints of this event, we will be focused on capturing the best possible portrait of them. Once we get that, you are more than welcome to hop in for a shot or two. 


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 from our product catalog. Expect between 4-8 proofs to choose from. 

If you selected a package option, all you have to do is email us the image you’d like for your product.


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

Please allow 2-5 weeks for delivery. 


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

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to reschedule your session since this is a one-day only event. However, you are welcome to transfer your time slot to a friend, just let us know. The session fee ($35) is non-refundable but 100% of that is a donation. 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 City Dogs Rescue or another service we offer - a full photo session, gift certificates or photo mentoring. 
  2. You may request a full refund.


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, where Hannele adopted her dogs from, 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.