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Karra Kostya Photography offers pet portrait photography for pet parents who want portrait based memories of their furry best friend, for the day when their pet can no longer be by their side.  

By creating a safe setting for your furry best friend to be their genuine self and your fur filled memories can be preserved for a lifetime.

why choose me?

the details

Yay! You want photographs of your best four legged friend! Professional images of your pet will give you a time capsule of your time together with your pet.
First things first, what are your goals for the session? A piece of wall art? An album? Images to display on your mantel?
Next, do you know what type of session you want - Outdoor, studio or end of life?
All of these things are discussed at your preconsultation phone call.

initial meeting

To ensure your pet's safety we ask all our pet clients some basic questions about temperament, vaccinations etc..

 We ask this so we can help guide you to your best location for your pet and their individual needs. Our pet sessions take place on the weekends at one of our local outdoor venues.  When health situations allow, we do allow for in home sessions.

. If your pet has been given a terminal diagnosis, we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible., don't wait.  

ready to book

The day of your session we encourage you to prepare your pet by grooming them and giving them a little extra excerise which will help take some of the spunk of of their step. You know your pet best as to how much will be enough!

Today is the day to bring out that new collar so they look their best!

prepping for your shoot

At the end of all our hard work and planning comes the best part: seeing your beautiful images! We will work with you to choose images that fit your interior decoration goals or make that perfect gift for a family member.

All images will be hand-retouched and available for a variety of beautiful, archival print products & digital form.

presentation & ordering of images

from meeting to delivery

the process

- The terminally ill/elderly pet is the star of the session! pet parents & pet siblings are encouraged to participate 
- A pre session consultation to determine how we can customize your session to your pets' needs!
- One (1) hour session
- 10% off your Create Your Own Collection order 

what's included:

session fee - $149

phoenix session

pawsh session

- 30 minute pre session consultation to determine how we can customize your session to your pets' needs!
- One (1) hour session for one (1) pet or two (2) hours up to three (3) pets & two (2) humans
- in person ordering appointment 1-2 weeks after your session

PET FAMILY - $199 / single pet - $99

This session is designed for pets who have received an end of life diagnosis or are 12 years of age or older.

Every pet deserves to have their life remembered. 
How will you remember your pet?

Session fees do not include products or digitals. 

sESSION offerings

senior pet / (end of life)

This session is for pet parents looking for a just few images of their pets. this session takes place in beautiful Old Town or picturesque Oak Park! These sessions are limited, book your today!  

what's included:

When we have our consultation, we talk about what you will do with the images that we are taking?  Do you think you would like to add a piece of wall art?  An album to flip through?  Perhaps, your pet's grandparents are their best buddy and you want to share a piece of art with them? 

We are a full service studio so we offer our clients both a tangible physical memory and a digital one.  All you do is select one or more products and your digital package, and then you have your own collection!

 

in 2 Easy Steps!

Create your Own Collection (cYoC)

Step 1.

Step 2.

INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE:
*  USB drive with digital  / 4X6 proofs * Unlimited Personal print license  

* Digital options starting at $399

* Wall Art starts at $350
* Folios & Albums Start at $320
* Desktop Art Starts at $195


 Choose an Art Product:

 Choose a digital Product:

But my dog won't sit & stay ...

MY DOG WON'T SIT ...

I hear this a lot. I completely understand. I can tell you that we can do more that just sitting poses. If you are concerned about your pet not being obedient, all pet parents need to have their pets leashed at all time when we are in public with your pets. I digitally remove leashes and collars as best as possible in the editing process.

MY DOG IS DOG SENSITIVE ...

When you book your session, I electronically send you a questionnaire about your pet's temperament. This questionnaire helps me to better understand your pet(s) needs so I can better recommend locations for your session.

WHAT IS A PHOENIX SESSION?

A Phoenix session is designed for those pets who have received a terminal diagnosis or is above the age of 12 years old.  If there are other pets in the home, they can be included in a group photo however, this session allows for the pet to be the star of their session.  Typically these sessions are less busy and are slower to allow for the pet to get comfortable and feel safe. 

WHAT SHOULD MY PET(S) WEAR?

I recommend pets to be groomed, either professionally or by you, prior to their session. If you are going to have your pet's fur clipped, I suggest that you do this a week or so before your session. I highly recommend your pet wear a nice collar for their session as collars are not always removable in the editing process.

WHAT SHOULD THE HUMANS WEAR?

It's Kansas so don't wear sweaters in July or shorts in January...Seriously, dress for the weather and wear clothes that are comfortable and not too tight. Neutrals are best - blacks, greys, beiges, & burgundies. Avoid clothes with logos or loud prints or colors as these don't tend to age well. Jeans and comfortable shoes are always a good idea - especially if we are going to a more natural area like a park.

WHY DON’T YOU RELEASE ALL OF THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE?

As a part of the editing process images are remove from consideration based on many reasons such as duplication, less than flattering angle or motion blur. I asked pet parents if ther e The images you view at your View and Choose appointment

DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

Yes! I do basic editing and remove as best as possible, I remove leashes and collars.

IS STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY AVAILABLE?

At this time, during the pandemic, I am not offering in home or studio sessions.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

Approximately 1-2 weeks after your session, I will contact you to schedule your Zoom View & Choose session. Once you have made your selections, you will be sent an invoice. Once the invoice is paid, your order will be completed. Your order will likely take 2-3 weeks to produce. Your order will be hand delivered. Your digital images will be delivered on a USB drive with your physical order.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT?

By paying your session deposit, you will be able to reschedule your appointment. We ask you to reschedule within 6 months of your booked session. Please let me know as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?

Every session is different however a general range is 15-20 images. If you add more pets or people or both to the equation, there will be more images.

WHY CAN'T I GET ALL THE DIGITALS?

Our goal in providing pet photography is to have something tangible for you to treasure and enjoy both while your pet is with you and for when they are not. Photos capture a moment in time. A photographic print last far longer than a piece of digital technology that maybe out of date with the next technological update.

WHAT TIME OF DAY SHOULD WE SCHEDULE THE SHOOT?

Generally, I plan sessions from the early afternoon to the early evenings on a Friday/Saturday or Sunday depending on the time of year.



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