Pets are like kids. totally unpredictable. The key to pet portrait sessions is slaying relaxed and having fun with it. I like to have your pets get acquainted with me and their surroundings before actually starting your session. Once they're comfortable then we'll get down to business. I hope this guide helps to give you a good understanding of what to expect. I look forward to meeting you and your four legged kids! 

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Preparing for your session


Prepping for your session with your animal is super helpful. A couple of weeks in advance be consistent in running them through any commands or tricks they know. The repetition and consistent practice beforehand will help them know what you expect of them. It will also help keep the stress level down. 


A good walk or playtime will help them come into their session more relaxed. All that pent up energy doesn't bode well for an easy session. but make sure not to overdo it. We don't want them worn out either. 

owner prep

Stay relaxed, there's always a way to get some good shots of your animal. Don't go overboard on your expectations, if you nervous or over excited your pet is going to respond to that and act according to the vibes they're getting from you. Remember. your dog is the one setting the tone for the photo sesssion1 Go with the flow. don't get upset if the session isn't going the way you thought it would. It will all work out. 

spa time & touch ups

Bath and brush the day before or early in the day of your session or take to your groomer if that's your preference. It's a god idea to have your pet's nails trimmed as well. If you are having a cul done on your pet. make sure to schedule early enough that their coat has time to grow in a bit and look it's best. We love Allie's Paw Spa in midtown for a good spa treatment for your puppyl 

Tear stains - wipe as clean as possible 
Dandruff - brush as well as possible, we can use a lint roller if needed. Every image is edited and touched up as needed, so in the long run your animal's portrait's will look great. I ask that you bring your pet in looking their very best as editing can only accomplish so much 


If they have a favorite toy and it's something that will help them feel secure. by all means bring it. Please bring clean. spruced up toys if you plan on them being in any photo's. Keep the toy tucked away as a backup. 


If your animal has food allergies or sensitivity to any treats please make sure to bring your own. These photo sessions are treat oriented. so bring a bunch. Keep treats tucked away until needed. Soft and chewy are the best treats. easily eaten and no crumbs for them to tempt them and keep their attention. 


Safety for your animal is my first priority. During outdoor sessions, unless we are in an enclosed area or your dog is ultra trained, collars need to stay on and in some cases leashes. I will do what I can to minimize the leash while shooting and remove the leash in your purchased images for an extra editing fee. For indoor sessions, collars and tags can be removed. 

What to wear

The first thing to keep in mind is the location. where have we chosen to shoot your session. If it's a nature shoot. in a park. woodland. beach my recommendation is to dress for that type of location. If it's a natural setting you probably don't want to go all fancy outfit unless we're doing a special. themed session.

You probably want at least a few images with your pet so here are a few suggestions on what to wear


• Layered outfits and brighter colors
• Clothes you don't mind getting dirty. it's possible right!
• Ladies. a bit more makeup than usual. it's always fun to have your make up done professionally and we have recommendations for make up artists if you need some!
• Solid colors photograph best. bright are great
• Even for outdoor sessions. come stylish. you'll want to look your best. Bring a pair of walking shoes and you can slip into your good shoes on location. Comfortable is good.


• Wrinkled clothes. logos or bold patterns. distracting or large jewelry.
• Don't wear contrasting tones to your pets
• Clothes that will show your pets hair if they shed a lot
• If your pet is light colored, wear lighter tones and same goes if your pet is darker, wear


what's best for your animal


The point in doing an outdoor session is to create images of your animal in a natural setting. It's where they are most natu­ral and it's typically less stressful for them. If you have a favorite spot you go to regularly. chances are that's going to work best.

The thing to think about when choosing an outdoor location is to make sure it's not too busy of a spot as that will be too distracting for both you and your pet. Quiet spots are the best choice. If we're doing an Urban spot. most likely your pet is used to this environment. but let's talk about what's best.

I always have water available. in-studio or a travel bowl. but it can never hurt to have extra water when we're working outside. 

Cats & Small Pets

Typically they are best photographed in their own environment. your home. If we are doing a home shoot. please make sure the room(s) are tidy. as clutter will take away from creating beautiful images showcasing your pet. 


Most trained dogs are good in either indoor or outdoor setting. If you are looking for more formal portraits the studio or your home is probably the best location. Otherwise. we can use your backyard or a park. 

Action Shots

Safety is my first priority. That being said, if your dog is well behaved and trained. we can use a park or favorite outdoor location where they have room to run and jump.

Best advise always is to go with the flow, don't get upset if the session isn't going the way you thought it would It will all work out.


Remember this is a new setting for them. so it may take a bit for them to settle and be comfortable Keeping calm is the key and letting them explore a bit helps. You can practice having them walk over paper laid on the floor to get them used to standing or sitting on the paper backdrop I use. I have chairs and a couch that I use as well.

If the studio session is proving too stressful for your pet. let's simply stop and arrange to do the session at your home or if workable. a park. There is simply no point in stressing your animal out.


If your animal is small or tends to be nervous. a home ses­sion might be the best choice for both you and them Tips for doing an in-home session is to de-clutter the area(s) we'll be shooting in. Choose rooms with good. natural lighting. Open all the curtains/shades to let in the most natural light possible. I do bring small studio lights to use if needed. 

portrait sessions

Petite Session

Signature SESSION

- Complimentary over the phone consultation 
- Up to 30 minutes of shooting time in our Sacramento studio
- Up to 2 family pets from the same household
- Additional pets $35 each
- In person viewing and design session 

- Complimentary over the phone consultation 
- Up to 50 minutes of shooting time on location within 10 miles of 95811
- Up to 3 family pets from the same household
- In person viewing and design session 
- $100 Print Credit to be Used at Image Reveal

Perfect for your simple in-studio pet photos!

Let's get outdoors and get some action shots! 

Memory Tribute Package

This is a very special session for owners with pets facing age and health issues. A way of treasuring and preserving memories of our special friends. I strive to capture that incredible bond and love you have by creating images that include you and your family. both four legged and two legged.

- Complimentary over the phone consultation 
- Up to 45 minutes of shooting time with Olin in our Sacramento studio
- Up to 1 honored family pet. 
- Up to 2 human family members 
- In person viewing and design session 
- A 8x10 gift print to memorialize your companion 

you know we are meow & woof buddies if

Your pet is your fur kid

You gives the best belly rubs

You laugh with and at your pet

You share your chips with your pet

You believe in the goodness of pets

You remember every pet you've ever had

You cried at Marley and Me. because we bawled!

You sing with your pet

You have a voice for each of your pet


We'll meet. either at my light. bright studio or at a location we've discussed in advance and the seriously fun work begins.

Expect lots of playing with your pet. The more hijinks and shenanigans. the better. In fact. pet parents might even have more fun than the fur kids. and that's okay. too.

I love animals - seriously. Wait until you hear how many I've had. from monkeys to dogs.

After the session

After your session. we will meet at our studio for a 1 hour reveal session. and we'll gently guide you through the process of choosing just the right portraiture products for you. This is everyone's favorite part!

It's here we're the most excited. because you finally see the finished product right before your eyes as we decide how to best display your photographs as art in your home It's true concierge-level service ... with a personal touch.


Contact us and then chat over the phone with Donna as we try to get to know you and your pet better and we will schedule your session and what you envision your end photography products to look like. We will then determine if an outdoor or indoor session would be best for you and your pet.

Donna will then send you an online contract and we will be sending you more tips on getting your dog ready. After that. we just wait excitedly for your session! 

product collections



BASIC                                $1200 

$1000 BONUS




CHILL                                 $2000 


$500 BONUS



FRESH                                $2800 

$1500 BONUS



DIGITAL                              $3600 






$2000 BONUS

LOVE                                $4200 





$3000 BONUS


FANCY                            $5000 

most popular!

Custom design albums. The top number is the number of photos included. The bottom is the size of the square book

High resolution digital files of your chosen imagse that will be available for download. Collections below DIGITAL include the digital images picked for your album or box. 

A hinged wood box with your favorite images as thick matted prints

A mobile phone app of 100 of your favorite images to share with your friends and will be available for download

Your included bonuses that you can spend on bonus and a la carte items


Free Signature Session fee. Choose between Pet, Family or Teen Photo sessions


Product collections are additional and outside of your session and can be purchased before or after your session.

Free Sessions have 0 monetary value, are non transferable and cannot be traded for cash value.

Bonus Products

Album Upgrades

$100 EACH

$200 EACH

  • Velvet cover
  • Engraving
  • Gilding
  • Matte Pages

  • Acrylic Cover
  • Metal Cover
  • Album Box
  • Set of 25 Greeting Cards
  • Wallet prints - 1 sheet of 12

Collection extras

1 Digital Image - $199
2 - 8 Digital Images - $999
1 - 8 Gift Prints - $899

A La Carte

Mini  /11x14                                         $800
Small / 16x24                                     $1400
Standard / 20x30                             $2000
Grand / 24x26                                   $2800
Impact / 30x40                                $3300

wall collections of framed prints in mats

$100 EACH

$400 EACH

  • Metal 5x7 tabletop print
  • Retroviewer with 1 reel
  • 3 photo collage in a 10x20 design
  • 2 accordion mini albums
  • Acrylic block up to 8x10

$800 EACH

  • 12 month calendar
  • Slideshow of images
  • Mobile App with All Images

$1200 EACH

  • Box of 4x6 Prints with Photo Cover
Choice of Framed Wall Gallery      $2600
2 16X20 AND 2 11X14
4 16X16
2 16X20 AND 2 11X14 

4 photos in a 12x12 design                   $800
9 photos in a 16x16 design                  $1200
9 photos in a 24x30 design                $1800

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect during a PET PHOTOS BY OLIN Pet Portraits session?

The most important thing is that we talk and plan your session. Don't get frustrated if on the day of your session things don't go exactly as planned. they almost always don't. That being said. if we all stay relaxed we'll have a fun and relaxed session. My primary focus is the comfort and ease of your pet. We take breaks to ensure time for belly rubs and changing your pet's focus if needed. I shoot in a very relaxed manner to ensure that you and your your pet have a great time. My background as a dog trainer serves to adequately and skillfully work with any type of dog personality.

How to Book your Pet Portrait Session.

Simply fill out our booking form on my website or give me a call at (415) 513-5761. We will do our pre-shoot consult when you call and get to know you better. Donna will answer all of your questions and we can finalize a shoot date. To secure your shoot date. a non refundable session fee is required. which will be invoiced at time of booking and can be done on line. We email you a contract and invoice that you can pay on line with a Credit Card or check. 

Will I need to sign a contract?

Yes. we will email you a online contract that explains what's included in your session. as well as a release form stating I retain rights to all images and can use them in my Studio marketing. It's all very straightforward and easy! 

How soon will I be able to see my photos?

Between 2-3 weeks after our photo shoot we will meet again for your design and ordering session. All images in your gallery will be edited and ready for you to view and we will assist you in choosing your favorite photos and how you want to display them.

Do you use flash when shooting.

Only indoors. I actually prefer shooting in natural light. but will use studio lights when needed indoors.

What if my pet(s) is too hyper or nervous.

Typically. most are a bit nervous in the beginning of the session but will settle down if everyone stays calm. We can get some great shots of them jumping and running around outside or cuddling with you if we are shooting in my studio. If it's just not working out. we may just arrange to come and shoot at your home where they will feel less stressed.

Can I request an outdoor pet photo session?

Absolutely! I offer outdoor, at home and in-studio sessions.

What happens if there is bad weather the day of our session?

We simply reschedule either for better weather day or change to an at home or in-studio session if there is an urgent need to get the session done. 

Do you photograph other pets other than cats and dogs?

Definitely. whatever type of pet you have. I would love to photograph them for you. Or a combination of different types of pets together!

How far in advance should I book my pet photography session? 

I recommend booking your Pet Portrait Session at a couple weeks or more in advance. I can sometimes fit you in on shorter notice. but no guarantee.

Are digital files included? 

Digital files can be purchased separately. However. most of our clients opt to purchase one of our product collections and digital files are included all collections above BASIC! 

How do we order our images?

Approximately 2 weeks after your photo session. we invite you back to our Sacramento studio for your design session where you will be able to view all your images and make all your purchases. We will also be guiding and assisting you in choosing your images for prints, albums and wall art as well as designing your wall galleries with you. This is the best part of the whole process. Because the design session is the only time to make your purchase, we ask that all decision makers be present. 

Giving back


My life is lived surrounded by loving animals and I believe that time spent giving back is of utmost importance. At times it breaks my heart to know there are so many loving animals without homes. but if I and others do their part. we can find homes for many of these amazing animals.

So not only do I volunteer at Front Street Animal Shelter. I take the very best images I can of dogs. cats. horses and other animals that need homes, so people can see and adopt them. Pictures tell their story like nothing else can. Some are older animals whose elderly Mom or Dad have left us and some are animals that have been lost or left behind.

They deserve to be loved, please support your local Rescue or Animal Shelter in any way you can.

- Volunteer
- Donate Food
- Donate Money
- Share Images & Info that helps them get adopted

Give me a call and I'll be happy to direct you to a local Rescue or Shelter where you can find your best friend, donate much needed

Thank you for taking the time to fill out our contact form. We can't wait to get to know you better.


Olin is available weekdays and select weekends for pet photography sessions in Sacramento, Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco unless she is traveling to photograph weddings internationally.

Be sure to ask us any questions. We’re happy to help!
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