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Thank you for visiting my website! I love dogs and cats . . . "all creatures great and small." Nice to meet you! Let's meet for a photo session with your pet and you, or of just your pet in the photographs. Your choice. Reach me anytime on my mobile, 301.455.5344, by email to BillVisual@gmail.com, or leave a note on my Contacts page. Are you a beach person? Let's meet at Assateaque this summer for your shoot. The ocean and your dog -- what's not to love?
I'm a professional pet photographer serving clients in Northern Virginia, the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, and the District of Columbia.
I've found over the years the best beginning is to meet my potential clients as soon as convenient for a no charge consultation. Meeting your pups in advance of any session is one of the keys to a successful session.
There are three types of photo session: Outside. Studio look. Elderly dog. For an outdoor session let's find a favorite green and woodsy spot, a big field, maybe a lake (or the ocean!). Studio look sessions take place at your residence. Outside and indoor Studio look sessions are $225.
The third type is an Elderly Dog Outdoors Mini-Session. I love the dignity and presence of older dogs. An elderly dog mini session is one hour and the fee is $175.
Sessions take 2-3 hours. I'll take 250-400 shots and post the 35 "best of the best" images to an on-line password-protected gallery, for your viewing pleasure. Soon after the photo session you'll receive a set of "proof prints." "Proof prints" are 4x6 inches. Between the on-line gallery images and proof prints, you'll select images for prints, canvases, rear-box-mounted, face mount plexi, or traditional mounted and matted, under glass or plexi, and perhaps a classic black wood frame. Not sure what to get? There's always unmounted and unmatted simple prints to await framing decisions.
How Many Pets and People at a Photo Session? How much are sessions at the Maryland beaches?
Pricing is for up to 2 pets from the same household, and up to 2 people. Additional pets or people are $50/each. Summertime sessions at the ocean have a surcharge. Ask.
A $100 Photo Product Deposit is Due at the Session. Pay the $225 or $175 Session Fee at the Session. Pay the $100 Photo Product Deposit at the Session. We'll use the $100 photo product credit when you decide in the days after the session what you might like to get framed or unframed art, canvases, etc.
As a final step, after you have ordered whatever photo products you may wish, you will receive a set of watermarked ("Photo Bill Owen") low-resolution (72 pixels per inch) jpeg digital files, the same images you viewed on-line. High resolution (300 pixels per inch) digital files are $175 per image; each file is sized to 5x7.
I allow 2-3 hours to create a group of images that capture the unique personality of your pet. Here are appreciative words from two clients:
"I am completely thrilled with your excellent photos of my furry children. You really captured their essence -- really gorgeous pictures. I am beyond grateful to you." Karen (Maryland)
"These are GREAT ! Thank you so much. We so appreciate it. Love that we were able to capture his puppy essence :) " Kayla (Northern Virginia)
Before the session I'll meet with you for a pre-shoot consultation.
After the shoot I'll identify the 35 best of the best images and post them to an on-line password-protected gallery where you can view them.
I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal check or cash. A 6% Maryland sales tax will be added to invoices, as appropriate.
It would be an honor to photograph your dog, cat, horse, or other 4 legged pet. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Cell, 301.455.5344. Email, BillVisual@gmail.com.
My primary territory is Washington, DC, and its Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs. For a shoot more than 60 miles from my zip code, 20895, Kensington, Maryland, there's a travel charge, unless I have six clients (you + 5 others) in your town/city the same weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) in which case all travel is at my own expense.
I am completely thrilled with your excellent photos of my furry children. You
really captured their essence -- really gorgeous pictures. I am beyond grateful
These are GREAT! Thank you so much. We so appreciate it. Love that we were able to capture his puppy essence :)
Kayla (Northern Virginia)
He did a terrific job, was easy to work with and I will use his services again. We highly recommend him to anyone wishing to have real life photos of themselves with their beloved companions. Bill is an honest and approachable person and we liked his style.
Ray and Isamu (Alexandria, Va)
Needless to say, we all gathered around my computer last night to once again go over the shots you sent .... there were lots of gasps, awws, ooh's, etc. as each shot would open, despite the fact we've stared at your shots forty million times.
Your photographs are spectacular.
J. Carter Brown (1934-2002), Director, National Gallery of Art (1969-1992)
In a private note to Bill. Quote used with permission.
Bill loves dogs and you can see it in his work. He took the time to get to know our dogs so they would be at ease during the shoot. He was even able to get some great shots of our "photogenically-challenged" dog who we could never photograph well on our own. We were very pleased with the results and working with Bill was a delight. He was flexible, professional, very down-to-earth, and skilled. He really worked hard to give us the photos we were after. I recommend him highly.
Jenn (Kensington, Maryland)
Meet the photographer The influences from childhood are powerful and stay with us the rest of our lives. We always had dogs as I was growing up. Every summer we went to the Jersey shore in August for two weeks. My whole life I've loved dogs and spending time at the ocean. About 2000, I combined my lifelong fascination with photography with my love for dogs. My life has been enriched by all the sweet and wonderful dogs I've met. I'd consider it an honor to photograph your pooch. Thank you.
In 2011 the Washington Post produced a video about my pet photography. See that here,
My mobile is 301.455.5344. The Contact section contains a form to send me an email. Or skip that and email me directly at BillVisual@gmail.com. I look forward to speaking with you.
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