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about your pet portraiture experience

Your planning consultation

Here you’ll share everything you love about your best friend so I can customise your pet portraiture experience and ensure every aspect of their personality is captured. We can do this over the phone or via Zoom.

Your photoshoot

After some getting to know you time with everyone I’ll set about photographing everything you want to remember about your pet/s, forever. Sessions are fun and relaxed. They move at a pace which everyone is comfortable with – be they very young, very old or somewhere in between.

Choose for your session to take place either on-location (in the Sydney metro area) or at the Ruthless Photos studio in Alexandria. Want a mixture of both on the same day? That can be arranged too!

Your purchasing appointment

Your purchasing appointment is a cinematic presentation of your photographs which takes place at the Ruthless Photos studio in Alexandria 7-14 days after your session. Here I’ll assist you in the selection and customisation of beautiful artworks for your home or office with your own decor and your pet’s personality in mind. I’m 100% transparent in all transactions – no hard sells or sneaky surprises are in store for you.

sitting fees

Choose between a location session or a studio session (or have both on the same day for $400).

Studio Session – $250

  • Shooting time of 45-90 mins, for up to two pets from the same household, at the Ruthless Photos studio in Alexandria.

Location Session – $250

  • Shooting time of up to two hours for one-two pets from the same household.
  • Travel within 20km of Alexandria, NSW 2015.

Both session types include:

  • Copious amounts of healthy treats.
  • Human family in a couple of photos at no extra charge.
  • A purchasing appointment at my studio in Alexandria. This features a cinematic presentation of your images where I’ll assist you in the selection and customisation of beautiful artworks for your home or office.
  • A feature of your pet/s on my Facebook and Instagram accounts and on the Ruthless Photos blog (after your purchasing appointment).

Optional add ons:

  • Off-camera lighting at on location sessions.
  • Additional pets from the same household.
  • Emergency sessions for unwell, elderly or young pets (outside my regular session times).

The sitting fee does not include any images – printed or digital. These are purchased separately, at your purchasing appointment. Studio clients commit to invest a minimum of $895 in artworks. Location clients commit to invest $1995 or more in artworks. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card. If you’d like to pay off your order in instalments, take home lay-by is available.

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timeless artworks

My beautiful artworks complement any decor. They are handcrafted in Australia by artisans with exceptional attention to detail. I have pieces for above your sofa or dining table, for your hallway or staircase, for your sideboard or bookcase and even for your desk at work!

I offer a wide variety of artworks and finishes to suit every decor and budget. Where in your home or office would you love to see your best friend’s furry face every day?

Wall art starts at $895. Albums and boxes start at $1995. Wall collections start at $2995.

storyboards

Your favourite three, four or nine images feature on one ready-to-hang glass frame.

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the rubix

Your favourite three images of your pet on one 12 x 30″ artwork. This piece can be designed vertical or horizontal, which makes it perfect for tight spaces.

the kodak

Your favourite four images of your pet on one 20 x 30″ artwork. This piece can be designed vertical or horizontal, so it’s suited to both narrow walls and over the fireplace.

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the chroma

Your favourite nine images of your pet on one 40 x 40″ or 30 x 30″ artwork. This collection showcases everything you love about your pet on one bold statement piece.

wall art collections

Collections comprise of three, four or five wall artworks, custom designed to be hung together as one piece with the flexibility of hanging them separately if desired. They’re always firm favourites with my clients. Choose from canvas, acrylic or metal.

the agfa

Display your favourite images on one 20 x 30″ and two 16 x 20″ artworks. This collection is very versatile and would suit a variety of areas in your home.

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the velvia

My second most popular collection is The Velvia and it’s made up of four 20 x 20” artworks. Hang them together or spread them around the house.

the superia

My top seller and an absolute favourite of mine to design, The Superia consists of one 30 x 30” and four 14 x 14” artworks. It’s a stunning addition to the decor of any home or office.

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boxes and albums

10, 15 or 20 image boxes and albums are perfect for people who want more images than they can display on their walls. 

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portrait boxes

These stunning boxes contain either 10, 15 or 20 matted fine art prints from your session. They’re designed to sit on coffee tables, sideboards, shelves or bookcases. The 20 image box comes with all the digital files on a USB.

albums

10, 15 and 20 image albums are beautifully designed and then handmade by the best wedding album companies in Australia. I offer them in 8×8″, 11×11″ and 12×12″ (the 12×12″ comes with all the digital files on a USB).

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ready to book?

If you’re ready for a first class pet portraiture experience please click the button below to schedule your appointments. I’m excited to meet you and your best mate!

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Frequently Asked Questions

WILL MY DOG BE SUITABLE FOR A PHOTO SESSION?
If your dog is excitable, reactive, nervous, camera-shy, or all that and more, they are still suitable. My years volunteering for rescue groups means I have worked with every obedience level and character trait known to canine-kind! I have never met a dog I couldn’t photograph. If you have a specific concern, we can address it – just drop me a line and tell me about it!
MY DOG DOESN’T EVEN KNOW SIT, CAN YOU STILL PHOTOGRAPH HIM/HER?
I can (see answer above). However, if your dog knows some basic commands – sit, stay, drop – it will be very beneficial. Several of the dogs you see in the gallery didn’t know any of those things though, so don’t let it be a deterrent.
MY DOG CAN’T BE OFF-LEAD, WILL THAT BE AN ISSUE?
Not an issue at all. 90% of the rescues I work with can’t be off-lead either, it doesn’t prevent me from taking great photos. Leashes can be removed in post production.
My puppy isn't fully vaccinated, should I wait?
Please nooooooo! Tiny baby puppies can be photographed at home or in my sterile, disease-free, studio. Don’t wait, the difference between 8wks and 12wks is huge, especially in anything bigger than a toy breed.
WHAT AGE SHOULD MY DOG BE?
They should be today’s age! I photograph dogs young and old, please don’t let their age be a deciding factor. One piece of advice I do have is don’t put it off. Many of my clients tell me that their last dog died unexpectedly and they regret not getting photos done.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH OTHER PETS?
I do indeed but I’m best known in canine circles so the majority of my bookings do tend to be for dog sessions.
My cat won't be happy in the studio can you bring the studio to me?
I can’t bring the full scale version of my studio but I can bring a small mobile studio setup to you. Happy cat, happy photographer!
CAN HUMAN FAMILY BE IN THE PHOTOS?
In sessions that have been purchased (as opposed to won) human family can absolutely jump in one or two photos but please keep in mind that I am a pet photographer so our session’s main focus will be on your furry family member.
Sessions that are won (as opposed to purchased) are for pets only, unless the winner commits to investing in artworks.
Children need to be old enough to sit up on their own.
CAN WE DO THE SHOOT AT HOME?

If your home has nice light and a beautiful garden with space to run then I’m definitely open to that idea!

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?

On-location Sessions: Light plays a huge part in the photos I take. If there is rain or a lot of cloud cover forecast we’ll need to reschedule. I also don’t shoot in high temperatures or strong winds as, in my experience, your dog won’t be comfortable and that will be reflected in the photos from the shoot. My number one goal is to get the best possible images for you so sessions may need to be rescheduled more than once.

Studio Sessions: These are only rescheduled due to weather if there’s a storm so loud that it will pose a distraction for your pet.

MY DOG IS SICK, CAN YOU FIT IN A LAST MINUTE BOOKING?

Where possible my schedule can be adjusted to accommodate urgent sessions for pets that are terminally ill.

DO YOU EVER COME TO ANY OTHER CITIES?

With three high maintenance dogs of my own I very rarely travel anywhere else (for work or pleasure!) but I do offer sessions in Canberra at least once a year and I can travel to other places that meet these requirements:

  • I only travel to places I can drive to in NSW/ACT
  • Travel session clients commit to invest a minimum of $2995 in artworks from their session
  • If I’m traveling more than two hours from home I’ll book overnight accomodation. In this situation I need a minimum of two clients from the area to book and for their sessions to take place in the same 36hr period (ie one at sunset and one at sunrise)
  • Artwork collection is from my studio in Alexandria (Sydney)
DO YOU SELL GIFT VOUCHERS?

Yes, I do! They can be purchased from here.

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Benson & Milly

“We spent over a year looking for someone to capture the personalities of our puppies in a way that didn’t look staged. After finding Ruth our search was over. Not only do you get AMAZING photos and a wonderful selection of options for what to do with them, you get outstanding service. Ruth is a true professionals and will tirelessly go the extra mile to get the absolute perfect shot. We highly recommend using Ruthless Photos to gain timeless memories of your loved ones.”

Scott, Haberfield

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Rufus

“We love our puppy photos, you managed to capture the essence of Rufus. Having previously had Ruth take photos of our older dog we knew the pics would be awesome but we’re just blown away with the outcome. I would highly recommend that if you’re thinking of booking a session with Ruthless Photos, just do it!”

Margaret, Newcastle

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Albert & Penny

“Ruth found some excellent places for photos. Albert and Penny each provided her with some different challenges, but she worked with them and captured some amazing photos. She captured Penny and Albert so well, and the canvases have been much admired by everyone that visits our house.”

Harold, Canberra

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