about your pet portraiture experience

Your planning consultation

Here you’ll share everything you love about your best friend so we can customise your pet portraiture experience and ensure every aspect of your their personality is captured.

Your photoshoot

We’ll spend up to two hours photographing everything you want to remember about your pets, 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 or Canberra metro area) or at the Ruthless Photos studio in Alexandria.

Your design consultation

Your design consultation and cinematic presentation of your photographs takes place at the Ruthless Photos studio in Alexandria one week after your session. Here we’ll assist you in the selection and customisation of beautiful artworks for your home or office.

I am 100% transparent in all transactions – no hard sells or sneaky surprises are in store for you.

timeless artworks

Our beautiful artworks complement any decor. They are handcrafted in Australia by artisans with exceptional attention to detail. We 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! Where in your home or office would you love to see your best friend’s furry face every day?

Please get in touch if you’d like more details or have any questions.

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). I will say that if your dog knows basic obedience it does add to the whole experience – a great time to book a shoot is right after they finish puppy school. But feel free to email me regardless.
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.
WHAT AGE SHOULD MY DOG BE?
Any age at all! I have lots of experience with puppies and I highly recommend booking a session while they’re still young as they grow up so fast. Puppy school graduates are my favourite age as all that learning is still fresh in their brain. I photograph dogs young and old though, 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.
CAN MY WHOLE FAMILY BE IN THE PHOTOS?
Family can absolutely jump in one or two photos, but keep in mind that I am a pet photographer so our session’s main focus will be on your furry family member.
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?
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.
MY DOG IS SICK, CAN YOU FIT IN A LAST MINUTE BOOKING?
Where possible my schedule can absolutely be adjusted to accommodate urgent sessions for pets that are terminally ill.
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
Yes! I offer interest-free payment plans. Your order will go into production once the final payment is made. Don’t want to wait? I also accept credit cards.
DO YOU SELL GIFT VOUCHERS?
Yes, I do. They can be purchased from my online store: https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/product/portrait-session-gift-voucher/
DO YOU EVER COME TO ANY OTHER CITIES?
With four dogs of my own and two other businesses I very rarely travel anywhere else (for work or pleasure!) but I have been known to offer sessions in other cities occasionally. Please get in touch if you’d like your area added to the request list.

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

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

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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