Frequently Asked Questions

Is Yellow Mutt Pet Photography named after your own dog?

Yes, Yellow Mutt Pet Photography is named after my dog Sasha.  Sasha was rescued from an animal shelter when she was about 6 months old.  She brought so much joy to my life, and she was so much fun to photograph. Sasha passed away on Jan. 18th 2010 when she was 15 years old from lymphoma.  I miss her dearly, but her memory lives in my heart forever.

How long have you been doing dog and cat photography?

I have been photographing dogs and cats for 20 years.  Just recently I decided to turn my hobby into a business. I also have a great appreciation for nature and enjoy capturing and sharing its beauty with others.

What kind of experience do you have working with dogs and cats?

I have been a Veterinary Technician for the last 15 years.  I have worked with all kinds of dogs and cats.  I also have a special interest in dog behavior, and have been to several seminars and have read books on the subject.

My dog is really shy and timid.  Will that be a problem?

Don’t worry about that.  I will take as much time as needed so your dog is comfortable with me and the camera before we actually start the photo shoot.  I like to use treats so your dog associates me and the camera with something positive.

What if I can’t take my dog off leash?

I use several post processing techniques utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.   Leashes can be easily removed from the photograph in most cases.

When is the best time for a photo shoot?

The best time for photographs is during sunrise or sunset.  That is when the light is most flattering and appealing to the eye.  Overcast days with diffused or filtered lighting are great too.  However, photos can be taken anytime during the day or under any lighting conditions.

Do you take indoor photographs?

I do shoot indoors.  I do not use a flash because in many cases it scares pets, especially cats.  I have very fast lenses which allows me to take photos in low-light conditions.  However, if shooting indoors it is always better to be in an area that is well lit using natural light.

What if its raining?

In most cases, the photo shoot will have to be rescheduled if it’s raining, but if it is a typical Seattle misty type day, the photo shoot can still take place.  Actually, on those days colors are very vivid, but ultimately we will collaborate on whether or not to reschedule.