Thank you for scheduling your pet photography session! We look forward to working with you!


Please take a moment to look over this information so you can be best prepared for your session. Included in this packet you will find:

  • Preparing for your pet portrait, some tips

  • Portrait process, what to expect

  • What to wear if you would like to be in the photograph with your pets

  • The retouching process each of the images will go through

  • Samples of our backgrounds and styles

  • Homework! 

  • The studio information

  • FAQ’s

  • The client agreement so you can become familiar with all of our policies


Preparing for Your Pet’s Portrait


As you prepare for the fun ahead, there are a few things I ask of you and your pet to be sure the session goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Please have your dogs do their business outside on the grass before you come in. 

  • Please do not feed your pet right before the session. Treats can be the best tool during pet portraits, so make sure they will have room in their bellies.

  • Have on hand their favorite treats and/or toy. Keep it a secret as best as you can!

  • Please remove unnecessary collars, such as flea collars.

  • If your pet is high energy, please walk or exercise them before the session, if possible.


And last, but certainly not least, relax and have a great time. If you’re calm, your pets will be calm too and everyone will enjoy the process!

“Erin made working with her an enjoyable experience from start to finish! She really takes the time to get to know her clients which translates into her work. She was able to capture the personalities of my four Pugs in a timeless piece of artwork that far exceeded the high expectations that I already had! She took the time to help me decide what size art would fit best in the space I had and was even able to project the images up on the wall so that I could have an idea of what they were going to look like when hung(this was EXTREMELY helpful!). I cried happy tears at my appointment because her work literally took my breath away and instantly overwhelmed me with the love that I feel for my dogs. Choosing Bonilla Pet Photography to capture one of a kind portraits of your animals will be a decision you won't regret!” Lisa H

“Erin made working with her an enjoyable experience from start to finish! She really takes the time to get to know her clients which translates into her work. She was able to capture the personalities of my four Pugs in a timeless piece of artwork that far exceeded the high expectations that I already had! She took the time to help me decide what size art would fit best in the space I had and was even able to project the images up on the wall so that I could have an idea of what they were going to look like when hung(this was EXTREMELY helpful!). I cried happy tears at my appointment because her work literally took my breath away and instantly overwhelmed me with the love that I feel for my dogs. Choosing Bonilla Pet Photography to capture one of a kind portraits of your animals will be a decision you won't regret!” Lisa H


Portrait Process

  • After your pets do their business on the grass outside, come on in to the studio. We will lock the door behind you so no one can accidentally let your pets out. 

  • Everyone gets settled in and ask you some questions about our goals for the session. 

  • We will work with your pets to create the images. We may need your help holding a leash. 

  • Patience is key, we never push your pet or stress them out more than necessary. 

  • It’s up to you if you would like to leave collars on or not. 

  • It may be necessary to work with each pet individually, we have separate rooms if we need to separate everyone.

  • We will create a few different poses and use a couple different backgrounds or props to create beautiful images for you. 

  • When our photographer has everything needed, she will prepare the images for you to view!

  • You will meet our photographer in the front room where we will reveal the images to you and you will select what art work you would like to have.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. (757) 912-5862 or email artist@bonillapetphotography.com


What To Wear?

  • If your pet is dark, or black, do not wear a shirt that is too dark. Your pet will disappear into your shirt! Wear something that is a little lighter than your pet, but not white. Same thing goes for white pets, white shirts will make your pets disappear.

  • Plain clothing, no patterns or images, usually photographs better.

  • For women, long sleeves are usually more flattering than short sleeve shirts.

  • Neutral colors such as earth tones work well. Also, dressing to match your decor is a good idea.

  • It’s great to coordinate your outfits.

  • For men, collared shirts with long sleeves look nice, or polo shirts. Think business casual. 

“I loved our experience here they are friendly, professional, and their work is very impressive. The whole experience was awesome from beginning to end.” Michael H.    “Erin did a fabulous job creating beauty from chaos. She was so patient with our boys and knew exactly how to make us look great. If you need pictures of your fur family or all of you Erin is the best to do them.” Elizabeth H.

“I loved our experience here they are friendly, professional, and their work is very impressive. The whole experience was awesome from beginning to end.” Michael H.

“Erin did a fabulous job creating beauty from chaos. She was so patient with our boys and knew exactly how to make us look great. If you need pictures of your fur family or all of you Erin is the best to do them.” Elizabeth H.


Before And After


We want your images to be perfect! 

We spend time on each and every image you order to make sure that what you get is an ideal image!

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Backgrounds and Styles

We will send a questionnaire for you to complete before you come in for your portrait to find out more about what you like. In the meantime, take a look at these different options so you can get the process started! Also, make sure to check out our portfolio here on the website.

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Homework!

Take pictures of your walls! Look around your home and consider all the different places you may want to put your artwork. 

Tape an 8.5x11 page to the wall and take pictures of all the walls you think art may be displayed. Then, email those images to artist@bonillapetphotography.com

(You may also measure something that is in the image and give us the measurements in the email.) Our app will take your walls and allow us to superimpose your portraits onto your own wall TO SCALE! 

Extra help: Please take your pictures from a distance so that it includes other parts of your home as a frame of reference. For example, take a picture that also captures the rest of the wall in as much of its entirety as possible. See the picture below as an example.

Studio Info

Studio Info   Studio Address:  3552 Collins Blvd Suite A  Chesapeake, VA 23321   Phone: (757) 912-5862  Email:   artist@BonillaPetPhotography.com

Studio Info

Studio Address:

3552 Collins Blvd Suite A

Chesapeake, VA 23321


Phone:
(757) 912-5862

Email:

artist@BonillaPetPhotography.com

FAQ’s

Q: Can I bring multiple pets?

A: Yes! We love working with all kinds of pets and are used to the craziness that happens when there are a lot of them in the studio. You can feel totally comfortable knowing that we have experience working with all kinds.

Q: Can I have a portrait of all my pets together?

A: Yes! If your pets are super well trained and we can get them all to sit for the portrait together, that’s even better. That almost NEVER happens. That’s why we put them together in the computer. There is a minimum artwork purchase of $550 for a composite to be included for no additional fee. Otherwise, there is a fee for making the composite of all your pets together. The fee depends on the complexity of the composite.

Q: My pets don’t behave like angels all the time. How will you handle them?

A: We have experience handling all kinds of pets. None sit still. Don’t worry, we specialize in this.

Q: What do you mean by “art work”?

A: Art work refers to Framed Art, Canvases, Albums, and Prints. They are archival and designed to last at least 150 years. You will enjoy these photographs for the rest of your life!

Q: What are your prices?
A: Packages and Wall Art (such as framed prints and canvases) start at $550, Gift prints start at $150, and albums start at $850. Most people invest a minimum of $500-$600 in art work. 

Q: How will I get my artwork and how long will it take?

A: You will receive your artwork right at your doorstep in 2-4 weeks.

Client Agreement


We can go over this together before we start creating your photographs, when you come in for your portrait session.

Session Fee, Reservation Deposit, Retainer:

The following is required for a refund of the session fee, reservation deposit, or retainer:

    • At least 48 notice must be provided by phone and email if the portrait needs to be canceled or rescheduled. This applies to all deposits.

    • The reservation deposit may be combined with any winnings and applied to additional artwork. 

  • The retainer to book the “Exclusive Portrait” is not refundable, but it is applied to whatever artwork you chose. 

  • The minimum artwork purchase is not refundable after the portrait session has been completed. 


Portrait Session:

  • No pictures may be taken during the portrait. If pictures are being taken we will stop the portrait and ask for it to stop. If it continues, the portrait may be canceled and no refund will be provided. 

  • Only positive reinforcement of the pets is allowed during the portrait. No rough handling, or striking will be permitted. 

  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your session time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, there may not be enough time to complete your portrait.


Ordering Appointment:

  • No Pictures may be taken during the ordering appointment. 

  • All decision makers must be present at the ordering appointment.

  • The ordering appointment is when you will be asked to select the artwork you would like. All images selected for purchase will be maintained in our external hard-drives for as long as possible. All images not selected will not be maintained. 

  • Once work has begun on your images, the order is final and cannot be canceled or changed without prior approval of the artist.


Digital Files:

  • If purchased, you will receive the digital copies of the portraits you purchase for print, in the form of an app. The images are only available within this app. 

  • Digital files for print may be purchased separately. Erin Bonilla Photography, LLC is not responsible for the print quality from outside print labs. We highly encourage you to use MPIX for printing.

  • If applicable, please arrive within 7 days to pick up your artwork in order to ensure it is in perfect condition.

Image Use

  • No images may be printed outside of Bonilla Pet Photography without permission.

  • Erin Bonilla Photography, LLC. maintains all copyrights, copying, printing, or altering images is a violation of copyright laws.

  • Bonilla Pet Photography may use the images for promotion.   Please let us know if you would not like us to share your images.  We will chat about this in person to make sure we get your permission before sharing online.


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