Jennifer Starr is an internationally published pet photographer with 18 years’ professional experience photographing pets and offering photo artistry. Jen specializes in photo artistry and unique & candid photography of pets using natural light. Dogs have always been a part of her life. In fact, her happily ever after stemmed from meeting her husband at the local dog park, as seen in People Magazine. Jen’s photos have been featured in a multitude of national and international publications. Her services are available to clients in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, including, but not limited, to: Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Leawood, Prairie Village and Lenexa.
PET & FAMILY PHOTO SESSION – $375
The Pet & Family Photo Session is up to 1 ½ hours of time for family members and up to 2 pets. Price includes session fee and up to 25 high resolution digital images that are professionally edited. This session is the best selection for a variety of shots/settings, including family members and/or multiple pets. Please add an additional $25/pet if more than 2 will be included in a session
Mini sessions are available March-November at Shawnee Mission Park. These sessions are 15 minutes, $100 and include 5 digital images. Best for single pets or smaller families.
GOING WITH GRACE© PHOTO SESSION – $200
The Going with Grace© Photo Session is up to 1 hour of time for family members and 1 pet. This session is offered for senior pets or pets who are critically ill & nearing the rainbow bridge. Price includes session fee and 10 high resolution digital images that are professionally edited. Your entire gallery (anywhere between 25 – 40 images) can be purchased for an additional $100. These sessions are on-location at your home or anywhere you choose within the Kansas City metro area. This session is the best selection for documenting the bond with your pet and celebrating their life.
PHOTO ARTISTRY – Starts at $20
Please e-mail your scanned or digital image with request to email@example.com for a free estimate.
Services include, but are not limited, to:
- Adding angel wings or rainbows to existing photos.
- Placing your pet in a rainbow bridge digital background or various seasonal backgrounds.
- Swapping heads (adjusting heads/faces from multiple photos to create one great pic!)
- Removing leashes/collars/harnesses on pets.
- Removing distracting elements from photos.
- Adjusting color, tone, lighting and other general enhancements.
How do you stand apart from the competition as a pet photographer?
I have 18 years of expertise and was the first premier pet photographer in Kansas City. My work has been seen on the cover and inside features of 435 South, Pet Home and Dog Living Magazines. My pet photography has also been published in Dog Fancy, Modern Dog, Modern Cat, Life + Dog, Fido Friendly, Bella DOG, Kansas City Fitness, and Metro Pet magazines. My work has been featured on the covers of Happy Tails Books.
What photography do you specialize in?
I specialize in natural light pet photography and photo artistry. I also specialize in Going with Grace© sessions which honor and celebrate the lives of aging and critically ill pets.
Why should I choose custom photography?
Custom photography is an investment in images that preserve memories and capture your loved ones as you really know them, and with proper care these images will last a lifetime. As an experienced and nationally recognized pet photographer, I create unique and timeless images that show your pets true personality and soul.
I am worried my dog will not behave or will be camera shy. Do you have experience with this?
Don’t worry, every dog owner feels the same way! However please know that I chose to specialize in pet photography because I form special connections with dogs and have the ability to capture their unique personality. Every dog I have worked with has been comfortable with me and the camera, regardless of their personality, size or breed. I will get to know your pet and be sure he/she is used to me before I start pointing a camera at them. Many clients have been very surprised how fast shy or cautious dogs have warmed up to me. I have a long history photographing pets in the rescue community and have experience with many different personalities and breeds.
Will you allow me to be in photos with my pet too?
Sure! You are welcome (and encouraged!) to be in the photos with your pet, and I will almost always capture you and your pet’s bond when you don’t even realize it – allowing for the most raw and intimate moments to shine through.
What can I expect during the session?
During your pet photo shoot, you and your furry friend can expect a time full of laughter, bonding and joy. Your pet will receive some yummy treats in exchange for their cooperation with this silly photographer lady! I have a great amount of patience with the pooches and will follow them around and capture them in their true element and not overly pose your pup. I will not immediately cut off the session as soon as we are close to the ending timeframe. Sometimes it doesn’t take long at all to get a collection of great shots, but every dog is different and I have the patience to wait if necessary and ensure I have a variety of photos showing your pet’s personality.
What can I expect after the session?
I define my personality as “Type A”. Wikipedia describes this type as a “high-achieving workaholic who multi-tasks, drives themselves with deadlines, and is unhappy about delays.” This most certainly describes my work ethic. Images are all taken through a detailed post processing process to ensure the highest quality results. You will receive an e-mail with a link to your gallery for viewing purposes within 3 days from the date of your session. Images will be available to view for 48 hours.
Do you only offer outdoor photo shoots?
I prefer outdoor photo shoots, usually at local parks or in the backyard of your home. I am open to suggestions though. I would also be willing to photograph your pet indoors, assuming there is a substantial area of natural light available. Cats can be photographed on a sun porch if you prefer them to be confined.
How can I book?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability. I am available most weeknights after 5:30 upon request (depending on the season for adequate natural light). If your photo shoot is rained out, I will reschedule your session on another available day.
What should I bring the day of the photo shoot?
For pet photo shoots, feel free to bring their favorite toy and/or treats. I will bring treats as well, but if your dog has a preferred treat, it never hurts to bring it along! If your pet is a fashionista, feel free to bring any clothing or accessories you would like them to wear. Most importantly, just bring yourself and your furry best friend and be ready for a good time!
What type of payment do you accept and do you offer refunds?
I accept cash or credit card (via Venmo) due at the time of service. I accept credit card payments which can be processed online in advance before the photo shoot. Payment is in exchange for my time during the session and post processing artistry expertise. There are no refunds offered for services or goods.
How far are you willing to travel?
I will travel within the Kansas City area to the outdoor location of your choice or an indoor location if natural light is available. If you live outside of the immediate Kansas City Metropolitan area, I would consider traveling to other cities and states for an additional charge.