Carol A. Mueller
Specialized in Cat Portrait Photography
Customized Cat Portrait Sessions
Based in Old Ortega (32210 Jacksonville, Florida)
Sessions are tailored to you & your cat’s needs & abilities.
We can generate initial ideas over the phone, but ideally we should have a pre-session visit in your home to meet, discuss and plan.
Session fees start at $350.00. Prints start at $25.00.
At our initial meeting, we’ll discuss your pet(s) personality, likes & dislikes, memento ideas you have e.g. for a specific location in your home (or office) or a specific type of portrait or grouping, an album or a folio box with display stand.
Our pre-session discussions about your pet (behavior, likes/dislikes, health issues & limitations), its environment and what you’d like to achieve, will help ensure the session will be memorable and enjoyable. We’ll scout and prepare spots where your pet could be photographed (usually indoors).
If you are considering wall art, we’ll focus on colors that flatter your cat’s colors and harmonize with your home. If black and white images appeal to you, I’ll process and edit several shots in black and white from which you can choose at the reveal.
On-site cat portrait sessions at your location are strictly limited to within 10 miles of my home office (in 32210-4356). Exceptions can be made for special circumstances.
As to location,we may select a room with a door, especially for cats who tend to scoot. This is a process that takes time, thought and preparation. We’ll take breaks if your pet gets stressed, scared or tired.
Your pet’s safety is your & my highest priority: We’ll take your cat’s abilities, health and moods into account before, during and after the session.
To obtain the best possible result with the least stress, we’ll take time to get acquainted.
We’ll review the best options for the portrait session images and calmly prepare the area(s) to include nearby favorite toys, pillows and/or blankets for their smell and familiarity.
To bring out and portray your pet’s personality, besides my gear (which is kept to a minimum for those who are skittish), I bring my understanding and lifelong love of cats plus lots of patience.
Unposed (or gently pose-coaxed) and always dignified; kittens are the adorable exception as they are just goofy. Hanging out in their favorite spots or a spot that has been made ‘cat’ comfortable and adapted with or without backdrops, a few props and suitable lighting.
Equipment is set up slowly and deliberately to maximize your cat’s acceptance of the goings on.
Making time for play, treats and breaks is essential.
Post-session / reveal:
After I’ve culled, lightly edited and prepared the images from your session, we’ll review them together at a reveal & ordering session where you’ll be able to select from a short list of products that will let you enjoy your treasured images for decades to come. Custom orders are naturally welcome.
To book a session…
904-384-5279 (home office)