My dog is a little (insert adjective here; shy, hyper, nervous) and I am worried you won’t get any good photos.  Over the past 20 years, Ron has taken pictures of dogs with all different kinds of personalities and has ALWAYS gotten the shot. During each session, he takes LOTS of photos so he can safely say there will be some keepers. If you are wary of how it’s going to go, give us a call or shoot us an email so we can discuss any possible behavior challenges. That being said, sometimes we don’t know if the dog is terrified of the sound of the shutter or a flash of light until Ron starts taking pictures. Ron's sessions are laid back and we understand that many dogs need time to get comfortable with us and the camera.

How many dogs can I bring to the session? For Flash Sessions, we ask that you bring one dog. Full Sessions can include multiple dogs from the same household but there is an additional fee for more than two dogs.

Can I be in a picture with my dog? Absolutely. 

Do you do outdoor shots or home visits?  Reach out and let's discuss. There may be an added fee depending on travel/location. Contact Amy at to discuss.

How does the process work?

  1. Book a Session: To reserve a spot on Ron's calendar, reach out to us at to check on Ron's availability as he typically offers only a limited number of private sessions annually. Upon booking, you will be invoiced $150 (Flash Session) or $250 (Full Session) to secure a spot on Ron's schedule. The balance of the sitting fee will be invoiced via email a few days before your session and payment is due by the day of your shoot. 
  2. Say Cheese (or whatever your treat of choice is): Ron understands dogs and his sessions are designed to be comfortable and relaxed for both you and your dog.  We will have toys and treats. If there is a special toy or treat that you know will work best for your dog, you are welcome to bring it to the shoot. 
  3. Your Results:  After your photo session, you will receive a link to a private line to an online gallery with digital image proofs of the very best photos from your session. The turnaround time is 1 to 1½ weeks for Ron to edit and upload the pictures.  From there, we ask you to select your favorite image(s), which Ron will expertly retouch (you are welcome to add more photos for an additional retouching fee). For Full Sessions, the 11x14 print will be your pick from one of your retouched images. We are happy to consult if you need direction in selecting your photo(s). Your personal online gallery will stay active, and the images on the site are yours to keep, download, print, and share.
  4. Order Art: If you would like to order additional products from us, our products include unframed prints, acrylic prints, and a hardcover oversized photo book featuring your favorite images. Click here to see client products:
  5. Enjoy Your Art for Years to Come!

Do I own the photos from the session? No. The photos you receive are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Ron Schmidt, the photographer, owns the copyright to the photos. Personal usage allows you to save, download, print, and post the images on social media via your personal accounts only. Anything done outside of personal usage will be in violation of the copyright, which includes any editing or application of filters that are not done by Ron. If you wish to use the images for any kind of business or commercial use, please contact us about licensing. We would be happy to discuss options and answer any questions.