A TELEPATHY SESSION
from a distance with your animal companion
+ A PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
on location with one or more animals and people
+ A PRINT ORDERING SESSION
along with choosing presentation options
= favourite b&W photoS
+ your telepathic message
reflecting the love between you and your animal
= YOUR FINAL ART PIECE
STEP BY STEP
CALL OR EMAIL ME
Get in touch to ask questions and request pricing and a contract.
YOUR DESIRES + EXPECTATIONS
We discuss what is important to you. What do you have in mind?
SEND ME A CLOSE-UP OF YOUR ANIMAL
You send me a recent image of your beloved animal - preferably one that is close-up and looking at the camera. I use this to connect telepathically with your animal.
DEPOSIT + CONTRACT + SCHEDULING
We schedule a date for the photo session after I've received your deposit (50% of fee) and signed contract. Payment can be made via my website or by check.
I'll try connecting with your animal companion from a distance to request a message for you, as well as share with your animal about the upcoming photo session. I get in touch to share what I received when during the telepathy session with your animal companion.
PREP FOR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
We discuss location, timing, lighting and ideas of ways that you'd like to be together. We'll include any suggestions shared by your animal. Snapshots of the spots we might use for the session are very helpful. A Skype or FaceTime session to see your space is another option.
BEFORE PHOTO SESSION
Allow at least two to three hours in your schedule for the photo session so we can take our time. Wear something comfortable that reflects you, and works well next to your animal's coat. If they are dark, then choose something light.
For doggies: Some dogs benefit from a bath and brushing. Before I arrive, make sure they've had a potty break! A long walk or some exercise can help them be more relaxed. Have some favourite treats and toys available, just in case.
For kitties: Make sure those cats that like to hide or go outside are available! Have a favourite toy and/or treats handy. Cats like to look their best so give them a groom ahead of my arrival.
We work together to find genuine moments of connection - a particular way you relate, how you often show affection, or something meaningful about your animal. It is all about feeling the LOVE and then being ready to capture it on film. Patience, flexibility and openness to the moment are key to the experience.
PAYMENT DUE + CONTACT SHEETS
A local professional lab develops the film. I'll email you the invoice for the balance. Once payment is received, your contact sheets and a print order form will be mailed to you. The form can be used for listing the roll and image numbers of your favourite images.
PRINT ORDERING SESSION
A session at my studio to aid you in ordering photographs is complimentary for 45 days after the photo session. Presentation options can be viewed and ordered as well. Allow 4-6 weeks for your photographs to be printed. See below for details of the process.
PHOTOGRAPHS + MESSAGE = ART PIECE
Your chosen images will be printed in my darkroom on fiber gelatin silver paper.
Your message can either be typeset in your chosen digital font or done with hand-lettering by an artist.
The image and message can be matted and then either framed or placed in a folio or fabric box.
The final art pieces are handed over to you to cherish.
gelatin silver photographs
Each black and white photograph is hand-printed in the darkroom using an optical enlarger.
The blank fiber paper goes in an easel and is exposed to light for a timed exposure.
Then it goes into the developer tray where an image emerges during agitation. It's like magic!
Then the print goes into the stop and fixer and wash.
This process is repeated with multiple pieces of paper to get the desired contrast and values.
At the end of the printing day, all prints are cleared and go into the final longer wash.
The photographs are squeegeed and put onto screens to air-dry overnight.
A brief time in a hot press flattens the paper.
Hand trimming and spotting is done as needed.