Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Houndstooth Studio?
Our photographer Alex Cearns is one of Australia’s leading animal photographers, having photographed animals exclusively for six years. She doesn’t photograph weddings or landscapes – she is dedicated animal photographers. This means she knows animals, and photographing over 1200 animals a year makes her an expert in the field. We provide a professional photography service in our custom-designed pet photo studio, based in North Perth. Our studio is a safe, fun space where your pet can be totally at ease. Think your pet it too boisterous or won’t sit still long enough to for a photo to be taken? Or is too shy, timid, or bites? Alex has an abundance of tricks on hand to gain your pets’ confidence and maintain your pets’ attention and make their photo session an exciting event. Your pet will be rewarded with an array of treats and cuddles – You will be rewarded with character-filled portraits captured by an award-winning, experienced animal photography specialist.
We maintain a consistently high standard in our images and products so you can rest assured your pet will look their very best in our photographs.
Happy customers and happy pets are our priority.
All of our products are guaranteed for quality and workmanship for 75+ years.
Alex is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). This means she has achieved the required standard to be classed as a professional photographer and adheres to the AIPP code of conduct relating to service, quality, and honesty in business and is trained, educated and skilled. The AIPP website explains;
- “Trained” because all Accredited professionals must have a minimum of 2 years experience with on the job training, or have completed a formal RTO approved photographic program before they can apply to become Accredited Members of the AIPP.
- “Educated” because all Accredited professionals need to continue to continue their professional development by taking part in the AIPP CPD program.
- “Skilled” because all Accredited professionals are encouraged to improve their skill through taking part in the AIPP awards programs, learning from their peers and increasing their craft and skill.
In the unlikely event you aren’t satisfied with your pet photo images, we will re-shoot the entire session for free.
What does a studio pet photo session involve?
Your studio pet photo session takes place in our purpose built pet photography studio, located in North Perth. We use studio lighting and professional camera equipment to capture character filled pet portraits. As your pet is familiar and comfortable with you, we may ask that you participate in your pet’s photography session. This can include helping us to manoeuvre your pet into position, holding treats, and communicating with your pet. It’s always a lot of fun for everyone involved! Feel free to bring along any of your pets favourite toys too! After your pet’s photo session you return to the studio at a convenient time for your viewing session.
How long will my studio pet photo session take?
Each session takes up to 1-2 hours for one or two pets. We work at a pace that suits your pet and can allow extra time for animals who may be shy or nervous.
Do I need to book?
Yes please. The studio is open by appointment only and we have a high demand for appointments. We will always ensure we make your booking at a time and date suitable to you. We also hold emergency appointments for young puppies, elderly pets, and pets with health issues, so please don’t hesitate to ask us about these should you require a ‘sooner rather than later’ photo session booking!
How do I make a booking?
All you need to do is contact us (click here to go to our online contact form) with your preferred photo session date and time and we will email you our studio booking form. Simply complete this and return it to us within five business days, along with your deposit payment of $50 and you are all booked in!
Where is Houndstooth Studio located?
Our studio is located in North Perth at the bottom of our secret garden.
My pet can sometimes be difficult. How do you get my pet to co-operate?
As the official photographer for the RSPCA WA, Alex has acquired many tricks to ensure that she has your pet’s full attention and trust. Her extensive animal handling expertise enables her to create beautiful images of the most difficult but beloved pet. She is very patient and has highly developed skills in anticipating your pets movements and expressions.
How long after my photo shoot can I view the images and what does the viewing session involve?
Within seven days of your studio pet photo session a sneak peek of images will be available on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/HoundstoothStudio
When your sneak peek if live, we will contact you to let you know, and will also arrange a suitable time and date for you to attend your viewing session. This is your opportunity to view all of your images and to order your favourite prints and peruse the range of available sizes and framing and finishing options.
How many prints do I have to buy and can I choose the sizes?
That’s entirely up to you! You choose the number of prints you would like to purchase and their sizes. We have a large range of deluxe framing and finishing options to choose from and are happy to assist you with your choices. You will also be able to view our display wall, which showcases our stunning product range. Have you considered prints mounted on aluminum? They add a modern, sleek look to any home. Or how about a series of striking canvas prints, ready to hang. We also offer framed pieces, made by Perth’s finest craftsmen and available in a range of colours.
Do the products come with a guarantee?
Yes. Our framed, canvas, or aluminum mounted prints have an archival life of 75 years and come with a life time guarantee.
How long do the products take to arrive once ordered?
After your order has been placed at your purchase appointment, your products will be custom made and ready within approximately 4 weeks.