Booking your session


I recommend starting first thing in the morning (around 8:30 a.m.) or later in the day, near sunset (around 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. depending on the season). These times of day give me the best natural light.

When you’re ready to book your session, check our availability here.

To reserve your date, a $100 deposit is due at the time of booking. The deposit is applied to your session fee and is non-refundable. I also require a signed contract, model release and liability form before your session. The remaining balance of your session fee is due on the date of your session. I'm happy to reschedule your session in the event of inclement weather or illness, but I ask that you give me 24 hours notice.

Before I meet your dog, I want to get to you know you, your values and your lifestyle. The first step is the Creative Call where I'll talk about your session, who’ll be in the photos, and where we’ll be photographing. Of course, we’ll also talk about your pet—I want to understand the essence of who they are, what your relationship is like, and how your life has changed since bringing them into your life. 

Preparing for your session


You’ll first need to choose your location. Home is always a great choice, especially for cats and shy dogs. Parks and quiet urban areas are nice choices, too. Ultimately, it’s up to you and where you and your pets will be most comfortable and safe.

To prepare, I recommend a quick grooming prior to the session to ensure your pet is looking their best! It doesn’t have to be professional – just a quick brushing, cleaning the eyes, trimming the nails, etc.


A well-exercised pet is a well-behaved pet, so it’s helpful to take your dog for a walk prior to the session. It’s also a good idea to feed him or her a little less than normal a few hours before the shoot – when a dog is a little hungry, he or she will be more inclined to behave well for treats! I always bring water and a travel bowl, but it can never hurt to have extra water when we’re working outside.


You’re more than welcome to bring any props you think will help us tell the story of your pet! A dapper collar, favorite toys and cute accessories can enhance the session but aren’t necessary. Please feel free to ask me for advice on what would look best.


Your pet’s safety during this session is my number one priority. You must be present for the entire duration of the session. If you have concerns about your dog being off-leash during the session, please use the leash. However, if you plan to do so, I recommend a thin style of leash such as a retractable Flexi leash, as it will be less noticeable and easier to remove in post-processing.


While the primary focus of this session is your four-legged friend, I absolutely welcome you to join in for some of the shots! Even if you don’t wish to be included, do be mindful of what you wear as you will likely appear (at least in part) in some of the images.

The remainder of your session fee (minus the $100 deposit) will be due at the session.

After the session


About two-three weeks after your session, I’ll email you with a link to your own private online proofing gallery! This will contain your edited images for you to review, choose your favorites and order products. This gallery is only available online for 15 days, so you’ll want to be sure to set aside time to place your order during this timeframe.


Client invests about $1000 in products. All product payments will be due in full before the order is delivered.

For payment, I accept cash, check and all major credit cards. 9% California sales tax is applied to all sessions and products.



What’s a model release?


A model release is a legal release signed by you granting me permission to publish the photographs from your session. I ask our clients to sign this release so that I may share the images of your pets on my blog, portfolio and media outlets. As a photographer, it’s important to be able to share examples of my work, so we kindly ask that you help me by signing the release.


How will my images be used by Kayden Mannino Photography?


You can expect to see images from your session proudly displayed in a number of possible ways: on my blog, in my web portfolio, on product samples, on promotions for my business, on social media channels, etc. I do not sell images of our clients to stock image agencies or other commercial enterprises. If a brand or company wants to purchase one of my images of your pet, I would only do so with your express written consent.

Do I get the RAW image files?

The short answer is no. In an average session, I take hundreds of images. Not every image is going to come out perfectly; I’ll comb through an assortment of silly expressions, closed eyes, and snouts pressed up against the camera lens to find the absolute best possible shots of you and your pets! Part of my job is to capture the whole “story” and then present it to you in a thoughtful and artistic way, so please trust me to find the diamonds in the rough and make them shine – I promise you’ll have plenty of images to choose from!


May I purchase the final images?

Of course! I offer digital images in a couple formats: 1) high-resolution images, which are designed for printing up to 16″ x 24″ (I recommend as a reliable consumer lab); 2) web-resolution images with a small watermark, which are designed for social sharing and digital photo frames. When you purchase digital images, you will receive a written release for the files; however, I retain the copyright on all photographs.


Why should I order my prints/photo products through you?


I ensure that all of your prints, canvases and photo products are optimized and color corrected for printing. All prints are professionally printed on quality paper to ensure that your memories are preserved for a lifetime.

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