The Little Paws Experience

how it works

1. Bring your pet for a super fun “stylized” pet shoot.

2. Choose your favorite photos.

3. Order what you want: prints, wall art, invites, gifts, bags, and more!

Here’s the little DETAILS…

Planning Consultation

What’s Your Pet’s Personality?

We begin our creative journey with a conversation about your pet and their cute little personality.  At Little Paws Photo, we often stylize our pet photo sessions with costumes and props to add a bit of humor and uniqueness to the shoot. However if you prefer a classic pet photo with no costumes and props we do that too! With your input, we will match the style of the session, with the personality of your pet.

We offer a variety of Custom Costumes and Props in our studio at no extra charge to use. We clean them thoroughly after each use. But most of our clients love to purchase props for sale in our Little Paws Photo Boutique Shop and take home a special souvenir from the shoot.

What Will the Final Art Work Be?

To Help Determine your background color and style the shoot, we ask you to consider…. What will the Final Art Work be used for? Prints or Products?

PRINTS: Will the final artwork be showcased on a wall in your home, or office? Is there a background color of choice? Please take a look at our Wall Art Displays, it can help you decide what type of print and arrangement will coordinate with your home decor.

PRODUCTS: Are you interested in Custom Photo Products such as stationery and gifts for yourself or to give as a gift? Would you like to book a “Dog Party” Photo Shoot to create custom photo products for a DOG party? (invitations, party ware, and gift wrap) For an extensive list of FUN products available, please visit our Custom Photo Products page.

Please view custom color backgrounds available in studio, and choose your background color.



**The planning consult for your “experience” (pet photo session) will take place at the Manhattan Beach Studio/office or via telephone. Sessions are by appointment only: BOOK HERE. A deposit for the Session Sitting Fee may be required at time of booking. After your dates are booked/confirmed, we will mail you a booking confirmation pack (with an appointment card, price list, map, and general Q & A’s and finalize our planning consult with you.

Pet Photo Session

Your Pet Photo Session will take place in the Manhattan Beach Little Paws Photo Studio with professional pet photographer Kelly Richardson. We always work at your pet’s pace. We allow plenty of time for your pet to become familiar with the photographer, the camera, and the studio. We always provide healthy pet treats and toys for the pet to play with during the session, or you may bring your own. Please read Pet Photo Session Preparation. It’s important to be prepared for the shoot, making sure your pet is groomed properly will affect the final outcome of the prints.

The Design and Ordering Consultation

Within two weeks after your pet photo session you will come back to Little Paws Photo Manhattan Beach Studio to view your photos. We select and prepare 30-40 images from your pet’s studio session. We will work with you to design and create your perfect collection of favorite images for Wall Art Displays and Custom Photo Products. We then prepare, edit, review, and quality check your Wall Art Order and forward it to our professional print lab suppliers for printing and framing.

******Due to Covid and safer at home orders, we have taken extra measures. We post all images from the photo session in a private online viewing gallery for our clients to choose their favorite images. We then follow-up with a telephone conversation regarding your favorite images and how to set up a wall design. Finally, to simplify the ordering process, we ask you to visit Little Paws Boutique Shop, where you can see samples, read detailed product information, see the price, place and order and prepay for your items. We are ready to help you with the ordering process and are happy to assist you with your order by phone, if you prefer.

Studio Session Sitting Fees

The Studio Session Sitting Fees include Kelly Richardson’s undivided time and professional experience to take you and your pet on this special creative journey!

What’s included in the Sitting Fee:

  • Your pre-consultation meeting either online, text or phone call
  • The guidance, planning and stylizing of your pet’s photo session
  • Up to two hour studio photo shoot Covid-19: 30 minute “Mini-session” for your pet with photographer Kelly Richardson to photograph your pet in the style of your choice, and background color of your choice at the Manhattan Beach Studio location using studio lights, and high end camera equipment
  • An online proof gallery with a minimum 24-36 12-24 images to choose from.
  • A design and ordering consultation either online, phone or in the Manhattan Beach Studio to help you choose and design your custom art products
  • Final editing, cropping, design work and preparation of images , and FREE low res social sharing images for all of the custom art prints and products that you choose to purchase.
  • Free Shipping and Handling of all Custom Art Products that you order, delivered to the Manhattan Beach Studio, (except extra large prints as noted in the boutique shop: additional fees apply to acrylic and metal prints that have to be crated.)

Covid-19 Safety Requirements:

  • Masks and gloves required. Gloves can be provided if needed.
  • All photo sessions are limited to 30 minute mini-shoots.
  • Clients are responsible for handling and posing their pets, while photographer remains 6 feet away.
  • Pets must come in carrier and will not be allowed to roam the studio area.
  • Pet may only be accompanied by owner. Session is for 1 pet only.

Sitting Fees PRICING

Due to Covid-19, we have reduced pet photo sessions to 30 minute “mini sessions”. This is also reflected in our sitting fee price!

Mini-session Sitting Fees are over 50% off our normal sitting fees.

  • Weekday: Wed, Thurs, Fri $159 now ONLY $ 75
  • Evenings Mon, Tues after 6 $189 now ONLY $ 85
  • Weekends Sat, Sun $250 now ONLY $ 100

Please note: The Cost of Wall Art and Custom Photo Products are not included in your Studio Session Sitting Fee. Prices vary depending on your selection. Copyright of all images remains the property of Kelly Richardson and Little Paws Photo Studio.

Please Note: when booking your studio session, Little Paws Photo Studio generally accommodates one pet per session. If you would like more that one animal per shoot, please contact us to discuss your requirements.