POCKETSHOTS: Friends of BARC, July 15th - Robyn Arouty Photography Houston, TX

Upload from December 27, 2011

Pocketshots were created with animal welfare organizations in mind—more specifically rescues, who work so tirelessly to save Houston’s precious lives every day. I have been working as a rescuer & animal advocate for several years, but I wanted to do more. Pocketshots are all-day fundraising events that I host at my studio. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes for portraits of you with your dogs, cats, kids, ?? Everyone is welcome! Each event benefits a different group & I am happy to report I have donated over $20,000 to area rescues since pocketshots began in November 2010.”  — Robyn

This event will benefit Friends of BARC on Sunday, July 15th!  

Upload from January 24, 2012 

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

Information…Please note, there have been some changes to the scheduling process.

A $25 donation to the rescue gets you a discount on your sitting fee for custom portrait session, which is $50 for 1 person &/or 1 pet…plus $15 for each additional pet or person.

(For example, you & 1 dog  =  $75. $25 of that will be donated to the rescue.)

SELECT:

1. TOTAL # of pets & people

2. July 15th date

3. Timeslot you want

4. Pay online via paypal. Easy Peasy! (It is not necessary to have a paypal account).  

Upload from January 24, 2012 

The SPANKINNEW studio is located at 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007. Off Washington Avenue near downtown. (Map)

If you would prefer to pay by check, please email aimee@pocketshots.org to make arrangements & reserve a slot.

Please watch our video...”POCKETSHOTS…A Day in The Life”

…and Behind the Scenes at Olive the Piggie’s Houston Pettalk photoshoot!

Visit Robyn on facebook!

To view Robyn’s portfolio & for more information, please visit her website: robynarouty.com

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

FAQ’s

1.  Do I need a paypal account?

No. You can pay via paypal with your credit card.

 

2. How should I prepare for my shoot?

Please work on SIT & STAY with your dog(s). Reward their good work with lots of treats. This will help the process tremendously…but if they don’t quite get it, no worries…my assistant is the bomb!

 

3. What should I wear?

Solid bright/dark colored tops are best. Stay away from white/beige/pastel colors. Structured fabrics work better versus silks. Accessories like chunky jewelry, hats &scarves are fun. Wear a little more makeup than you normally would. Bring your favorite shoes or boots for those feet shots…or rock a pedi & go barefoot! Please visit Robyn’s Pinterest board for inspiration!

 

4. Do I need to bring accessories for my dog(s)?

Dogs will be naked without a collar for the shoot. You may bring accessories for them, but they are not required.

 

5. Do I need to bring treats?

We have natural treats here…but, by all means, bring their favorite treats if you like.

 

6.  Can I bring my dog even though he has bit one or more people?

No. Sorry…

 

7. Can I get frustrated, be aggressive to my dog, hit my dog & do anything I want to make him do what you’re asking during our shoot?

Hells No! 30 minutes is plenty of time to do what is necessary. The dogs are in a new environment & we understand this. This is not our first rodeo…& we are prepared to teach them & be patient with the process. We ask that you do the same. You will receive 1 warning if any of above occurs. If done again…you will be asked to leave without a refund.

 

8. What will the backdrop/set look like?

A fab & original design of some sort…or you can choose the white photography paper as a backdrop.

Photos of upcoming sets are usually posted a few days before each event on the facebook page.

 

9. Where is your studio?

We are located off Washington Avenue, not far from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The address is 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007  (map)

 

10. Do you have a waiting room?

Yes. It is big enough to hold one family. So, please wait outside in fenced yard if you have arrived early for your scheduled appointment.

 

11. Do you charge for more than one person?

Additional people are $15 each.

 

12. How many outfits/pairs of shoes should I bring?

We are limited on time. Most clients come prepared wearing what they will shoot in. If you want to bring extra clothing or shoes, feel free to do so, but please leave your suitcase at home!

 

13. How long will it take to see my proofs?

In approximately one week from the shoot, I will email you a link to your private online viewing gallery.

 

14. When is the next pocketshots event?

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS

 

15. Will there be any other dogs there during my shoot?

No.

 

16. How many dogs can I bring?

Up to 5 per 30 minute session. Feel free to book back to back slots if you have more than 5 dogs or have special requests.

 

17. I don’t have a dog. Can I bring my cat/bunny/monkey?

Yes.

 

18. Do I need to have the same breed of dog of the sponsored rescue to attend?

No! All are welcome to support all rescues! 

POCKETSHOTS: Treat 'Em Right Rescue, April 14th - Robyn Arouty Photography Houston, TX

 Upload from December 27, 2011

Pocketshots were created with animal welfare organizations in mind—more specifically rescues, who work so tirelessly to save Houston’s precious lives every day. I have been working as a rescuer & animal advocate for several years, but I wanted to do more. Pocketshots are all-day fundraising events that I host at my studio. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes for portraits of you with your dogs, cats, kids, ?? Everyone is welcome! Each event benefits a different group & I am happy to report I have donated over $20,000 to area rescues since pocketshots began in November 2010.”  — Robyn

This event will benefit Treat ‘Em Right Rescue on Saturday, April 14th! 

Upload from January 11, 2012

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

Information…Please note, there have been some changes to the scheduling process.

A $25 donation to the rescue gets you a discount on your sitting fee for custom portrait session, which is $50 for 1 person &/or 1 pet…plus $15 for each additional pet or person.

(For example, you & 1 dog  =  $75. $25 of that will be donated to the rescue.)

SELECT:

1. TOTAL # of pets & people

2. April 14th date

3. Timeslot you want

4. Pay online via paypal. Easy Peasy! (It is not necessary to have a paypal account).  

Upload from January 11, 2012

The SPANKINNEW studio is located at 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007. Off Washington Avenue near downtown. (Map)

If you would prefer to pay by check, please email aimee@pocketshots.org to make arrangements & reserve a slot.

Please watch our video...”POCKETSHOTS…A Day in The Life”

…and Behind the Scenes at Olive the Piggie’s Houston Pettalk photoshoot!

Visit Robyn on facebook!

To view Robyn’s portfolio & for more information, please visit her website: robynarouty.com

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

FAQ’s

1.  Do I need a paypal account?

No. You can pay via paypal with your credit card.

 

2. How should I prepare for my shoot?

Please work on SIT & STAY with your dog(s). Reward their good work with lots of treats. This will help the process tremendously…but if they don’t quite get it, no worries…my assistant is the bomb!

 

3. What should I wear?

Solid bright/dark colored tops are best. Stay away from white/beige/pastel colors. Structured fabrics work better versus silks. Accessories like chunky jewelry, hats &scarves are fun. Wear a little more makeup than you normally would. Bring your favorite shoes or boots for those feet shots…or rock a pedi & go barefoot! Please visit Robyn’s Pinterest board for inspiration!

 

4. Do I need to bring accessories for my dog(s)?

Dogs will be naked without a collar for the shoot. You may bring accessories for them, but they are not required.

 

5. Do I need to bring treats?

We have natural treats here…but, by all means, bring their favorite treats if you like.

 

6.  Can I bring my dog even though he has bit one or more people?

No. Sorry…

 

7. Can I get frustrated, be aggressive to my dog, hit my dog & do anything I want to make him do what you’re asking during our shoot?

Hells No! 30 minutes is plenty of time to do what is necessary. The dogs are in a new environment & we understand this. This is not our first rodeo…& we are prepared to teach them & be patient with the process. We ask that you do the same. You will receive 1 warning if any of above occurs. If done again…you will be asked to leave without a refund.

 

8. What will the backdrop/set look like?

A fab & original design of some sort…or you can choose the white photography paper as a backdrop.

Photos of upcoming sets are usually posted a few days before each event on the facebook page.

 

9. Where is your studio?

We are located off Washington Avenue, not far from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The address is 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007  (map)

 

10. Do you have a waiting room?

Yes. It is big enough to hold one family. So, please wait outside in fenced yard if you have arrived early for your scheduled appointment.

 

11. Do you charge for more than one person?

Additional people are $15 each.

 

12. How many outfits/pairs of shoes should I bring?

We are limited on time. Most clients come prepared wearing what they will shoot in. If you want to bring extra clothing or shoes, feel free to do so, but please leave your suitcase at home!

 

13. How long will it take to see my proofs?

In approximately one week from the shoot, I will email you a link to your private online viewing gallery.

 

14. When is the next pocketshots event?

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS

 

15. Will there be any other dogs there during my shoot?

No.

 

16. How many dogs can I bring?

Up to 5 per 30 minute session. Feel free to book back to back slots if you have more than 5 dogs or have special requests.

 

17. I don’t have a dog. Can I bring my cat/bunny/monkey?

Yes.

 

18. Do I need to have the same breed of dog of the sponsored rescue to attend?

No! All are welcome to support all rescues! 

POCKETSHOTS: American Bulldog Rescue, March 31st - Robyn Arouty Photography Houston, TX

Upload from December 27, 2011

Pocketshots were created with animal welfare organizations in mind—more specifically rescues, who work so tirelessly to save Houston’s precious lives every day. I have been working as a rescuer & animal advocate for several years, but I wanted to do more. Pocketshots are all-day fundraising events that I host at my studio. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes for portraits of you with your dogs, cats, kids, ?? Everyone is welcome! Each event benefits a different group & I am happy to report I have donated over $20,000 to area rescues since pocketshots began in November 2010.”  — Robyn

This event will benefit Texas American Bulldog Rescue on Saturday, March 31st! 

Upload from January 10, 2012

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

Information…Please note, there have been some changes to the scheduling process.

A $25 donation to the rescue gets you a discount on your sitting fee for custom portrait session, which is $50 for 1 person &/or 1 pet…plus $15 for each additional pet or person.

(For example, you & 1 dog  =  $75. $25 of that will be donated to the rescue.)

SELECT:

1. TOTAL # of pets & people

2. March 31st date

3. Timeslot you want

4. Pay online via paypal. Easy Peasy! (It is not necessary to have a paypal account).  

Upload from January 10, 2012

The SPANKINNEW studio is located at 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007. Off Washington Avenue near downtown. (Map)

If you would prefer to pay by check, please email aimee@pocketshots.org to make arrangements & reserve a slot.

Please watch our video...”POCKETSHOTS…A Day in The Life”

…and Behind the Scenes at Olive the Piggie’s Houston Pettalk photoshoot!

Visit Robyn on facebook!

To view Robyn’s portfolio & for more information, please visit her website: robynarouty.com

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

FAQ’s

1.  Do I need a paypal account?

No. You can pay via paypal with your credit card.

 

2. How should I prepare for my shoot?

Please work on SIT & STAY with your dog(s). Reward their good work with lots of treats. This will help the process tremendously…but if they don’t quite get it, no worries…my assistant is the bomb!

 

3. What should I wear?

Solid bright/dark colored tops are best. Stay away from white/beige/pastel colors. Structured fabrics work better versus silks. Accessories like chunky jewelry, hats &scarves are fun. Wear a little more makeup than you normally would. Bring your favorite shoes or boots for those feet shots…or rock a pedi & go barefoot! Please visit Robyn’s Pinterest board for inspiration!

 

4. Do I need to bring accessories for my dog(s)?

Dogs will be naked without a collar for the shoot. You may bring accessories for them, but they are not required.

 

5. Do I need to bring treats?

We have natural treats here…but, by all means, bring their favorite treats if you like.

 

6.  Can I bring my dog even though he has bit one or more people?

No. Sorry…

 

7. Can I get frustrated, be aggressive to my dog, hit my dog & do anything I want to make him do what you’re asking during our shoot?

Hells No! 30 minutes is plenty of time to do what is necessary. The dogs are in a new environment & we understand this. This is not our first rodeo…& we are prepared to teach them & be patient with the process. We ask that you do the same. You will receive 1 warning if any of above occurs. If done again…you will be asked to leave without a refund.

 

8. What will the backdrop/set look like?

A fab & original design of some sort…or you can choose the white photography paper as a backdrop.

Photos of upcoming sets are usually posted a few days before each event on the facebook page.

 

9. Where is your studio?

We are located off Washington Avenue, not far from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The address is 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007  (map)

 

10. Do you have a waiting room?

Yes. It is big enough to hold one family. So, please wait outside in fenced yard if you have arrived early for your scheduled appointment.

 

11. Do you charge for more than one person?

Additional people are $15 each.

 

12. How many outfits/pairs of shoes should I bring?

We are limited on time. Most clients come prepared wearing what they will shoot in. If you want to bring extra clothing or shoes, feel free to do so, but please leave your suitcase at home!

 

13. How long will it take to see my proofs?

In approximately one week from the shoot, I will email you a link to your private online viewing gallery.

 

14. When is the next pocketshots event?

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS

 

15. Will there be any other dogs there during my shoot?

No.

 

16. How many dogs can I bring?

Up to 5 per 30 minute session. Feel free to book back to back slots if you have more than 5 dogs or have special requests.

 

17. I don’t have a dog. Can I bring my cat/bunny/monkey?

Yes.

 

18. Do I need to have the same breed of dog of the sponsored rescue to attend?

No! All are welcome to support all rescues! 

POCKETSHOTS: Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, March 3rd - Robyn Arouty Photography Houston, TX

 Upload from December 27, 2011

Pocketshots were created with animal welfare organizations in mind—more specifically rescues, who work so tirelessly to save Houston’s precious lives every day. I have been working as a rescuer & animal advocate for several years, but I wanted to do more. Pocketshots are all-day fundraising events that I host at my studio. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes for portraits of you with your dogs, cats, kids, ?? Everyone is welcome! Each event benefits a different group & I am happy to report I have donated over $20,000 to area rescues since pocketshots began in November 2010.”  — Robyn

The third event of the year will benefit Guardian Pit Bull Rescue on Saturday, March 3rd! 

Upload from January 10, 2012 

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

Information…Please note, there have been some changes to the scheduling process.

A $25 donation to the rescue gets you a discount on your sitting fee for custom portrait session, which is $50 for 1 person &/or 1 pet…plus $15 for each additional pet or person.

(For example, you & 1 dog  =  $75. $25 of that will be donated to the rescue.)

SELECT:

1. TOTAL # of pets & people

2. March 3rd date

3. Timeslot you want

4. Pay online via paypal. Easy Peasy! (It is not necessary to have a paypal account).

Upload from January 10, 2012

The SPANKINNEW studio is located at 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007. Off Washington Avenue near downtown. (Map)

If you would prefer to pay by check, please email aimee@pocketshots.org to make arrangements & reserve a slot.

Please watch our video...”POCKETSHOTS…A Day in The Life”

…and Behind the Scenes at Olive the Piggie’s Houston Pettalk photoshoot!

Visit Robyn on facebook!

To view Robyn’s portfolio & for more information, please visit her website: robynarouty.com

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

FAQ’s

1.  Do I need a paypal account?

No. You can pay via paypal with your credit card.

 

2. How should I prepare for my shoot?

Please work on SIT & STAY with your dog(s). Reward their good work with lots of treats. This will help the process tremendously…but if they don’t quite get it, no worries…my assistant is the bomb!

 

3. What should I wear?

Solid bright/dark colored tops are best. Stay away from white/beige/pastel colors. Structured fabrics work better versus silks. Accessories like chunky jewelry, hats &scarves are fun. Wear a little more makeup than you normally would. Bring your favorite shoes or boots for those feet shots…or rock a pedi & go barefoot! Please visit Robyn’s Pinterest board for inspiration!

 

4. Do I need to bring accessories for my dog(s)?

Dogs will be naked without a collar for the shoot. You may bring accessories for them, but they are not required.

 

5. Do I need to bring treats?

We have natural treats here…but, by all means, bring their favorite treats if you like.

 

6.  Can I bring my dog even though he has bit one or more people?

No. Sorry…

 

7. Can I get frustrated, be aggressive to my dog, hit my dog & do anything I want to make him do what you’re asking during our shoot?

Hells No! 30 minutes is plenty of time to do what is necessary. The dogs are in a new environment & we understand this. This is not our first rodeo…& we are prepared to teach them & be patient with the process. We ask that you do the same. You will receive 1 warning if any of above occurs. If done again…you will be asked to leave without a refund.

 

8. What will the backdrop/set look like?

A fab & original design of some sort…or you can choose the white photography paper as a backdrop.

Photos of upcoming sets are usually posted a few days before each event on the facebook page.

 

9. Where is your studio?

We are located off Washington Avenue, not far from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The address is 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007  (map)

 

10. Do you have a waiting room?

Yes. It is big enough to hold one family. So, please wait outside in fenced yard if you have arrived early for your scheduled appointment.

 

11. Do you charge for more than one person?

Additional people are $15 each.

 

12. How many outfits/pairs of shoes should I bring?

We are limited on time. Most clients come prepared wearing what they will shoot in. If you want to bring extra clothing or shoes, feel free to do so, but please leave your suitcase at home!

 

13. How long will it take to see my proofs?

In approximately one week from the shoot, I will email you a link to your private online viewing gallery.

 

14. When is the next pocketshots event?

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS

 

15. Will there be any other dogs there during my shoot?

No.

 

16. How many dogs can I bring?

Up to 5 per 30 minute session. Feel free to book back to back slots if you have more than 5 dogs or have special requests.

 

17. I don’t have a dog. Can I bring my cat/bunny/monkey?

Yes.

 

18. Do I need to have the same breed of dog of the sponsored rescue to attend?

No! All are welcome to support all rescues! 

POCKETSHOTS: Scout's Honor! Sat, Feb 18th - Robyn Arouty Photography Houston, TX

Upload from December 27, 2011

Pocketshots were created with animal welfare organizations in mind—more specifically rescues, who work so tirelessly to save Houston’s precious lives every day. I have been working as a rescuer & animal advocate for several years, but I wanted to do more. Pocketshots are all-day fundraising events that I host at my studio. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes for portraits of you with your dogs, cats, kids, ?? Everyone is welcome! Each event benefits a different group & I am happy to report I have donated over $20,000 to area rescues since pocketshots began in November 2010.”  — Robyn

The second event of the year will benefit Scout’s Honor Rescue on Saturday, February 18th! 

Upload from January 10, 2012 

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

Information…Please note, there have been some changes to the scheduling process.

A $25 donation to the rescue gets you a discount on your sitting fee for custom portrait session, which is $50 for 1 person &/or 1 pet…plus $15 for each additional pet or person.

(For example, you & 1 dog  =  $75. $25 of that will be donated to the rescue.)

SELECT:

1. TOTAL # of pets & people

2. February 18th date

3. Timeslot you want

4. Pay online via paypal. Easy Peasy! (It is not necessary to have a paypal account).  

Upload from January 10, 2012 

The SPANKINNEW studio is located at 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007. Off Washington Avenue near downtown. (Map)

If you would prefer to pay by check, please email aimee@pocketshots.org to make arrangements & reserve a slot.

Please watch our video...”POCKETSHOTS…A Day in The Life”

…and Behind the Scenes at Olive the Piggie’s Houston Pettalk photoshoot!

Visit Robyn on facebook!

To view Robyn’s portfolio & for more information, please visit her website: robynarouty.com

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

FAQ’s

1.  Do I need a paypal account?

No. You can pay via paypal with your credit card.

 

2. How should I prepare for my shoot?

Please work on SIT & STAY with your dog(s). Reward their good work with lots of treats. This will help the process tremendously…but if they don’t quite get it, no worries…my assistant is the bomb!

 

3. What should I wear?

Solid bright/dark colored tops are best. Stay away from white/beige/pastel colors. Structured fabrics work better versus silks. Accessories like chunky jewelry, hats &scarves are fun. Wear a little more makeup than you normally would. Bring your favorite shoes or boots for those feet shots…or rock a pedi & go barefoot! Please visit Robyn’s Pinterest board for inspiration!

 

4. Do I need to bring accessories for my dog(s)?

Dogs will be naked without a collar for the shoot. You may bring accessories for them, but they are not required.

 

5. Do I need to bring treats?

We have natural treats here…but, by all means, bring their favorite treats if you like.

 

6.  Can I bring my dog even though he has bit one or more people?

No. Sorry…

 

7. Can I get frustrated, be aggressive to my dog, hit my dog & do anything I want to make him do what you’re asking during our shoot?

Hells No! 30 minutes is plenty of time to do what is necessary. The dogs are in a new environment & we understand this. This is not our first rodeo…& we are prepared to teach them & be patient with the process. We ask that you do the same. You will receive 1 warning if any of above occurs. If done again…you will be asked to leave without a refund.

 

8. What will the backdrop/set look like?

A fab & original design of some sort…or you can choose the white photography paper as a backdrop.

Photos of upcoming sets are usually posted a few days before each event on the facebook page.

 

9. Where is your studio?

We are located off Washington Avenue, not far from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The address is 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007  (map)

 

10. Do you have a waiting room?

Yes. It is big enough to hold one family. So, please wait outside in fenced yard if you have arrived early for your scheduled appointment.

 

11. Do you charge for more than one person?

Additional people are $15 each.

 

12. How many outfits/pairs of shoes should I bring?

We are limited on time. Most clients come prepared wearing what they will shoot in. If you want to bring extra clothing or shoes, feel free to do so, but please leave your suitcase at home!

 

13. How long will it take to see my proofs?

In approximately one week from the shoot, I will email you a link to your private online viewing gallery.

 

14. When is the next pocketshots event?

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS

 

15. Will there be any other dogs there during my shoot?

No.

 

16. How many dogs can I bring?

Up to 5 per 30 minute session. Feel free to book back to back slots if you have more than 5 dogs or have special requests.

 

17. I don’t have a dog. Can I bring my cat/bunny/monkey?

Yes.

 

18. Do I need to have the same breed of dog of the sponsored rescue to attend?

No! All are welcome to support all rescues! 

Dog Mama Jordan Maternity Portraits ~ Robyn Arouty Photography Houston, TX

So much fun! Jordan has 4 dogs & is a rescue queen…never turning a cheek to a dog in need. Now it’s time for the 2-legged, Miss Elliott, to arrive. We joked a lot about needing a manual when she gets here. All my love Jordan & Chris, Auntie Robyn

Announcing: Pocketshots 2012 Kickoff! Robyn Arouty Pet Photographer Houston, TX

Upload from December 27, 2011

Pocketshots were created with animal welfare organizations in mind—more specifically rescues, who work so tirelessly to save Houston’s precious lives every day. I have been working as a rescuer & animal advocate for several years, but I wanted to do more. Pocketshots are all-day fundraising events that I host at my studio. Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes for portraits of you with your dogs, cats, kids, ?? Everyone is welcome! Each event benefits a different group & I am happy to report I have donated over $20,000 to area rescues since pocketshots began in November 2010.”  — Robyn

The first event of the year will benefit Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue on Saturday, January 21st!

(Upcoming events TBA).

Upload from December 29, 2011

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

Information…Please note, there have been some changes to the scheduling process.

A $25 donation to the rescue gets you a discount on your sitting fee for custom portrait session, which is $50 for 1 person &/or 1 pet…plus $15 for each additional pet or person.

(For example, you & 1 dog  =  $75. $25 of that will be donated to the rescue.)

SELECT:

1. TOTAL # of pets & people

2. January 21st date

3. Timeslot you want

4. Pay online via paypal. Easy Peasy! (It is not necessary to have a paypal account). 

Upload from December 29, 2011 

The SPANKINNEW studio is located at 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007. Off Washington Avenue near downtown. (Map)

If you would prefer to pay by check, please email aimee@pocketshots.org to make arrangements & reserve a slot.

Please watch our video...”POCKETSHOTS…A Day in The Life”

…and Behind the Scenes at Olive the Piggie’s Houston Pettalk photoshoot!

Visit Robyn on facebook!

To view Robyn’s portfolio & for more information, please visit her website: robynarouty.com

Ready to schedule? Click here to BOOKITNOW.

FAQ’s

1.  Do I need a paypal account?

No. You can pay via paypal with your credit card.

 

2. How should I prepare for my shoot?

Please work on SIT & STAY with your dog(s). Reward their good work with lots of treats. This will help the process tremendously…but if they don’t quite get it, no worries…my assistant is the bomb!

 

3. What should I wear?

Solid bright/dark colored tops are best. Stay away from white/beige/pastel colors. Structured fabrics work better versus silks. Accessories like chunky jewelry, hats &scarves are fun. Wear a little more makeup than you normally would. Bring your favorite shoes or boots for those feet shots…or rock a pedi & go barefoot! Please visit Robyn’s Pinterest board for inspiration!

 

4. Do I need to bring accessories for my dog(s)?

Dogs will be naked without a collar for the shoot. You may bring accessories for them, but they are not required.

 

5. Do I need to bring treats?

We have natural treats here…but, by all means, bring their favorite treats if you like.

 

6.  Can I bring my dog even though he has bit one or more people?

No. Sorry…

 

7. Can I get frustrated, be aggressive to my dog, hit my dog & do anything I want to make him do what you’re asking during our shoot?

Hells No! 30 minutes is plenty of time to do what is necessary. The dogs are in a new environment & we understand this. This is not our first rodeo…& we are prepared to teach them & be patient with the process. We ask that you do the same. You will receive 1 warning if any of above occurs. If done again…you will be asked to leave without a refund.

 

8. What will the backdrop/set look like?

A fab & original design of some sort…or you can choose the white photography paper as a backdrop.

Photos of upcoming sets are usually posted a few days before each event on the facebook page.

 

9. Where is your studio?

We are located off Washington Avenue, not far from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The address is 2112 N. Memorial Way Houston, TX 77007  (map)

 

10. Do you have a waiting room?

Yes. It is big enough to hold one family. So, please wait outside in fenced yard if you have arrived early for your scheduled appointment.

 

11. Do you charge for more than one person?

Additional people are $15 each.

 

12. How many outfits/pairs of shoes should I bring?

We are limited on time. Most clients come prepared wearing what they will shoot in. If you want to bring extra clothing or shoes, feel free to do so, but please leave your suitcase at home!

 

13. How long will it take to see my proofs?

In approximately one week from the shoot, I will email you a link to your private online viewing gallery.

 

14. When is the next pocketshots event?

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS

 

15. Will there be any other dogs there during my shoot?

No.

 

16. How many dogs can I bring?

Up to 5 per 30 minute session. Feel free to book back to back slots if you have more than 5 dogs or have special requests.

 

17. I don’t have a dog. Can I bring my cat/bunny/monkey?

Yes.

 

18. Do I need to have the same breed of dog of the sponsored rescue to attend?

No! All are welcome to support all rescues! 

Know Better. Do Better. ~ Robyn Arouty Photography, Houston, TX

If you see a photo of a dog with their tongue hanging out & their ears not fully erect, you gotta know there’s something special there. She must have called me mama at some point…because only a mother could love that face!

Indeed! Meet Gracie, AKA Patti. And Ken&Barbie, her new parents. But, more about that later…gotta tell the story first.

8-ishPM & I had just dropped off a friend at their house in the ‘hood, off Patton Road in Houston. If you’re in rescue, they attract you like a magnet, you know. This one was chocolate, sitting in the middle of the road, just smiling.

Pulled over. No collar, no tags. And before I knew it, she had jumped in the front passenger seat & was licking my cheek. Long story short:  After days of signs, cruisin’ craigslist, etc., I named her Patti & fostered her for the next several months.

A local rescue, who shall remain nameless (lucky for them) was nice enough to sponsor Patti’s vetting & petfinder promotion. Was a bit discouraged when some time went by & Patti didn’t receive any applications. The rescue director thought she might look “too pittie” in the first set of photos. Maybe I needed to put a fancy collar on her & take some new ones? You just never know with people…she was so sweet & deserved only the bestest home…so I must have taken 3 rounds of pics or so.

Just about the time a really great application came in, I made the mistake of telling the rescue director that Patti loved to jump on the kitchen table & through the cutout in the wall into the other room. Hell, I thought it was cute & brilliant! The director…not so much. Next thing I know, she refers me to a “trainer” to schedule appointments for 2 intense sessions before she could meet the prospective adopters. Oy. Let them train her! She’s still a puppy. Shit. Mainly I was worried they’d find a new dog in the interim. BTW, I was strictly forbidden to contact them at all. (She’s only lived with me for ?? months…who better to discuss the baby & ask the right questions than me? But, what do I know, right?)

Anita arrived with a leather leash & metal choke chain collar in hand. Dude?? She said hello to me briefly & my other dogs jumped all over her in normal hello fashion. Patti was in the crate so she wouldn’t make a bad impression right off the bat & we could take her out slowly, as soon as my zoo calmed the phuck down.

Patti started to whimper…wanted out to give kissy greetings to our visitor too. Anita was standing approximately 5 feet from the big plastic crate. Without warning, she turned towards the crate & chucked the collar straight towards the metal grid in front…startling not only Patti, but me & my crew as well. I stood silent. Patti whimpered again. She picked up the metal chain from the floor & stepped back about 2 feet from the crate. Girlfriend flung that thing violently — metal to metal. That’s when it got scary…

Apple hid under the desk. Eldi was barking. & Ozzy, my chocolate miniature poodle mix, went totally wild & hysterical. Screaming & running around the office in a rage. I had never seen him do this in all the years he’s lived with me. Anita went after Ozzy next. Cornered him between a chair & the wall in the kitchen, turned the thick leather leash into a noose & got it around his neck. Then proceeded to drag him into the other room. (Yes, I thought I was in the twilight zone…none of this was actually happening. Right?)

She picked him up & pointed to an empty crate, “Is this his?” Just as I said, “No, it’s not. And Ozzy doesn’t like crates,” she tried to put him in the crate. That’s when he took a chunk out of her finger. Her blood dripping to the floor, “Serves me right.” Damn skippy! Why are you even messing with my dogs lady? But, again… we needed to have the training sessions so Patti could meet the really great potential adopters…so I continued to bite my lip.

The rest is a blur. It got a lot worse. Anita proceeded to abuse Patti for the next hour & a half…yanking on the choke chain every few seconds as we walked the neighborhood…never mind the marks it made on her neck or what fence her head just bashed into because of the power behind her tugs.

As we walked around the block, she spouted off her philosophies about dog training & the necessity of power & control in relationships. She didn’t know about my psychology background…& that I treated children in custody of CPS for abuse & neglect by their parents. In my opinion, I had just witnessed abuse to an animal from someone who called themselves a trainer & animal lover. She’s got a website & clients & everything. For the next 3 hours, Patti stayed in her crate with the door open; refusing to come out. Her spirit was broken & I was to blame. I’d never forgive myself for staying quiet. My only saving grace is what happened in the days to come.

An email went out to the rescue director as soon as Anita left. Didn’t want to forget even the slightest detail…she would surely freak & apologize profusely for the mix up. Nope. She sided with the trainer & condescended me for not requesting a different type of collar or method from them prior to the session. Let’s just say, it had been a very stressful several months dealing with this rescue & this was the ultimate in last straws.

I refused the second meeting with Anita & the rescue forbid a meeting with the potential adopters. (Tonite I found out that the rescue had been lying to the family & leading them to believe that Patti was no longer available for adoption). The only thing to do was pull Patti from their program. So I signed the paperwork immediately to do just that. I knew people. And I’d find her a home myself. But, what they didn’t know was I already had a copy of the application. Dialed the number right away to explain what had transpired. It was worth a try. Hopefully they hadn’t fallen in love with another baby now that it had been a couple of weeks since the app was originally submitted.

He was saddened to hear the awful story, but relieved to know she had not been adopted yet. Josh & his wife Charlotte hadn’t stopped thinking of Patti since first glance at her petfinder photo. Fer Realz??

Patti & I went out to their house that weekend. I brought all her stuff just in case. I was so nervous, but excited too. When the door opened, there stood Ken&Barbie…but with tears in their eyes…as if their own child had just arrived from the adoption agency. Patti ran straight to them & out of my grasp. Then she followed both of them around the house for the next 2 hours. I thought, “What am i now, chopped liver??” But I couldn’t have been happier! Patti had struck gold. They had already purchased everything necessary to bring a dog into their home & had hooked up with Stephanie Bennett, a positive based trainer that I recommended. (They never needed her services, btw.) I just can’t tell you the extent of the lovefest I was witnessing. They renamed her Gracie…& she had a sister. See Tessie in the photo? They are best friends.

That was a year ago…almost to the day. Josh has kept in touch to give me reports about Gracie’s progress. She’s gained 30 pounds, travels with them on trips & loves everybody. She sleeps in their bed under the covers with her head on the pillow like the queen she is. They take her on long walks through the trails several times a day. Oh! So, now it was time for holiday photos & Josh shot me an email last week. “Can Tessie come too?” Yay! My first ferret to photograph!

The reunion was bittersweet tonite. They thanked me again for bringing Gracie into their lives. They live & breathe her. As it should be. :)

(Note: There are options out there for canine behavior training. Interview these people & ask questions about their methods. This “ol’ school” militant style still exists & there are many out there parading around as “certified” dog trainers. In fact, one of them has a popular television show. (If you don’t believe me, feel free to google behind the scenes video of what is really happening during his sessions). But, as Oprah says, “When we know better, we do better.” Positive & reward-based training is humane & it works.)

Here are some referrals if you ever need them:

J-Canine Pet Resort

Michael’s Dogs

Peace, Love, & Dogs

Max's Last Journey. With Love. ~ Robyn Arouty, Houston Pet Photographer

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Today I was asked to do a very special photoshoot. Linda & James’ 6 1/2 year old rottie, Maximus, had taken a turn for the worst. He means the world to them. Linda & Maximus even went through Katrina together. He’s too young to be so sick. Instead of therapist, this time my role was photographer…so I stayed silent (i know!) & watched as Dr. Cassie Schuster worked her magic. She is a Doctor of Naturopathy…& has so many initials after her name I’ve already lost count. She’s been working with Max for several months. I met the family at her Wellness Ranch for the shoot…& was not prepared for what I saw. Max couldn’t walk. He appeared very lethargic…exhausted…ready to go…

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I asked Cassie several questions after the shoot today. We decided to team up for a special post. Please read Cassie’s commentary below the photos. It’s amazingly brilliant…& it may come in handy for you someday…

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Working with animals brings me a joy that I just cannot describe: their total unconditional love, the trust they extend, and the bond they will make with a human who shows them compassion - nothing better in the world.”

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Take that a step farther into what I call “animal hospice” and you add honor to that joy. This is the story of Max, a gorgeous hunk of Rottweiler that started coming for Reiki treatments. As his health needs changed, his Reiki treatments changed as well and now we are looking at end-of-life care.”

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Max is a warrior. A fighter. But today he was different. Today Max was showing signs of transitioning from one plane to another. Often staring off into space, it’s easy to think he’s distracted or not interested. Actually, he’s tuning in to the fur babies who have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge - he’s deciding about leaving us.”

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His people are awesome, taking care of his every need, from carrying Max to and from the car, to wiping his watery eyes, to taking care of his leaky bladder. They want him to get well. They want him to show a sign of turning around and rejoining the family. Max appears to be ready for other things though.”

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When an animal is ready to transition, their needs change and this is what we talked about today with Max, his people, Robyn, and myself. It was tearful but healing, to be together in thought and understanding. This is the most difficult thing to do - watch your beloved fur baby cross over.”

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Max’s people wish for him to cross over in the comfort of their home, surrounded by the people and the other fur babies who love him so much. We talked about taking away the physical distractions - turning off the television and stereo, turning off harsh lights, speaking in low tones - basically removing the energy that binds him to this earth.”

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When Max is at home, he has already started “speaking”, vocalizing. This is part pain but also part communicating - asking for a space and time for him to transition. At some point Max will lose his appetite. He’s conserving energy to pass instead of using energy to digest food. At some point he will refuse water - again, preserving precious energy because he no longer needs physical intervention.”

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It will be a huge gift for Max’s people to allow him to cross over at home. What if he’s in pain? What if it becomes too unbearable to watch? Have a support team, have a plan. Know that there are many loving souls who will take a shift of watching and holding the energy for Max.” 

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In the end, the peace will fill in the sharp edges of the void, softening the loss, allowing the healing process to take place.

There is nothing like the love of our animals. It is an honor to be in their presence at a sacred time such as transitioning.

Max, I salute the warrior in you, and I thank you for the many lessons you have brought to us. Namaste.” —Cassie Schuster

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Dead Dog Walking in Waco. (Robyn Arouty Photography/Houston, TX)

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I received this message & photo earlier…from Kit, a pet photographer that I’m mentoring in Waco, TX:

So today I did one of the hardest things so far at the shelter. As I was leaving, one of the staff ran up to me crying. A dog she had been fighting to find a home for is set to be PTS in the morning. She asked if I would take a picture of it for her so she’d have something more than the kennel picture. 

Broke my heart seeing the love she had for the dog. I had to focus on taking the pictures so I didn’t cry myself. She was asking herself what furniture she could get rid of in order to find room for another kennel in her apartment.

I know I may never have a photography business but the fulfillment I get from volunteering at the shelter is priceless. I’ve been put there for a reason.”

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From the back, the dog looks a lot like P.J….which of course made me cry… This one doesn’t have a name…just a number. He deserves a name, love & a place to live out his life. Here is all the info I have:

The shelter makes it very hard to adopt Pits. Usually, they will only allow them to go to rescue with such a limited amount of time. Rescue is preferred, but they have stated that if we have a committed adopter in the morning, they will pull him off the euth list. But, if you want to foster they may be able to find a rescue to pull him. Call Emily at 254-495-6554, she can get you the number for the person who has to approve rescue. Dog ID#A13464004.”

He is located at the Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco. UN-neutered pit bull mix. Medium build. Hasn’t been tested for HW. Shelter opens at 11am tomorrow. Best to contact Emily so she can notify them there is a possible rescue/adoption/foster as soon as possible.”

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So, here’s your chance to do something. I did my part on this one…& now I’m passing the baton to you. All the info is here…make your move. (OK…if he comes to Houston…there’s a pocketshots session in it for you…my treat!)