Paws4Art is a fine arts studio, owned by partners Donnasue Jacobi and Fred Roessler. They have been creating fine art photography together since 1985. Fred creates his fine arts photographs using traditional film and darkroom processes. He concentrates on visual images to capture the character of older forgotten places and times. Fred also specializes in pet portraits and uses a digital camera for pet portrait montages that Donnasue uses to design a personal photography book of your day with them and your beloved pets. He loves working with dogs to create a lasting imagery of beloved pets. His photography is offered for private and corporate collections. Donnasue is also a print maker and book artist/designer. She combines her love of design, hand-bound bookbinding, and photography to teach fun art classes for most age groups and skill levels. She also accepts commissions for a wide variety of custom books and greeting cards for personal and business needs.

Galleries List
Body Parts Gallery
Body Parts
Books Gallery
Candy Caddies Gallery
Candy Caddies

Cards Gallery
Clay Monoprints Gallery
Clay Monoprints
Creatures Gallery
Dog Portraits Gallery
Dog Portraits
Dogs at Play Gallery
Dogs at Play
Filoli Gardens Gallery
Filoli Gardens

Florals Gallery
Historical Towns & Parks Gallery
Historical Towns & Parks
Horses Galley

Hostess Paper Gifts Gallery
Hostess Paper Gifts
Inner Gardens Gallery
Inner Gardens
Landscapes Gallery

Lavender Paper Gifts Gallery
Lavender Paper Gifts

Recycled Calendars Gallery
Recycled Calendars Paper Gifts
Still Life Gallery
Still Life

Sunflowers Gallery

Trains Gallery
Willowside Ranch Gallery
Willowside Ranch

Pet Sessions and Rates

So your furry buddy has finally convinced you that getting some awesome images of him was the right thing to do. He’s right! You are going to love these images and keepsakes for years to come. Not to mention the day we spend together will be one of the most amazingly fun days you and your best friend will have together!

The first thing we need to do is figure out what kind of session you are looking for.

A Day in the Life Session

This is the “hot dog” of all sessions. We will plan out four hours together and I will spend the day with you and your family, following you and your pup(s) around as you spend a typical afternoon together. We can go anywhere dogs are allowed to go within the Santa Clara and San Mateo regions. I will get some posed, some candid and lifestyle shots and essentially capturing you and your pets exactly how you live, quirks and all. At the end of our day, we can stop for coffee or some ice cream. My treat!

Session includes:

  • 4 hours of photography (includes travel if we go multiple places)

  • 100 images edited and put into a DVD Slideshow

  • All high and low res files burned on a custom made DVD for archiving and future printing

  • Limited print release so you can print your images for years to come

  • One 40 page custom made linen covered album to showcase your day (this album is exclusive to the “A Day In The Life Session” and cannot be purchased a la carte)

COST: 1500-2000 / total cost dependent upon type of album desired
Deposit of $600 to cover photo-shooting time

Lifestyle Session

This is one of the most fun sessions we do. You pick the place (usually one you and your buddy enjoy the most) and throw the ball around, or play tug of war, do some swimming or go for a walk. You make the calls and I’ll be sure to photograph it in a way that you’ll always remember the great times you spend together. See samples of this type of session in the Dogs at Play & Body Parts Galleries.

Session includes:

  • 2 hours of shooting at your favorite location

  • An optional pre-session where we can meet prior to the shoot if your dog has special circumstances. This can also be done over the phone.

  • A pre-session questionnaire to help customize your unique session

  • Editing of 25-35 images for your gallery.

  • Private gallery to share with friends and family

Cost: $275

Mini Session

1 hour session (max)

This is the perfect session if you just want to try us out, or if you have an older or terminal dog and you’d just like some updated images.

You bring you and your pooch to our studio setup

Session fee includes:

  • 10 low res files for emailing and Facebook

  • 1 high res file you can print whatever you’d like with 10 – 5×7 prints (same prints as the files you choose above) OR you can get 3 mini albums with the images above.

The same super great time! only shorter. What you get is:

  • Something to email
  • Something for Facebook
  • Something to print
  • And 3 identical mini albums to share with family and friends

COST: $495

Studio Session

Usually done in the winter months when it’s too wet to get outdoors, these sessions are done at my home studio with a clean background, or at an agreed on interior location. Your pooch will be pampered with lots of treats and belly rubs, and given the star treatment while getting a very clean commercial look that make for amazing session albums. These are also available upon request during the summer.

Session fee includes:

  • 60-minute studio session in my studio or an agreed on interior location

  • professionally edited gallery of 10-20 images

  • Private gallery to share with friends and family

Cost: $425
includes 5 gift prints and 1 digital file for Facebook!

Pricing Options:

  • add $25 for each additional pet or child
  • small travel fee applies for travel more than 25 miles from Menlo Park, CA
  • session includes individual child photos and family photos if desired.

Contact Information: PAWS4ART
Donnasue Jacobi
P.O. Box 1545
San Andreas, CA 95249
PHONE: 209-754-907


Free photo shoots during 2013

Holiday Cards from your pooch
Sep 28 & 29 from11 a to 4pm, call to schedule your time – all pets welcome (and their humans).

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All photos are copyrighted ©Fred Roessler and ©Donnasue Jacobi, all rights reserved. See the contact information for licensing usage.
I also offer prints, singly or in folio sets, please contact me for more information.