Meet The Photographer

 

Arica Dorff - Owner/Photographer

 

"Our best friends will always have a place in our hearts, but what a gift for their smiles to always have a place on our wall for not just us, but for everyone to remember." - Arica Dorff
 

 

"Those great portraits are no longer just fun or cute, they are priceless and irreplaceable.  They are works of art and no dollar amount could ever replace those beautiful faces on canvas."   -Arica Dorff

 

My name is Arica Dorff and I am the proud owner and photographer of Pet'ographique.  At Pet'ographique we specialize in capturing irreplaceable moments in your pet's life and sealing those moments into priceless portraits that you can treasure long after your pet leaves your side. 

I moved to Las Vegas 14 years ago from Mililani, Hawaii to play softball at UNLV.  I graduated from UNLV in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.  I currently live in Henderson with my husband, John, our Bloodhound, Gracie, and our studio mascot, Harley the Guinea Pig.

    

Pet'ographique was created in 2006 for the simple reason that it combines my 2 loves, animals and photography.  I love making pet owners smile and cry everyday by capturing their pet’s personality on film.  Animal Rescue is a cause very close to my heart.  We adopted our now passed Weimaraners, Duke & Drake, from the Las Vegas Weimaraner Rescue which opened our eyes to the great service that so many volunteers provide by rehabilitating and adopting out abandoned animals in our community.  We currently do our part by doing complimentary adoption portraits for rescues and shelters around the valley to help the animals in their organizations find forever homes.

 

For the first 5 years of business, Pet'ographique operated out of a 1,300 sq ft space. In 2011 we doubled our square footage and moved into our current 2,500 sq ft studio.  In addition to shooting Pet & Family Portrait Sessions, I travel around the country speaking at photography conventions, teaching workshops and mentoring individuals about the business and psychology of Pet Photography.

 

Sometimes when people think of Pet Photography, they think “How fun!” or “How cute!”.  The thing I didn’t realize when I entered this field was how many of my clients I would have to say goodbye to and how often I would be reminded of the extremely short lives that our 4 legged companions live. Those great portraits are no longer just fun or cute, they are priceless and irreplaceable.  They are works of art and no dollar amount could ever replace those beautiful faces on canvas.  In the 8 years that Pet'ographique has been open, I've had the honor of capturing countless last portraits of pets, and usually the only professional portrait they had in their lifetime.  Our best friends will always have a place in our hearts, but what a gift for their smiles to always have a place on our wall for not just us, but for everyone to remember.

 

Most of you reading this could carry on an hour long conversation about your 4 legged "children" like human moms could talk all day about their human babies.  If this is you, then there is no reason why your companion(s) should not grace the front of your holiday card with the rest of the family and be included in the family portrait above your fireplace. I would be honored to be the photographer to capture that irreplaceable moment in your family's life and seal that moment into a priceless portrait for your family to treasure for years to come.  I look forward to working with you and, of course, meeting your best friend!


 
2525 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway #150  Henderson, NV 89052   702.568.0500   email: clientservices@petographique.com