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Bonilla Pet Studio: A Portrait Studio For Pets!

Help us expand so we can bring joy to even more pet parents. Our goal is to create a franchise for pet photography studios!

Bonilla Pet Studio: A Portrait Studio For Pets!

Help us expand so we can bring joy to even more pet parents. Our goal is to create a franchise for pet photography studios!

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Our "Why"

We create beautiful custom wall art for our clients because we believe that pets deserve to be remembered in the best way possible and we want our clients to enjoy the portraits for the rest of their lives, long after their pets are gone. What is more important than family? We believe that our pets are family. The images that we create bring joy not only to the pet parents, but also to others who enjoy seeing them online and in person. The world can use some more pictures of guinea pigs in flower pots!

We Are Growing 

Our services are in high demand! Because of this, we have grown out of our current space, again! 

Currently, our office is separate from the studio space, creating inefficient operations. Since our studio is only 850 square feet, with only one entrance, we can work with one client at a time. My business has the potential, the plan, the projections, and the track record to grow by leaps and bounds, but we will need to be able to increase our volume in order to do it! 

Our Market Traction

My company has $500K+ in sales since we started in January, 2017. We have a costumer base of 350, email database of 3200, and social media following of 3400 fans. We have a solid plan for growth in the next 5 years, investing in marketing and personnel.  We will beginning selling franchise pet portrait studios within the next 5 years.

Our Immediate plan for growth in 2020

We have found a studio space that can accommodate the office, studio, consultation room, and sales room. This studio will be beautiful and designed for pet's maximum safety and comfort! We will be able to host all three of those services simultaneously as well as our administrative offices. This will allow us to triple our volume capacity and achieve our 2020 projections and beyond!

Costs

We need financial help to continue to grow our studio and help more pet parents. Here is a summary of the estimated expenses associated with moving into a new studio space, which is our next step towards our ultimate goal of franchising:

  • Rebuild walls in the old studio and paint the entire place
  • The new studio will need painting and trim to match our brand
  • Furniture and pet specific items in the new studio
  • We need to hire a moving company to pack and move the office and the studio. We have a fully furnished portrait studio with expensive equipment that needs to be moved professionally
  • Hire installers to install our studio gear
  • Signage 

If support here surpasses our needs for moving, here are our next growth goals: 

The following represent about $85,000 in needed capital.

  • Invest in internet marketing
  • Hire a marketing assistant, post production assistant, next associate photographer
  • Finalize our operations manual and record systems for every part of the business
  • Open a second location

Our long term goal is to have the a pet photography franchise in the United States. We believe that every city should have a pet portrait studio where people can bring their pets and have beautiful portraits made of them. 

Rewards

Fine art prints. When I first started working with animals I did it just for fun! It's still fun! I have fine art photographs of animals that anyone would love as decor in their home or office, or as the perfect gift. Here are a few examples of the different images to chose from: 

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Download Guinea Santa for your Facebook cover!

Guinea Santa

"The Best Piggie I Can Be" A children's book. 

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Coffee Table Book

Bonilla Pet Studio recently published a book of fine art photographs featuring long hair dogs blowing in the wind in black and white. This book is both beautiful and funny! Features more than 20 portraits, hardcover, 8x10 book.

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All other rewards are explained fully in their descriptions. 

About Us

Bonilla Pet Studio is located in Southeast Virginia. We serve pet owners in the Hampton Roads Area. Founded in January 2017, we have a costumer base of around 350 pet parents. Our email database has 3200 contacts, and our Facebook page has 3400 fans.

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We create custom pet portraits using photography. We photograph living pets in our studio or on location, we offer our clients a design service as well. We help our clients select their favorite images and design wall art for their homes. See the example below of our cool software that helps our client's see their artwork on their wall before they buy it. 

The software we use to show our clients how their portrait will look

Bonilla Pet Studio currently employs three young ladies in addition to Erin, the owner. 

Meghan - Associate photographer, post production                                                                       

Shelbi - Phone operations, appointment setting

Abbi - Marketing assistant, social media

Erin - Manager, lead photographer, CEO, everything else!

We are also hiring for more post production, marketing and sales help!

We do a lot of work in the computer after the session to make the images perfect! 

The final portrait makes it looks like they we sitting together!

Finally, we offer wall art for our clients to enjoy forever.

An example of finished artwork installed in a home.

Example of a finished art piece:

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We have eighty+ 5 star reviews between Facebook and Google:

A screenshot of our excellent reputation on google.

Customer Testimonials

Click here to read some of what our clients have to say.

Awards

Erin recently won the following awards from the Professional Photographers Association:

  • Top Ten Photographer for the state of Virginia for 2019
  • CPP Competition Award, a national level award
  • Court of Honor, 2nd place in the state for "Bitches Coven"
  • 2018 Virginia Professional Photographers Best Portrait of a Pet/Animal
  • 3rd Place for the Southeast District for "Fuzzy Wuzzy"
  • Bronze Metal Award from the International Photographic Competition 2019

Business Model

First, we meet together with our customers for an in person consultation appointment. At this appointment we learn all about their special bond with their pets, any special needs their pets have, and we also introduce them to all our artwork options. This appointment is intended to introduce people to us and our service, and to plan their custom portrait.

Then, they come back at another time for the portrait session itself. We shoot only as long as the pets are comfortable. Pets will tell us by body language when they have had enough. Sitting still is not required! 

We show people their proof images right away, immediately following the session. Clients are guided through selecting their favorite images, whichever images move them the most. They can see their images projected in actual size, and superimposed on to their own walls. They select the right images, in the right presentations (framed or canvas for example), and the right size. The clients finalize their artwork order and pay at that time.

Art is fully retouched, ordered and shipped direct to the client whenever possible. 

Future Plans

We are in the process of recording systems for every aspect of the business and writing our operations manuals. The plan is to sell franchises for pet photography studios, which we hope to accomplish within the next 5 years!

Please consider helping our campaign financially! You will help make many pet parents happy!

Risks and challenges

If we get an overwhelming response and need to fulfill much more rewards than we expected, the delay could be about 3-4 weeks. I will have one person on my staff dedicated to making sure all the rewards are fulfilled in a timely manner.

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    Facebook Cover Photo Download- Santa

    You can have the VIRAL image of Guinea Santa and his Guinea Reindeer! For only $2 you can download the Facebook optimized cover photo to enjoy just in time for the holidays!
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    Artist Signed Children's Book

    8x10 full color, glossy cover children's Book.
    "The Best Piggie I can Be" is about self acceptance. A hairless guinea pig has to decide if she would rather be something else, since she is not like a normal guinea pig.

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    Artist Signed 8x10 Matted Art Print

    Select from one of our whimsical and beautiful fine art prints to display in your home or office, or the perfect gift! Print comes matted to 11x14 and signed by the artist. Featuring Boudoir Guinea as seen in the Dodo, The Daily Mail, and more! Guinea pigs in flower pots, Holy Goats, Pug in a Tub!

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    Artist Signed Coffee Table Book

    This unique photo book includes over a dozen fine art images. Dogs with wind blown hair like glamour shots, black and white, these fine art portraits are both funny and beautiful. They will make you smile and take your breath away!

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    Business Class: Successful Trade Shows

    Nearly an hour of instruction where Erin Bonilla teaches the fundamentals of trade shows and events. Find out details of how Ms. Bonilla grew her business to where it is today, a busy and growing pet studio, by attending local events and shows. From tent selection to lead collection, you will learn everything you need to get started marketing your business at events.

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    Custom Portrait Session and 10" Wall Art

    Be one of the first to experience our brand new and designed ‘Just for Pets’ portrait studio! This experience includes a planning appointment, private portrait session, a cinematic design service, and an 8x10” custom framed or canvas wall art piece! In studio in Virginia.

    Full retail price: $475

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    Custom Portrait Session and 14” Wall Art

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    Custom Portrait Session and 20” Wall Art

    Be one of the first to experience our brand new and designed ‘Just for Pets’ portrait studio! This experience includes a planning appointment, private portrait session, a cinematic design service, and an 16x20” custom framed or canvas wall art piece! In studio in Virginia.
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    Custom Portrait Session and $2000 In Art

    Be amongst the first to experience our new pet portrait studio in Virginia! This portrait experience includes a planning appointment, private portrait session, and artwork design. PLUS $2000 in artwork credit. In studio in Virginia.

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