I’m Alexandra Hernández “Alex…” and I am the person behind the camera.
Serké Studio is our family business, divided into three branches: photography, architecture and design.
I’m based in Topeka, Kansas. But most of my photography work takes place at Lawrence, Kansas. I would like to travel to my home country Costa Rica and snap a few photos of furry friends there. I have a bachelor degree in Photography from Véritas University in San José, Costa Rica. I also have studies in web and graphic design. My first language is Spanish, and I also speak English. I hope to learn Italian, German and Portuguese some time in the future.
Want to know a more about me?
I was born and raised in Costa Rica, Central America.
My parents taught me the love for animals since I was in my mom’s belly, and still do until today. They taught me with experience that pets are not just animals, they are an essential part of the family, and every animal deserves respect. In my life here have always been animals, most of them passed away, but always remembered. Now I have three beloved pets, Geri (who lives in Costa Rica with my mom) and my two born ticos Avril and Jakob, who traveled with us from Costa Rica and are a very important part of our family.
I’ve always been a family person, my family always comes first. By the end of my studies in photography, the health of three of my grandparents grew worse, and I decided to pause my career and devote my time to help and care for them until the last days. It is an experience of which I have no regrets, and putting the pain of losing them aside, I would do all aver again without thinking about it twice.
I am in love with art and expression, not a day goes by without music in my head. When I have time I play guitar, draw, paint, or build something. All of this is my dad’s teaching (he is as crazy as me) and my maternal grandfather who was not only a carpenter but also an artist who taught me his profession in his little workshop of dreams.
Currently, I am dedicated to photographing dogs for adoption and I hope to grow into photographing more pets and families with their pets.
My intention with pet photography is customer satisfaction, but above all that pets feel comfortable and be themselves. In most sessions, my husband assists me, he is another animal lover and does whatever he do to catch their attention, getting interesting expressions as result.
Besides pet photography, which is my priority, I love to capture moments in the lives of people and the world. Moments in time that if not for photography, are forgotten. It has never been my intention to take preconceived portraits, or studied landscapes. I’m fan of the spontaneous. And that’s the intention that I carry behind the camera.
Our promise is to photograph your pet (and you) with dedication and professionalism. We promise to be loving, warm, conscientious and energetic. Our hope is to have a personal connection with every pet and owner.
You can complete my contact form or just send me an email with your info and a tentative date of when do you want the photo session to happen, I’ll check my calendar and confirm you if I’m available. Then we can talk about locations and any question you might have.
After we confirm a date for the photo session and a pre day to meet the stars of the photo session you can confirm the appointment.
I’ll email you all you need to do to be ready, what to expect, prices of different products, pet information survey, release forms, delivery times, policies, etc. You’ll need to download and sign the model release form, complete the survey, pay the appointment and review our catalog of products.
We’ll get together before the shoot to go thru the planning at your place. The most important part of this meeting is to be able to meet your pets, so they get use to me, all the fun and excitement starts here!!
Included in my equipment will be a lot of stuff to make your pet more relax; treats and toys for the model. We have to make this session as funnier as possible and total focus in your little friend!! You just need to sit-down and relax.
One week after the session you’ll receive a link to my blog, there you can see the best pictures of the shoot. You can also forward this link to family of friends and just show off.
Some days after the preview, and after long days and nights of my detailed editing to get you the best final product, I’ll have the images of the shoot ready to go online into a private gallery in my site, and then you’ll have a week to choose the images you want printed. You need to take your time to go thru all the images and choose which one you want and in which format you want them, you can call me at any time to confirm material and dimensions for the printings.
When you are fully sure of the images you want and how you want them, we can arrange a call to confirm how you want the images deliver and confirm the prices for the printings. You can pay me thru PayPal or mailing a check.
Only a couple of weeks of placing the order, you’ll receive by mail all your products, everything wrapped really nice, it’ll be just like opening a present. And now you can show off and tell all of your friends.
Just display them where ever you want, this is all about you. So everyone will be able to see these beautiful images of your baby for a long time. And you can also share the amazing experience that this photo session was for you. Thanks!