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18 Sep 2016

Memorial Commission: Reilly

This image is from a recent memorial commission. These shoots remind us of how difficult being a dog photographer can be. But memorial commissions also reinforce the significance of what we do. It’s easy to laugh at the absurdity of our niche. That we’re just a bunch of jokers with a camera who get to play with dogs all day. And more often than not, that sentiment would be correct. But when it comes to memorial and end of life commissions, that […]

17 Aug 2016

Portrait series by dog photographer to benefit 501(c)3 rescue seeking corporate sponsors

As many of you know, we’ve been working on a new series called “Bullies of Baltimore” over at the Puptrait Studio, shooting rescued pitbulls alongside iconic Baltimore landmarks and sights. 100% of all profits from the series are set to benefit Bella’s Bully Buddies, a local 501(c)3 volunteer nonprofit rescue and foster program. “…help save the lives of hundreds of more innocent pups and give them a chance to find healthy and happy forever homes.” So, what’s new? We are […]

12 Jul 2016

10 ways you can help an abused dog

For many dog people, the topic of abuse and neglect is overwhelming, depressing, and nothing short of heart wrenching. And for an emphatic person, it can be easier to simply turn a blind eye to the situation and pretend it’s not happening, presumably hoping someone else will step up and handle the issue. But abuse often goes unreported and uncorrected simply because no one says anything. If you don’t help, who will? If not now, when? When you are one person, attempting […]

05 Jun 2016

Studio Shoot with Carly the Puppy from Bella’s Bully Buddies

We went back to basics with an all white set shooting Carly. Carly is a 3 month old pitbull mix currently in foster care at Bella’s Bully Buddies. As you can see, we had a little trouble keeping this sleepy pup awake as she was totally pooped from her training class earlier in the day. If you would like to adopt Carly, you can submit an application online through the Bella’s Bully Buddies website. Are you a pet owner in […]

03 Jun 2016

Wholesome Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipe

Today I’m going to share with you my signature homemade dog biscuit and treat recipe. These biscuits are absolutely loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutritious goodies aimed to help your dog stay healthy and tail waggingly happy. A lot of people ask me how I keep my dog, George’s coat so shiny and thick. Undoubtedly his rock solid mystery mutt pound puppy pedigree has a lot to do with it, but I think his diet also helps. I’m a strong believer in treatment through nutrition, […]

28 May 2016
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DIY Dog Photography Tips: the Top 5 Ways to Unclutter Your Dog Portraits

If you’re a dog lover, chances are you’re taking lots of photos of your favorite mutt. But if you want to step up your dog’s selfie game there are few basic techniques and tricks that you can use to dramatically improve the quality of your photos. And the good news is, these five photography techniques are actually so simple to implement that they don’t require any special equipment, lenses or lighting. In fact, most of what I’m going to show you next […]

25 May 2016

Watch Out – Killing Pets with Painkillers

People grab a painkiller and don’t think twice about taking one. But what about when your dog or cat is in pain?  How dangerous could it possibly be for them to take the same painkillers we take? The answer might surprise you. Let’s take look at what can go wrong… Is Tylenol safe to give pets? Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – Tylenol reliably kills cats. I have had many clients give their cats this medication to help bring down fevers. The problem is that this […]

16 May 2016
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Group Show Opening this Thursday in Hampden!

If anyone is looking for something to do this Thursday evening come on out to Blue Pit BBQ! Our studio is part of Art for BARCS. As you may have guessed from the name, proceeds will go to benefit BARCS our local rescue and center for animal control. At the show we will be unveiling new prints from our founder, J.B. Shepard’s recent trip to Valparaiso, Chile where he was working with strays. The opening is 8pm Thursday, May 19th. Cocktails and food […]

09 May 2016
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the Puptrait Studio is Now Officially One of Bella’s Buddies

The Puptrait Studio a Baltimore, Maryland based dog portrait and commercial pet photography company is proud to announce a new partnership with Bella’s Bully Buddies, a 501(c) nonprofit dedicated to fostering and rehoming bully breed dogs in Maryland. The pet photography studio has been tasked with overhauling Bella’s asset catalog and to assist with the launch of a number of new photo based fundraising initiatives, some of which will be announced shortly. “When we first met with the folks over at Bella’s, we knew right away […]

20 Apr 2016
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Dr. Chileamor or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Strays

Recently, I visited Chile. Not on assignment, but rather with my wife on vacation. I had not planned on working or really taking many photos beyond a few snapshots with our tour group. I didn’t even bring any serious gear or glass – not even a tripod. I was in full-on vacation mode. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was experiencing something important, something that would quickly change how I saw the rest of our […]