Pet Photographer | Award Winning Pet Photography in Baltimore

Pet Portraits by Puptrait

Baltimore - Washington D.C. Studio Dog Photographer

Our critically acclaimed pet photographers are world renowned for their strikingly anthropomorphic studio dog portraits and unique pet costume designs.

Maryland and Washington D.C. professional pet photographer. Dog friendly Baltimore, MD based photography studio.

From Fabulous to Fantastic

Pet Portrait Sessions for Every Dog Friendly Lifestyle

Whether visiting our dog friendly studio location in Baltimore or working with us in homes located throughout the Mid Atlantic region, discerning collectors trust the Puptrait Studio to masterfully craft uniquely inspired and imaginative art pieces that any true dog lover will cherish for a lifetime.

the Paper Hat Sessions

Signature Pet Cost Costume Designs Photographed in Studio

As seen in USA Today, iHeartDogs.com and countless other news outlets from around the world, Paper Hats is the signature eco-friendly portrait concept that put our studio on the map.

Each piece is handmade by our studio founder and master pet photographer, J.B. Shepard, from upcycled post consumer paper products – including old newspapers, cardboard boxes, paper plates, junk mail and an assortment of other reclaimed materials.

Once assembled, Paper Hats are never dyed or painted. Instead, the distinct coloration and patterning decorating our Paper Hat costumes are composed entirely from carefully sorted and painstakingly arranged scraps of colorful newsprint. This spontaneous construction process ensures that every costume is a truly unique art piece.

A rotating stock of ready-made Paper Hats is maintained at our studio intended to fit most common breed sizes and shapes. Please note that while there is no additional charge for our private pet portrait clients to use a ready-made Paper Hat during their studio session, custom designed and personally fitted costumes can be made to order for a nominal fee.

Portrait of a smiling pit bull puppy wearing sunglasses, photographed at the Puptrait Studio, Maryland and Washington D.C.'s favorite dog friendly photo studio.

Studio Pet Portrait Sessions

Professional Pet Photography Captured in Studio

Our Baltimore studio location isn't just dog friendly, it is used exclusively for the purpose of photographing dogs. Dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages, mobility levels, temperaments, and training levels are welcome at the Puptrait Studio.

We allot up to 2 hours per studio session and a minimum of 1 hour padding between clients. This policy is intended to prevent any surprise introductions between our canine guests and ensure a stress-free shooting environment -- allowing pups (and their caretakers) to work with us unrushed and at their own pace.

To help ensure that we maintain a safe, calm and distraction free environment for all of our guests, we never allow cats, birds, ferrets, lizards, goats or other pets / livestock animals in the studio that may leave behind lingering scents that some of our guests might find strange or excitable.

We love working with service animals and we're happy to say that our building, parking, and restroom facilities are all wheelchair accessible.


Composite Pet Portrait Art

Blending Digital Magic with Imagination

Looking for something a bit more fantastic?

Composite pet portraits move beyond the narrow confines of the lens, resulting in imagery that would otherwise be impossible to capture in camera.

Blending masterful studio lighting, practical props, clever costume designs and sophisticated forced perspective staging techniques with advanced digital editing tools, these creative pet portrait concepts are limited only by our imagination.

Every composite portrait commission is a unique client collaboration. From requests for subtle whimsical flourishes to more inspired and comprehensive surreal compositions based on simple thematic prompts, clients are free to lend as little or as much guidance as they would like throughout the production process.

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On Site Pet Portrait Sessions

In Home & On Location Dog Photography

Looking for a pet portrait style that is a bit more natural or scenic?

We regularly photograph dog portraits in homes and on locations across all of Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia - including along the Baltimore Inner Harbor and in front of the Patterson Park Pagoda, the National Aquarium, Washington Monument, the Bromo Seltzer Tower, and countless other iconic landmarks located throughout the Mid Atlantic.

Is your pet older, struggle with mobility, or otherwise not up for a trip to our studio? No worries. As long as you have enough room to setup, we are happy to bring backdrops, stands and studio style lights to you.

Both on location and in home sessions are sitting fee free for those private pet portrait clients that meet or exceed their minimum print commitment.

Sitting fees and minimum print commitments for environmental portrait sessions vary by location and generally increase with distance traveled from our studio located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Please visit our pricing page to view a full list of fees and minimums listed by region and county.


Dog Photography Done Differently

Unrushed One-On-One Studio Sessions

When it comes to creativity and safety there are no shortcuts. Which is why our studio portrait sessions are strictly by appointment only.

We allot up to 2 hours per studio session to provide pups (and their caretakers) sufficient time to acclimate to our studio and collaborate with us at their own pace. In addition, we block out a minimum of 1 hour padding between clients to prevent surprise / excitable introductions between our canine guests and allow for proper sanitation.

These policies are aimed at ensuring our studio remains a calm and safe shooting environment for pups of nearly all ages, sizes, temperament, breeds, and training levels.

Our building is ADA accessible, featuring both ramp and elevator access. Free lot parking is available.

Convenient Session Availability

We are available to shoot 7 days a week, including during weekends and most holidays, from 12PM until 10 PM. To help minimize distractions and better accommodate our more skittish, reactive and messier guests our studio hours are by appointment only. To schedule a pet portrait session or to view studio availability please use our online scheduling app located below.

Elderly & Sick Dog Accommodations

We have worked with many dogs with mobility and other health-related issues, and have become quite adept at structuring sessions that minimize potential pain points and stress triggers. We offer priority booking to dogs sick with potentially terminal illnesses and in instances where a pup is scheduled for treatments that may alter their appearance, such as chemo or radiation therapy.

Pay Only for Prints

Meet your minimum post shoot print commitment within 30 days of receiving your digital proofs and we will waive all sitting fees for your private pet portrait session.

Professional Pet Photographers

Photographing dogs isn't just something we do - it's all we do. We don't photograph weddings, people or work with other pets. We are award winning full-time professional dog portrait artists. Our Baltimore studio location is used exclusively to photograph dogs and pet products. Our studio space is shed friendly, poop conscious and reactive resistant. Making it a happy and safe place for dogs of all ages, sizes, temperaments, and training levels.

Masterful Lighting & Photo Editing

Our studio's collection of photo and lighting equipment was assembled singularly for the purpose of photographing dogs. In fact, many of the reflectors and light modifiers that we use on a day-to-day basis were designed and fabricated by our studio, specifically tailored to optimally capture the fur and snout details in our canine subjects.

Patient & Rush Free Shoots

Patience is the key to working with dogs. Dogs require time to relax, open up in front of the camera and achieve their natural (more) calm state. We find most sessions take roughly an hour and a half to complete. But we're happy to stay and work with your pet for as long as we need to for no additional charge.

Exclusive Costume Designs

The Puptrait Studio is the only place you can find Paper Hats, our signature collection of handmade dog costumes. Paper Hats achieve their unique geometric patterning and coloration from the careful sorting and placement of newsprint clippings. This organic and spontaneous fabrication process ensures that each Paper Hat is a one-of-a-kind pet costume piece, lending for a truly unique pet portrait experience.

Online Proofing & Digital Downloads

We understand how important sharing your new photos on Instagram and Facebook can be. Which is why all Puptrait clients receive mobile friendly web ready sized digital copies of the highlights from their session.

Fancy dog portrait art, custom made at the Puptrait Studio. A dog friendly photography studio located in Baltimore, Maryland -- a short drive from Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland.

Dog Lovers Love the Puptrait Studio

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Questions? Call 443.604.0711 from 12pm - 10pm 7 days a week