Pet Portraits by Puptrait

Welcome to Maryland's Original Dogs Only Photography Studio

Puptrait is an internationally recognized pet photography studio located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland. World renowned for strikingly anthropomorphic dog portraits, which often feature exclusive costumes and props handmade from eco-friendly found and upcycled materials.

Currently accepting pet portrait commissions by appointment only.

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

Now Offering 3 Unique Styles of Pet Portrait Commissions

Studio Pet Photography for Every Dog Friendly Lifestyle

From classic to contemporary, Puptrait specializes in crafting inspired and imaginative art pieces that any true dog lover will cherish for a lifetime.

We capture three distinct styles of pet portrait sessions at our dog friendly production space in Baltimore, Maryland. The sitting fee is the same price regardless of the style of studio session you choose and is waived for clients that meet their minimum print commitments within 30 days of proof delivery.

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.

Classic Studio Sessions

Professional Dog Portraits Photographed 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.

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.


Paper Hat Sessions

Costumed Pet Portraits 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.

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 meticulously arranged scraps of colorful newsprint. Once assembled, Paper Hats are then captured in camera being worn by our canine subjects. The combination of our organic assembly process and the spontaneous nature inherent of costumed pet shoots, ensures that every Paper Hat session results in a truly unique piece of art.

Please note that the sitting fee for a Paper Hat session includes both the cost of the shoot and the creation of an artist-inspired custom fit costume piece made specifically for your dog.

Creative photoshoot with your dog in Maryland

Conceptual Art Sessions

Blending Digital Magic with Imagination

Looking for something a bit more fantastic, whimsical or surreal?

Conceptual Pet Portrait Commissions move beyond the narrow confines of the lens, resulting in creations that would otherwise be impossible to capture strictly in camera. Blending masterful studio lighting and sophisticated forced perspective staging techniques with advanced digital compositing tools, these creative pet portrait concepts are limited only by the imagination of our artists.

Please note that the sitting fee for a pet portrait art session includes the cost of the shoot and the production of a unique artist-inspired composition.


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

Puptrait is the only place you can find Paper Hats, our signature collection of dog costumes made entirely from upcycled and found materials. 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 Puptrait

Get Started!

Schedule a Studio Pet Portrait Session Online 24/7

Questions? Call 443.604.0711 between the hours of 12pm - 10pm to speak with a studio representative.

For best results we strongly encourage only ONE dog per portrait session.