Pet Portraits by Puptrait

Puptrait is a multi award winning dog-friendly photography studio located in the heart of Baltimore City, Maryland. Our professional dog photographers are world renowned for their anthropomorphic pet portraiture and original handmade costume designs.


Costumed or Classic?

Our Sitting Fee is the Same Regardless of Session Type

Working in a nearly limitless variety of shooting styles and aesthetics, Puptrait specializes in crafting inspired and imaginative art pieces that any true dog lover will cherish for a lifetime.

Portrait of a Chocolate Lab wearing a black top hat

Paper Hat & Ruff Sessions

Costumed Pet Portraits Photographed in Studio

As seen in USA Today, iHeartDogs.com and countless other media outlets from around the globe, 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 up-cycled post consumer paper products – including old newspapers, cardboard boxes, paper plates, junk mail and an assortment of other reclaimed materials.

Paper Hats are rarely dyed or painted. Instead, the distinct coloration and patterning decorating our Paper Hat costumes are largely composed of 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.

Pet portrait taken by a professional dog photographer

Classic Studio Sessions

Professional Dog Portraits Photographed in Studio

Dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages, mobility, and training levels are welcome at our 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.


Dog Photography Done Differently

Unrushed One-On-One Studio Sessions

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. And, to prevent surprise / excitable introductions between our canine guests, all puptrait sessions are booked strictly by appointment only with a minimum of 1 hour padding between clients.

Elderly & Sick Dog Accommodations

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.

Convenient Studio Availability

We are available to shoot 7 days a week from 12PM until 10 PM. To schedule a pet portrait session or to view studio availability please use the online scheduling app located below. Our building is ADA accessible, featuring both ramp and elevator access.

Free Lot Parking

Our studio is located just minutes from both the Falls Road and West Cold Spring Lane exits on i83 -- which connects the Inner Harbor to the Baltimore Beltway (695) and points north of the Maryland / Pennsylvania state line.

Dog Friendly Studio Lighting

Our dog friendly photography studio is shed aware, bark happy, and reactive resistant. Making it a happy and safe place for dogs of all ages, sizes, temperaments, and training levels.

Exclusive Costume Designs

All of our costumes are handmade in-house and specifically tailored to the measurements of our canine subjects. To help minimize waste, we try to use up-cycled and found materials whenever possible. Patrons are encouraged to keep and display their costumes alongside their prints.

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.

Discounted Post-Session Prints

Spend $500 or more with us on post-session prints within 30 days of receiving your digital proofs and we will apply a $250 discount to your first print order.

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.