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Category : Dog Photography Tips & Tutorials

01 Mar 2019

Affenpinscher Puppy Photos

Affenpinschers are often affectionally referred to as “monkey dogs” or “ape terriers” because of their uncanny resemblance to a number of smaller New World Primates. The French refer to the breed as “diablotin moustachu”, which translates into English as “mustachioed little devil”. Dogs that look like Ewoks That all said, having recently had a chance to work with a handful of these adorable little puppies, we’re convinced that these funny little dogs look more like the results of Ewok and […]

17 Feb 2019
Collection of contemporary dog portrait art from the Paper Hat sessions

Dog Portrait Styles We Love to Photograph

Creative Pet Portrait Styles At the Puptrait Studio we tend to lean towards creating more ridiculous and whimsical imagery. When photographing more creative and surreal work, it’s just easier to work in studio. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of our dog portrait commissions are for studio pet portraits. But that is not to say we can’t produce more conservative or traditional work. Puptrait photographers are artists at heart While commercial assignments aren’t uncommon for our studio, they’re not what we’re best known […]

15 Feb 2019
ready to hang dog art mounted on dibond

Styles of Dog Portraits

What is the best pet portrait? Ask a dozen dog owners their favorite style of dog portrait and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers back. Pet portraits can be created in a variety of different formats and mediums. Dog portraits can be painted, drawn, photographed – even created as rendered computer graphics (CG). Just as the medium for pet portraits vary, so too can the style. There are a lot of reasons to commission a custom portrait of […]

14 Feb 2019

How do I get my dog to sit for photos?

A lot of dog owners struggle to take pictures of their own dog. A fact we’re thankful for, as no one would hire us to take professional dog photos if it was easy. But you don’t have to be a professional pet photographer to start taking better pictures of your dog. For today’s dog photo tip we’re not going to discuss the technical aspects of photography, such as camera gear or lighting. Instead, we are going to focus on the […]

13 Feb 2019

Does Flash Hurt Dogs Eyes?

One of the biggest misconceptions when photographing dogs is that you should avoid flash photography. We’re here to tell you that despite what you may read on the internet that this myth is simply not true. It is OK to use flash when photographing dogs. We’ve photographed hundreds of dogs and have cleared these topics with veterinary professionals on numerous occasions. How to safely photograph dogs with flash is a topic that we have already covered in extensive detail on […]

11 Feb 2019
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Creative dog portrait costs and sitting fees are now more affordable than ever for Washington D.C. and Baltimore dog owners. The Puptrait Studio is a dog friendly pet portrait studio located in the heart of Hampden.

What internal part of the camera allows images to be viewed prior to capture?

Jake is photographing his pet puppy. He wants to preview the image the camera will capture. What part of the camera that is inside the camera will allow him to do this? Aperture Sensor Eyepiece Internal Prism The correct answer is: Internal Prism. The only reason I’m answering this here is because we noticed that people were hitting our website looking for it and the other options posted on the web were super wrong. And to be frank, as someone […]

22 Jan 2019
Fun sideways photo of a white American bully puppy wearing a cute blue and red crown made from upcycled newspaper.

Best Cameras & Lenses for Pet Portrait Photography (Updated 2019)

Pet photography gear guide from the pet portrait pros. Discussing basic camera bodies and lenses (and when to use them), and specific gear recommendations from master pet photographer and Puptrait Studio founder, J.B. Shepard. It has never been easier or more affordable to get serious about learning pet photography. But choosing what gear to get started with can be quite daunting. To help we’ve put together a quick walkthrough equipment guide for aspiring pet photographers. In this article we will […]

31 Jan 2018
Portrait of a bully breed dog wearing an Elizabethan style ruff colla

Breaking Through Creative Blocks: Lessons learned from Paper Hats

Creative Block Definition Creative Block (noun): A term loosely based on the concept of “Writer’s block”. A condition, in which an artist experiences a creative slowdown or performance crisis. Often perpetuated by the feeling or sense that progress and inspiration are somehow impeded by an unseen or unknown barrier. Creative blocks are disruptive by definition and crippling in nature. And unfortunately, they’re also an all too common occurrence for many creatives. Taking first step is often the biggest hurdle If you’re […]