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Category : Pet Product & Service Buying Guides

02 Jan 2020
Dog photography portrait captured with a studio lighting setup.

Dog Costume Guide for National Dress Up Your Pet Day

 Written by J.B. Shepard, professional pet costume maker, dog portrait artist, and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. The Puptrait Studio may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication. It’s a new year and you know what that means it’s almost time again for our favorite holiday —National Dress Up Your Pet Day! In celebration the Puptrait Studio has put […]

26 Nov 2019
A black Scottish Highland Terrier wearing a cute red felt Santa cap in front of a festive background.

Holiday Gift Ideas For Dog Lovers 2020

These Holiday gift ideas are perfect for any dog lover — regardless of whether you are commemorating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or celebrating Festivus with the rest of us — and are tiered at a number of different price points, including a few luxury dog inspired gifts, gifts under $25 and even FREE / DIY gift ideas for those dog lovers on a tighter budget.

28 Jul 2019

Is PB2 Dog Safe? Ingredient Guide To All 6 Flavors & Recipes (2020)

We have been huge PB2 peanut butter fans for years now. For those of you following our dog blog for awhile now, you may remember that PB2 is actually one of the primary ingredients of our signature stinky dog biscuit recipe.

22 May 2019
Commercial pet product photo of a dog on a bed from Keetsa mattress.

Bringing a New Dog Home (2020 Guide)

Whether you’re adopting a senior rescue dog or bringing home a young puppy, introducing a new canine member to your household is often a rewarding and overwhelmingly positive experience.

25 Apr 2019

Dog Mom Gift Ideas for Every Budget (Updated 2020)

Written by J.B. Shepard, professional pet photographer, amateur dog mom gift enthusiast, and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Dog Lovers Love Dog Themed Gifts! Is the dog mom’s favorite? Of course it is. Which is why our dog blog team has put together a Mother’s Day gift guide just for dog moms. Below you’ll find a wide assortment of gift types, ranging from weird and whimsical to practical and heartfelt. We’ve also made sure to include gifts […]

22 Apr 2019
dog photography golden wearing a crown made from colorful scraps of paper

Pet Portraits Are Better When They’re Solo

Dog portraits are generally not something that many dog owners commission often – high quality professionally shot pet portraits, even less so. While we are happy to accommodate client requests and photograph multiple dogs at the same time, it is not something that we generally recommend. If you are serious about commissioning a one-of-a-kind custom art portrait of your dogs, we strongly encourage you schedule pet portrait sessions for each of your pups.

13 Apr 2019
Action shot photo of a cute American Bulldog Terrier running along the Baltimore Inner Harbor at the Canton Waterfront Park. This photo was captured by the professional dog photographers at the Puptrait Studio in Hampden and is featured in a tutorial teaching aspiring pet photographers how to photograph running dogs like a pro.

How to Photograph a Running Dog

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Photographing a running dog isn’t a simple task. In fact, taking great pictures of running dogs consistently can be down right difficult — as it requires a photographer to understand dog behaviors, how to use artificial light sources / light modifiers, how their camera functions in extreme conditions, and how to frame less than optimal scenes. But with proper understanding of the hurdles specific to these […]

15 Mar 2019

Do Yappy Hours Need to Be Awful?

Yappy Hours are often promoted as a great advertising tool for up-and-coming pet photographers. Community liaisons and community members clearly seem to be fans – they are everywhere after all. But are they a good deal for pet photographers, dog owners and event hosts? In all honesty, most Yappy Hours are a massive failure. But they don’t have to be. Keep reading if you’d like to learn why these dog friendly events are usually a huge failure, common pitfalls to […]

09 Mar 2019
A photo of a St. Patrick's Day dog costume. Bully puppy photo of a cute American Pit Bull dog celebrating St. Paddy's Day wearing a green derby / bowler cap and green dog collar in celebration of Ireland.

Dog Lover’s Guide to St. Paddy’s Day 2020

Written by J.B. Shepard, a dog advocate and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Sláinte! It’s March and you know what that means – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. In 2020 the date falls on a Tuesday. What is St. Patrick’s Day? Saint Patrick’s Day, also colloquially known as St. Paddy’s day or in Irish as Lá Fhéile Pádraig (“the Day of Festival of Patrick”) is named after St. […]

25 Feb 2019
smiling piebald pitbull brindle wearing a Elizabethan style ruff collar

How Much Does Pet Photography Cost?

Dog photography costs vary. Professional pet portrait prices can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per dog. Most amateur and student photographers charge much less, often charging as little as $250 to $500 per session.