Puptrait Founder Named “Best Photographer” by Baltimore Sun

The Puptrait Studio's J.B. Shepard won Baltimore's Best Photographer


Local pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio, J.B. Shepard, named “Baltimore’s Best Photographer” by the Baltimore Sun Readers’ Choice Awards.

Photo of a smiling blue pit bull rescue dog wearing a white chef's hat
From J.B. Shepard’s critically acclaimed pet portrait series “Paper Hats”, featuring rescue dogs wearing costumes made from upcycled post-consumer paper products.

(Baltimore, MD) – In the “Baltimore Sun’s Best of 2020” online poll conducted in March, the publication’s readers enthusiastically named J.B. Shepard as the area’s “Best Photographer.” These “readers’ choice” awards, decided by popular vote, honor exceptional people, media, and businesses in a variety of categories throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties.

J.B. Shepard and Rhea Feikin on the set of Artworks MPT
J.B. Shepard and local broadcasting legend, Rhea Feikin, on the set of ‘Artworks’ on MPT.

The Puptrait Studio founder and creative lead J.B. Shepard reacted to the news of the win. “Honestly, I was surprised as anyone to learn the news. This year’s pool of nominees was extremely competitive and contained exceptional photographers shooting a wide range of genre’s — including commercial photography, family portrait, and event photography,”

Baroque inspired pet portrait and Elizabethan ruff collar design by J.B. Shepard

Shepard continued, “and, as someone who exclusively photographs dog portraits, winning a general photography award like this is both gratifying and humbling. Our client base is small — especially when compared to the huge networks of photographers that shoot weddings and other events. To win a readers’ choice award from a publication with readership as large as the Baltimore Sun speaks volumes about how passionate our clients are about their dogs. “

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Photographic pet portraits by J.B. Shepard, photographed at the world famous “Puptrait Studio” in Baltimore, Maryland

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After nearly a year long hiatus, the Puptrait team is fully vaccinated, masked, and once again shooting studio pet portraits! All Puptrait studio sessions are photographed directly by J.B. Shepard — recently named “Best Photographer” by Baltimore Sun readers and Best of Baltimore winner for “Best Artist”.

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