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18 Apr 2019
Photo of a cute and smiley English Golden Retriever wearing a colorful top hat made from newspaper clippings.

How to motivate dogs during pet portraits

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Handling a dog during a photoshoot presents some fairly unique requirements. It differs from most approaches to training and behavioral modification in that a photographer is less concerned with compliance and more focused on engagement. More often than not, professional pet photographers seek to trigger facial expressions and moods, rather than encourage any specific behavior, trick or action. Consent is the key to great dog portraiture […]

07 Apr 2019
A black staff wearing a golden crown. He is lit with specular highlights in a studio against a clean white background.

How to Photograph Black Dogs

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Photographing black dogs can be tricky. But it’s not as difficult as many aspiring dog photographers have been led to believe. In fact, with a better understanding of light and reflections it is possible to take great photos of black and dark furred dogs consistently. Black Dog Photography Tips & Tricks We’ve put together a collection of tips and tricks to help pet photographers create better […]

01 Apr 2019

Wizard of Oz Themed Chihuahua Portrait | Step-by-Step Photo Composite

Whimsical photoshoots, especially surreal composites and digital paintings, are some of our favorite styles of dog portraits to create. Which is why we were so excited to have an opportunity to work on this private Chihuahua portrait commission recently. As these projects tend to be rather open ended and a little less straight forward to commission in comparison to our standard photo shoots, we thought it might be fun to walk through each step. Surreal pet portraits move beyond possible […]

01 Mar 2019
Puppy picture photo composite portrait of an adorable pit bull puppy sleeping in a busy battle scene. Bombers and fighter jets fill the sky with clouds, smoke and explosions. Giant white heads, ghostly transparemt in the background, look on over the napping dog but do nothing to help.

Cute Pit Bull Puppy Pictures: Surreal Dog Portrait with Bella’s Bully Buddies

Cute puppies make for the weirdest dog portraits We went back to basics with an all white set shooting Carly and then decided to get a little creative in post. Carly is a 3 month old American Pit Bull Terrier mix currently in foster care at Bella’s Bully Buddies. As you can see, we had a little trouble keeping this sleepy pup awake as she was totally pooped from her training class earlier in the day. If you would like […]

06 Feb 2019
One of the Breath of the Wild's many friendly dogs.

How to Tame Dogs in Breath of the Wild

If you’re anything like me (a huge video game nerd and a professional pet photographer), you were probably pretty excited to discover interactive dogs in the latest Zelda installment, Breath of the Wild (BOTW). This isn’t the first time that dogs appeared in the Zelda franchise, but the level of interactivity and shear whimsicalness of the canine edition to the game is arguably unprecedented. Unlike in a lot of other video games, the dogs in BOTW aren’t forced into the […]

07 Jun 2018
Toy poodle wearing a pink beehive wig

Hon Fest 2018: Temporary Studio Closure

The 2018 Hon Fest is nearly upon us! We will be open for business, but we will not be working in studio this weekend. It’s just too crowded and noisy for us to comfortably and safely accommodate our canine guests during Hon Fest. We will have no studio hours available from June 8th – June 10th. If you would like to come in for a session, please visit us once the crowds subside or alternatively, consider booking an in-home dog […]

12 Apr 2018
A large black dane dog laying on a couch

Dog Crate Buying Guide: 2019 Edition

Dog Crates Are An Important & Popular Tool While not everyone may be a fan of dog crates, it’s impossible to deny their popularity and with good reason! Dog crates come in a wide variety of styles offering different features and serving different functions, all designed to make your dogs life a little easier, safer and comfortable – serving as your dog’s bedroom, favorite hangout spot and personal refuge. Introducing Your Dog to Its New Crate A dog’s crate should […]

06 Nov 2017
Photo of Stray Dogs Playing in Valparaiso

Photos of Street Dogs Playing Together With A Plastic Dish

We had a chance to visit Valparaíso, Chile. For those unfamiliar Valparaíso, it’s an exceptionally vibrant port side city in Central Chile, roughly an hour and half drive from Santiago. If you’re into street art, Valparaíso is an absolutely must see destination, as much, if not most of Valparaíso is covered in colorful murals and stunning graffiti. Between their plethora of murals, many art galleries and museums, Valparaíso can be an amazing destination for any art fan to visit. And, […]

08 Sep 2017
A friendly little black pug. He is a smiley pup and a great example of one of our favorite small breeds.

Small Breed Problems: We Are Dogs Too

Small dog breeds have been around for quite some time and we can’t really blame people for loving them so much. Small dogs come in a variety of different sizes and don’t have a specific weight category to classify them otherwise, but they are not that difficult to spot. Odds are if you’ve been on Instagram in recent years, you probably already like and follow famous smaller dogs. These dogs can weigh as little as 2 pounds and yes, that […]

19 Jan 2017

K9 Casting Call: Baja Ponchos

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CASTING IS CLOSED AND WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS AT THIS TIME. The Puptrait Studio has been tapped by Baja Ponchos to help spruce up their photo library. We’re looking for at least four dogs, maybe eight, in the Baltimore area to model during canine fashion shoots. Baja Ponchos is a great company that is doing some fantastic things in the Baja community. Their dog ponchos are stitched from hand woven serape blankets from Guadalajara, Mexico. A portion of all […]