Stunningly Creative Studio Pet Photography

Your Best Friend Deserves Better Than a Snapshot

Working unrushed within a controlled and dog safe environment frees us to plan, light and shoot our subjects with intent. It is this ability to focus on these more nuanced and conceptual details that breathes so much life into our pet portraits.

Maryland and Washington D.C. professional pet photographer. Dog friendly Baltimore, MD based photography studio.

Costumed or Classic

Our sitting fee is the same

All studio Puptrait sessions include: a pre-shoot consultation, basic image editing / post processing, a dedicated password protected proof page, downloadable web ready sized proof images, a post-shoot print consultation -- and of course, a photoshoot with your dog.

Classic Session

Our default studio portrait session style. Recommended for clients seeking a classic / no frills aesthetic and those with pups that might struggle to hold a sit or are more costume aversive.

Clients are not required to purchase any prints. However, if you spend $500 or more with us on post-session prints within 30 days of your proof date we will discount your first print order by $250.

$500 Sitting Fee

Includes $250 Print Credit with Minimum Print Commitment

Paper Hat Session

Costumed pet portraits captured in studio. Sitting fee includes the creation of an eco-conscious artist-inspired costume custom made and fit just for your dog. Please note that Paper Hat sessions are by our most difficult style of session to capture. In the rare instance we are unable to shoot a Paper Hat session, the shoot (and print commitment) will revert to a Classic Session.

Clients are not required to purchase any prints. However, if you spend $500 or more with us on post-session prints within 30 days of your proof date we will discount your first print order by $250.

$500 Sitting Fee

Includes $250 Print Credit with Minimum Print Commitment

For commercial, pet product photography, and travel assignments please call 443.604.0711 for a custom quote.

What Clients Are Saying...

Photo of a fawn colored dog smiling while wearing a white tophat against a red background

Exclusive Pet Costume Designs

Home of the World Famous Paper Hat Sessions

Puptrait is the exclusive home of the Paper Hats collection.

Each of these unique dog costume pieces is personally designed and crafted by our studio founder and master pet photographer, J.B. Shepard. Every Paper Hat is an original creation, painstakingly made by hand over the course of several days from multiple layers of upcycled post-consumer paper scraps.

Paper Hats are rarely painted or dyed instead achieving their unique geometric patterning and coloration from careful sorting and placement of varying tints, hues and shapes of newsprint clippings. This organic process ensures that no two Paper Hats are ever the same.

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Better Photos Allow for Bigger Prints

Creating Large Format Pet Art is Our Speciality

Big prints are a big deal.

Our studio's ability to produce great looking large format prints says a lot about how we work and the quality of dog portraits we create.

When printing in larger formats, you can't waste pixels and your photos can't have anything to hide - as even minor imperfections become glaring flaws when scaled. But more importantly, printing large means that our pet portraits are interesting and engaging enough to merit hanging.

It is this emphasis on printing big that allows our studio to regularly create gallery quality pieces befitting even the most distinguished personal art collections.

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How We Work

a Step-by-Step Guide to Commissioning a Puptrait

Schedule a Session Time

Sessions are by appointment only and can be scheduled through our website's digital calendar on a first come, first served basis. Deposit is required at time of booking. Sitting fees and minimum print commitments are automatically calculated in app based on client selections.

Clients may reschedule for no additional charge with 72 hours notice by calling 443.604.0711.

Pre-Shoot Phone Consult

We call all portrait clients prior to their session date to walk through shoot details, answer any questions you might have, get a basic feel for your personal style / preference, and really just help ensure everyone is ready for your pup's big day. In preparation for Paper Hat and Composite Pet Portrait sessions, we will also take a moment at this time to walk through through the basic measurements and attributes of your pup (coat, weight, height, collar size, ear type, etc.).

Shoot Day

Pet portrait sessions typically last anywhere between 1.5 - 2 hours in total -- with young puppy and super senior session running a bit shorter to maintain their comfort levels. We typically spend the first 15-30 minutes of this time working with the dog without a camera, building trust and getting to know the dog's specific temperament, behaviors and learned commands. Depending on the nature of the shoot and how long it takes to reset between sets, we make take anywhere from 100 to 300 photos during your session.

If it feels like we're just taking the same shot over and over again, it's because we are.

Whenever possible, we overshoot sessions and with good reason. The fact is, even well trained dogs tend to be fairly unpredictable. So, when you set the bar high with tighter in-camera crops, a narrower depth of field, untethered costumes, and more nuanced lighting -- you're going to miss some shots.

And, we're O.K. with that. We purposefully take an exceptionally high risk / high reward approach to every session, spending the time and frames needed to deliver that one perfect large format print that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime.

Photo Processing & Proofing 

For Studio Pet Portrait and Paper Hat Sessions, we will curate the hundreds of captures from your session and select the absolute best dozen or so photos of your dog. These selections will then be edited in Photoshop, processed in preparation for printing, and uploaded to a password protected proof page.

Regardless of the style of pet portrait you choose, our post production and proofing processes typically take roughly a week to complete, occasionally a little longer depending on the time of year and how busy we are. Please note that clients are free to download and share their web-friendly sized watermarked proofs with friends and on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Print Consult

We do not require clients to return to the studio for print consultations. We find holding print consults over the phone encourages transparency, puts less pressure on clients to make an impulse decision, and is generally just easier all around for everyone involved. During your print consult we will discuss what images you prefer, where you are thinking of hanging your prints, and walkthrough your various size and mounting options. These calls typically take around 20 minutes to complete, but that really depends on the client and what questions, if any, that they might have.

If following your consult you decide to purchase prints, we will email an itemized invoice of your order for you to review. When you are ready to move forward, simply follow the online payment instructions and as soon as we receive confirmation of your order, we will set to work manufacturing your prints.

Free Delivery

All listed print prices include standard shipping to the contiguous United States. Unless otherwise requested by a client, we require signature on delivery for all mounted print shipments.

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Schedule a Pet Portrait Session Online 24/7

Questions? Call 443.604.0711 from 12pm - 10pm 7 days a week to speak with a studio representative.

For best results we strongly encourage only ONE dog per portrait session.