J.B. Shepard | Pet Photographer, Dog Advocate & Maker of Paper Hats



J.B. Shepard is a Baltimore based professional pet photographer, dog costume maker, and founder of the Puptrait Studio.

Best known for his signature headshot style dog photography and the whimsical Paper Hats featured in many of his pet portraits, J.B.'s unique take on dog portraiture has quickly made his dog photos some of the most instantly recognizable in the pet industry and have earned him critical acclaim within the United States and abroad.

His photography has been featured on TV as background art on the British Academy Television Award winning comedy, 'Toast of London', and as a featured story on MPT News, 'Your Money and Business', as well as in a number of print publications, including USA Today, Bring Fido Magazine, City Dog Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, and a number of alt weekly newspapers, including the Baltimore City Paper. His pet portraits have been featured in a number of fine art galleries across North America, including Artdromeda, LED Baltimore, Gallery788, and at numerous popup art events throughout the Baltimore / Washington D.C. / Philadelphia corridor, as well as displayed prominently for two years at Baltimore City Hall.

J.B. Shepard was born and raised in New England, specifically in the Mount Washington Valley region in New Hampshire. Though he currently resides in Hampden (a Baltimore City neighborhood that is famously dog friendly) with his wife and two rescue dogs -- Lucky, a Jack Russell Terrier and George, a Boggle (Beagle / Boxer Mix). He enjoys spending his free studio hours looking for ways to leverage art to combat breed specific legislation and raise funds for local nonprofit dog rescue and foster groups.

J.B. Shepard is currently available for private pet portrait commissions at his dog friendly photo studio in Baltimore and is entertaining gallery invitations to display his ongoing fine art portrait series, Paper Hats.

A photo of the interior of Puptrait Studio featuring JB Shepard and MPT News correspondent Yolanda Vazquez

Puptrait Studio founder J.B. Shepard and MPT News correspondent Yolanda Vazquez at the Puptrait Studio