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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 portrait sessions

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 The best dog portraits result from studio environments that foster happiness through consent. It […]

16 Apr 2019
Infrared view of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Do you need a permit to photograph dogs in DC?

Washington D.C. dog owners area have a wealth of options when it comes to on location pet portraits. Some of the most iconic backdrops in our country are located just a short drive from Baltimore and Northern Virginia. Between all of the national monuments, the iconic buildings and the National Cherry Blossom festival, it’s no wonder why the National Mall in Washington has become a photography hot spot for environmental portraits – one of the more interesting styles of dog […]

13 Apr 2019
Photo of a floppy eared fox hound running across a grassy farm field

How to photograph a running dog

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 pet action shots and equipped with a few simple techniques on how to best […]

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

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. Tips for photographing black dogs We’ve put together a collection of tips and tricks to help pet photographers create better black dog portraits. Fur is different from skin Dogs are covered in fur. Fur picks […]

04 Apr 2019
Photo of a smiling pit bull dog next to the highway sign for the Jones Falls Expressway in Hampden located on Falls Road near the Hampden Skate Park and the dog friendly Puptrait Studio.

Submit Dog Friendly Events

Are you planning a dog friendly event held in Maryland, Washington D.C., or Virginia? We would love to hear all about it! If your dog friendly event sounds like it would be fun and safe to attend, we would be happy to promote it in the events section of our dog blog. Dog Friendly Event Submission Cost There is no cost to promote dog friendly events on Puptrait.com that are either hosted by nonprofits or are free to the general […]

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 […]

28 Mar 2019
A black and white photo of a cute pug beagle mix (Puggle dog) in front of the pagoda in Patterson Park in Butcher's Hill Baltimore.

Dog Portraits with Baltimore Landmarks

Best places for dog photoshoots in Maryland Photographing dog portraits on location and in front of landmarks in Baltimore can be difficult. It’s one of the main reasons why we maintain a dog friendly photo studio. Half the battle is just finding the right location and angle to set up for your pup’s photoshoot. Baltimore (like most large cities) is filled with sights, sounds and smells that can be extremely distracting for even well trained dogs – including other furry […]

22 Mar 2019
Cute pitbull puppy pictures from the Puptrait Studio in Washington D.C., featuring the lovable foster dogs of Bella's Bully Buddies. Our favorite foster and dog rescue group in the Mid Atlantic region.

Cute Puppy Pictures from Bella’s Bully Buddies

Dog photographers will give all sorts of reasons why they volunteer so much of their time to rescues and nonprofit foster groups. But this recent puppy photoshoot with Bella’s Bully Buddies proves without a doubt any of us signed up to take dog portraits in the first place. It’s all about the puppies! Photographing puppies and younger dogs can be a little more difficult than working with adult or even senior dogs. They’re generally less well trained (they are babies […]

15 Mar 2019
Sakai from BluePit BBQ in Hampden wearing a white chef hat with a blue Baltimore City Paw logo

Do Yappy Hours Need to Be Awful?

Yappy Hours have become extremely popular in recent years – and so have requests for puppy photo booths.¬†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 […]

12 Mar 2019
Ready to hang gallery quality pet art

DC Dog Photographer Service Area

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