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03 May 2019

Should Photographers Watermark Photos?

Is watermarking your photos the best way to protect your photos? While it might seem like every photographer is watermarking their photos, there is serious debate as to whether the practice is helpful.

27 Apr 2019
Cute picture of a Great Dane puppy being held by a tattooed dog mom with a full sleeve outside in their fenced in backyard in Baltimore, Maryland near Waverly.

What is a Dog Mom?

If you are a dog lover, odds are you know someone who fits the description of “dog mom”. Are your dogs your kids? If you answered “yes” – there is a good chance that you’re probably dog mom. Dog Mom (dôɡ mäm) noun: 1. An informal and affectionate term for a dog lover that identifies as female and believes that her pets are “fur kids”. While some dog owners may never think of their dogs as their children, dog moms […]

25 Apr 2019

Mother’s Day Gifts for Dog Moms

Is the dog mom’s favorite? Of course it is. Which is why our dog blog team has put together a Mother’s Day gift guide just for dog moms. Below you’ll find a wide assortment of gift types, ranging from weird and whimsical to practical and heartfelt. We’ve also made sure to include gifts at a number of different price points, including a few luxury dog inspired gifts, gifts under $25 and FREE / DIY gift ideas for those dog lovers […]

23 Apr 2019
5 cute English Golden Retrievers all photographed at the Puptrait Studio during individual photo sessions.

Dog Pictures

When it comes to breeds visiting our dog friendly photo studio, 2019 is quickly turning into the year of the English Golden Retriever. These happy-go-lucky bundles of floof brought a great energy to their photoshoots and were wonderful to work with during their pet portrait sessions — even if they were a bit of a handful to vacuum after 😉 Cute Pictures of Dogs in Hats Is your favorite dog ready for their closeup? Believe it or not, none of […]

22 Apr 2019
dog photography golden wearing a crown made from colorful scraps of paper

Pet Portraits Are Better When They’re Solo

Dog portraits are generally not something that many dog owners commission often – high quality professionally shot pet portraits, even less so. While we are happy to accommodate client requests and photograph multiple dogs at the same time, it is not something that we generally recommend. If you are serious about commissioning a one-of-a-kind custom art portrait of your dogs, we strongly encourage you schedule pet portrait sessions for each of your pups.

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 […]

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

Do you need a permit to photograph dogs in DC?

Written by J.B. Shepard, a Washington D.C. based professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. 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 […]

13 Apr 2019
Action shot photo of a cute American Bulldog Terrier running along the Baltimore Inner Harbor at the Canton Waterfront Park. This photo was captured by the professional dog photographers at the Puptrait Studio in Hampden and is featured in a tutorial teaching aspiring pet photographers how to photograph running dogs like a pro.

How to Photograph a Running Dog

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]