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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

Do Yappy Hours Need to Be Awful?

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 you’d like to learn why these dog friendly events are usually a huge failure, common pitfalls to […]

12 Mar 2019
Ready to hang gallery quality pet art

DC Dog Photographer Service Area

Aberdeen Airway Heights Algona Anacortes Arlington Asotin Auburn Bainbridge Island Battle Ground Bellevue Bellingham Benton City Bingen Black Diamond Blaine Bonney Lake Bothell Bremerton Brewster Bridgeport Brier Buckley Burien Burlington Camas Carnation Cashmere Castle Rock Centralia Chehalis Chelan Cheney Chewelah Clarkston Cle Elum Clyde Hill Colfax College Place Colville Connell Cosmopolis Covington Davenport Dayton Deer Park Des Moines DuPont Duvall East Wenatchee Edgewood Edmonds Electric City Ellensburg Elma Entiat Enumclaw Ephrata Everett Everson Federal Way Ferndale Fife Fircrest Forks George […]

10 Mar 2019
Dogs take over the Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

BARK Ranger Day

  BARK Ranger Day 2019 Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM 2400 E Fort Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21230 Fort McHenry is going to the dogs for National Park Week! Saturday, April 27, 2019 is BARK Ranger Day and find your park with your four-legged friend. Beginning at 11:00 am there will be a ‘Find Your Bark’ Scavenger Hunt where you and your pup can decode riddles around the park […]

10 Mar 2019
Is alcohol safe for dogs? Please don't get your dog drunk.

Is it Safe to Give Alcohol to Dogs?

Why is it dangerous for dogs to consume alcohol? Consuming even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous for a dog. A dog’s kidneys and liver were never intended to filter or process the alcohol content of beer, wine, or any other alcoholic drink. Which shouldn’t be all that surprising, as the ability to metabolize alcohol, much like the ability to metabolize milk fat sugars (lactose), is actually a relatively recent mutation in humans. Please note that we are […]

09 Mar 2019
A photo of a St. Patrick's Day dog costume. Bully puppy photo of a cute American Pit Bull dog celebrating St. Paddy's Day wearing a green derby / bowler cap and green dog collar in celebration of Ireland.

Dog Lover’s Guide to St. Paddy’s Day 2019

Written by J.B. Shepard, a dog advocate and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Sláinte! It’s March and you know what that means – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. In 2019 the date falls on a Sunday. This is the last year until 2024 that St. Patrick’s day will be officially observed on a weekend date. What is St. Patrick’s Day? Saint Patrick’s Day, also colloquially known as St. […]

02 Mar 2019
Dog photo art from upcoming art show in Baltimore County.

More Paper Hats: a Surprise Pop-Up Show

Join us in celebrating the latest creative dog portrait creations from Baltimore pet photographer and Puptrait Studio founder, J.B. Shepard. Whimsical Dog Portraits of Dogs in Paper Hats It’s been two years since the initial unveiling of Paper Hats. We have kept quite busy since the original show opening, expanding the whimsical dog portrait series to include more breeds and even more sophisticated pet costume designs. Our latest Paper Hats feature much more color and diverse patterning than the initial […]

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 […]