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09 May 2019

What Is The Best Way To Clean Dog Urine?

One of the toughest smells to get out of fabric is pet urine. And, as a studio that exclusively photographs dog portraits, we’ve been forced to learn a thing or two about cleaning up pet urine, eliminating pet odors and discouraging future markings.

09 May 2019

How to Eliminate Pet Odors

Pets can be messy and smelly if left to their own devices. But just because you live with pets does not mean your home must smell like you live with pets.

03 May 2019

Should Photographers Watermark Photos in 2020?

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. Written by J.B. Shepard, professional pet photographer, amateur dog mom gift enthusiast, and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Dog Mom (dôɡ mäm) noun: 1. An informal and affectionate term for a dog lover that identifies as female and believes that […]

25 Apr 2019

Dog Mom Gift Ideas for Every Budget (Updated 2020)

Written by J.B. Shepard, professional pet photographer, amateur dog mom gift enthusiast, and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Dog Lovers Love Dog Themed Gifts! Is the dog mom’s favorite? Of course they are! 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 […]

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

Dog Pictures from Spring 2019

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

Improve Your Pet Photography Portfolio Instantly | Eliminate Group Shoots

To be clear, we’re not saying that a professional pet photographer can’t capture group portraits of older, larger or more active dogs. In fact, many dog portrait artists will even go so far as to even guarantee that they can. But as quoted by Chris Farley in his titular role of the 90’s comedic classic Tommy Boy, “…if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time.”

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 photoshoots

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 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 […]