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17 Mar 2021
Studio pet portrait of a senior dog wearing a colorful tophat

COVID-19 Reopening Update | March 2021

Good News, Puppy People! After what was practically a year long hiatus, I am happy to report that I have been vaccinated and have received the green light from my doctor to start shooting again. Our first open calendar date is Wednesday, April 7th. That all said, we’re not out of the woods just quite yet with the pandemic. And with everyone’s health and safety in mind, we still have a few limitations in place to help ensure everyone’s safety, […]

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 2020

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 2020 the date falls on a Tuesday. What is St. Patrick’s Day? Saint Patrick’s Day, also colloquially known as St. Paddy’s day or in Irish as Lá Fhéile Pádraig (“the Day of Festival of Patrick”) is named after 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 […]

01 Mar 2019

Affenpinscher Puppy Photos

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Affenpinschers are often affectionally referred to as “monkey dogs” or “ape terriers” because of their uncanny resemblance to a number of smaller New World Primates. The French refer to the breed as “diablotin moustachu”, which translates into English as “mustachioed little devil”. Dogs that look like Ewoks That all said, having recently had a chance to work with a handful of these adorable […]

25 Feb 2019
smiling piebald pitbull brindle wearing a Elizabethan style ruff collar

How Much Does Pet Photography Cost?

Dog photography costs vary. Professional pet portrait prices can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per dog. Most amateur and student photographers charge much less, often charging as little as $250 to $500 per session.

20 Feb 2019
Photo of an adorable pile of cute Affenpinscher puppies arranged in a way that they look like a single dog.

Dog Photos: Best Pet Photographer Portraits 2018

2018 was our busiest year of pet photography at the studio to date! In fact, we ended up photographing three times as many dog portraits last year as we did in 2017. Which came to us as quite the surprise, considering how distracted we got earlier in the year when we realized how to pet dogs in Zelda Breath of the Wild. Creative and whimsical portraits ended up being the theme for the year. We captured a fun mix of […]

19 Feb 2019
a portrait of a fawn boxer wearing a paper crown taken with a dslr

31 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dog Photographer | Updated 2020

Written by J.B. Shepard, professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. For most dog lovers, our dogs are our favorite kids. While the rest of your pack might sit for school photos every year or the occasional selfie with friends, our dogs tend to get neglected. Not because we don’t love them, but because taking a decent photo of a dog can be difficult — even for experienced pet photographers. Make sure you’re hiring the right pet […]

17 Feb 2019
Collection of contemporary dog portrait art from the Paper Hat sessions

Dog Portrait Styles We Love to Photograph

Creative Pet Portrait Styles At the Puptrait Studio we tend to lean towards creating more ridiculous and whimsical imagery. When photographing more creative and surreal work, it’s just easier to work in studio. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of our dog portrait commissions are for studio pet portraits. But that is not to say we can’t produce more conservative or traditional work. Puptrait photographers are artists at heart While commercial assignments aren’t uncommon for our studio, they’re not what we’re best known […]

15 Feb 2019
ready to hang dog art mounted on dibond

Popular Styles of Dog Portraits

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. What is the best kind of pet portrait? Ask a dozen dog owners their favorite style of dog portrait and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers back. Pet portraits can be created in a variety of different formats and mediums. Dog portraits can be painted, drawn, photographed – even created as rendered computer graphics (CG). Just as the medium for pet portraits […]

14 Feb 2019

How do I get my dog to sit for photos?

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. A lot of dog owners struggle to take pictures of their own dog. A fact we’re thankful for, as no one would hire us to take professional dog photos if it was easy. But you don’t have to be a professional pet photographer to start taking better pictures of your dog. For today’s dog photo tip we’re not going to discuss the technical aspects of photography, […]