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06 Feb 2019
One of the Breath of the Wild's many friendly dogs.

How to Tame Dogs in Breath of the Wild

If you’re anything like me (a huge video game nerd and a professional pet photographer), you were probably pretty excited to discover interactive dogs in the latest Zelda installment, Breath of the Wild (BOTW). This isn’t the first time that dogs appeared in the Zelda franchise, but the level of interactivity and shear whimsicalness of the canine edition to the game is arguably unprecedented. Unlike in a lot of other video games, the dogs in BOTW aren’t forced into the […]

28 Jan 2019
28 Jan 2019
Washington D.C. and Maryland's most creative dog friendly portrait photography studio.

What internal part of the camera allows images to be viewed prior to capture?

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Jake is photographing his pet puppy. He wants to preview the image the camera will capture. What part of the camera that is inside the camera will allow him to do this? Aperture Sensor Eyepiece Internal Prism The correct answer is: Internal Prism. The only reason I’m answering this here is because we noticed that people were hitting our website looking for it and the answers […]

25 Jan 2019
dog agility course portrait with a fox hound on a farm

How to Safely Exercise Your Dog or Puppy

Did you know that exercise is a critical factor that influences your pet’s health? Puppies, seniors, and adult dogs of all ages require safe daily exercise. But the exercise needs of each animal vary based on numerous factors, including age, size, breed, and weight. So, exactly how much exercise does a puppy need? What about a full-grown dog? When exercising your dog, you need to make sure that you are doing so in a safe manner. Some activities that are […]

22 Jan 2019
Funny dog picture of a pup popping its head into the frame. The white staffy is wearing a blue and red paper crown made from upcycled newspaper.

Best Cameras for Pet Photography | For All Skill Levels (Updated 2020)

Pet photography gear guide from the pet portrait pros. Discussing basic camera bodies and lenses (and when to use them), and specific gear recommendations from master pet photographer and Puptrait Studio founder, J.B. Shepard. It has never been easier or more affordable to get serious about learning pet photography. But choosing what gear to get started with can be quite daunting. To help we’ve put together a quick walkthrough equipment guide for aspiring pet photographers. In this article we will […]

02 Jan 2019
Picture of a dog running up the Worm next to White Pocket near Vermilion Cliffs National Park

Dog Photo Desert Adventure at White Pocket

Today on our dog blog I wanted to share some photos we captured during a short last minute trip we took out west visiting the wonderful desert scenes of Arizona and Utah. For this adventure we packed some of our favorite landscape photography camera gear and took off from Baltimore to Las Vegas nonstop, rented a car, drove 3/4 of the way around the Grand Canyon, to arrive at our final destination – Kanab, Utah. Why does Kanab sound familiar? […]

28 Nov 2018
17 Oct 2018

Mayor’s Christmas Parade Update

The studio will be unavailable for photoshoots Sunday, December 2nd 2018 due to the Mayor’s Christmas Parade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

09 Sep 2018

Casting Call! Human Models Needed

UPDATE: This casting is now closed. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn about future placements. ___________________ Ever want to be a model? Now’s your chance! We’re looking for three people for an upcoming commercial photography shoot. No modeling experience necessary. Emphasis on people. There will be no dogs featured in this shoot. Please note this is not a Puptrait Studio shoot. There will be no dogs featured in this shoot.  We are only assisting with casting and the sessions […]

07 Jun 2018
Toy poodle wearing a pink beehive wig

Hon Fest 2018: Temporary Studio Closure

The 2018 Hon Fest is nearly upon us! We will be open for business, but we will not be working in studio this weekend. It’s just too crowded and noisy for us to comfortably and safely accommodate our canine guests during Hon Fest. We will have no studio hours available from June 8th – June 10th. If you would like to come in for a session, please visit us once the crowds subside or alternatively, consider booking an in-home dog […]