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08 Sep 2017
A friendly little black pug. He is a smiley pup and a great example of one of our favorite small breeds.

Small Breed Problems: We Are Dogs Too

Small dog breeds have been around for quite some time and we can’t really blame people for loving them so much. Small dogs come in a variety of different sizes and don’t have a specific weight category to classify them otherwise, but they are not that difficult to spot. Odds are if you’ve been on Instagram in recent years, you probably already like and follow famous smaller dogs. These dogs can weigh as little as 2 pounds and yes, that […]

23 Jul 2017

Paper Hats debuts in Baltimore

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 23rd, 2017 Professional pet photographer and Puptrait Studio founder, J.B. Shepard’s surreal dog portrait series “Paper Hats: Whimsical Portraits of the Once Discarded” is coming to Baltimore. The opening reception for Paper Hats is scheduled for 7PM until 10PM Thursday, August 3rd at La Cakerie in Mount Vernon (1216 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201). The show is hosted by Gallery 788 and scheduled to run until September 1st. Paper Hats features adopted and […]

13 Jul 2017

Studio Hours Temporarily Unavailable for Renovations & Repairs

Our studio space is temporarily closed for renovations and repairs. And, we are currently unavailable for studio sessions. We’re working to have things back up soon and expect to have the space ready for shooting by the end of August. In the interim, we are still available for in-home and on location dog portrait sessions across all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. To view available appointment dates and to book an in-home or on location portrait session […]

01 May 2017

Flash Photography: is it safe to use flash when photographing my dog?

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. It is safe to use a flash when photographing a dog. The vast majority of dogs are not reactive at all to flash photography. They might be surprised by the sound or sudden brightness, but if introduced properly, dogs tend to ignore flashes. And, if they don’t ignore the flash completely, they treat it as a minor annoyance or a point of confusion. Which is why […]

28 Apr 2017

Pass the Sniff Test: How to Connect with Almost Any Dog

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. As a professional dog photographer I work with new dogs practically every day. Which in its self isn’t unusual. There are many professions that are expected to do that – groomers, trainers and veterinarians, just to name a few. But as a pet photographer, we have to handle dogs at a level beyond the basics of safety and command compliance. For the simple fact, that in […]

28 Feb 2017

Will other dogs be at my studio session?

We only allow one dog in the studio at a time. It’s one of the main reasons why our studio hours are by appointment only. Why are your dog portrait sessions by appointment only? By maintaining a carefully planned schedule, we are able to ensure that every client receives at minimum of one hour padding before and after their session. Effectively minimizing the risk of distractions and surprise introductions between our furry guests. This approach to scheduling limits the number […]

28 Feb 2017

Do you charge travel fees for in-home pet portrait sessions?

We do not charge travel fees for on location pet portrait sessions or in home dog photoshoots that are captured within our standard service area (i.e. all of the counties listed in our online booking calendar). However as a general rule of thumb, pet portrait sitting fees and minimum print commitments increase the further sessions are held away from our dog friendly photo studio in Baltimore. To inquire about potential travel assignments (such as this environmental series of photos of […]

28 Feb 2017

How do I pick what dog photos I want to print?

After your dog’s photoshoot we will take a few days to go through the hundred or so of photos from your session and handpick the absolute best of the best (typically 8 – 12 images). Once we’ve carefully curated your pet portrait collection we will then use digital editing tools to improve these dozen or so high quality images – mainly to maximize image sharpness, clarity, color, tone and contrast – and ensure that they are ready for printing. Online […]

27 Feb 2017

Do owners need to be present for their dog’s photoshoot?

We require that all dogs be accompanied by an adult (18+) human who is familiar to the pet and comfortable handling them. This person does not have to be an owner, but should be someone who the dog trusts. We actually do a fair number of “surprise sessions”, where a client brings a dog that they have been tasked with dog sitting, and later surprise the unwitting owner with prints. Many clients find these surprise pet portrait sessions are a […]

27 Feb 2017

Do you photograph dogs in the rain?

As we use studio style strobes and mono lights when shooting on location, expensive equipment that is unfortunately not weather resistant, we are unable to photograph dogs outside in inclement weather. What is your rain and inclement weather policy? If it looks like it might rain during your on-location shoot, you are welcome to change it to an in-home or in-studio shoot. Dog portrait session types that are forced to change or rescheduled due to inclement weather are precluded from […]