Paper Hats by Puptrait | Uniquely Inspired Costumed Pet Portraits

Paper Hats by Puptrait

Uniquely Inspired Studio Pet Photography

Merging exclusive costume designs with inspired concepts and flawless execution, Paper Hat pet portraits elevate studio dog photography into an art form.

Fancy pet portrait from a photo of a senior pit bull taken at the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stunningly Creative Dog Portraits

Masterfully Composed & Captured in Camera

Every paper hat is in itself a unique piece of art. In fact, no two hats are ever the same. Each costume piece is handmade by our studio founder and pet photographer J.B. Shepard from upcycled post consumer paper products – including old newspapers, beer boxes, paper plates and junk mail.

The unique coloration and design patterns decorating the hats is composed entirely from careful placement of different color slips of paper. Once assembled these hats are not dyed or painted, resulting in a vibrant texture and spontaneous patterning that is truly like nothing else.

This time intensive process requires on average one week (depending on complexity and size) for assembly and drying before the pieces are ready to be worn and photographed. Being made from paper, these delicate pet costumes can be used only once before being retired forever.

Cute photo of a smiling American Pit Bull Terrier wearing a Baroque inspired Elizabethan style ruff collar.

Reveal Distinctly Candid Expressions

Without Compromising Lighting or Image Clarity

The success of Paper Hats hinges on our studio's consent approach to animal handling. Purposely not secured or strapped down in any way, our signature pet costumes are intended to be worn for only seconds at a time. And, there is a good reason for this.

Dogs are naturally inclined to engage with humans, often passively or in a reactionary way. Which is why most dogs, when engaged with a camera, present only one of two expressions - either "What is my next command?" or "Is that treat for me?".

But by utilizing unsecured costumes and props, we allow the dog agency. Freeing the subject momentarily to disengage from the handler's command, this approach allows pup to instead engage and interact directly with props and costumes. While these moments are fleeting, they are significant in that they provide a glimpse into the dog's true personality.

Adorable photo of a senior Golden retriever wearing a blue top hat at a jaunty angle.

Custom Pet Costume Designs

Styles & Fits Made Specifically for Your Dog

The sitting fee for a Paper Hats session includes both the cost of the shoot and the creation of a single artist-inspired custom fit costume piece.

We require a minimum of one week from booking to scheduled session date for construction of custom paper hat commissions.

To help expedite the build process, we typically ask clients to supply measurements for most custom fittings over the phone. However, if you would prefer for us to measure your dog directly, you are welcome to schedule a complimentary in-person fitting for your pup. But again, we will need a minimum of one week from fitting date to complete production of your costume.

We genuinely enjoy collaboration and are happy to entertain client concepts and other special requests. However, please note that more sophisticated designs and custom projects that require specific materials can often demand longer build times, requiring further notice, and may incur additional fees.

Clients looking for a more specific concept or style for their Paper Hat session are strongly encouraged to contact the studio directly 443.604.0711 for pricing and availability prior to booking.

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