How much does pet photography cost?

Hiring a professional photographer to capture your dog’s portrait can be an extremely memorable experience — that is, if you hire the right photographer.

While for many dog owners their first concern is cost, price is only one part of the value equation. When considering who to work with, you should also factor for style of pet portrait, the artist’s technical expertise, reputation, reliability, convenience and a number of other factors. Considering all of the conflicting information to be found online, it can all be a bit much to consider.

Thankfully, J.B. Shepard, the founder of Washington D.C.’s Puptrait Studio has compiled a quick, but detailed list of must ask questions for dog lovers to consider before buying and understand exactly how to hire a dog photographer.

This dog photography buying guide is 30 questions long and doubles as a checklist to use when evaluating and comparing pet photographer websites and portfolios. has moved

This site is no longer being maintained. We’re sorry for any confusion this may have caused. But we have been heading in a different direction with our work in recent years and decided it made sense to take down this website, as it no longer accurately represented our current portfolio.

For up to the date news and recent art from Baltimore based pet portrait artist and famous dog photographer, J.B. Shepard, please visit

Cut pet photo fans, checkout these whimsical dog portraits from the Puptrait Studio.

Campaign Concept for Oculus Rift VR

This is a poster I drew up as a campaign and brand proof of concept for Oculus Rift, exploring what a truly immersive gaming experience might feel like from a basic aspirational and emotional level.


Cancer Man

This is a revisit of a photo I captured a number of years ago when I was still shooting with poorer quality glass and a smaller camera body. While the camera setup did not result in the highest quality photos, it did have lend an interesting softer, almost illustrated quality to images. As you can see here in Cancer Man, the hands and hat, while in focus, feel somewhat liquid, like an oil painting.

This photo, while heavily edited, is not a composite – at least not in a traditional sense. We shot this in an old, burned out and abandoned mill along the Jones Falls in Baltimore. The barrel, smoke, dust and various other industrial elements were captured in camera. The high key, spot lighting is coming from a strobe placed behind a shattered window hidden behind the wall on the left side of the frame. The model’s face, the smoke replacing it and the red wash, were really the only elements added in post.

cancer man


This is a revisit of a photo collaboration with Michael Anthony Farley from a portrait project with LED Baltimore from a few years back. Farley was at the time an active drag performer and huge Blade Runner fan. So we decided to integrate both interests, with a portrait concept based upon the candy eating geisha that is seen on digital signage throughout the film.

Recently, I’ve been going back through my archives of past work and picking up photographs from the cutting room floor, and taking them for an unbridled and exploratory adventure in Photoshop. Really, just taking an image and modifying it organically, with no real plan beyond whatever the current state of composition.

This is a technique I learned to appreciate with wood carving. When carving wood you can force or pursue specific imagery, but with the medium being an imperfect and organic material, I find my best work comes from going with the flow, finding the grain and working along it. This is particularly true when working with manual hand tools, like chisels and knives. The work is slow going and over time, as you continue to work the wood, you begin to feel rather than see what you’re working on. All in all, the process is quite cathartic and generally inspires work that is genrally more creative than any single concept or flourish.

This editing process isn’t much different. I apply many, lightly modified layers, primarily through brush work and finer (ab)use of the liquify tool. Rather than forcing photorealism, allowing imperfections in skin cloning and layer transparency to give the new image a surreal sense of movement, depth and emotion.

geisha candy

the AmeriZika Project

This is a project inspired by the circus that is current US Presidential Primary elections.


Feeling it (the Bern)


Besty (the Seamstress)

Hillary's Golden Handcuffs

Hillary (Wrapped in Obama) – the vertical strip of text is a quote from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ‘Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,’ “

Free dog photography in Baltimore

It looks like pet owners in Maryland have reason to celebrate. Baltimore’s own, Puptrait Studio is waiving all sitting fees for local dog owners. If you’re looking for high quality, affordable dog photography now is the time to act. We have it on good word they still have a few weekend and evening slots still available – but they are going fast! Claim your free dog photo session before they’re gone.

Currently the Featured Artist at LED Baltimore


If you’re in Station North or leaving Baltimore City via i83, don’t forget to look up. I just found out I’m currently the featured artist on the giant LED billboard located behind Penn Station. They’re currently showing a few favorites from my 2015 Mutts of Mobtown series. Some of you may remember the series was on display at Howl in Hampden for most of last summer. The series featured local rescued pitbulls, chihuahuas, pugs and other mutts in front of prominent Baltimore landmarks, like the Washington Monument, the Giant Golden Hand at the Visionary Art Museum, the Pagoda at Patterson Park and the rocket from Rocket to Venus, located across the street from the iconic Miracle on 34th st in Hampden. If you see anything you like, just let me know. I still have a few prints from the show for sale and would be happy to print more.


Hair Photography & Art Nudes with Sekaa

I took a nice stroll in the Uncanny Valley with Sekaa the other day. Here are a few of our favorites from the day.