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Whether you’re a dog lover or just someone who enjoys great imaginative photography, these 8 famous dog photographers are a must follow for anyone in need a of a daily dose of original dog photos.
While pet photography has historically struggled to be taken seriously by many critics and connoisseurs of photographic art, the niche has exploded in popularity in recent years.
From American Pit Bull Terriers in Paper Hats to Weimaraners in trench coats, dog portraiture comes in many creative forms and quality god art can be found in many unexpected places – rural Canada, blue collar cities like Baltimore and in the world renowned MoMA in New York City.
William Wegman is arguably one of the most prolific art photographers to come out of the California Conceptual Movement and one of the most notable artists to work with dogs in the modern area. The Met credits Wegman with “elevating pet photography into an art form“. Often working with his own pet Weimaraners, Wegman is best known for his series “Human Beings” where he dresses his dogs in people clothing and capturing captivating personifying scenes that blur the line between animal and people.
Follow William Wegman on Instagram @williamwegman
A relative new comer in comparison to the more established names on the list, J.B. Shepard is a dog photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio – a dog friendly photo studio in the Washington D.C. / Baltimore area that bills itself as crafting ‘contemporary art for dog lovers‘. Best known for his paper top hats, crowns and Baroque style ruff collars for dogs made out of newspaper, Shepard’s whimsical pet photos and unique headshot style of pet photography has quietly garnered him a relative cult following of prestigious collectors, art consultants and fans. His surreal photo portraits often pop up in unexpected and non-dog related places. – such as on TV as background art on the British Academy Television Award winning and critically acclaimed comedy, ‘Toast of London’.
Follow J.B. Shepard on Instagram @puptrait
Seth Casteel is a professional pet photographer best known for photographing dogs, puppies and cats diving into water. Casteel’s work has been published in the National Geographic Magazine, as well as a number of other notable publications. He is a the New York Times Best Selling Author of “Underwater Dogs” and the host of ‘Finding Fido’ on Z Living.
Follow Seth Casteel on Instagram @sethcasteel
Carli Davidson is a professional pet photographer best known for capturing the unique personalities of her furry pet patrons. Davidson worked for over seven years in zoos and wildlife centers, lending her an exceptional understanding of wildlife behavior and communication. She is best known for her series of portraits featuring wet dogs and cats shaking themselves dry called “Shake Pups”.
Follow Carli Davidson on Instagram @carli_davidson
Illona Haus is an award winning dog photographer and the owner of Scruffy Dog Photography based out of Ontario, Canada. Haus initially began working with horses and later became a dog trainer before becoming a dog photographer.
Follow Illona Haus on Instagram @scruffydogphotography
Amanda Jones has photographing dogs for over 20 years. Jones maintains a busy travel schedule, working with private pet portrait and commercial photography clients across the United States. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Bark Magazine and the German dog magazine, Dogs. She is arguably best known for her photo book, “Dog Years“, that tracked dogs over the course of 30 years – comparing photos of them as young puppies and again later as senior puppies.
Follow Amanda Jones on Instagram @amandajonesinc
Kaylee Greer is a Boston based pet photographer and host of the National Geographic TV show “Pupparazzi”. Greers is best known for her on location flash photography of dogs, which tends to bring out brilliantly saturated colors in her subjects and backgrounds. Greer is probably one of the most recognizable photographers on this list as her signature bright red hair is difficult to miss.
Follow Kaylee Greer on Instagram @dogbreathphotography
Jesse Freidin is a professional pet photographer and portrait artist based out of Santa Fe. Like William Wegman, Freidin still uses film when photographing client dogs and his iconic black and white dog photos are celebrated by clients and publishers alike. He best known for his series, “the Doggie Gaga Project” which featured photos of dogs dressed like Grammy and Oscar winning superstar Lady Gaga.
Follow Jesse Freidin on Instagram at @jessefreidin
Pet portrait prices vary based on a number of factors – including the reputation of the artist, the nature of your local market, length of session, and what prints are delivered following your session. Pet photography costs can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to well into the tens of thousands of dollars for a private commission. Which makes sense when you consider that a “professional pet photographer” could refer to a recent art school grad or someone MoMA hosted for a feature exhibit.
As you can see from this list, even great pet photographers can vary in their methods and approach when shooting a dog. It’s important to know what questions to ask and common red flags to look for when evaluating pet portrait artists.
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