My assistant, Heather, brought these photos to my attention the other day and I thought they were just too interesting not to share here on our pet photography blog.
Stunningly creative pet portraits
These ridiculously creative images are from a whimsical dog photo series called 'Paper Hats'. These surreal photos and elaborate pet costumes were designed by J.B. Shepard, a professional dog portrait artist and founder of the Puptrait Studio in Baltimore.
What makes these images so unusual is that they are actual photos. Meaning they’re not digital paintings and the costumes were not Photoshopped on to the dogs. There are no tricks here. The dogs that you see in these portraits were actually captured in camera wearing these delicate and absurdly elaborate costumes. And, as a professional pet photographer let me assure you -- that is no small task. In fact, that is why we have a dog trainer on staff to help wrangle pups during our photoshoots.
Dog portrait styles vary
It’s always fun to meet another pet photographer. It can be a great opportunity to see how other artists do things differently and I think J.B.’s series is a great example of the diversity present in our niche. These days there are so many different and creative styles of pet portraits for dog lovers to choose from in the Baltimore / Washington D.C. region. Regardless of whether you’re looking for something a bit more outlandish and surreal, or would prefer photos a bit more natural and organic, there really is a portrait style for every kind of dog owner.
These stylistic differences exist for the simple fact that not every photographer approaches pet portraiture the same way. For instance, Outside the Lines Pet Photography primarily photographs dogs on location and in client homes. Whereas, the Puptrait Studio works primarily out of their dog friendly studio space. But the creative decisions don’t stop there. Lighting arrangements, editing techniques, lens selection, prop design, even the types of prints available - all of these seemingly tiny technical decisions that an artist makes during and after your pet’s photoshoot can result in wildly different images and aesthetics.