Pets are part of our family, which is why any dog/cat/horse/turtle/bunny owner has a million pics of her furry (or not-so-furry) friend on her phone. But while those pictures are fun to show people in passing, they’re usually not a quality that makes them worth framing. It’s sad to say, but our best friends don’t live forever, and chances are we’ll want one (or ten) amazing photographs to have around the house to appreciate them now and remember them later. Which is why it’s a great idea to hire a professional pet photographer who can get that perfect shot that captures your pet’s personality and essence in a way an amateur photographer just can’t.
Here are a few pet photographers whose pictures we love looking at and who will hopefully inspire you to book a session soon with a pet photographer in your area.
Kim Hartz is “an intimate photographer for babies with and without fur” who realizes that for most of us, our fur babies are a real and important part of the family. Some of her cutest photos are those that feature both kinds of babies.
Photo via Kim Hartz
Jessie Freidin works exclusively with traditional analog film processes and believes in lifting dogs up to their “rightful place of contemporary muse.” His work has appeared in Vogue, The New York Post, Garden and Gun Magazine, and so much more.
Photo via Jessie Freidin
Carli Davidson spent over seven years of her life providing animal care and training at zoos and wildlife centers and uses that experience to capture amazing studio photographs of dogs, cats, owls, snakes, pigs, and more. Our favorite is her “shake” series, which shows dogs and cats doing just that.
Photo via Carli Davidson
Chase & Snap takes photos of your pet in a comfortable environment doing whatever he loves to do. There are no props, no poses—just your pet being his adorable self and letting his personality shine.
Photo via Chase & Snap
Dana Cubbage’s goal is to preserve your pet’s legacy through timeless portraits that capture your pet’s personality. She has four rescue dogs and says though wedding photography consumes most of her time, she does still find time to do a limited amount of pet photography.
Photo via Dana Cubbage
“Our brand of pet photography is not about dressing cats up in costumes or making dogs into props.” Rather, Dane + Dane is all about documenting your relationship with your pet and producing a tangible memory. The results, as you can see, are beautiful.
Photo via Dane + Dane Studios
Claire Baxter is the award-winning photographer behind Fetch and it’s her unconventional approach that helps her capture the spirit and personality of pets in a way that’s not like every other portrait. She’s all about photos that show dogs being themselves and having fun.
Photo via Fetch
Paul Walker wants to capture your dog, cat, horse, pet, in a style that reflects his or her personality. He believes the pet’s body language and eyes tell the real story and knows how to direct both the handler and the pet during a session to unlock those little nuances that make a photo great.
Photo via Paws Pet Photography
Sara Ernhart creates “beautiful images that showcase the personality and spirit of your pets.” She is a master at lighting and angles and finding the things that make your dog special and unique to you.
Photo via Sara Beth Photography
Seth Casteel is a New York Times best selling author of Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies. His photographs have also appeared in National Geographic Magazine and he’s appeared on tons of TV shows. He only accepts a limited number of private commissions a year, but the good news is you don’t have to have a dog or cat that swims to be added to the waiting list.
Photo via Seth Casteel
Grace Chon is known for creating editorial-style portraits of animals and in her free time takes headshots of homeless dogs for rescue groups in the hopes a great photo will help them find a new family.
Photo via Grace Chon