How much does pet photography cost?

Average cost in 20149: $155 See National

$105

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$155

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$230

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The average cost for a pet photographer is $155. You are likely to spend between $105 and $230 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated July 1st, 2017

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Pet photographers typically meet clients at an agreed-on location, or clients bring pets to the photographer’s studio. Most session packages include print photos as well as digital images for use on websites and social media. These pro photographers tend to be animal lovers who are skilled at capturing animals’ personalities and the relationships they share with their owners. Many pet photographers are also professional human portrait photographers. The national average cost of pet photography is $100–$230, but costs vary by location and the specifics of the photo shoot and image package.

Packages

Like portrait photographers, many pet photographers offer packages that include a photo session of a certain length and a certain number of final, edited (retouched) images for a set fee. Krystina Cowell Moran of Funny Bone Pet Photography offers two packages for pet photography, both of which include original, full-size digital images for customers to print and share:

  • Standard (30-minute shoot, professional editing, 30 images to choose from): $175

  • Premium (60-minute shoot, editing, 50 images to choose from): $250

Add $25 to either package to include owners in the photos.

Angelique Hazard of Roundabout Photography offers a pet photography package that includes a one- to two-hour photo session, editing and retouching, plus five to seven finished photos per pet alone for $100 or seven to 10 finished photos of pets with owners for $150.

Janice Booth, lifelong equestrienne and owner of Just Beautiful Animal Photography, charges $250 for a 90-minute photo session at clients’ homes or other location of clients’ choosing. Final images can be delivered as all digital files, regular photo prints or on other media such as canvas, slate or glass, with package pricing from $150 to $250.

Location

Photographing animals outside makes logical sense, but pet photographers also work indoors at their clients’ locations, in a studio or at another location such as a pet store or animal shelter. Most photographers charge set rates to travel a certain distance to customers, and they may charge a bit more if they have to drive more than 30–40 miles beyond their normal service area.

Pet-only or with human family

Many people want high-quality shots of their pets by themselves as well as with the rest of the family—whether that means with other pets or with human family members. Funny Bone Pet Photography charges $25 extra for each additional pet subject.

Custom art and keepsakes

Funny Bone Pet Photography and Just Beautiful Animal Photography both offer clients the option to create custom art pieces or keepsakes using photos of their four-legged friends. Funny Bone Pet Photography offers a calendar package, too.

Cost-saving strategies

Most photographers structure their packages to make the most of customers’ and their own time. Now that digital photography is so common, many photographers no longer charge extra for high-resolution digital image files, but be sure to ask before you book a shoot so you aren’t surprised by an additional cost later.

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Recent reviews

La Perra Blanca Photography, LLC.

Patrick did an excellent job of capturing some great shots of our active pup. He was able to give me exactly what I asked for, which was not an easy task, for an unbelievably reasonable price.

Rachel Lauren Photography

My fiancé and I were looking for a pet photographer who could take family pictures with our dog in his last days. I stumbled across Thumbtack and decided to start my search there. The first response I got was from Rachel Lauren Photography. I had other responses but what was included in the other offers weren't nearly comparable to hers. She was willing to work with our budget and come to a location close to us since traveling was very difficult on our aging pup. She was so patient with him and willing to take breaks for him when he needed them. We had to say our final goodbye to him 2 weeks later and the first morning we woke up without him I had a message that our pictures were ready. They were so perfect and came exactly when they were needed the most. We have so many of them now hanging throughout our house and family members have been requesting copies of them because they capture the sweet, perfect boy we all love & miss so much. I would highly recommend hiring Rachel Lauren Photography for your pets photos at any and all stages of their lives. Having quality photos that perfectly capture your pets personality is well worth the money.

Funny Bone Pet Photography

Krystina did my college graduation pictures with my dog and I. The pictures came out perfect! The quality of the pictures were amazing, and definitely worth the price I paid. I would recommend anyone who needs a photographer to Krystina!