Pets get schlepped to soccer practice and dressed up for holidays, make great listeners and loyal friends, but somehow they don’t get the framed, mounted attention they’ve earned. Investing in a furry loved one is money well spent. Having a professional sit down with your fur baby to create memories that will last a lifetime keeps that love going even longer. These South Bay photographers know how to catch Fido at his funniest and Muffin at her most maniacal with low-stress shoots and impeccable post-production edits.
Gary Parker’s CatDog Photography
San Jose, CA 95125
Price: from $750/includes $250 in prints
Award-winning photojournalist Gary Parker came into local pet photography through the back door. His work in the pet field has appeared in national advertising campaigns for Purina, Pedigree, Tidy Cat and IAMS. Something of a cat whisperer, Parker’s years of experience, patience and sense of humor will always capture your frisky feline doing something wonderful and wonky. Parker also offers artistic portraits of people with their dogs, porcupines, hamsters, frogs, rabbits, even possums.
Murphy Dog Studios
1896 Harris Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
Price: from $350 for on-location shoots
Photographer Robert Vreeland is a dog lover. Inspired by his yellow lab, Murphy, Vreeland extended his love to preserving furry families’ memories for years to come. Murphy Dog Studios in San Jose specializes in both in-studio and on-location sessions capturing your pet’s je ne sais quoi. This high-end, boutique portrait studio promises attention to those tiny, important details in every photo to make them stunning and relatable.
True Spirit Pet Photography
Price: Click here for price and packages
There are no cookie-cutter options at True Spirit. It’s one of the main reasons you decide to go with professional prints at a boutique studio over, say, a photo session at the mall or pet store, which can make pets tense and every photo is of your anxiety-stricken pet awkwardly not enjoying his photoshoot. Kirsten Aninger, shooting professionally since 2009, specializes in natural settings capturing candid moments that are unique, whimsical and heartwarming.
e Freidin Photographer
2014 Oakdale Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124
Price: Call to schedule a free consultation
Hours: Mon to Fri 10 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
When Jesse Freidin isn’t earning accolades for the Doggie Gaga Project, photographing dogs in Lady Gaga’s most famous outfits using Polaroid’s last remaining film for the Impossible Project, he can be found bonding with four-legged clients at the place where the magic begins. One of a handful of photographers working exclusively with analog film, portraits by Freidin are high-end, black and white, artistic keepsakes. Freidin creates timeless treasures families cherish the traditional way: hiding in a dark room, toiling over each image.
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Posh Pooch Portraits
127 Main Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 948 1182
Price: from $350 for three professionally finished photo prints mounted on Styrene ready for framing/choice of 8 by 10 or 5 by 7
Owner and principal photographer Heather Lussier was surrounded by animals her whole life, keeping company with gerbils, fish, reptiles, cats and a stray pup as a child. Now a confirmed dog person, Lussier’s boutique studio, in downtown Los Altos, welcomes turtles rats, iguanas, snakes and birds — including chickens — in addition to dogs and cats. A practicing yogi, Lussier believes calm energy creates a soothing environment your pets respond naturally to, delivering one-of-a-kind images you’ll find timeless and irresistible.
Robyn Chelsea-Seifert is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Creem, Hit Parader, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and International Musician. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.