Pets are not just animals that inhabit our homes, they are individual members of our families. And to some, they are like furry children worthy of their own special photographs. We went looking for the best Minneapolis pet photographers and chose only those who have that same mentality — that our animals are worthy of the same attention as our human family. Whether it’s the first time you’ve thought about this style of photography or you’ve been meaning to document your fur babies for a while (or even if you’re just in the mood for some seriously adorable images), check out the following professional shutterbugs!
Sarah Beth Ernhart is a creative and delightful Minneapolis pet photographer. Her fine art work is amazing — be sure to check out her Style Hound project for a sense of her styling and quirky humor. With a voluminous portfolio of perfectly lit studio shots and engaging, playful outdoors sessions, Sarah Beth proves she’s one talented artist. Her versatility, sense of playfulness, and perfectly crisp photos in every lighting situation emphasize her talents even more.
She even offers “joy sessions” for aging and ailing pets so you will have treasured mementos of your furry friend long after they have left your side. The reasons Sarah Beth is on our list are many, but suffice to say — she is an all-around awesome photographer and will make whatever vision you have for your pet photos come to life.
A published Minneapolis pet photographer, Karin Newstrom creates animal-centered art — dogs, cats, and even horses and guinea pigs — all get the royal treatment when in front of her lens. Her studio work is impeccably lit, and her outdoors work is pet lifestyle photography at its finest. Both her indoor and outdoor images show off her ability to bring out and document the personalities of her furry subjects. She is an incredibly thoughtful pet photographer, and her portfolio speaks for itself.
3. Kelly Loeffler of K Schulz Photography
Kelly Loeffler is one of those rare artists equally comfortable capturing both animals and humans. Her diverse skill set allows her to document everything from tiny details like whiskers and toe beans to life-changing moments. She is one of our top choices for her candid, lifestyle approach to photographing pets and their people — perfect for when you want the natural connection between you and your best fur friend on full display. Her styled studio sessions are an eye-catching (and calendar-worthy) bonus! Whatever your artistic vision for your pet photographs, choose Kelly and you will be endlessly delighted with her creativity in bringing it to life.
4. Cahlean of About A Dog Photography
Cahlean of About A Dog Photography is a dog-loving, dog-whispering, artistic powerhouse. Her photos are playful, quirky, and technically perfect — a great mix if ever we’ve heard of one! If you want studio portraits of your dog in a prim bowtie, she’s your person. If you want candid shots of your dog zooming around outdoors, she’s your person. Whatever your lifestyle and whatever the personality of your doggo, Cahlean will capture it in her fun and polished style.
5. Kirsten Eitreim of KME Photography
Kirsten Eitreim is the visionary behind KME Photography. When your pet is also a part of your family, you can count on her for beautiful portraits of that bond that you will treasure for years to come. Whether you’ve recently added a pup to your pack (two-legged or four), or you want a “sunset session” to remember your furry friend for the rest of your life, she is an amazing photographer. Her pet photos are sometimes playful — using wide-angles to add a comedic element or to bring in the landscape, and other times they are tender. Count on Kirsten for her refined photojournalist approach — genuine expressions on furry faces abound in her work.
Patrick Nau has over 30 years of experience as a portrait photographer, and he has photographed over 1000 dogs (as well as cats, birds, and a few other exotic creatures). Iit is this expertise that has earned him a place on this list of the best Minneapolis pet photographers. His in-studio portraiture is classic — and therefore timeless — fine art. Choose Patrick when you want traditional studio portraits of and with your pets — his patience and professionalism are always evident!
7. Kris Kaiser of Kris Kreativ
As well as being a talented graphic designer, Kris Kaiser is a talented Minneapolis pet photographer and all-around creative powerhouse. Working with Bitty Kitty Brigade, she has honed her feline photography skills and offered up her talents to help cats find forever homes. Her portraits are sweet peeks into the personalities of her subjects — lots of inquisitive looks and hopeful eyes present.
Her use of props adds a playful twist — check out her tiny-kitten-styled-as-a-newborn photographs, they are almost too cute for words. If you are looking for polished studio portraits of your pet, you can be assured that you are getting both an experienced animal whisperer and knowledgeable photographer when you work with Kris — check out her work today!
So, if you have been wanting to document your entire family, including your furkids, we hope you give one of these Minneapolis pet photographers a call — they are all experienced artists!