By its very nature, pet portraiture requires talent combined with a love of animals. A pet portrait photographer, ideally, will have lots of patience and care. We’ve combed through adorable dog photography, as well as portfolios of sweet kittens and exotic pets (it’s a hard job but someone has to do it), and found these gems. Drawing from various genres of photography and often incorporating each animal’s human, the following San Antonio pet photographers all combine their love of the craft with their passion for documenting the furry, four-legged members of your family. Take a look at their portfolios, be delighted by all of the cuteness, and keep one of these shutterbugs in mind the next time you want professional photos of your best friend.
Naming her photography biz after her late kitty named Spade, Renee is one of our favorite San Antonio pet photographers for two reasons: she is well-known for her commercial-style studio work, and her work is always charming. Working with all kinds of critters — and we do mean all kinds, even your porcine and equine buddies — she creates polished portraits of your loved ones. She even does fun photo editing and can make your pet a Warhol-inspired pop-art masterpiece! Her artful eye and unique techniques will delight all those who view her work. For a conversation piece, as well as a treasured artwork photo of your beloved pet, take a look at Renee’s portfolio and be wowed!
With a BFA in photography, Cindy Kelleher is clearly an experienced shutterbug. Having worked with various forms of photography, she is able to draw from her deep well of experience and produce varied and artistic pictures of people and their pets. She also does commercial work, as well as family and architectural shots, so her portfolio is as diverse as it is delightful! Whatever is in front of her lens, from events to rescue dogs, they benefit from her candid style and artistic flair. When it comes to getting the perfect shot, check out Cindy.
More than a San Antonio pet photographer, Christy Savarino is a photographic artist who’s creating original portraits of your fuzzy loves. When you want a stylish and highly individual portrait, she’s one of our top picks! If you want your fur baby documented in the style of a human baby — playful props and styling included — she is the one to work with! Her high-dynamic range photos have a polished and editorial flair to them, making them art pieces in their own right, as well as documenting your pets personality. Choose Christy when you want something in between purely documentary and pure art, she will deliver every time.
4. MarElly of Happy Thoughts Studio
MarElly is a true family photographer recognized for her beautifully authentic, documentary-style, family portraiture. Working with her, you are basically guaranteed to have heirloom prints that include your furry friend. Her in-home sessions are spectacular, as she makes sure everyone is comfortable and cozy in their element, as well as being stylishly portrayed. These one-of-a-kind photos will capture the hearts of viewers, as they undoubtedly have captured ours. If you’re in the market for an expert session and photographer, give MarElly’s portfolio a good look.
Petography is a polished team of San Antonio pet photographers — it’s in their name after all! Out to capture more than a mere image, they create artistic portraits of your four-legged friend. If you want quirky studio shots — they have fun backdrops and props aplenty. If you’re seeking a more natural outdoors shoot, they have team members with refined editorial styles. Specializing in showing off the individual, unique sides of your pet in pixel form, their style and mastery with the lens is always on point. For a memorable session with talented photographers, check out Petography.
6. Hayward Gaude of Pet Portrait Love
A legacy photographer specializing in in-studio work, Hayward Gaude produces fine art and classically styled portraits of both humans and animals. Creating nostalgic and painterly works of art, he collaborates with the members of your family, both two and four-legged.
Using skills refined by years of experience in the studio, he poses loved ones in traditional ways, as well as implementing a modern twist — using your pet as the centerpiece! The results are worthy of enjoying for generations to come. Work with Hayward Gaude if you have an elegant and refined fine art aesthetic, as well as want an experienced and professional studio portrait experience.
Even though she’s technically based out of Austin, Norah Levine’s work is too amazing to not mention in our list of excellent photographers! She is a fine art photographer with a strong quirky side — resulting in a delightful portfolio of family portraits, furkids included. She gives animals the same treatment she gives all of her subjects — an intimate peek into emotional and complex beings combined with an actual art piece — and the result is oh-so-charming.
She has been featured by O Magazine and HGTV, and it’s no wonder why. Using the medium of encaustic (pigments mixed with beeswax and resin) as well as incorporating photographs, she creates utterly original pieces. You won’t see many artists like Norah out there, so we recommend a trip to Austin so you can have one of her works for yourself!
We cannot recommend these San Antonio pet photographers highly enough. Take a look at their work, and you will agree — they are fantastic!