The 8 Best Pet Photographers in San Diego
- Date: March 9, 2022
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
Looking for the best San Diego pet photographers to capture your fur baby in all their glory? We understand! For pet owners, animals are such an essential part of our lives. They’re as much a part of our families as our human relatives, and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them — whether it’s sneaking them a secret table scrap or being patient when they drool on you. Or maybe you could even do an awesome photoshoot with them. And, in a city like San Diego, you’ve got tons of great locations to explore with your pets — and to use as a setting!
That’s where Peerspace can also help you. We not only strive to showcase the work of San Diego’s best pet photographers, but it’s also our business to offer you access to incredible hidden gem venues. We are the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, with hundreds in SD alone.
The ample vision and full range of styles of the following pet photographers mean you’ll easily find someone to work with, someone who will produce fantastic art of your furry friends. With amazing landscapes, a thriving art scene, and several of the most talented photographers in the world, San Diego is a dream. These are a few of our favorite San Diego pet photographers.
1. David Veit
David Veit left his banking career to pursue his love of photography. And we’re very glad he did! Exuding a strong environmental style, it’s no surprise that David’s work makes frequent use of interesting settings that enhance his images. His pet photography really brings out the personalities of the animals he works with, and his images are always bright and colorful.
In addition to his portraiture, David also has a great eye for capturing pets in action — a dog enthusiastically carrying a stick or running on the beach, for example. His work is consistent and top-notch, making him one of the best San Diego pet photographers around.
2. Allison Shamrell
Allison Shamrell loves pets, and the ability to make a living by combining that love with her passion for photography is something she sincerely values. She has years of experience in the field and has perfected her approach in that time. With her knowledge of dogs and the level of planning she engages in with clients, Allison is always prepared to make every photoshoot a successful one.
Whether she’s shooting on location or in the studio, her images are always thoughtfully composed, capturing classic poses alongside goofy faces. In fact, she creates a well-rounded package that shows how much fun our pets can have. Check out her website to see her many accolades and, of course, to see adorable pet photos!
3. Terran Bayer of Westway Studio
Terran Bayer, who runs Westway Studio, has had a deep, lifelong connection with animals. With her love of photography, it makes sense that she has become one of the top San Diego pet photographers. Her work is story-oriented and colorful, aimed at creating a narrative for her clients about their pets. Terran always has great natural settings for her photographs, sing the breathtaking landscapes around SD to work. She is also focused on capturing the bond between people and their pets, which results in some amazing work.
We also adore how Terran characterizes her work. “I get to bring happiness to my clients through colorful photographs that tell the stories of their animals and bright designs that help grow businesses that are making a positive difference in our crazy world.”
4. Amelia Durham of Banyan Pet Photography
Amelia Durham has been producing award-winning work in San Diego for more than a decade. Her images are narrative-driven, shot in the home or on location — wherever your pet is most comfortable. Outdoors, her work is warmly lit and shows pets in settings they truly love. In the studio, she gets creative with lights and backdrops to create dramatic images, sharp and perfectly lit. And, on top of all this, she has a compelling gallery of posed portraits featuring pets with their owners, so you can have top-quality images of yourself with your furry family member.
5. Charmaine Gray
Charmaine Gray has loved animals since she was a child when she’d take care of strays and her own family pets. Bringing tons of passion and joy to each of her shoots, she readily forms a connection with her clients and their pets. Her portfolio brims with images of animals enjoying life, spending time outdoors, and beaming at their owners.
Charmaine’s in-studio work employs classic portraiture techniques to capture your pet in the absolute best light. She also specializes in dog sport and event photography alongside her portraiture work. We love how her photography is consistent and creative, and both of these qualities make Charmaine one of the most talented San Diego pet photographers.
6. Rachel Manning
Drawing inspiration from her own family and pets, Rachel understands the value of having amazing images of your fur family. She’s got a great eye for dynamic lighting situations, as well as authentic moments, and she combines the two to make stunning photos. Her dog portraits often feature strong center composition, putting your pet front and center. Rachel also doesn’t shy away from the silly, spontaneous moments dogs are prone to, and we love her for it! She also does a fantastic job once the owners get in the frame as well, capturing candid interactions and classic portraits. Altogether, she offers a versatile final product sure to impress.
7. Keeley Kenefick of Oh My Dog Photography
Keeley Kenefick of Oh My Dog Photography adores animals and creates portraits “for the stylish pet”. Like many in this business, her passion for animals led her to turn her camera toward pet photography and documenting animals. She understands animal body language and knows how to get your pet comfortable with her and the camera. This comfort is evident in her portfolio; her studio images show expressive animals happy to interact and sit for a snapshot.
She has a real aptitude for getting animals to relax in an unfamiliar environment while capturing all the nuances of their personality. Be sure to check out her website, where you’ll see all sorts of precious pets looking delighted in front of her lens.
8. Sunsets Unleashed
Audrey of Sunsets Unleashed is a lifelong animal lover and founder of the Boxer Rescue Project of San Diego. She is dually based in Oregon and happily travels and takes snaps of precious pets up and down the sunny west coast. In addition to pet portraits, Audrey also creates pet images for commercial work and fundraising causes.
Just check out what one of her happy pet parent clients had to say about working with her. “Audrey is THE most amazing pet photographer I have ever worked with. Our dogs and cat respond to her in a very special way. They are calm, happy, relaxed and she brings out their personalities.”
Bonus: Gretchen Otero Photography
Gretchen Otero is one of the most popular and fiercely talented portrait photographers in San Diego. But it’s her pet photography that’s won our hearts today! She considers it a special honor to take photos of the dogs and cats we love most. Gretchen’s images often take place outdoors, where we get to see pets and their people posed or playing. She also creates beautiful wall art and photo albums to commemorate the session. And we recommend these exquisite services. All the better to treasure your pet’s time as a model!
Peerspace loves San Diego pet photographers!
San Diego’s a wonderful city for fans of pets. There’s great weather, tons of beaches to run on, and plenty of pet-friendly businesses. And if you love your pet as much as we do (and we know you do), we’re confident you won’t regret a pet photography session. Not only will you get images that you’ll love for years, but it’s a fun and unique experience in and of itself. And if you’re looking for unique spaces to capture your pet’s personality, check out Peerspace. Try it out and don’t forget to use the #MadeInPeerspace hashtag when you post those to the ‘Gram.
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