What type of dog portrait should you choose?

When considering what type of professional dog portrait you should get, think about where the portrait is to go and if you prefer candid types of images in natural settings, or posed portraits. 

Think about what you plan to do with your photos? If you are looking for just one or two pieces of art to hang on a wall or to be used as a framed table or desk photo, then perhaps a studio portrait may be for you.


With studio portraits your dog is placed against a chosen background and sits on a table, chair or other prop. Then a number of different poses are taken in the studio setting. You end up with a selection of images that may have a different colour backdrop or with the dog sitting on a different surface, but there is really not very much variety in the images.

Here is a typical studio image.


You may be interested in an album or wall art of images from your dog photography session.

In that case a non-studio location provides a far greater of variety of images to fill those album pages and design a really awesome wall gallery.

Outdoor locations offer so much more interest and variety.

I really love photos of dogs showing off a bit of the landscape.

I find that they provide interest and appeal while also providing wonderful artwork for your walls and interesting images for your album. You can head to your favourite outdoor location where you get beautiful dog portraits in a wide variety of natural surroundings such as in parks, gardens, the beach or perhaps even in the city. I enjoy shooting dog portraits outdoors because of the great natural light one can take advantage of, the great variety it offers in terms of backdrop, and I like to see dogs in places where they enjoy hanging out, where they love to play or to walk. In outdoor settings you can also get images of your dogs running and at play.

While we don’t have dramatic landscapes such as mountains, in and around Toronto, there are a number of places where one can go for simple natural landscape photos.

Here are a some dog portraits showing off a bit of the landscape in the Toronto area. 

This lovely cityscape would also be great as part of a wall gallery

Below is an example of a wall gallery using only 2 images

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your dog portrait. I photograph your dogs in and around Toronto, Etobicoke, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Unionville and beyond.

For more on using landscape in dog photography, check out this post by Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide.