Family photography saves memories of precious pets for years to come, but capturing an animal’s essence takes a special touch. Celebrate the love of your fur baby with classic portraits by the area photographers who know how to catch your cat when he’s being a character and your pup when she’s at her cutest. Bring them in for studio shots or schedule a candid session at your pet’s favorite hangout; these professionals always accommodate.

Takoma Park, MD 20192
(202) 329-1670

Price: $250 for basic session.
Hours: schedule appointment

FidoJournalism, a play on photojournalism, has a way of capturing your pet’s most perfect portrait. Owner Stephen Bobb’s unique style and storytelling approach to photography put a pretty punch on the finished product. Fido Journalism works happily in your pet’s natural environment. It also keeps an active dog-centric blog just for the love of your furry friends. Enter your pet in its annual unconditional love contest for a chance to win a free photo session.

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Photo Credit: Sara Riddle

Photography by Sara Riddle
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 496-5365

Price: $295 for basic session
Hours: schedule appointment

Sara Riddle is a highly experienced and educated photographer with a bachelor of fine arts in photography. Her two-legged and four-legged clients are her first priority. Her work has been featured on the cover of NovaDog Magazine with its fresh and contemporary feel that leaves her clients satisfied. She photographs myriad animals including horses, and works to be flexible and catch the most candid shots of every pet.

Paws Print Photography
P.O. Box 841
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 354-3736

Price: $495 for basic session
Hours: schedule appointment

Voted Best Pet artist by the Washingtonian, Paws Print will not disappoint. Though it mostly photographs cats and dogs, its photographers have experience photographing alpacas, reptiles and birds as well. Its accommodating work style makes it easy for clients to schedule photo sessions that work best for them and their pets. Prior to the photo session, photographer Robin Burkett meets with your pet and visits the shoot location to test its suitability. Its satisfaction-guaranteed policy and attention to detail helps make every pet and pet owner feel valued.

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Houndstooth Photography
161 U St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(703) 975-5070

Price: call for pricing
Hours: schedule appointment

Houndstooth photography has behind its lens an award-winning duo. Between its two photographers stands a slew of international, magazine and newspaper experience. Its classic portrait style is similar to the works of Annie Liebowitz. No worries if your dog is misbehaving at the photo session, these top notch photographers know how to get the best shots every time. As Houndstooth’s photographers travel the city, check their The Menagerie Blog to hunt them down and snag a session.

Paws & Claws Photography
8951 Brewer Creek Place
Manassas, VA 20109
(571) 641-1044

Price: $250 for basic photo session in Northern Virgina/$300 for basic photo session in Greater Washington Metro Area
Hours: schedule appointment

Paws & Claws Photography runs a fabulous business with professional backdrops and props. Owner Megan Lee graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, and goes above and beyond the call of duty to make your animals feel comfortable. She comes well prepared with treats and toys to get your pooch or feline to have fun during his or her photo session. She places a tremendous effort on polishing the finished product to give families photos they’ll keep forever.

Carly Mannava is a freelance writer living in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Her work can be found on