With an abundance of Minnesota pet photographers, finding the right fit for your fur baby’s close-up should never be a challenge. Through the fluff, however, some of these artists stand strides ahead of the rest for their skills capturing that special something in every pet’s personality. Whether it’s cats, horses or dogs, these area professionals know how to show the world that undefinable bond between pets and the people who love them. These, Minnesota’s best pet photographers, create art from start to finish for memories that last lifetimes.
Shelly Peters Photographic Art
Phone: (612) 388-6390
Prices: from $125 for family sessions/package prices and deals vary
Contact to schedule session
Shelly Peters has a stunning portfolio of artistic photography ranging from newborns to families and children, as well as cats and dogs. She connects with her clients, before ever scratching behind their furry friends’ ears, with an inspired photo blog. Shelly Peters Photographic Art also takes part in projects such as Help-Portrait, an international charitable photography project and the Single Parent Project in which she helps single parents afford family photographs. Promoting her work as photographic art, Peters promises a personalized package to each family she works with.
Jen Thompson Photography
620 7th Ave N
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Price: call for prices
Call to schedule consultation and shoot
Jen Thompson Photography is located further north from the Twin Cities, in St. Cloud. Within her portfolio you’ll immediately notice a number of fun and stunning photos of dogs poses you might not see elsewhere. If you are looking for indoor dog and puppy photos or outdoor photos of farm animals, Thompson knows how to catch just the right expression and bit of personality for the photo. Her education and talent receive support and inspiration from her husband and their two fur kids — Daisy, a German shorthair pointer, and Bernard, a Boston terrier. Even on her photo blog, Thompson’s simple photos of the kids doing daily basics, such as waiting for a walk or watching the washing machine, draw on that character that makes pet parents fall in love.
Lucky Mutt Photography
Saint Paul, MN
Prices: $290 session includes a 30- to 45-minute custom photography session for one pet at the client’s location of choice, a gallery of 15 edited images and $190 in product credit/package prices vary
Contact for session options
Lucky Mutt Photography specializes in capturing your dog or cat’s most photogenic pose. Owner Becky Kalin is involved in a number of events and activities including the Bark at Art Poster Show at Gallery 122 at Hang It, which helped to support The Pet Project to help keep struggling fur families together. She also holds photo and share-your-story contests for pets and their people, creating a community of animal enthusiasts who love her art. Expect her to capture candid shots of your pet at its cutest every time.
Related: Best Places to Take Your Dog
1500 N Innsbruck Dr
Fridley, MN 55432
Hours: daily – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $40 per session
LS Originals sits in the north metro area of the Twin Cities. Photographer Linda Studley specializes in pet photography as well as business head shots and high school senior photos. In addition to studio hours, LS Originals’ sessions are also available at the AllBreed Obedience Behavioral School for Dogs in Woodbury from noon to 4 p.m. every second Sunday. Dogs and their people may stop in for photos on a walk-in basis, but scheduled appointments have priority. The studio welcomes high school seniors to include their pets in their high school photos for free. LS Originals provides restoration and repair services as well.
Patrick Nau Photography
4804 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Price: $75 portrait session includes 50 to 100 poses and digital slide show/package pricing varies but most clients spend $200 to $800
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patrick Nau has been in the photography business for 30 years and specializes in photos of people and their pets. His experience helps capture perfect photos of thousands of even the friskiest pets. His tried and true techniques for managing distracted pets promise a 100-percent success rate families always appreciate. His aren’t blurred photos of your pup running through the park, they’re professional, studio-style shots designed to portray your pet at his best.
Christina Majaski is a full-time legal assistant and freelance writer for online and print publications and has a growing fondness for all things related to social media. She currently resides with her daughter in central Minnesota. She writes a sometimes humorous blog at http://www.solitarymama.com and welcomes you to follow her on Twitter @cmajaski. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.