Lifestyle Animal Photography
Wag-worthy photos for pet brands
Our Photography Clients Include
You’re in great company
We’ve provided custom dog and cat photography to some of the world’s biggest pet brands, including these brands.
Frontline // Bravecto // Mars PetCare // VetriSCIENCE // Pet Naturals // PEDIGREE // Kriser’s Natural Pet // The Honest Kitchen // Fresh Pet // Applaws // Nutro Ultra // PetSafe // Pinnacle // Applaws // Milk-Bone
Lifestyle Animal Photography Portfolio
On location where pets feel at home
It’s long overdue for your company to level-up their imagery to maximize their revenue.
That’s where we come in.
We’ll transform your brand’s lifestyle animal photography to help you maximize conversions and minimize ad costs.
These photos are a small representation of the kinds of lifestyle pet photos we make for your business, although we can make them all, including commercial pet photos of dogs and cats in homes, parks, beaches, trails, urban areas, etc.
Connect with Jamie on LinkedIn, and follow her brand new Instagram channel, soon to be filled with engaging photos of dogs, cats and kids!
Photographer Jamie Piper
San Diego based commercial animal photographer Jamie Piper, the founder and owner of Dogling Creative, does all of our lifestyle shoots.
She has done lifestyle photo shoots across the U.S. for nearly 20 years for a wide variety of different pet brands, producing content like you see above that is equal parts engaging and aspirational. She often travels to LA to shoot for NY and LA-based ad agencies representing global brands.
The body of work she is proudest of, and feels best represents her lifestyle photography style, is the work she created for Pedigree in San Francisco. She is happiest when given the freedom to ‘just play’.
You can get in touch with Jamie directly at jamie [at] doglingcreative dot com. She would love to hear about your project.
So Cal USA
We use a variety of locations in both San Diego and Los Angeles for our commercial animal shoots.
A ‘lifestyle’ shoot simply means one that takes place in locations where you’d typically find a pet. Including but not limited to:
- residential home
- urban or suburban park
- ocean beach
- dog park
- lake (on or near)
- mountain trails
- urban cafe/restaurant patio
- desert location
- swimming pool
- pet store
- home ‘catio’
There can be wide variations in several of those categories. For example, a ‘residential home’ could be a generic middle-America house and backyard, an urban high-rise condo with a view, or a country-style suburban house, etc.
For our lifestyle shoots, our locations are dictated exclusively by the budget we have to work with. The higher your company’s budget- the nicer the location we’ll be able to rent. And all public park locations require a park permit fee.
You can see other elements that go into a lifestyle commercial animal photography shoot in this blog post we wrote on the topic.
If you’re interested in doing a commercial lifestyle dog and/or cat photography shoot with us to get some great images for your pet brand, we’ll discuss location options during our creative call.
How it Works
The process for great photo results
Questionnaire & Proposal
You complete our quote request form so we can learn more about your photography needs.
You share comp photos with us, and tell is what you need the photos for, and what your overall goals for the imagery are.
You tell us what kind of animal talent you’d like, and what kind of settings / colors / design style you’d like for the photos, plus if there are any specific setups you’d like.
We’ll create a personalized proposal and estimate that outlines the project and inclusions.
We’ll email you the proposal, and after you sign the it and pay the advance, then we begin planning your photo shoot with you.
Remote Photo Shoot
We do the remote photo shoot, being sure to capture all the shots on your shot list. We are skilled and efficient, and know exactly how to capture the shots you need for yor pet business.
With 20 years of experience, you don’t need to worry about this part of the process. You can relax and focus on the results, knowing that ‘we got this’.
We deliver your custom photos to you, all beautified and ready for your marketing and advertising efforts.
If we are providing you with other services as well, we’ll also place your photos in a folder in your client portal for our team to use in your various marketing channels (website, email, social media designs, etc).
Inject some visual magic into your marketing and advertising and watch your engagement and conversions skyrocket.
Pet parents purchase from pet brands they fall in love with, and there’s no better way to woo them than with beautiful custom visuals.
Your questions about photography, answered
Q: How far in advance do we need to book a shoot?
It depends on the size of the shoot, but we typically book out between 4-6 weeks in advance. The final quarter (October-December) is always our busiest time of the year, so it's not uncommon for us to be booked out 8-10 weeks in advance during those months.
Occasionally we are able to do last-minute shoots in 21 days or less, but we do charge a 15%-25% rush fee on the project total for short-notice shoots.
Q: If we are purchaging a remove viewing add-on, how do we view the shoot remotely?
We bring in our digital tech (our photo expert who mans the laptop station that ingests the images from the camera), and set up remote viewing for you so you can see the images that come through to that laptop.
The camera is 'tethered' to the laptop at all times, so the digitech (and you and your team) can see the images right when they are created.
Remote viewing requires that you are available for the duration of the shoot.
After the shoot, we also present the images from your shoot in an online gallery for you to select from, typically 2-4 business days following the shoot.
Q: What is the investment for photography and videography?
Photography and videography services are priced based on the scope of the work and inclusions. Every project is different.
Rates typically start between $2k-$3k for short, simple shoots, which includes capture time, editing time, talent fees and some production expenses, and most of our photography clients invest between $5k-$8k in custom photography services. Video clients typically invest between $1500-$4k in custom marketing videos.
If you have already set a budget to invest in high-converting marketing photos and/or videos, click the orange button to start working us. We’ll gather the information we need and send you a proposal.
If you are just looking for some quick & cheap custom visuals and are not ready to make an investment in imagery that will generate revenue for your business, we aren’t the agency for you and we recommend looking for photographers on marketplace platforms like fiverr.
Q: When is payment due?
For shoots $3500 and under, 100% payment is required to book and secure dates on our calendar.
For shoots over $3500, We require 100% of production expenses + 50% of fees to book the shoot.
The remaining balance is due at the time of final file delivery prior to delivery.
Q: Who picks the talent and locations?
It depends on your budget.
Talent and location sourcing and casting/booking can be a very time-consuming endeavor.
If you are on a very low budget, and/or doing a cost-sharing shoot (see below), we scout and cast the talent and location we feel will best meet your needs.
If you have a moderate or higher budget, we select the talent and locations together, based on your input and approval.
We have a database of pet and human models we can select from in Southern California.
We also have location options that we can pull from via 'cards'.
For our higher-end shoots, we often include in-person location scouting and talent casting.
For studio locations, we choose the location that best fits the budget.
Q: Do you have any super affordable photography options? We are worried your rates may be out of our budget.
We have two options for companies on very tight budgets.
1) Semi-custom shoots.
Depending on the shoot, and whether or not we need the content, we provide discounts to clients who allow us to place the images from their shoot on our stock website so we can license them to other companies.
2) Cost-sharing shoots.
We also do what we call 'cost-sharing' shoots, which is where we do a single photo shoot for multiple different companies that don't have competing products or services. Ex: we do a single shoot that produces images for a dog treat company, dog training company, pet insurance company and pet sweater company, using the same location and talent (and production expenses).
Please ask us about cost-sharing shoots when you complete our Work With Us form.
If you are on a really (really) tight budget, consider our super affordable yet premium quality stock photos, at prices that start at just $35 per file.
Q: We have products that need to be photographed, both on their own and with talent. Can you do that?
For sure! We have product photography packages coming in the fall of 2021.
Q: What retouching do you provide?
Retouching is detailed 'clean-up' we do on the final images, to make them look their very best.
Animals are messy (drool, eye goobers, treat crumbs, etc), and we typically don't want that mess showing in your photos, so we make sure it's all cleaned up on the photos you license.
See our retouching portfolio here. We think you'll be impressed.
We can also retouch your existing photo content and UGC as well!
Q: Do you do pet photography sessions for regular pet owners?
Sorry but no. We only provide photography services to pet-related brands, businesses and companies.
Q: We have other questions that we don't see answered here. How do we get more information?
Give us a shout! We'd love to hear from you.
How to Book
Complete our simple questionnaire
Provide information about your needs to help us create a proposal and estimate of costs.
Review your proposal
We’ll send you a proposal and estimate, which you can customize to meet your needs.
Commence your transformation
Sign your proposal and pay your advance. Plan your project and collect your deliverables.
Custom Photography Alternative
Don't have the budget for custom imagery?
Consider licensing our premium stock pet photos, with prices that start at just $35.