Best Places For Pet Photography In Pittsburgh

May 25, 2012 6:00 AM

Your pet isn’t just the furry ball that steals a spot on the mattress at night, he steals his way into your heart as well. It’s that unwavering devotion and fun, funky way pets have of bringing joy into their families’ lives that makes them so dear. Capture and preserve that love with the Pittsburgh-area’s best photographers.

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Lisa West Photography
(412) 720-6368

Price: from $150/prints begin at $20
Hours: by appointment

Lisa West Photography has been in business since 2006 after West earned a certificate in fine art photography from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Her product offerings range from prints to hardcover photo books. She’ll work in a client’s home or on-site at a pet-friendly location within a 60 mile radius of Pittsburgh. West works to capture each animal’s true personality, partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society to portray potential pets at their most irresistible. 

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Jenny Karlsson Photography
(412) 298-8138

Price: $175 sitting fee/prints begin at $50/packages start at $325
Hours: by appointment

Born in Sweden and educated at the University of Pittsburgh, Jenny of Jenny Karlsson Photography specializes in Pittsburgh-based lifestyle photography. Karlsson’s suggested session times are early morning or sunset, which provide the best natural light. She offers a reduced session fee to clients booking for a terminally ill pet. A devoted pet photographer, she views her work as visual storytelling, putting heart into creating portraiture that is vibrant, meaningful and timeless.

Jeff Hartzell Photography
111 Rieger Rd.
Butler, PA 16001
(724) 283-1743

Price: $40 retainer credited toward purchase/no sitting fee/from $45 for packages
Hours: by appointment

Jeff Hartzell Photography has been in business since 1987, but Jeff began working in the industry in 1980. He specializes in traditional pet and family photography, offering below-average pricing. His home-grown studio includes multiple, on-site outdoor settings, including a gazebo and mini park. Expect polished, studio-style images without big-studio prices.

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Nicole Begley Photography
(724) 766-6103

Price: $195 two-session creative fee/prints begin at $55/packages start at $595
Hours: by appointment

Nicole Begley specializes in lifestyle pet and equine photography. The first 13 years of Begley’s career involved training animals at zoological institutions. She specializes in creating expressive, modern and memorable images, even offering tribute specials at reduced rates for terminally ill or elderly pets. Sessions may be held in your home or on-site at a pet-friendly location within a 30-mile radius of Wexford. She is also a member of Heart Speaks, an organization of artists who strive to bring positive attention to rescue-shelter companions.

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Timeless Portraits by Liz
82 E. Crafton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 992-5063

Price: $200 sitting fee/$100 per picture if creative additions are requested/$250 minimum package fee
Hours: by appointment

A master of her craft, Liz of Timeless Portraits by Liz has been in business for 17 years. She specializes in studio portraiture, or digital, creatively enhanced art portraits. Sessions may be held in the studio, your home or on-site at a pet-friendly location. Each final image is a work of original art with your most cherished animal companion. Many of her images are reminiscent of storybook settings. Her product line ranges from wallets to mantle-filling canvas portraiture.

Cheree Charmello is a native Pittsburgher. She is a teacher of Gifted Education, a Volunteerism Coordinator, and is an active volunteer. She currently teaches Technology and Writing. Her work can be found at