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Top Ten Tips for Great Holiday Pet Photos
From Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Top Ten Tips for Great Holiday Pet Photos From Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz 

1 – If your pup is going to wear an outfit or even just a Santa hat, put it on a couple days before to make sure it fits, but more importantly, to see how your pup likes it and to let him/her get used to it.

2 – Try to bring your pup to the store/location where the pictures will be taken in advance to let him/her get used to the smells, noise, and hustle and bustle of the store.

3 – Buy a holiday toy that would look nice in the holiday picture and give it to the dog to play with a day or two before picture day. Bring it with you when you go for the pictures, it may help your dog feel more comfortable.

4 – Bring some of Fido’s favorite treats in case “bribery” is required.

5 – The photographers will most likely be using a camera with a flash, so I suggest that you practice taking pictures with a flash at home. Take a picture and quickly give the dog a treat. Let him make the connection that a flash will lead to a treat. This technique may help your dog sit calmly through a few shots if needed.

6 – Holiday picture days are typically very popular and there can be long lines to wait on. To avoid standing in long lines, arrive early in the day. You might even call the photographer at the store and ask what time would be least crowded.

7 – If you are using a professional photographer in a private photo studio, most likely you will be making an appointment. Make the appointment for a time when your dog has already eaten and has taken care of “business”.

8 – Try not to make any changes to the dog’s regular routine. Feed, use the bathroom, and exercise as usual if possible.

9 – It usually helps to take your dog for a long walk or run before the photo session, especially if you have one of the more active breeds or mixed breeds.

10 – Even after taking some or all of these steps, some dogs may not sit for a photo for one reason or another. Don’t get frustrated, give your pup an extra hug and remember it is all about having fun.

Richie Schwartz - America’s Most Experienced Pet Photographer
Pets Photography Studio - Over 75,000 Pets Photographed
Named to Top 25 Pet People of 2010 (NBC Universal)
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Celebrity Dog meets Celebrity Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Buster Boxer ©, an internet dog celebrity with thousands of fans and followers on Facebook, visited Celebrity Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz in his New York photo studio. Richie, owner of Pets Photography Studios was recently contacted by Buster’s manager to handle the photography for his 2012 calendar, his upcoming coffee table book and a couple other projects. Attesting to the power of social media, Richie and Buster actually met through a  Facebook mutual “friend” who created the connection for them.  After the fun filled two hour photo session, Richie remarked “I rarely meet a dog who loves to pose as much as Buster does”. You can see how Richie captures Buster’s personality as Buster changes poses from whimsical to regal to serious to fun. As you can imagine from these images, a ton of fun was had by all. We are saving the best images for the calendar and books, but  we are sharing a few out-takes from the session due to popular demand from both Richie’s and Buster’s fans.

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Buster Boxer  (3)
Buster Boxer Photographed by Celebrity Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz
Buster Boxer Photographed by Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Buster Boxer Photographed by Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Buster Boxer Photographed by Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Buster Boxer Photographed by Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography on Buster Boxer's Birthday

Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz on Buster Boxer's Birthday

Rescued Michael Vick Pitbull Becomes Therapy Dog After Much Love

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Pets Photography Studio TV – Dog Channel

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz Video wins Best DOGumentary Award

Monday, February 28th, 2011

This profile of Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz won the Doscar for Best DOGumentary for a behind the scenes look at America’s most experienced Pet Photographer.

                           
Filmed and edited by nationally acclaimed Videographer Brian Potts, this  seven minute DOGumentary takes a look at how Schwartz actually gets the animals to pose, why he chose to specialize in Pet Photography and other fascinating and fun scenes.
Watch the video here: DOGumentary 
 

Valentines Day Goes to the Dogs

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I made a photo video using some shots I did around Valentines Day. Music is Blue Moon by the Marcels.

Click to watch video and listen to soundtrack.

 Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Valentines Movie

Photographer Named Among Top 25 Pet People

Monday, January 17th, 2011

NBC UNIVERSAL’S PETSIDE.COM NAMES “TOP 25 PET PEOPLE OF 2010

Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz included On List of Extraordinary Newsmakers, With Emmy-Award Winners, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Ray, and Betty White Rounding Out The List

New York, NY (December 21, 2010) – As 2010 comes to an end, Petside.com (www.petside.com), the preeminent site for pet owners and pet enthusiasts, has released its first-ever list of the “Top 25 Pet People of 2010” (http://www.petside.com/photos/top-10-lists/25-pet-people-of-2010/). The list, which includes both unsung heroes and celebrity activists such as Ellen DeGeneres, Elayne Boosler and Betty White, is led by one extraordinarily generous dermatologist from Denver, Colorado, Dr. Leslie Capin, who donated $1 million in contest winnings to several local animal shelters.

“Whether it was organizing efforts to help animals in Haiti, rescuing 100 beagles from a bankrupt testing lab in New Jersey, or photographing homeless animals for adoption, so many pet-lovers raised awareness and donated resources for the benefit of pets everywhere,” said Wendy Toth, Editor of Petside.com. “Petside’s list recognizes these extraordinary people and their effect on the pet community.”

Petside based the rankings on the individual’s impact on the welfare of pets, the public profile of pets in need and on their ability to inspire others to action. Ranging from public figures to everyday citizens, animal-loving tweens and reformed bad-boys, Petside.com’s “Top 25 Pet People of 2010” runs the gamut of headline-making newsmakers.

At the top of the list are:

1.) Leslie Capin – Won $1 million in cute dog contest and gave it to shelters.
2.) Ellen DeGeneres – Donated 5,000 meals from her pet food company to a pet food bank.
3.) Cathy King, DVM – Founder of World Vets; deployed a team to help pets in Haiti.
4.) Matt DeAngelis – Helped organize rescue of over 100 beagles from bankrupt testing lab.
5.) Oprah Winfrey– Publicized her adoption of two dogs from a Chicago no-kill shelter.
6.) Mike Arms – Creator of Iams® Home 4 The Holidays which set its highest goal ever this year.
7.) Betty White – Posed with hunks for a 2011 wall calendar and donated royalties to a shelter.
8.) Paula Abdul – Spokeswoman for the American Humane Association’s Pets and Women’s Shelters Program.

 Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz is listed at number 23

For the full list of Petside’s 25 Pet People of the Year and to read profiles on each, go to the list.

About Petside.com
Petside.com (http://www.petside.com/) was created by Digital Works@NBCU, a division of iVillage, in partnership with Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., as a comprehensive source of information and services that helps pets and their owners get the most out of life. Offering customized content and a highly personalized experience, Petside.com is ranked among the top 5 pet Web sites and offers unique editorial features, expert Q&A’s, tools and how-to videos.

Professional Holiday Pet Photography & Rescued Pets Food Drive

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

 

Professional Pet Photography Holiday Marathon & Rescued Pets Food Drive 

All Day - Sunday December 19th 

By Appointment Only

Long Island Location (see below) 

Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz and Pet Supplies Plus will host a day of Pet Photos. 

Christmas, Seasonal, and Generic backdrops and props will be available. 

Portrait packages from $24.99 and up. Pictures will be ready for pickup before Christmas. 

No Sitting Fee!!! Help animals in need and those that care for them. 

In lieu of our usual sitting fee, we are asking for a dog or cat food donation of any amount. 

We will match all the donations with an equal amount of food.

All food collected will be donated to Forgotten Friends of Long Island Animal Rescue 

Sunday Dec 19 at  Westbury Pet Supplies Plus 

Click the store name for directions 

For information or to make an appointment:

Call 516-263-4821 or email  info@PetsPhotography.com 

Appointments can also be made online now, by clicking here Book an Appointment Now 

Visit our web site Pets Photography Studio

 

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Chihuahua in Christmas Dress

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Dog in Gift Box

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Yorkie in Christmas Outfit

  

Pit Bull and Snowman Merry Christmas

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Three Cats Enjoy Christmas

Richie Schwartz Pet Photographer Chihuahua in bowtie

  

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Cavalier Christmas

  

Richie Schwartz Pet Photography Happy Holidays Irish Setter

 

Professional Photography Helps Shelter Rescue Dogs Get Adopted

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I had a Pet Photo Day at a large pet supply store in Long Island, NY. There was a dog and cat rescue group celebrating the opening of their new facility within the store. The store owner had generously donated a large portion of his property to construct an area to house kittens and cats that have been rescued from the street and from other shelters. They had also brought with them, several rescued dogs that live in foster homes while waiting to be adopted. They don’t have room to house the dogs, so some volunteers with very big hearts become foster “parents” to these animals that would have otherwise been euthanized.

I told the Coordinator of their Dog Program, that I would be happy to donate some of my time and take pictures of the foster dogs which could then be used on their web site. I hadn’t seen their web site or the pictures of the dogs on it, but I have seen other rescue sites and I know what the pictures usually look like.  It is a known fact that the better the picture, the better the chances are that a dog will get adopted. Even without having seen the pictures they were using on their web site,I was sure that I could improve upon them. Take a look at the pictures. The first set along the top row were taken by the rescue volunteers. The next set of photos are the same dogs and these pictures were taken by me. As you can see there is a dramatic difference. Sometimes, when viewing potential pet adoptions on the Internet, that photo makes all the difference in the world between getting an animal adopted or not.

If you are a shelter or rescue organization in Connecticut, New York or on Long Island, I am available to do the same thing for your organiztion. 
Here are the “before” and “after” pictures:

The top row photos were taken by the rescue group’s volunteers. The rest are photos of the same dogs, taken by me.

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