Valentines Day Goes to the Dogs

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

January 17th, 2011


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, (, the preeminent site for pet owners and pet enthusiasts, has released its first-ever list of the “Top 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’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,’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 ( 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, 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

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 

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 now offers Canvas Gallery Wrapped prints

December 1st, 2010

Here are a few samples of Pet Photography printed directly onto a canvas, then gallery wrapped.

We offer this item in dozens of sizes.









Entrepreneur Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz Interviewed About Business Strategy in Newsday

October 25th, 2010

I met a one pound dog today named Bruno

October 24th, 2010

I had a photo session today with a super cute pup named Bruno and I just had to share a few previews with you. Bruno has been added to the list of cutest dogs I have photographed this month. What do you think?

cute chihuahua

cute chihuahua Bruno

cute chihuahua Bruno

cute chihuahua Bruno

cute chihuahua Bruno
cute chihuahua Bruno

Professional Photography Helps Shelter Rescue Dogs Get Adopted

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.


July 16th, 2010

Do Pets Belong In Family Portraits?

Richie Schwartz, Pet Photographer

Pet Photography Trend Brings Families Into The Picture

In the modern American culture, pets are increasingly treated as family members. Dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals have always been an important part of the family. As American culture evolved in the last twenty years, these domesticated companions have taken on an even more important role.

More young couples are not just getting married later in life; they are delaying having children until older. As a result, pets seem to have taken the place of children in the lives of young couples and as such, they are treated much the same way that children are. Indeed, many people refer to their pets as their “kids” and owners are themselves referred to as “pet parents” by those in the companion animal industry.

For middle aged American couples, pets are a welcome relief to empty houses as their children grow up and move out. These pets help make the transition easier. For older Americans, a pet often helps one get through the death of a spouse or loss of a job.

Whole industries have been created to service these pet families. These include dog walkers, pet sitters, doggie daycare, backyard “pooper” scoopers, pet insurance, and of course, the pet photography specialist. Several major insurance companies have even added options for pet insurance. It makes sense that this unique member of the family is included in the annual family portrait and at other family functions. Dogs are even showing up at weddings as part of the wedding party and are included in the wedding portraits as well. More often we are seeing portraits of a dog or cat on a co-workers desk along with their other family members. Some proud pet owners even carry small sized photos of their pal in their wallet.

Unlike thirty years ago, an animal in a family portrait is no longer considered an oddity, but is seen as just another loved family member. Are your “furry friends” included in your family portraits?

About the Author; Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz

Richie Schwartz, a former Veterinary Technician, Dog Groomer, and Dog Trainer, has over 30 years experience as a professional photographer. He is known as the “dog whisperer” of pet photographers. Richie has a special bond with animals and it has been said that he seems to hypnotize animals into posing for him. Richie is one of the country’s most prolific and sought after Pet Photographers. He has photographed over 60,000 pets in 30 states. Over the last ten years, he and his affiliated companies, including Pets Photography Studio, has provided Pet Photography services at hundreds of pet supply store locations for companies such as PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Supplies “Plus”. He has trained more than one hundred pet photographers in this time.

Richie  is a member of Long Island Pet Professionals, former President of the Professional Pet Photographers of America association and founded the Pet Photography School of New York. Richie is the NY Pet Photography writer for Richie Schwartz is a regular speaker and educator at area photography clubs, pet expos and other events, where he offers pet photography seminars and workshops. In addition, he regularly volunteers his services to raise funds for rescue shelters.

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