Dog Photography: Our Process


Jeremy Simon specializes in black and white, fine art, dog photography.

Dogs were the first animal known to have been domesticated by humans, presumably because we and our furry companions both have the same need for love and belonging to a pack. Often, when starting a new family, couples will get a family dog just before deciding to have a baby, sort of as a ‘biological clock snooze button.’ There is a similar level of sentiment between the new baby and the dog, if not in different levels of magnitude, and as such, it would only be natural to have proper portrait of them both photographed together.   Jeremy Simon, being a dog person himself, knows how to get this famously difficult subject into the set, and to bring out the elegance and beauty of both subjects, as well as the interaction between them.   Dogs move so quickly, but with photography,  moments are frozen that one wouldn’t see, and the photographic imagery is one of movement and frozen expressivity, much as it it is with children.  Children and dogs were made for one another, and make for beautiful, artistically expressive photography.

After 20 years of shooting and working in a traditional wet darkroom, and working almost exclusively with analog cameras and film, he has the craftsmanship to work in all formats and is a master printmaker. The prints are mounted to museum board with archival photo corners for placement in a display box. Archival matting and framing is available. 


What will happen at dog photography session?


After discussing and viewing images and ideas, together, Jeremy and you will decide on an artistic direction for the photography shoot with your dog. He will include you directly in the creative process of the making of the photograph and you will feel like you can inject your own creativity into the photograph.  He will then skillfully guide you, your family and your beloved pet through posing that feels natural and elegant.

After the 1-2 hour shoot, Jeremy will process and scan all the film and Polaroids from the shoot.  In a subsequent appointment, Jeremy will show you all the photos from the shoot and you can then decide which images should be printed.  He will then go into his darkroom and hand print all your photographs. The prints are then mounted to museum board with archival photo corners for placement in a display box. Archival matting and framing is available.  

If you would like to meet with Jeremy before the shoot to discuss the artistic direction of the session (or anything at all), he would be more than happy to schedule a free consultation prior to the newborn photography studio shoot.

Please take in Jeremy’s style by browsing photos on the dog photography portfolio. If the artistic style resonates, and you would like him to be your dog photographer, please call (+1 (215) 718-3221) or email to schedule a consultation or photography session in at his Chestnut hill studio in Philadelphia, or if interested in having a photography session in either Manhattan or Brooklyn please call to discuss where to do dog photography in NYC, as there are many studio options.

Please contact him to request more information.