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Pet Portrait Photography

Lara Grauer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Serving The Seattle Area Since 2008.
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Your Seattle Area Pet Portrait Photography Specialists

And, so, here you are. Perhaps you’re still reveling in the afterglow and wonder of your new puppy. Maybe you’re still working hard to train your kitten to use the litter box. Maybe your dog is 15 years old, or you have to take off your shoes to figure out how old your cat is. Or maybe that guinea pig is so gosh darned cute that you can’t stop cuddling with it. No matter, we get it, these are your best friends, your constant companions, and your sweeties. You’re looking to get your pet’s photos done by a pro, and we’re pros that gosh darn love creating custom pet portraits. Nice work, you’ve come to the right place.

Our Pets Are Our Children

If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say that to me when I tell them that I photograph pets, I would have a very large pile of dimes. I get it, and as a life-long pet owner, I understand the sentiment. I specialize in pet portrait photography and creating custom portraits of dogs, cats, and any other pet that may have captured your heart and taken up permanent residence on your sofa. I find that photographing pets in places where they feel comfortable produces the best images. Depending on your pets’ needs and the goals you have for your pets photos, I may come to your home, or we may meet somewhere in the North Seattle area. With some customized lighting and a professional photographers keen eye for composition, I can capture the real true spirit of that cute fuzzy animal that shares your life.

First, We Capture The Photograph

I’m Lara Grauer, Seattle photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and member of the PPA Professional Photographers of America. I’ve been a photographer since 1996, and I’m really good at photographing pets. I could go on and on but, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

And Then We Bring The Art To Life

Our work begs to come alive on the walls in your life. You just can’t experience the real joy of art if it’s hidden away on a hard drive on an old, forgotten laptop. We have many really cool options including everything from Framed Fine Art Prints, Framed Floating Canvases, to Legacy Books and Albums. But we’re realistic and we offer digital options too, but digital files are nowhere near as impressive as the Framed Mixed Media Oil Paintings that we offer that are custom painted by hand from your pets photos.

Lara & Art: It’s not work if you’re doing what you love

Since we’ll be photographing your pet, you might want to know a little bit about us. Professionally we’re Lara and Art but our friends know us as Art and La. We’ve been joined at the hip since high school. We’re proud parents of two kids, a dog, and a guinea pig. La loves photography and Art supports her in all her endeavors. We love what we do and we have a ton of fun doing it.

Lara Grauer

CPP Certified Professional Photographer

Self Portrait Of Lara Grauer Laughing, PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

Art Grauer

Photographer's Assistant

You guys seem nice. What’s your process like?

Pet portraits are loads of fun to make, and they provide a great way to honor your animal family member. Dogs and cats are both great to work with. They are similar to each other in many ways, and they even have a lot in common with children! I love working with animals.

When you’re thinking about having your pet photographed, give me a call. We’ll set up a meeting to talk about the possibilities and figure out what kind of artwork will suit you best. Pets look great in wall art, and bound collections like albums are great for showcasing characteristic behaviors. We’ll think about your relationship with your pet to help decide on a plan for portraits. Your style and your story are big clues to help us create a vision for your custom project. Whether you have a cat or a dog, this is also an opportunity for me to meet your pet so we’re not strangers on the big day.

With our project design in mind, we’ll move on to scheduling your portrait session. While you wait for your big day, questions may come up. Feel free to call me in between meetings because communication is key to planning. I want to know if you are struck with inspiration, or if you’ve seen something new that you want to try. When the day of your session arrives, we’ll be fully prepared, so there’s nothing to stress out about! We’ll take our time and do what’s needed to get the job done.

About two weeks after your pet’s portrait session, we’ll meet for your viewing appointment. This is where you get to see what we came up with and make your final selections for the art that we envisioned. Once your selections are made, it’s time for retouching and finishing for printing. If there’s an album in the works, we’ll collaborate on design choices until they are finalized. In most cases, your pieces will be ready to deliver about two weeks after the finishing process is complete.

The process is over when your art is delivered. But the experience doesn’t end there. Each day, you’ll see your portraits and be reminded of the friendship you share with your pet. As the years go by, the portraits we created will become more meaningful. They hold a memory; a moment in time that you will never live through again. However, with these images, you can rekindle that moment whenever you choose. That’s beautiful.

Sounds good. What’s it like to work with you?

Lara is a great photographer! Lara’s so easy to work with, fun, professional, creative and gets the job done—no matter what it takes! I highly recommend her.

 

— Judi – Prospect Heights, Illinois

I feel having a photographer come to your home is the safest and most effective way to capture relaxed and happy moments of the entire family. We truly enjoyed having Lara in our home. Lara photographed Kalea at peace and the result was absolutely stunning. We chose an artistic piece – a gorgeous photo of Kalea’s eyes. The entire experience was beautiful and we are so grateful to have this amazing photograph of our beloved wolf dog.

 

— Leslie – Shoreline, Washington

Fair enough, but what’s the bottom line?

Pet portrait sessions begin at $299. Gift prints start at $119 and wall art starts at $599.

That’s perfect! How do we get started?

Easy! Just fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch right away. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

More About Lara’s Adventures In Pet Portrait Photography

Bow Wow Meow Luau – 7/16 – Marymoor Park, Redmond WA

This Sunday, July 16, we’ll be at the annual Pawsitive Alliance Bow Wow Meow Luau at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. Lara will be doing complimentary family photos of pets with their newly adopted people. The event is from 11am – 2pm. Hope to see you there! Here’s all the important info: Come over and say…

Dogs and Beer: Creative Dog Photography

Art and I created some awesome pet portraits at BarkHappy Seattle’s dog event last weekend. This gathering was just before Easter, so it was aptly named the “BarkHappy Seattle Easter Begg Party.” When it first went on the calendar, we thought about doing photos with tulips, bunny ears, and pastel colors. Cliche? Yes. It’s also…

BarkHappy Seattle Easter BEGG Party for Emerald City Pet Rescue

On Saturday April 15th, we’ll be at Teku Tavern in South Lake Union, WA, doing dog portraits at the BarkHappy Seattle Easter BEGG Party for Emerald City Pet Rescue. We’ve got this really clever idea to photograph dogs in front of the impressive beer coolers.  If your dog is a big beer fan, this is a really…

The BarkHappy Santa Pup Crawl 2016

In December we were invited by BarkHappy to shoot photos of happy, festive, and very good holiday dogs during their 2016 BarkHappy Santa Pup Crawl. We rocked some extremely festive holiday hats and had an absolute blast down at the Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Just look at us rocking those excellent and festive…

Fiona – Adopted!

It’s been nearly a year since I first had the honor of photographing Fiona at Emerald City Pet Rescue in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle. Fiona was homeless for 420 days; 299 of which included her time in the “Why Not Me” campaign through Pawsitive Alliance. She had a fun holiday shoot, she was featured as a super…

Dogapalooza – Riker, Buddy, Dottie & Gretchen

Hey it’s Art here again posting from behind the reflector. Last Friday we found ourselves in Barrington, IL at Riker the dog’s place for a rowdy shoot with Riker, his brother Buddy, and his close chums Dottie and Gretchen.     Since I’ve been working with Lara, I think the most dogs I’ve helped out…

Fiona is still waiting for her home

Remember Fiona? She was featured in Pet Connection Magazine’s last issue. She is still on the hunt for her permanent home after almost 2 years of shelter life. I hung out with Fiona recently at Emerald City Pet Rescue, and we put together this video so you can get a better sense of what she’s all…

Photos From Mud Bay

Art and I had loads of fun photographing the dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters that came in for Mud Bay’s Grand Opening Event in Shoreline! I’m here to share them with you now, so you can get your dose of cuteness for the day. What’s Mud Bay all about? Since 1988, Mud Bay has…

Mud Bay Shoreline Grand Opening Celebration

I’m happy to say that I will be offering complimentary pet portraits at Mud Bay in Shoreline during their grand opening celebration! I’m busy putting together a cool set for the event so your portraits will be unique and memorable. The celebration is this Saturday, April 9th, and goes from 11am-5pm. There will be refreshments for…

Hound Dog Cuteness

Can you say CUTENESS? This guy is a total bomb of cute and funny, which does wonders to make up for his silly and demanding ways!

Check out my cover photo!

Just last week, Pet Connection Magazine released its March/April issue, and since they are featuring animal heroes and the Why Not Me campaign, one of my photos is on the cover! This Super Dog is Fiona, and she is staying at Emerald City Pet Rescue in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle. She has settled in…

A Peek into a Private Dog Session

The last several weeks, I’ve been working with a client on a portrait project featuring his dog. She’s a sweet lab mix, about 8 or 9 years old, and she goes by the name “Miss Lily.” I want to share this experience with you so you can learn about the what’s possible when you have…

Calendar Models – Cami and Tammy

This is the last of the cat models. Cami and Tammy are sisters who were – thankfully – adopted together! These two are really sweet together. They cuddle and play just like sisters should. They are definitely indoor cats, but Cami got to take a special trip out the the back yard for this photo…

Calendar Session – Rajah!

How can it be late January, and I didn’t post Rajah! This cutie was fun to shoot. Did you get your calendar yet? It’s not too late – and it will still support Pawsitive Alliance! Pawsitive Alliance’s mission is to help end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and…

Calendar Model – Hello, Josie!

  Josie is an awesome family cat. She lives with two little girls, and they get along fabulously! She’s happy to let them give her lots of love and affection!     Josie has moved to different houses again and again, but she rolls with the changes, and stays loyal to her tribe.    …

Calendar Model – Meet Billie Goat

  Billie Goat chose her owners – they didn’t choose her. She was a stray cat in the alley behind their house in Baltimore. One night she was in the back yard of the house, and was offered some food. From there on out, she was hooked.     Billie came around every day to…

Calendar Session – Cute Cupcake!

  Cupcake is one of those kitties that doesn’t have to do anything to capture you with her beauty. Her fur is perfect, her eyes are beautiful, and her body moves with grace.     Cupcake lives with three young children, so she has learned to tolerate quite a bit of chaos. She has found…

Calendar Session – This is Chuy

  Chuy is an OUTDOOR cat! In every sense of the word. This cat thrives outside! Chuy’s owner couldn’t guarantee that she would be able to have him in the house when I arrived for our session, but luckily, she was able to confine this hunter to the house before I got there.     When…

Calendar Session – Meet Pocket!

  Pocket is a sweet little cat with lots of fur. Weighing in at just 6 pounds, she earned her name because she can practically fit in your pocket! When I arrived at her house, she wanted nothing to do with staying inside. Her owner assured me that if we let her out, she wouldn’t…

Calendar Session – Earl

  Earl picked an incredibly rainy day for his portrait session. Often times for cats, it doesn’t matter. We hang around inside to keep them contained. But for Earl, outside is where it’s at. But lucky for me, Earl will go along with just about anything. So, when I slid under the table to get…

Announcing the 2016 Cat Calendar

Today is the day – I’m so excited to be going to print! I’ve been working on this calendar project since August, and today I get to unveil the 2016 Cat Calendar, benefitting Pawsitive Alliance! The cats have not all been featured on the blog yet, so keep watching to learn more about them… Order your…

Calendar Session – Posy the Scaredy Cat

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Calendar Session – Rupert

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Calendar Model – Marshmello

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Calendar Session – Olivia Kicks Off the Cats

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Announcing the 2016 Dog Calendar

I am so excited to reveal this – I’ve been working on this since August! The 2016 Dog Calendar, benefitting Pawsitive Alliance, is ready to hit the printer! The cat calendar is still underway, but will be ready soon. Order a calendar today and help bring better lives to thousands of pets in Washington state.…

Calendar Session – Meet Callie!

  Callie. Look at those eyes. Look at that beautiful coat, and those sweet, pointed – yet floppy – ears. She is a gorgeous dog.       From time to time you can convince her to play. She’ll chase a stick a few times, but she probably won’t bring it back to you. She’ll…

Calendar Model – Little Sammy

  This little dude will melt your heart. His name is Sammy, and his big eyes have “puppy” written all over them.     Sammy is proud of his home, and he will go to great lengths to protect it. When I arrived the day of the photo shoot, he greeted me with gusto! Later,…

Calendar Session – Meet Augie

  Meet Augie. Here he is, near the entrance to his home, ready to greet you. Augie is a mutt, if I ever saw one! After running a DNA screening, his owners found out the specifics of his cute-dog mix: dachshund, schnauzer, shitzu, and dalmatian!     Augie is a very proud and determined dog.…

Calendar Session – Max

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Calendar Session – Tooey Rocks the Modeling Job

  Since I work with regular people and their regular pets, it’s not often that I meet a dog like Tooey. This amazing boy is incredibly well behaved, and has a fantastic glow of confidence to match his fantastic story.     When Tooey’s family started their search for a dog, they were looking for…

Calendar Session – Pictures of Poppy

  Poppy. She’s a cute little pug-chihuahua mix, who loves to be a lap dog. Her personality is calm, quiet, and cooperative. That is, until she spies a dog on a leash. When that happens, all bets are off! She barks and barks, as if her volume might knock the leash off and set the…

Calendar Session – Photos of Dabby

  Dabby is a sweetheart, and wears his heart on his sleeve. When I first met him, he tucked his tail between his legs and began to tremble. With a little reassurance from his owners, and some gentle interaction with me, he started to come around. So what did I do? I asked to clear out…

Calendar Session – Photos of Oliver

  What a cool dog. Oliver’s unlucky streak kicked in during puppyhood, when he was tiny. He found his way to Dog Rescue Around Washington and was placed in their foster system. He didn’t last there very long – he went home with his permanent family at 10 weeks old.     Oliver’s labrador traits are obvious.…

Calendar Session – Photos of Sherman

Look at little Sherman! He and his family got up really early came all the way from Bremerton to see me for photos one Saturday morning! Now, that’s commitment!     This little guy had never to this beach before our photo shoot in lovely Edmonds, Washington. The ferry dock makes a beautiful background. I…

Calendar Session – Photos of Decker

  Calendar sessions are really underway! This time around, I got to hang out with Decker, or Little Bear, as they also like to call him. Decker is a gorgeous dog of mysterious origin. At the time he was adopted, the shelter folks figured Decker was a mix of labrador and Leonberger. He’s a good…

Calendar Model Application is Closed

  Tipper says thank you! (Check out Tipper at Pasado’s Safe Haven – he’s one of our awesome “Why Not Me” pets, and he would love to find a new home soon!) Thank you to everyone who applied to be models in my upcoming calendars! The application window is now closed. I received so many entries,…

Calendar Session – Photos of Wilson

  Wilson. What a perfect name! His owners play tennis, and he likes to hang out by the court to watch. He chases the tennis balls, but never catches them because they’re too big to fit in his mouth!     I met Wilson’s owner for pictures at a tennis court in Shoreline. We hung out…

Calendar Session – Photos of Rocket and Andi

  Rocket (left) and Andi (right) had fun pretending to be bride and groom. This year’s dog calendar will feature Seattle area canines who have shelter living in their past. These two pups are Rocket and Andi. I had a great time getting to know this pair. They are some high-energy dogs! They live with…

Shelby and the Why Not Me Project

  This week, my photos were featured on the CityDog Magazine blog as part of the Why Not Me project. Back in January, Yolanda Morris from Pawsitive Alliance and Julie Dugan from the Dugan Foundation collaborated to start a new social media campaign that would aim to fine permanent homes for dogs and cats that have been…

In Search of Models for my Annual Calendar Project

  Last year’s cat calendar cover     Last year’s dog calendar cover   The time has come – I’m looking for pets to feature in my yearly calendar! For 2016, I’m looking to feature pets that have been rescued. If you adopted your dog or cat from a shelter or rescue group, then please…

A Dog Spa Recommendation

This is Luke, winner of Mister June at SplashDog This year I’ve had the privilege of getting to know one of the owners at SplashDog Canine Well-Being Center. They have a monthly contest they promote on Facebook that determines the dog of the month. Each winning pooch gets a mini photo-shoot with me, wearing their…

Sibling Kitties

Here are two sibling cats I met last week. Jingle Buzz is very social and comfortable hanging out, but Lily Lightyear took off to hide before I even stepped into the house! Our aim was to photograph the two cats together, but in the end, that’s not what happened. This way they both get to…

Today’s Cat: Stormy

Stormy wanted absolutely nothing to do with me. She was interested in one thing, and one thing only: hiding. All the treats in the world couldn’t coax her near me. I don’t think I even got to brush against her fur! But even so, we got some beautiful portraits of this sweetheart. We just needed…

Ravenclaw The Kitten

This sweet little kitten, Raven, will be featured in my upcoming cat calendar. What can you even say about a kitty like this? Adorable, playful, and at-ease. Absolutely loves to play, have fun, and cuddle. I had a fabulous time, and everyone in her family will be glad to have captured her blooming young spirit…

Genghis The Maine Coon Cat

I hung out with this Maine Coon, Ghengis, for a while last week. All he wanted to do was go outside. But alas, we had to do portraits first… poor guy. Eventually, he gave up and went to sleep.

Last call for Cat Models!

  I’m in search of cats to model for this year’s calendar. I will be offering my dog calendar from last year (updated for 2015), and I am also creating one that features cats for those cat-lovers out there. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Pawsitive Alliance. So far, I’ve received several emails…

Meet Charlotte

  This is Charlotte. She is waiting at Homeward Pet Adoption Center to find a new home. I met her a couple of weeks ago, and she won me over. She’s a sweetheart of a dog; little and full of energy. Charlotte is keenly aware and attentive to her surroundings. She loves to learn new…

Mixed Media Dog Art

Have you been following my story as a developing artist? The journey continues, and I’ve started a new art project! Remember that mixed-media piece I did a while ago? The one with the pastel-colored background and the little Italian Greyhound coming to get ya? Well, this new project is sort of like that. I’m mixing…

Goodbye, Mr. Bear

Perhaps you remember Dakota, aka Mr. Bear, from my calendar project last year. Today I learned that his family said goodbye to him on Friday. Mr. Bear had a full and adventurous life, accompanying his family for rides in the car, walks in the woods, romps through rivers, and more. I didn’t know him for…

Meet Eddie the Foster Dog!

Yesterday, I had the glorious opportunity to meet a very special foster dog. His name is Eddie, and as of today, he is available for adoption through the Seattle Animal Shelter. If you’d like to read a bit more about what he’s like, check out his bio on petfinder.com.   I had a great time…

My Cat Training

Over the last year or so, I’ve had several people ask if I could do portraits of their cats. Until recently, I’ve hesitated because while I’m confident in my photography skills, I’ve had very little practical experience with cats. Pretty much, when I see one, I say hello and go about my business. I photographed…

Heidi on a sunny day

This is my dog, Heidi. She is a great dog, but when I get the camera out, she couldn’t care less about what I say or do. She looks everywhere other than toward me, she squints her eyes, and she holds her ears back and down. Treats are good for getting her attention, but she’s…

Step by step process

As I’ve begun to look at new ways to develop my imagery, I’ve started to play with new media and mixing them together. One of my favorite photo transfers thus far is one I did with cute little Calvin’s portrait (remember him?). Here’s a look at how I created it from start to finish. I…

Shelters are Awesome

If you’ve been reading my blog much, you might remember June and Louie from earlier this year. Well, I’ve continued my monthly shelter visits for Pawsitive Alliance, and I keep meeting amazing people, and gorgeous, lovable dogs. Since my last post, I’ve been to Homeward Pet, The NOAH center, Everett Animal Shelter, and the Regional Animal Services of King County. These are…

I opened my mind to the possibilities

2014 is turning out to be a fun year! I have finally opened my mind to the idea that I am an artist. I know I’ve been an artist from the very beginning. Intellectually this makes sense. I love to think creatively, I’ve always enjoyed music, dance, performing, and of course photography. What is there…

Meow! Some of my favorite cat photos

I mentioned on Facebook last week that I did my first cat session in about 15 years – and I’m not even sure if that one in the late 90’s even counts. Here are some of my favorite shots from that session. It turns out, I liked it!  

Calvin the Super Dog!

I was really happy to have the chance to make some great portraits of Calvin in January. He’s a sweet old Italian Greyhound. He’s gentle and kind, and easy to love. They call him Super Dog because he’s agreeable, and totally portable – he’s been on many outdoor adventures and vacations. He’s lucky to be…

The Shelter Dog Project

  Recently I agreed to help Pawsitive Alliance with a project. I am heading out to a shelter once a month to photograph an overlooked animal who needs a home. The photos will then be shared in their newsletter to help get the word out, and hopefully find a good match. Last month I went…

iPhone – A New Challenge

  I decided last month to do a series of photos of my dog using an iPhone, instead of my trusty DSLR. I’m not sure what that would be similar to for a painter or sculptor, but we can definitely say that an iPhone is not the ideal tool. It presents a lack of control…

Dogs are Great Teachers

  The dogs I’ve known and loved in my life have taught me so many things. It can be difficult to explain what makes dogs so important. But if you’ve ever lived with one, you probably understand. Growing up, my family had an Irish Setter named Sandy. She was very well trained: she always stayed…

Last 3 dogs for the calendar

This is getting good… I’ve got the final images chosen! This week I finalize the images for printing, and voila! Here are the 3 dogs I haven’t shared yet. Aren’t they adorable? None of the shared images are the final shots for the calendar… stay tuned for more on that later.  

Excited about the Dog Calendar!

I am now almost finished with the dog sessions for this calendar project. I’m also doing a set of cards because I had 5 labs available to model, and didn’t want to turn them all away. I just have to say every single one of these dogs is truly AMAZING. Each session has been a pure joy.…

More Dogs. They’re Awesome.

I am having the greatest time getting to know all of these dogs! They are amazing. I’m coming to realize that I love dogs just as much as I love toddlers and preschoolers. Here are a few more puppy eyes to brighten your day…  

A Few Peeks at my Dog Photo Marathon

I began sessions for the first (annual?) LGP dog calendar this week. It’s going well! Kelly and I were talking about next steps for my dog photography, and it was obvious that I could use some more dog portraits that reflect my true style. Kelly (my trusted promoter and assistant) mentioned a calendar, and voila!…

All Call for Dog Models!

  Guess what? I’m making a dog calendar! Do you want your dog to be featured? I’m looking for 12 dogs of different breeds to participate. We’re on a quick timeline, so let’s keep it simple. You’ll sign a model release for your dog, and in return you get a free session and a free…

OLAE Halloween Howl 2013

Today I went and checked out the Halloween Howl at the off-leash dog beach in Edmonds.  It was a blast! The purpose was to raise money for Off Leash Area Edmonds (OLAE) so they can maintain their awesome beach park. There were lots of really nice people, and tons of adorable pooches! Check out some…

A New Project

I’m really drawn to things that are raw, rough, and full of texture. I often produce photographs that are bright and clear, but I’m always looking for backgrounds that involve things like cement, raw driftwood, or stone structures. I love the strength that is portrayed by these types of textures. Recently, you may have noticed…

Of Dogs and Kids

I’ve spent several years thinking about what photography services I offer people, and how it intersects with the things I like to do most. It’s probably a no-brainer that when you’re self-employed, you try to make your job fit your personality. Especially since you have to do all of the business-y stuff too – you…