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Pet Photography is a Thing. These Three Studios Specialize In It.

Give your little guys the full-on studio treatment.
2020-05-07 12:43:55
You deserve to look at cute pets right now. So far 2020 has been a ruff one. Go ahead and bill the time as pet photo therapy. So cute, so happy, so much attitude!

But — pet studio photography. It's a thing. There are dozens of studios and photographers in Shanghai who will do a serious shoot with your cat, dog, rabbit, lizard, hamster, hedgehog or other animal that's part of your family. We picked three that are close to the city center and come highly rated on review site Dianping.

PawPaw



“People who have pet photos taken all treat their pets like family members,” Allen Lee, owner of PawPaw, told me.

Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Lee opened PawPaw four years ago. He was a keen photographer who started taking photos of his two (adorable) Frenchies and soon turned it into a business he now runs with his wife. They previously had a studio in Jing’an, and currently partner with pet shops for pop-up shoots.

Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


PawPaw focuses on pet portraits, usually black and white. Classy, Lee said he aims for a more timeless look. That said, outfits mimicking designer brands – Moncler puffer, Chanel tweed jacket, and Chinese New Year dragon costume, are available.

Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Pet photography is still Lee’s side gig, so customers need to book in advance (via Dianping or through the PawPaw WeChat).

The Packages: 499rmb for a 4-shot collage. 2,880rmb for 50 digital photos including 10 edited photos and a 20-inch print. 7,280rmb with you and your pet together, a ton of photos, indoor and outdoor locations and more — the works.

Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Photo by Allen Lee of PawPaw


Click here for PawPaw's details.

Innocent Studios



“People feel lonely. Pets can warm them up,” Anna Lin, owner of Innocent Studios, told me.

Photo by Anna Lin of Innocent Studios

Photo by Innocent Studios


Innocent Studios on Wanping Nan Lu in Xuhui is owned by Anna Lin who has been doing pet photography for a couple of years. She was previously a graphic designer and started by taking photos of her own corgi Bao Bao.

Photo by Innocent Studios

Photo by Anna Lin of Innocent Studios


While she mostly does cats and dogs, she's also shot hedgehogs, rabbits, lizards and a chinchilla. Her style is cute/fun, with sets like Breakfast at Tiffany's and a ton of pet costumes.

Photo by Anna Lin of Innocent Studios

Photo by Anna Lin of Innocent Studios


299rmb for three edited photos (six in total) on a simple solid color background, 499rmb for a drawing-esque style and 1,299rmb for outdoor scenes at Xuhui Riverside Park. Or she can arrange an oil painting for 799rmb.

Photo by Anna Lin of Innocent Studios

Photo by Anna Lin of Innocent Studios


Click here for Innocent Studios' details.

ColliePet



“Pets have short lifespans. Recording them through photos is meaningful,” Gao Yang, owner of ColliePet, told me.

Photo by Gao Yang of ColliePet

Photo by Gao Yang of ColliePet


Gao's ColliePet pet photography studio is out in Jiading but they do home visits and on-location shoots all across Shanghai and even neighboring provinces. Like the others, he got started in pet photography by shooting his own pets: a collie and 16 cats.

Photo by Gao Yang of ColliePet


ColliePet opened in 2018 and has been frequented by a number of high profile pets from show pets to Douyin wanghong pet celebrities. At the studio there are a wide variety of backgrounds and outfits, notably a Shen Ye Shi Tang (深夜食堂) theme with costumes from the Japanese series. Each month Yang adds a new scene. April was an American Western denim theme.

Photo by Gao Yang of ColliePet

Photo by Gao Yang of ColliePet


The Packages: 1,380rmb for two scenes including 40 digital pictures (six edited photos). Tops out at 4,980rmb for a 3-5 minute video.

Click here for ColliePet's details.

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