Photographing our furry best pals is not the easiest job in the world when they are full of energy and always on the go, and they’re not the biggest fans of posing for the ‘gram! That is why we compiled a list of the best pet photographers in Toronto. In no particular order, they are:
Danica Oliva Pet Photography
Danica specializes in storytelling photography so don’t worry if you don’t like to ‘pose’ or have your picture taken. Danica will work with you and your fur baby to capture the most magical moments. Most of Danica’s work is captured as she accompanies you and your furry baby on adventures through many parks and ravines throughout the city. That been said, Danica also has many pop up themed studio shoots throughout the year such as Valentines, Hawaii & Easter themed shoots.
Off Leash Studio stands out due to its ability to capture a dog or cat during their goofiest moments. This studio specifically focuses on bringing out your furry best pal’s unique and fun personality. The end result is professional, polished and guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Located on 165 Bathurst St., Off Leash Studio uses cinematic lighting techniques honed through years of experience shooting portraits to create classic and modern portraits with a fun twist. The official Instagram page (@offleashstudio) will definitely brighten up your day or visit them at: http://www.offleashstudio.com/
Doggy Dates Toronto takes the “nature walk” approach to bring you the most gorgeous shots of your pup with a breathtaking background on the beach, in the woods or anywhere else outdoors, running about and enjoying the fresh air! Expect to see your dog in action, like jumping up in the air and catching a ball, or running towards the waves on the beach. This kind of photoshoot is perfect for the puppers that love the outdoors and exercising. The packages start from $75 and the beautiful shots can be found at the official Facebook page /DoggyDatesToronto or on Instagram @doggydatestoronto
If you’re looking for a seasoned professional with lots of commercial photography experience as well as experience working with a variety of different animals, Jason is your guy! He has photographed exotic animals, farm animals, as well as taken commissions from humans to photograph their domestic pets. Sky is the limit for Jason Krygier-Baum, who always makes sure he has the animal’s owner or, in the case of an exotic animal, a professional animal handler on set (usually at his swanky studio) to make sure everyone involved is comfortable and everything runs smoothly.
After growing up in a house full of all kinds of different animals, Jason studied animal behaviour at the University of Toronto and decided to combine his love of animals with his passion for photography. While Jason’s rates are on the higher end price range, if you take a look at his pet portfolio at https://www.jasonkb.com/pet-portraits, you will see the extremely high quality of his work and realize that this is an unforgettable experience for both you and your furry pal, and a memory to last you a lifetime. Check out his work on Instagram @jasonkbphoto !
This one’s for the GTA folks, we haven’t forgotten about you! Based in Burlington and serving the GTA area, Happy Tails Pet Photography was founded and is operated by animal lover Stacey, who has a golden retriever and a cat of her own. Her portraits really showcase that extra personal touch that results from putting the research in to really discover which location, setting, and experience is perfect for both you and your pet. Stacey prefers shooting in outdoor locations with natural lighting, as opposed to shooting in a studio, as she believes that your furry best friend needs to be as comfortable as possible to let their true personality shine. Her portraits are as picturesque as a postcard, and if you don’t believe us, see it for yourself at https://happytailspetphotography.ca/ and on Instagram @happytailsphoto
Fetching Fotos founder (and photographer) – phew, say that 5 times fast! – Lisa and her team really care, and it shows. From a pre-photoshoot meeting to discuss session ideas, products and budget planning, to a post-photoshoot preview session of over 30 images, everything is designated to put you at ease and make sure this is an incredible experience to remember. Session options include: Simple Pet Session of 1-2 hours at a single location, Us Together Session of owner with pet for 2-3 hours at 1 or 2 locations, The Dogumentary Day of 4-5 hours of following you and your dog around doing your favourite things together, and the Four Seasons Pet Symphony with four sessions throughout the year, each 1-2 hours long. There is also the Old Faithful Session for those with senior pets or ill pets who might have mobility issues, in which case the entire photoshoot is set up for their and their owners’ convenience. Take a closer look at www.fetchingfotos.com or @fetching_fotos on Instagram.
Whether you are looking for a studio shoot, a shoot out on a trail or a to capture your dog’s Birthday party, Mel has you covered. Mel offers a wide variety of photography options that are very affordable. Studio sessions start at $125 for 30 minutes with 5 edited photos up to an hour shooting time and 20 edited photos for $300. You simply don’t get this kind of value for quality service so I would act quickly before her prices go up.
Whether you are at the beginning of your journey with your four-legged best friend, or you are sadly near the end of your journey together and want to capture some beautiful moments, we hope this list helps you find your perfect photographer!
Who are we missing from the list? Shout them out in the comments!
The biggest sale of the year that is Black Friday is just about upon us! I LOVE Black Friday and bulk buy all things for my baby Holly and for all the dogs in my life who I buy a Holiday gift for.
We have compiled the best offers for your best friend. We will keep updating the list as we see more deals!
Canada Pooch is running a sale (that has started already!), across their new range & best sellers. Looking to purchase a snowsuit for your dog or a parka? Now is the time to grab yourself a deal. Products are 20% OFF until December 1st.
Tom & Sawyer have a Black Friday & Cyber Monday promotion for BOGO gift cards. Buy 1 electronic Gift Card and get a BONUS gift card for FREE!! Sale starts Friday, December 29th and ends Monday, December 2nd at midnight. Order your pup a meal you know he will love and will his tummy 🙂
For even more savings, new customers use promo code TDW25 when you have your gift card and SAVE 25% off your first order!
In my opinion, one of the best gifts you can give to a fellow dog lover this Holiday season. Petsies can create a replica plush toy of any dog. Petsies are running an early Black Friday sale, starting now until midnight December 1st. Order a custom Petsies plush and get FREE shipping. Limited spots are available for holiday delivery. Choose “Holiday Super Rush” upgrade when ordering to ensure US holiday delivery.
Petsmart is a great place to shop for your holiday gifts. The Black Friday flyer shows small dog beds for $9.99 (I purchase them every year, pawsome deal!), Nerf Ball Launchers for $9.99 and multiple offers on food and treats, It’s worthwhile to stop by your local Petsmart on Friday, November 29th!
The ideal purchase to make on Black Friday and SAVE big! According to their website, Furbo treat-dispensing dog camera is offering 34% OFF which means you can save $100 on your purchase! These savings are likely going to be limited to Black Friday (or until Cyber Monday).
Are you a fellow dog owner who lives in Ontario? Yes…ok keep reading!
How would you like to dine out with your dog for brunch, dinner and maybe even a bite to eat and a drink? This is almost a reality as I am writing this post in early November 2019.
Currently in Ontario
Currently, the Food Premises Regulation does not, subject to limited exceptions, allow live animals in any room where food is prepared, processed, packaged, served, transported, manufactured, handled, sold, offered for sale or displayed.
The Toronto dog community has been frustrated at the lack of pet-friendly places to take their dogs due to this regulation. If you travel across the U.S border you will find many establishments welcoming our furry friends and they even have a menu tailored to dogs.
Let’s Make Toronto Pet Friendly
However, on October 28th, a News Release from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade outlined 80 proposals that the Ontario government is taking action to make life easier for people and for businesses. Empowering people and getting out of the way of businesses are key to creating good jobs, growing wages and increasing our standard of living.
As part of the news release, it included allowing restaurant business owners and operators to make their own decision whether they should allow dogs on patio and in some cases inside restaurants.
Restaurant owners and operators will be allowed to decide for themselves whether to let their customers bring a dog with them on a patio. This will also apply to indoor eating areas at sites where beer, wine, cider or spirits are made, and where only beverages and certain types of low-risk food are served. This proposal will make it easier and more enjoyable for dog owners to have a meal out
When the news broke in Toronto that dog owners will have the possibility to dine out with their fur baby’s there were cheers of positivity and excitement.
We heard that today and couldn’t believe our ears!! It’s about time!! 😃 @jackson_the_corgidor
Such an exciting possibility!! I hope it passes 💖✨ @goodboy_waco
Hooman is going to be 15/10 excited 🍷 @poopydoodledo
The ministry is proposing an exemption that will allow food premise operators the discretion to permit dogs in outdoor eating areas of food premises (i.e., cafes, restaurants, pubs and breweries, grocery store patios).
The ministry is also proposing an exemption to allow dogs in a food premise where only pre-packaged or low-risk food items, or both, are manufactured, processed, prepared, stored, handled, displayed, distributed, transported, sold or offered for sale, provided the dogs are in an area of the food premise where food is served, sold, offered for sale or displayed.
Fellow Toronto Dog Owners, let’s make this a reality that we can dine out with our dogs. We need your help to get this amendment passed, as a community if we come together we can take action.
As dog owners living in Toronto, Ontario we are invited to give our feedback by November 27th 2019.
We can provide online by clicking the link below. I have created an email where you can just copy and paste or simply create your own message that outlines your support for this amendment.
This is my declaration in support of the proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (19-HLTC030). As a member of the dog community-based in Toronto, I would love the opportunity to be able to enjoy Toronto with my dog. We love to explore our great city but having limitations in where we can go and what we can do together. To be able to go and dine with my dog on a patio after our walk or hike will hugely increase the amount of support we can provide to local restaurants in the city and beyond. Having the option to dine out with my dog will increase our patronage to local businesses.
Share this article with all your friends and ask them to support this amendment so we can all live a better life with our dogs and help support local restaurants.