exceptional pets | exceptional portraits

It’s not just a gorgeous photo. It’s a declaration.

The bond that you share with your pet is unbreakable, and it deserves to be documented.

 

The tilt of their head, that cute kink in their ear, the wag of their tail when they hear your voice, the way their face contorts uncontrollably when you wave their favorite treat in the air...

 

Hi, I’m Allison Schmidt, Houston-based pet photographer, design junkie, super friendly lady, big time dreamer.

 

It’s my mission to help you capture your pet’s unique personality, so you can keep it for a lifetime, in your home, on your walls, and firmly in your heart.

With a decade of pet photography experience, a lifetime of dog ownership and showing - and the energy to outrun any Jack Russell - for me, working with animals has been a lifelong passion.

 

 

As a kid, I watched my parents raise and show dogs, and take home the occasional ‘Group First’. And in my teens? Let’s just say I spent more time working in my parent’s kennel than hanging out with my boyfriend (don’t worry, we eventually married, but the poor guy still plays second fiddle to Cora, our beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi).

 

For me, it’s not just about artful angles, picture-perfect composition, or a beautiful backdrop, the beauty of a photo is capturing the personality of the pet that’s in it. Their endearing quirks, silly streaks, and slobbery affections, I zoom in on it all and capture what makes them so special to you.

 

I could tell you I’m the ultimate dog whisperer who is able to tame any panicky pooch into polite submission, but that wouldn't be entirely true…

 

I do have an affinity with most animals I meet, but really, I just love them, so I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get that one perfect shot, even if it means getting bowled over by a muddy set of paws, running through knee-deep water or waiting patiently while they *inspect* every. single. tree. (For me, it’s all part of the fun.)

 

 
 

I’ll WORK WITH YOU AND YOUR PET THROUGH EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS, RIGHT DOWN TO THE MATERIAL OF THE FRAME, TO CREATE A FINAL STUNNING PIECE OF ART THAT YOU LOVE AND THAT LOOKS GORGEOUS IN YOUR HOME.

 

FIVE FUN FACTS THAT'LL MAKE US FAST FRIENDS

(and won’t require you to keep up while I’m running after someone’s dog!)

 
 

Fun Fact #1


I live in Houston Texas, but I was born and raised in Bartlesville Oklahoma, and the little city with a big heart is still one of my favorite places in the world.

 

Fun Fact #2


I’m a licensed architect with more than 25 years experience in the field and a passion for mid-century modern design. In 2005 we bought our home because it was a mid-century modern, the garage was literally falling down as we signed on the dotted line - I kid you not!

Fun Fact #3


I designed two of my parent’s homes and remodeled their current one - I had to pay them back for college somehow!

 

 

Fun Fact #4


My interest in photography began back in high school when I got my first film camera at age 15. I’ve come a long way since then, and I no longer hold the camera sideways!

Allison takes her first picture

What can I say?

 

It was my first time holding a camera.

Fun Fact #5


I love adventuring and new discoveries and always seek out the unique in every city I visit. Like the time I was walking through the streets of Florence, I started taking photos of the manhole covers, each one had a fascinating design and I never saw the same one twice - did I mention I love details?

 

A BONUS FUN FACT


The best part of my job is seeing my clients reactions when they receive their finished images. Sometimes there are tears, very often there are hugs, but there’s always joy and lots of smiles - it’s literally the best job in the world!

 

Allison is so incredibly talented and has a way of capturing the true essence of your dog through her lens. The way that she brings out the personalities and quirks all in one photo is truly amazing.
— LAUREN MORGAN
Lauren's corgi, Sully

Lauren's corgi, Sully

 
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IF YOU’RE A PET LOVER, AND IF MOST OF YOUR CONVERSATIONS BEGIN WITH “THE OTHER DAY MY DOG DID….” THEN WE ARE BOUND TO GET ALONG FAMOUSLY!

 
 

READY TO GET STARTED?

 
 
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