By Sue Colerick

Your four-legged family member should have a place on the wall with grandma and the kids. Chicago’s best pet photographers know how to steal shots of your pets you’ll cherish for years. From fur to feathers, these area professionals promise perfection and deliver every time.

Lindsay Ammons Pet Photography
Chicago, IL 60657

Hours: by appointment
Cost: $200 basic/$250 intermediate/$300 advanced

Lindsay Ammons is the No. 1 pet photographer in the area. Ammons believes in capturing life’s moments as they happen spontaneously. She knows not everyone, including your pet, is comfortable in front of a camera, so she shoots in clients homes to make everyone feel more comfortable and at ease. She readily admits she’s never met a dog she doesn’t like, and has an affinity for the “bad” ones. All sessions with her are two hours and include two locations and up to two pets.

HJB Photography

1049 N. Marshfield
Chicago, IL 60622
(847) 271-4966

Hours: by appointment
Cost: from $200 mini package/$275 max package

Before you book your pet’s photo shoot, Heidi Brady from HJB Photography will set up a consultation to discuss photo preferences and respond with recommendations for location, theme, style, props and ideas. Heidi’s pet photography sessions often progress naturally as she works around your pet’s personality, temperament and mood. Most shoots last between 45 minutes and two hours depending on their location. From dignified portraiture, to wild and woolly candid shots, Brady understands each pet’s best side. Brady will provide a parking pass for the streets directly in front of her studio for easy loading and unloading on the day of your shoot.

Sutton Studios
3417 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60203

Hours: closed Sun and Mon; Tues to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat by appointment only
Cost: from $300

Sutton Studios gives the best photographers a run for their money. David Sutton and his team believe in relaxing photo sessions that allow your pet to be his natural self, no matter the mood or the attitude. Your pet is encouraged to explore the studio, interact and be expressive as Sutton follows to capture each subjects unique characters and personalities that make timeless photographs. Take the kids in for shots with their pets for some of the cutest, most candid studio shots the city has to offer.

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Pink Parrot Pet Photography
Chicago, IL
(872) 222-7427

Hours: by appointment
Cost: from $49 basic/$99 standard/$150 digital/$250 deluxe

Candace Zynda’s Pink Parrot Pet Photography is the place to select when you want pictures taken of your family pet. It doesn’t matter the breed, animal, shape or size as Pink Parrot does not discriminate. Photographs may be taken in lifestyle (action, natural, photojournalistic) or traditional (backdrop) portrait settings. Choose from ala carte, mini or deluxe photo shoots. Portraits are taken at agreed-upon locations or in home, wherever your pet is most comfortable.

Little Friends Lifestyle Pet Photography
Chicago, IL 60622
(714) 293-5011

Hours: by appointment
Cost: contact for personalized pricing options

Photographer Seth Casteel’s vision is to capture on film the amazing moments of your pet’s life and personality at Little Friends Lifestyle Pet Photography. Each photo embraces your pet’s happiest moments and its natural surroundings, resulting in spontaneous and priceless moments captured in unique everlasting photographs. Photo shoots are done on-location, using a combination of traditional portraiture with documentary style approaches to capture candid moments. A true animal lover, Casteel’s photos of homeless pets help them secure homes more quickly through Second Chance Photos.

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Sue Colerick loves to cook, bake, and share food and recipes with her friends and family. A freelance writer in Chicago, her work can be found at