My 5 Favorite Pet Portrait Products For When Wall Art is Not Your Style

Maybe you want to maximize your portrait purchases. Perhaps you aren’t convinced that wallpapering your living space with 12 ginormous framed canvases is the best option. (I mean, no judgment if you do—‍I’m right there with you.) Maybe you’ve succumbed to the belief that you “don’t have any wall space” (although if you’ve got walls at all, I promise I can find you space for appropriately sized wall art). Heck, maybe wall art just isn’t your style!

And you know what? That’s entirely OK! It’s one of the reasons I offer a diverse selection of products.

In this post, I’m sharing my five favorite pet portrait products sure to catch your eye for those times when large and in charge on your walls is a no-go in your space.

1. Heirloom Folio Boxes

Topping the list are heirloom folio boxes, which marry variety to value and contemporary to traditional, resulting in what are Bark & Gold Photography’s most popular way to enjoy your small prints.

Two styles of these boxes are available, including a gorgeous fabric option featuring your choice of material and color and an eco-friendly bamboo box that showcases a spectacular deckled edge print on its lid.

And, should you change your mind and decide to frame a few favorites, this versatile product allows you to remove and display them easily on a desk or shelf, with a tabletop easel, or as a DIY wall collage.

The more you buy, the more you save with sizes that hold 10 or 20 matted prints and deliver the best value. Your heirloom folio box also includes the matching high-resolution digital files of ordered box images. Around here, we like to call that “winner winner, chicken dinner!”

2. Fine Art Albums

While heirloom folio boxes are a clear frontrunner as an alternative to signature wall art, it’s hard to deny the allure of a fine art album.

The ultimate storytelling piece, fine art albums are extremely customizable, from the cover material and its optional personalization to the peek-a-boo cutout image that graces its luxurious cover. Unmatched in beauty and quality, a fine art album becomes an instant conversation piece in the heart of your home that just begs to be cradled and cherished.

fine art album in cappuccino luxury linen featuring an adorable poochon puppy

Start with 20 portraits to fill its custom-designed lay-flat spreads then add on additional images in groups of five for a complete collection that will transport you back to that special day with the flip of its thick, sturdy pages over and over.

As with heirloom folio boxes, your fine art album also includes the matching high-resolution digital files of ordered album images, bringing you the best of both worlds.

Related: Creating Your Pet’s Fine Art Album

3. Portrait Trio

If you’re not ready to splurge on an album but you also want something more refined than loose prints, a portrait trio may be the answer. This popular product received a redesign earlier this year to bring you a larger and even more gorgeous option for showing off your portraits, including the addition of several new cover materials and colors, including vegan-friendly luxury linens, leatherettes, suedes, and velvets.

a portrait trio of a pit bull at sunset along with three swatch books of cover colors and materials

A subtly matte silk paper with a hint of texture resembling that of a fine honeycomb, which provides a strong resistance to scratches and fingerprints, ensures your portrait trio looks just as beautiful years down the road as it did the day you received it.

Related: Why I Love Portrait Trios—‍And Why You Will Too

4. Set of Three Matted Gift Prints

Don’t underestimate the beauty of an elegantly understated set of three matted gift prints, one of three boutique add-on products, and a budget-conscious alternative to heirloom folio boxes. With a non-reflective professional paper that presents a deep matte velvety-soft feel, your images are put front and center with help from a classic white 8×10 single mat. Each mat is acid-free with a 5×7 opening for a gallery look and quality that will protect your prints from water damage, mold, mildew, dust, sticking to the glass of your frame, and other damage when framing your gift prints on your own.

5. Acrylic Blocks

Rounding out the list of my favorite pet portrait products for when wall art is not your style is a dog dad favorite, meaning they’re often the one to swipe these puppies: the acrylic block. Incredible depth and clarity shine through with these 1″-thick blocks that conveniently display upright on their own. If you know a dog dad who’s had a session with me, chances are you’ll find one of these on his office desk, bookshelf, or fireplace mantel.


Did a few of these beautiful products catch your eye? I’d love to create something special just for you! Oh, you too? Sweet. Choose your adventure below to begin.

Did you enjoy this post? Great, there’s more coming your way because it’s part of a photography blog circle featuring pet photographers from all over the world! To see more content like this and what the next photographer is sharing for our weekly theme, “My Favorite,” check out Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography, Dallas – Fort Worth dog photographer, sharing her favorite lens for pet and equine photography. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.

10 thoughts on “My 5 Favorite Pet Portrait Products For When Wall Art is Not Your Style

  1. Elaine says:

    I really like the Portrait Trio option! I have a number of clients who love to populate their desks with memories, rather than their walls. Great post!

    • Bark & Gold Photography says:

      Wonderful, thank you! I think it’s important to recognize not that everyone loves wall art, but that they do value high-quality tangible products.

  2. Tracy Allard says:

    This is a very helpful post for those clients who have not yet thought ahead to how they’d like to enjoy their images. The folio box sounds very flexible, and album is truly a one of a kind tribute to any pet. I loved the line “transport you back to that special day” because yes, being photographed with your pet, creating memories that will last a lifetime is indeed, a special day. Beautiful work and terrific options for all those Pittsburgh pet parents out there!

    • Bark & Gold Photography says:

      Thanks, Tracy! The heirloom folio box is my second most popular product. They are similar to an album in that you get tons of images, but they’re much more flexible. It really comes down to personal preference though of which you like. Some people are album-lovers, others are captivated by the box.

  3. Darlene says:

    Beautiful description and variety of products! I’m an album girl 🙂 (and of course a barnwood framed print girl!) Love the silhouettes in the portrait trio!

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