Suggested Session Locations

Bark & Gold Photography provides on-location photography of Pittsburgh pets and their people, and choosing the right location plays an essential aspect in the final look of your images. Below are my recommended locations that I know work well along with more about that specific location.

While these locations are provided as a starting point, I am happy to discuss additional options with you. If you have a specific spot or look in mind for your pet's session, please let me know and I will assess it for feasibility. Please note that certain locations, including those exceeding a 30-mile radius outside of the zip code of 15001 or that require more than one (1) hour of travel time, require an additional travel fee that will be discussed prior to booking that location.

Once you've narrowed down your location, be sure to email your choice with the subject line "Session location," to

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Tips for In-Home/Backyard Sessions

An at-home session is often the best option for cats, extremely anxious/nervous dogs that do not fair well in public spaces, or for Rainbow Sessions with aged/ailing pets who may not feel up for traveling. While shooting at your home can produce meaningful, sentimental images, there are a few key elements that make your home extra special and help produce images similar to the ones shown in my portfolio. When preparing your home, yard, and outdoor spaces for your session, please do the following prior to our session.

Eliminate Clutter

Clean floors and surfaces of clutter, both indoors and outdoors.

Mind the Lawn

Leave grass and natural areas slightly overgrown to add texture to your images. Bid farewell to any poop.

Embrace Natural Beauty

Spruce up landscaped gardens, ponds, water features, etc.

Be Mindful of Extras

Remove any items you don't want to have in your photographs (Kleenex boxes, toys, clothes, piles of magazines/mail, etc).

Be Flexible

Be prepared that we may need to move or rearrange furniture slightly to accommodate the lighting and scene.

Do a Quick Sweep

Vacuum, dust, and make beds in any rooms we will be using. We will be working in multiple rooms, especially those with the best and most plentiful natural light.

Go Au Natural

Turn off TVs and any lamps and any overhead lighting. We want as much natural light as possible.

Let There Be Light

Open blinds and curtains to allow natural light to filter in.

No hide-and-seek, Please

If you have cats, please close any doors to rooms and block off areas where they may attempt to hide.