The Experience

What is Done in Love is Done Well.

The Bark & Gold Photography experience is built on this very belief, and it remains at the heart of every session.

Together, we'll transform the ordinary into the extraordinary to deliver timeless portraits and classic products, each meticulously sourced from the industry's best of the best. From internationally handcrafted artisan touches to archival quality that promises the excellent standards you expect, your dog deserves to be celebrated with products that highlight his heart and personality with an eye for detail and a brilliance in craftsmanship.

Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed on every meticulously curated product. 

So, How Does This All Work?

Step 1: Consultation

Forget awkward intros! Grab your squeakiest chew toy (or maybe a cup of coffee) and spill the beans all about your favorite furball during your optional pre-session consultation call. We'll get to know each other and chat about everything from location options to session expectations and how you'd like to enjoy your portraits after your session, be it a wall of envy-inducing portraits or a slobber-proof album (because we know you'll be droolin' over it)!

Step 2: Session Day

Lights, camera, zoomies! It's your pup's big day! We'll meet for a day of fun and play at your chosen location. Maybe your dog will be on his best behavior (think tail wags and puppy-dog eyes), or maybe he'll roll out of the car a mastermind of mischief (epic dirt rolls are always a possibility and welcomed). Either way is perfectly OK! Get ready for laugh-out-loud portraits that'll leave you saying "Yep, that's my dog alright!"

Step 3: The Art

About three weeks after your session, we'll meet again for your in-person ordering appointment. At this time, you'll view your images for the first time, choose all your favorites, and finalize how you wish to feature them in your home. You'll also place your order during this appointment. Warning: extreme levels of cuteness and uncontrollable happy tears may occur. I've got tissues on hand just in case!

Step 4: Happy Tails

Just like that, the moment you've been wagging your tail (or maybe refreshing your inbox) for has arrived: delivery day! Once your products arrive, I'll contact you to arrange a time for your artwork pickup. And the best part? Everything arrives display-ready! No confusing assembly instructions, just pure wall-mounting glory. Brace yourself for an extreme case of can't-stop-staring-at-my-dog-in-a-frame syndrome may occur upon delivery.

room wiht yellow chair and dog wall art

Session Details

The Bark & Gold experience focuses on creating custom portraits for pets and their people by capturing natural, expressive images of our furry family members. All sessions take place at various picturesque locations using natural light with each session lasting between 45 and 60 minutes.

Is your session needed urgently? Learn more about Rainbow Sessions reserved specifically for aged/ailing pets with priority scheduling offered when possible.

Standard Pet Session

$195 plus tax*
  • An optional pre-session phone consultation to learn more about your pet(s)
  • An on-location photography session for up to two pets from the same household
  • Your own client portal to help plan your session and artwork
  • Professional editing of your images, including detailed retouching and leash removals on ordered images
  • An in-person ordering appointment to select your favorite portraits and artwork
  • A 5x7 gift print of your choice, valued at $170

Your session fee does not include any digital files. Prints and products, which start at $510, are purchased separately at your ordering appointment.

blue chair and framed dachshund art

Products & Pricing

With many print and product combinations available, there’s truly something for everyone! I’m proud to provide you with thoughtfully curated, handcrafted products of exceptional quality—procured from the industry's crème de la crème—at highly competitive prices. Your total investment depends on how many images you desire and how you wish to enjoy them after your session. Print bundles start at $510 and signature wall art starts at $695. What you choose to order is completely up to you because you're only purchasing what you absolutely love!

I'd Love a Session, But My Dog...

"Crazy" dogs, shy dogs, can't-be-off-a-leash dogs.

Most people don’t believe their dog will ever behave well enough, long enough, or at all for me to get good photos, and even more tell me it's also because their dog cannot go off-leash. Sound familiar? The great thing is that neither is a requirement for your session!

Drawing on my experience and patience to work with a variety of behaviors and temperaments, from rambunctious to reactive, I take a no-pressure, relaxed approach to our time together, which means there is absolutely no need for your pup to be an obedience school superstar or be leash-free to have a successful session. In fact, I'd estimate that close to 80% of all dogs I photograph are leashed (not that you'd ever know thanks to a little post-processing magic). Move the slider to check out this before-and-after of Rocky.

after leash removal of a brown pit bull
after leash removal of a brown pit bull
before leash removal of a brown pit bull

More Questions About Your Pittsburgh Pet Photography Session?

You're not alone! For many, this is an entirely new experience. Get the answers to my most frequently asked questions about booking a photography session for your furry friend.

a golen retriever sitting sunlit near a creek at Brady's Run Park

Happy Tails

"I had a fantastic experience working with Jessica of Bark & Gold Photography. She was so thorough and responsive throughout the entire process and was so easy to work with. I couldn't imagine how she could get photos as I wrangled an older dog and a puppy, but the results far exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be more pleased with the final results. I'll cherish that day, and the photos, for years to come!"

Riley & Teddy's mom Maureen

"We are so very happy with how well our pictures turned out! Jessica was so kind and patient with Hank who was shot out of a cannon that evening and could barely sit still! With all the crazies, she was able to capture gorgeous pictures of Hank being his goofy self. I was very grateful for the prompt and organized communication and scheduling. Her organization is quite inspiring and made me feel like I could trust her to deliver an excellent product within the schedule you defined. She did not disappoint!" 

Hank's mom Melinda

"I was worried that my dogs would not sit still and that would result in not-so-great photo options. Jessica did a great job of capturing my girls in their element, running, swimming, and loving the outdoors! Jessica was very easy to work with and the dogs loved her!"

Coco & Olive's mom Courtney

To schedule your session or learn more about Bark & Gold Photography, contact me at or call 724-913-BARK (2275).