Photographing the Dog/Human Bond


There’s a deeper level to your relationship with your dog—you’re in love.

Your dog has made an enduring impact on your life and your heart that will never fade. You’re ready to capture that with artwork that’s authentic and beautiful, because this creature deserves nothing less. Fast and cheap is not your style. You're looking for an experienced artist you can trust and work alongside. Whether your dog's a lanky adolescent or is getting on in years, you’re ready to freeze a moment in time so you can look back on it forever and feel relieved that you did.

The connection you’ve made with your dog defines you, and you want to commemorate it for years to come. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place.

In this age of instant digital gratification, Jesse’s work stands alone to remind us of the time when pet portraits demanded a love for the subject and a dedication to doing it the right way, with the right equipment. In the hands of this inspired photographer, that time is here again.
— Mary E Thurston, author of 'The Lost History of the Canine Race'
Photo: Sarah Deragon

Photo: Sarah Deragon


"I’ve always been fascinated with documenting the human/animal bond, and seeing that bond in action time and time again is deeply moving to me. The trust and affection our dogs give us—and the comfort that comes from that—is unlike anything else in the human experience.

It’s an honor and a pleasure for me to witness how dogs enrich our lives, and I take pride in celebrating each and every one of my subjects in a truly genuine and personal way.

Even when a photograph shows only your dog, it is a reflection of the relationship you share. It’s my goal to accurately, beautifully capture a chapter in the story of your long loving relationship.

My approach to photography is rooted in the principles of authenticity, quality and honesty. I approach my work as a storyteller, not just as a photographer, so I can see and share all that’s wrapped up between you and your best friend without saying a single word.

Our animals are so much a part of us; getting to the heart of that with an image is everything."



Jesse in his studio. Photo: Valeda Stull

Jesse in his studio. Photo: Valeda Stull


Jesse Freidin is America's leading fine art dog photographer, with work in more than 150 private collections throughout the United States. His portraiture has been exhibited in galleries across the country, and studies the deeply healing power of the human/animal bond— telling a contemporary story of companionship and love that truly honors the role dogs play in our modern lives.  

Jesse was awarded 'Best Dog Photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area' and 'Best Dog Photographer in Los Angeles' for fine art pet portraiture in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is also the creator of three viral dog photography series: The Doggie Gaga Project (2010), When Dogs Heal (published by Lerner Books 2020), and Finding Shelter (published by Lyons Press 2017). His work has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Yahoo!, MTV, Live! with Regis and Kelly, Inside Edition, The Bark Magazine, Dogster, Garden and Gun Magazine, The New York Post, Four and Sons Magazine and many more. His Santa Fe studio is quickly becoming a place where dogs and culture collide.




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Selected Solo Exhibits:

2019: Featured Artist Exhibition, Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Santa Fe NM
2018: Featured Artist Exhibition, Museum of Dog, North Adams MA
2017: Finding Shelter- exhibit + book signing, multiple cities
2015: When Dogs Heal, Center on Halsted Gallery, Chicago IL
2015: When Dogs Heal, FLATS Studio Uptown Gallery, Chicago IL
2015: When Dogs Heal, New York LGBT Center, New York NY
2014: Companionship, Bruno's, Venice CA
2013: Contemporary American Sportsmanship, National Sporting Library + Museum, Middleburg VA
2012: An Extended Collection, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco CA
2012: Companionship, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Gallery, Kanab UT
2012: Contemporary American Sportsmanship, Orvis Hunting School, Milbrook NY

“Words cannot express my gratitude for your artistic talent as we grieve the loss of our beloved Rocco. Your photographs were so comforting to me after returning home for the first time without his usual greeting. We will always miss him, but will forever have the special moments you captured— which I look at every day.
— Brian Gibbons, San Francisco CA
Jesse’s portraits beautifully capture the unconditional love between people and their pets. If you ever need a pick-me-up, just flip through these photos. It’s truly uplifting to see joy, friendship, and the best of humanity within Jesse’s work.
— Kristin Bauer von Straten, of HBO's 'Trueblood'


This is one heck of a dog.

I brought Pancake into my world ten years ago when he was just two months old and could fit in the palm of my hand, and we've been inseparable ever since. He's my sidekick—the first dog I've ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with—and it's been an incredible journey growing and learning together, teaching each other, relying on each other and sharing everything. Except the driving—I do that on my own.

Pancake is in his golden years, and I know he won’t be around forever. The portraits I have of him give me incredible joy and relief, knowing that his spirit and memories will never be absent from my life even when he moves on. This is something I share with many of my clients, and a large reason commissions begin.

Though our cherished companions stay with us for a short moment in time, their love and spirit lives for eternity within the portraits we create.