Canine Courtiers

Renaissance-inspired Luxe  Dog Portraiture

The Canine Courtier Project

(cour·ti·er /ˈkôrdēər: a person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen.)

I’m looking for a few good dogs to participate in a fine art studio project.

Ten in fact! Selected dogs will be photographed in my studio in St. Catharines. We’ll be creating fine art portraits that may be selected for a future Gallery Exhibit.

Your pup is your one true companion, your courtier, and you are their king or queen.

They’re with you in all the private moments, whether you’re laughing or sobbing, sick in bed or going through the best time of your life. Ever at our sides. Always adoring. 

The Canine Courtiers Project was created to celebrate the stories of our best friends with artistic flair. Images that will document their essence, from the cheeky sparkle in their eyes, to the wave of their fur, curl of a tail and perk of an ear.

niagara photographer wall art portrait of dog in living room

Special Session fee: $195 (value of $495)

This includes:

  • A planning appointment to discuss preparing your dog, tips for success during the session, discussing where and how your artwork will be displayed and more
  • Our studio portrait session, we’ll keep things fun and stress-free for your pup and capture a range of looks and expressions
  • A gift of a $100 credit to use towards a printed product
  • An in person Premiere and Ordering Appointment, where I’ll show you all of the beautiful images of your dog, and you can purchase any that you fall in love with
  • Your photos and your dog’s story may be featured in a future Gallery Exhibit

What’s Not Included:

  • Photos taken during your session are not included. At your Premiere and Ordering Appointment you’ll have the opportunity to purchase any of the images you fall in love with. You can apply your $100 credit toward the purchase of any of these items: Wall Art, Storybooks, and gift prints. 


  • Up to two dogs from the same household (one handler per dog for optimal results)
niagara photographer wall art portrait of dog in living room
How much should I budget

This is a custom experience, so what you spend is entirely up to you. During your planning call I can answer questions you might have about which options would really sing in your home. Framed wall art options start at $645. Print collections start at $900. 

My dog is a nervous sort of pup

From some dogs, these types of sessions can be stressful. The studio lights and being indoors in an unfamiliar place can be too much for nervous dogs. If you’re unsure, let’s talk first. An outdoor signature session might be a better fit for your pup.

What if my dog won't stay put

That’s pretty common in my line of work! These sessions typically run from 60-90 minutes so that your pup can acclimate to the setting and learn what I’m asking for. We’ll take our time and have lots of breaks in between shots so that it stays fun.

In this instance we can use a leash to help keep your pup in place. I also have great treats and noises that I use to capture a moment in time. I only need a fraction of a second. We can discuss this on your planning call if you have concerns.

“I’m over the moon with the photos of my boys. Karen is so professional and has such a way with the pooches. My art hangs above our fireplace where I can enjoy them everyday. She absolutely captured their essence. Thank you again!”

– Carole Tothe Gurgol
Hi I'm Karen!

Hi I'm Karen!

Creating beautiful images of your fur kids is my raison d’etre. Images that will always remind you of how incredible, regal, goofy, gorgeous they are.

My clients love to decorate their homes with artwork that has special meaning for them. And, well… what has more meaning than artwork featuring your best friend. We’ll create stunning portraits that will speak to your heart, because your dog is not just a dog – we’re talking family here.

Canine Courtiers Application Form

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