Pet Supplies “Plus” Welcomes ‘Dog Whisperer’ Of Pet Photographers

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Renowned expert Richie Schwartz becomes exclusive photographer of Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania stores.

A beach scene, one of Schwartz's signature themes.

We’re ecstatic to have someone as talented as Richie Schwartz as our new in-house pet photographer,” says Stanley Lang, President of Pet Supplies “Plus” on Long Island, NY. “It’s no surprise that he’s called the ‘Dog Whisperer’ of pet photographers.

When Pet Supplies “Plus,” the country’s third-largest pet supply chain store, wanted to find the New York area’s premier photographer to work with their furry, feathered and scaly clients, they knew immediately whom to call: Richie Schwartz, owner of Pets Photography Studio.

“We’re ecstatic to have someone as talented as Richie Schwartz as our new in-house pet photographer,” says Stanley Lang, President of Pet Supplies “Plus” on Long Island. “When you see Richie in action, it’s no surprise that he’s called the ‘Dog Whisperer’ of pet photographers. He can get any pet—whether shy, rambunctious or nervous—to calm down quickly, and his photographs are amazing. He truly brings out the personality of your pet in his pictures with his patient and passionate demeanor.”

Jason Humphries, owner of all eight Pet Supplies “Plus” stores in Connecticut, has also chosen Schwartz and his team for all of his locations. “I’ve seen many pet photographers at work, but Richie is in a class by himself,” says Humphries. “He has the ability to capture pets’ personalities, revealing their charm, humor and individuality. His photographs are works of art.”

Schwartz’s experience as both a photographer and animal expert has given him an unmatched ability to create beautiful animal portraits, regardless of a pet’s temperament. “Working with animals has always been a passion of mine,” says Schwartz, who worked for several years as a Veterinary Technician, Dog Trainer and Dog Groomer.

For his first two decades as a professional photographer, Schwartz worked in a wide variety of areas, including fashion, photojournalism and family/child portraits, but it was his photos of animals that excited him—and his clients—the most. “People would tell me, ‘There’s no way you’re going to get my dog to hold still long enough to take a photo’,” he says. “But all my years working with animals gave me a special touch. I know how to soothe them, or pep them up—whatever’s needed to create the perfect image.”

About 10 years ago, Schwartz made a decision to combine his animal experiences with his photography and began to specialize in pet photography exclusively. In 2006, he opened Pets Photography Studio, where he works with all kinds of animals—everything from dogs and cats to birds, lizards, ferrets and even the occasional pet parent.

Through his associations with some of the world’s largest pet supply chain stores, Schwartz has photographed more pets than any other pet photographer in the country—more than 60,000. “I consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world,” he says. “I’ve worked with animals for my entire career, and there is no greater joy imaginable. There’s never been a pet I couldn’t photograph, and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Schwartz and his staff were the exclusive photography studio for the entire Tri-State region of 75 stores of the country’s second-largest pet supply chain since 2006. His move to Pet Supplies “Plus” began with the Long Island, NY area in early 2010 and has now expanded to their stores in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. “This is the start of an exciting new journey,” says Schwartz. “I’m so impressed with the knowledge, courtesy and professionalism of the staff at Pet Supplies “Plus,” and I’m also pleased that they are run by local people who own their stores. I’m proud to be part of their dedicated team.”

About Pets Photography Studio: Pets Photography Studio is one of the largest pet photography companies in the country. Since 2006, owner Richie Schwartz and his staff were the exclusive photographers at more than 75 locations for the second-largest pet supply chain in the country. He has now taken on the same role for Pet Supplies “Plus,” a leading supplier with more than 230 stores in 22 states. Schwartz also photographs pets at many independent pet businesses and at his busy pet photography studio in West Hempstead, NY. He also provides in-home photo sessions or outdoor location shoots. Schwartz, a member of Long Island Pet Professionals, is a member of Professional Pet Photographers of America, Pet Photographers of America Alliance, and HeARTsSpeak. He is the New York Pet Photography writer for

Schwartz, who was profiled in a feature story in Newsday in October 2009, is a regular speaker and educator at area photography clubs, pet expos and other events, where he offers pet photography seminars and workshops. In addition, he regularly volunteers his time and services to raise funds and awareness for rescue shelters and pet welfare organizations.

Contact him at info(at)petsphotography(dot)com. Also visit his web site at, on Twitter, on YouTube and on Facebook.

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