You Deserve Photos of Your Entire Family

A relaxed and playful portrait experience for dogs, kids, and the people that love them in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Pets are a part of your family tree!

Many believe that bringing their dog to a portrait studio is too much hassle.  And a family portrait session, especially including pets, would be chaos. I get it, I'm a mom, a business owner and I have three pets at home.  I also know how treasured these portraits become over time.

  • Worried about how your dogs or kids might behave?
  • Unsure if you want to be in the photos?
  • Concerned a custom photoshoot will be too demanding in terms of time and effort?

Client Love!

“If you’ve seen her photos, you already know Cyndi has an incredible eye. But until you experience her in action you have no idea how lucky you are to have found her. Count your blessings!”

~ Jenny

"Wow!!! They are fantastic! I am thrilled with the pictures. I also wanted to tell you that Lincoln said that you were the best photographer he's ever had take his picture.

~ Ebba

“Truly, the pictures are amazing. The large print metal is wonderful. Thank you so very much."

~ Melanie

"This is our 3rd session with Cyndi. She is fantastic and her photos & ordering options are great. She works wonders with humans and dogs alike to make everyone at ease.   We couldn't be happier with the results."

~ Lorelei

“The photos are wonderful. It is so hard to choose among them.”

~ Jenny

“I absolutely love them! The print-on metal portrait has arrived. Its breathtakingly beautiful. The expression in his eyes is really amazing. You do such great work!“

~ Kristie

"We couldn't be happier with the photos of our daughter. They were a Father's Day gift and my husband literally cried when he saw them."

~ Lisa

"Cyndi takes the time to ask all the right questions about your dog's personality and disposition. Thanks for capturing precious moments of my best friend."

~ Jeannie

"We had a wonderful experience with Cyndi. We went over to her studio to have pictures of our two-rescue canine babies taken. Cyndi was very patient with our youngest, who was very scared. The picture turned out so great and we were very happy with the results. I would highly recommend Cyndi for your puppy (and human) pictures!"

~ Lindsay

"This was the most amazing experience for my daughter and her puppy. The pictures turned out absolutely fabulous I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!!! Every single picture is amazing."

~ Donna

Portraits are just as eternal as the love of our pets and children.

Don't miss out on creating memories of your relationships. After 13 years in business and hundreds of sessions each year, I've personally experienced the joy and magic that creating images in a studio can bring.

My team and I work with you from start to finish to make sure everyone, pets, and kids included, is comfortable during the session.

Trust me when I say that you can actually enjoy the process, and capture that special bond in portraits to enjoy on the walls of your home.

Our Simple Process is Pawesome and Fun

Let's Chat

Our priority is to make you look and feel great. To start we hop on a call and answer any questions you have, and learn about your babies both human and furry.  This way we can make sure that we are a good fit for your needs.

Your Session

Time to have fun. Prior to the big day, we've already done all the planning so it's now about meeting everyone and making them feel comfortable. This is the time when we will create images that will tug at your heartstrings and make you laugh out loud.

The Images

About one week later, you'll enjoy a cinematic viewing in the comfort of your home. Together we choose your favorite images and help you select the printing options that best fit your home and your budget.

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Your Portrait Experience

Our creative fee is $500 and includes:

  • 45-minute photo session in our Point Richmond studio
  • Plenty of laughs
  • Dedicated changing room
  • Snacks both human & furry family member approved
  • What to wear, preparation, and planning guides
  • A purchasing appointment via Zoom meeting to select your favorite images
  • $100 artwork credit to apply toward your purchase

The Final Result

Photographs are our most precious visual possessions. And we appreciate that you will want to make the right choices at your purchase appointment. These photographs will, after all, be in your life and home for many years to come.

  • Fine Art Prints start at $495 up to size 11x14
  • Canvas, Acrylic, or Metal Wall Displays start at $750
  • Digital Image Files are $215 ea with a minimum purchase of five
  • Clients invest from $500 to $4,500 in custom artwork
  • Three-month in-house no-interest layaway payment plans are available

Meet Cyndi

Hi I’m Cyndi. I’m a pet and child photographer but more importantly, I am a mom and a lifelong dog lover.

I grew up with my doggie best friend, Heidi, and my son grew up with Jasmine, his Dalmatian sister. I know exactly how special the bond we develop with our furry best friend is.

With over 13 years of experience photographing kids, pets, and the families who love them, I've developed a calm, laid-back style that makes subjects comfortable.  Smiles and hugs come naturally and we focus on your connections.

Contact Us

Studio Location

125 Park Place, Suite 122
Point Richmond, CA  94805


Our Blog

An incredibly sweet rescued Pit mix in Alameda

By Cyndi Kuiper | Nov 24, 2011

This past weekend I drove out to Alameda and met Sophie and her humans.  She is a very mellow and sweet pit/lab/shar pei mix.  Beautiful pit mix /dog, great personality and such a smooth coat I couldn’t stop petting her. Heidi and Brian rescued her back in February from Oakland Animal Services when at the […]

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A Bloodhound on Baker Beach in SF who loves his ball

By Cyndi Kuiper | Oct 15, 2011

Today I want you to meet Wyatt, my second session from last weekend.  While it was sunny and beautiful everywhere else that day, by the time we got to Baker beach the fog had rolled in.  Ah well, Wyatt looked pretty good against an all white backdrop!  We were lucky though because about 20 minutes […]

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Meet Charlie and Peanut

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 28, 2011

Last weekend I had another Smile for a Cure session and met Charlie and Peanut, two senior red daschunds with their noses to ground sniffing for treats.  They didn’t sit still much, well actually, they barely stopped moving for more than 5 seconds so they kept me on my toes!  Nothing daunted I followed them […]

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Meet Kip, A rescued senior pup in Hercules

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 8, 2011

Another session from last week was this cutie named Kip.  I first met Kip and his human, Kristie, at the Bay to Barkers event in July when they stopped by to have their photo taken.  We had our session at Refugio park in Hercules and Kip was a great subject despite all the activity going […]

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Meet Lori and Mimi – today’s sneak peak

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 6, 2011

It was busy weekend at Chickpea Photography Studio this Labor Day.  We were busy, busy, busy following dogs with the camera.  Today I want you all to meet Mimi and Lori.  We played together at Albany Beach where both Mimi and Lori displayed their posing abilities and their love of the beach.  Lori and Mimi […]

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Meet Murray the cat from

By Cyndi Kuiper | Aug 11, 2011

Before I head off for Tahoe with the family for a week of communing with nature I have a sneak peak for you of my recent session at in San Francisco.  Now obviously Murray is not a dog, but he is the office mascot at DogTime and they have just launched their partner site […]

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Sneak Peak – Pharoah the Cat

By Cyndi Kuiper | May 29, 2011

Yesterday, between rain showers (on Memorial Day weekend no less!), I got to spend some time with a kitty named Pharoah the cat.  Very sweet boy who tolerated the camera in his face pretty well.  Pharoah was rescued by his humans about a year ago when the neighbors moved and left him behind.  Now he […]

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Lily and Harry visit another blog!

By Cyndi Kuiper | Apr 12, 2011

OK, so if you haven’t visited the The Daily Pulget yet, well get your fingers clicking and check it out.  Today’s post features my favorite canines – Lily and Harry.  Pug from the Daily Puglet paid us a visit at the Chickpea home over the weekend and such a good time was had by all […]

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My 15 minutes of fame as a pet photographer

By Cyndi Kuiper | Apr 11, 2011

Well, hopefully not, but this is my first write up in a local publication.  Check it out – I made it into my hometown community website.  Local girl makes good…….

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