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

Meet Mellow the Poodle Model in Albany

By Cyndi Kuiper | Jan 29, 2011

Some dogs chase balls, others dig holes, still more run on the beach and sometimes eat sand, but occasionally there is the dog who agrees to sit looking pretty and strike a pose for me.  This week that was Mellow.  He knows he’s a handsome fella and since he just had a good grooming and […]

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Meet Aki – my first session of 2011

By Cyndi Kuiper | Jan 12, 2011

Well, the weather may not be the best, but the year is starting off well here at Chickpea Photography.  My first session of the year was with the adorable and very sweet Aki, a Akita, Shepard, Bernese mix.  We strolled around Jack London Square smelling the sites and eating treats.  Aki has a great smile […]

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Chloe the agility pooch in Jack London Square

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 23, 2010

I was surprised by Chloe (or Chloe the agility pooch), don’t let her diminutive size and regal appearance fool you.  She likes to have fun, romp, and play in the grass, as well as being incredibly sweet and charming.   Chloe I discovered loves to chase the ball and she also jumps after it and […]

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Along came Betsy

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 21, 2010

It was fate that I should photograph Betsy.  I first met her in May when she was just a little cutie awaiting adoption at Berkeley Humane.  Then I ran into her walking her humans at Tilden Park one day in July and was amazed to see how much she had grown in those few short […]

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Meet Phoenix – all dressed up on a Saturday night

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 18, 2010

  Phoenix is a diminutive Doxie with a big personality and even bigger wardrobe.  She modeled some of her favorite outfits for me the other night and when we were done with the fashion show, she cuddled up on the couch and rested her head on my lap.   Perhaps her biggest feature isn’t her […]

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RIP Jasmine

By Cyndi Kuiper | Aug 20, 2010

Even when you know it is coming it isn’t easy losing a pet.  Jasmine was almost 15 and in failing health for a few years, but still had her good days; enjoyed a head scratch and never said no to a steak dinner.  She was a typical Dalmatian in that she was stubborn, neurotic, needy […]

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A day at Peninsula Humane Society

By Cyndi Kuiper | Apr 15, 2010

Once per month I have the pleasure and privilege of photographing the animals of the Peninsula SPCA.  I generally take photos of the long timers, pets who have been at the shelter for a year or more.  This past weekend I photographed Cara – a beautiful 4 year-old pit bull who I think has a terrific […]

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Hello my fellow pet lovers and welcome!

By Cyndi Kuiper | Apr 1, 2010

Ok, so here I am, finally with my own blog. After all, everyone is doing it so I might as well too. Though to be honest I am trying to imagine what I will find to talk about and who will be interested in reading it, but there I go being defeatist before I have […]

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