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

6 Awesome Pet Photographers in the Bay Area

By Cyndi Kuiper | May 10, 2019

While Chickpea Photography Studios offers fun, playful photo sessions to capture images of your furry family members, I understand that you may want to consider all your options before choosing the right photographer for you. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of six of the best pet portrait photographers in the Bay Area. Pet Poses […]

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The 9 Best Family Photographers in the Bay Area

By Cyndi Kuiper | May 10, 2019

While Chickpea Photography Studios offers fun photo sessions to capture your family’s love and personalities, I understand that you may want to consider all your options before choosing the right photographer for you. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of nine of the best family portrait photographers in the Bay Area. Nancy Alcott Nancy Alcott […]

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All About Cyndi

By Cyndi Kuiper | May 2, 2019

When I take photos, I strive to connect with each subject, to get to know them and what makes them happy, and to draw out genuine smiles and joy in every image. But, of course, getting to know each other is a two-way street, which is why I wanted to tell you a little more […]

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Pick of the Pack Contest

By Cyndi Kuiper | Dec 20, 2018

WE ARE HAVING A FRIENDLY COMPETITION As the year wraps up I feel like spreading a little love around and starting off the New Year with a BANG! To thank the wonderful humans who had us photograph their dogs, we are giving away a FREE session, and a digital/print package worth $1,125! PLUS – All voters […]

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Fall Mini Portrait Sessions Are Here

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 13, 2018

Yay! It’s that time again! Fall Mini Sessions are here, and we’ve got the perfect locations for them! I’m so excited as I love this time of year. How about you? Mini Sessions are perfect for creating unforgettable holiday gifts and artistic holiday cards! Great for families, kids, and even you and your pet (or […]

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By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 5, 2018

You don’t have to Be a professional photographer to take a good picture, nor to be photographed well must you be in a studio, but there are few tips you should remember whether you are snapping pics with friends or working with a pro. Camera Angle If the camera is at your eye level or […]

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5 Tips to Get Kids to Smile

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 5, 2018

As a photographer, Having your family photos taken is exciting and I understand that you’re probably imagining all the things you are going to do with the beautiful images that you will have of your family. This is normal, and I encourage it! However, it’s important that you don’t arrive at the session with preconceived […]

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7 Steps To Choosing The Right Family Photographer

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 5, 2018

Choosing the right family Photographer can be a daunting task. If you do an internet search for a “Family Photographer” in your area, inevitably you will be barraged with hundreds of options. Not to mention the studio that you’ve seen downtown, or those family photos your friends were tagged in on Facebook from their own […]

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7 Tips to Rock Your Smartphone

By Cyndi Kuiper | Sep 4, 2018

People often ask me If I bring my “big camera” everywhere I go. While I probably should, I don’t. Like most of you, I’ve come to rely on my smartphone camera. While my DSLR and pro lenses can do a lot of things that my smartphone can’t, my phone’s camera is just so convenient. It’s […]

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