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My photography has really gone to the dogs. I specialize in pet photography, family portraits and commercial, lifestyle photography. I create exciting and engaging photos that my clients love. In this digital age of being overwhelmed with images sliding past, I create work that people hang in their homes to remember how important this time of their lives are.

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Candi Hitchcock

25 July 2019

So patient and never gives up until he has the best of the best!

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Kerrie Beck

26 April 2019

I emailed Fred for a photo session after one of dogs was diagnosed with lymphoma and wanted to pictures while she was feeling good. Fred got us in for a session very quickly and was GREAT with my dogs, including one that is picky with people. We never felt rushed and he captured beautiful keepsakes of my dogs. We choose a couple prints and metal prints and they arrived so very quickly. Fred is a true professional and a great artist! I would highly recommend Fred Levy! More...

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Audrey Trieschman

9 April 2019

Fred did an amazing job photographing 10 6-week old puppies for NEADS World Class Service Dogs (individual portraits and all at the same time). We're not sure how he did it, but each and every photo was just stunning. More...

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Christin Catalano

26 December 2018

Fred is AMAZING!

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Kelly Drescher Johnson

24 November 2018

Fred is incredibly patient with dogs of all kinds. He knows how to slowly coax out their inner beauty and transform it into visual art. My dogs range from incredibly shy to delightfully outgoing, but he got the most amazing pictures of each of them. I tell people he's worth every cent I spent for those memories. More...

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Cara Bradley

16 September 2018

Fred is amazing to work with! He is very responsive and knowledgeable. The session was so much fun! Fred was great with our two dogs. He got so many beautiful pictures, it was impossible to choose which ones to print! I get so many compliments on these photos. Highly recommend! More...

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Garett Campbell-Wilson

22 August 2018

Fred has a passion for photography that many creators strive to achieve. His work connects us with the charm and personality of his subjects, especially our favorite furry friends. I hope he will photograph my cats, one day. More...

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Becky Bettencourt

31 July 2018

My mom is extremely close with her dog who is getting on in years, and for my mom's birthday I wanted to do something really special. Fred took some incredible pictures of Leo. Leo is a difficult dog to work with but Fred made the whole process easy and fun, and took the time trying different back drops and lighting to get the best photos possible while effortlessly accommodating Leo's special needs. The toughest part was narrowing down the pictures! In the end I ordered two phtos and my mom loved them! I'm already planning another photo session with my cats! More...

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Michelle Duggan

23 July 2018

I had Fred photograph my two chihuahuas, it was amazing! He captured their personalities on film. Fabulous!

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April Johannesen

23 July 2018

My family rescued a big black dog and he is the LOVE of our life!!

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David Anderson

23 July 2018

Very lovely photographs. I have a schipperke and a beautiful black foster cocker spaniel, both rescues.

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Karah Rosen

23 July 2018

what beautiful photographs. i have a rescue cavalier/dachshund mix who is black, and i had no idea they have a harder time getting a home. i wish i were closer so i could ask you to photograph her. thanks for what you are doing. i love it! More...

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Julia Sierra Hamberger

23 July 2018

This is a beautiful project! I am so impressed with the attention to all the wonderful black dogs...

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Jackie Long-Goding

23 July 2018

Fred's pictures of the horses at Sunset Stables were simply amazing!

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Claudia Willner

23 July 2018

I just saw your photos for the Black Dog Project. I was so moved, I have a black Collie German Shepherd and he's sweet gentle and calm :)

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Maggi Berwind-Dart

23 July 2018

Beautiful book! The photos and stories about each dog are moving and inspiring. A portion of proceeds benefit the wonderful Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue, too!

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Cynthia Segraves Lovely

23 July 2018

I love your pics! All three of my sweet babies have been black and by far the most beautiful darlings in the kennel when I adopted them! They all could've been in your awesome pics. I wish you could photo shoot my Bauer! More...

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El Segal

23 July 2018

I saw this regarding the BLACK DOG BOOK and I wrote to Mr. Levy about MY black dog, Maggie. Within a couple of days he wrote back,and told me how much he enjoys hearing from those of us that are OWNED by BLACK DOGS. My girl is 1 of the most amazing animals that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing let alone loving. Thank goodness for Mr. Levys attention and wonderful book about these amazing animals that for some strange reason are so often sadly bypassed, hopefully it will make people think before turning their backs just because a dogs black! More...

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Diane Richard

23 July 2018

It was such a great experience with my horse and Fred. I now have a picture of her that I will always treasure. Thank you Fred Levy.

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Marijana Mladenovic

23 July 2018

Everywhere in the world there is a problem of blac dogs. A lot of them on the street,a lot of them in shelters. In many contries of the Balkans killing dogs. In Srebia, Bosnia, Romania, the situation is terrible. Thanks to this action, I hope that your photos to awaken people's awareness. Big support from Serbia! More...

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Debra Bartnick

23 July 2018

I just happened to see your book. It is truly amazimg, what a tribute to black dogs everywhere. I have a Black lab... kacie. I could'nt imagine life without her!! What can I say I love black labs ( and all black breeds, i had a black toy poodle, a black mixed mutt, a black shepard). I would love to win a copy of your book!!! And who knows sometime soon I might b contacting you aabout photographing my girl... she's going to be 11 this November, and we are truly blessed that she has made it this far ( she has over come alot o serious health issues). And from what I saw of your work ,you will make her look beautiful like she truly is. Bless you for the awesome work you do!!! More...

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John Thompson

23 July 2018

We wanted a picture of Wexler with his "old man" whiskers. Fred did a beautiful job of capturing everything we love about him. We only wish we had met Fred sooner,sohe could have documented Wexler over the years. Wexlers portrait, printed on aluminum, arrived today; and it is stunning. We highly recommend Fred's services.
Thanks Fred,
John, Cindy & Wexler
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Tumeria V Langlois

23 July 2018

Fred took so many great photos of Jordan. It was really hard to narrow it down. We ended up ordering two amazing photos.

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Marilyn Leffler

23 July 2018

Fred has taken many awesome pictures of my golden, Autumn Marie over the years. This past photo session went above and beyond. My girl is 12.5 and has thyroid cancer and isn't long for this world. Having these wonderful pictures of her just warms my heart so much. Thank you Fred! More...

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Marjorie Otterson

23 July 2018

Having seen the "Black Dog Project" book, I jumped at a chance to do a mini-session with Fred to get some portraits of my senior dog. Fred was fun to work with, great with my dog, and the shots were amazing. I chose to get a couple prints on aluminum, and they are stunning! More...

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Carole Peterson Cunniff

23 July 2018

Fred took some great shots of Charlie, one of which is on this site, and one where Charlie is lying down. We had it printed on aluminum, and the effect is just stunning. The black background has receded, and Charlie appears to be floating in three dimensions. Wow! If you want a great photo of your furry family member, especially with the holidays coming, book an appointment with Fred now!
~Carole Cunniff
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Ellen Wetmore

23 July 2018

Ever the professional, Fred got our family portraits framed beautifully for the living room! So proud to have these pictures to show off. He always manages to make us look good! More...

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Maryellen Hunter

23 July 2018

Brought one of my 3 dogs to be photographed at Fred’s studio today. She will hopefully be featured in his next project/book focusing on mixed breeds. He took so many beautiful photos I don’t know how I am going to narrow down my choices! Thank you Fred!! More...

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Pauline Mazmanian

26 May 2018

What can we say....it was Amazing...we could not be happier with the photos and our entire experience. Fred was terrific. He captured a beautiful expression of our sweet Coby. We will treasure our photo always.... More...

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Christine H.

7 February 2018

We recently moved to the Boston area and I heard about Fred from his portrait work with Pawsh Dog Boutique and Salon.  Instead of just having a photo of our pet, I wanted to also incorporate the entire family.  I explained to Fred my vision for the shoot based on previous family photos that departed from the norm and my hope to have photos taken in iconic Boston locations.  We covered Beacon Hill and the Fenway area.  We got amazing photos of the entire family and the most adorable photos of Wrigley, our goldendoodle.  Not only was Fred calm and good humored, he moved quickly and adeptly to get several great photos all under two hours as family members had to catch planes and get to work.  Quickly after the shoot, we had a reveal at the house.  He selected the best photos for us to review, set up a screen and projector in our family room and revealed his work to many exclamations of excitement from parents and children!  He then helped us select photos using some great tools to mimic how they would look on the walls, he framed the photos and then hung the finished products in our home.  From start to finish, he serviced all aspects of the process with creativity, patience, kindness, and professionalism.  We are already putting our thinking caps on for our next shoot and how we will try to top the fabulous keepsakes he created!  Thanks for sharing your talent with us Fred!  My family feels lucky to have made a new friendship with you just months since moving here! More...

渡邊安規子

26 May 2017

Fred is awesome ! We love the contrast of our dog and the background. It's completely different from me taking some photos.

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Amy Waryas

26 May 2017

Fred did an amazing job taking photos of our family this past summer. We initially started working with him because we wanted some special photos of our dog and he went above and beyond that initial scope to get some wonderful, priceless shots of everyone. He has a very high touch approach to his work and came back with different framing and wall hanging options for us and then took care of all the details to get the photos framed and hung on the walls. I'd highly recommend Fred to anyone looking to have special photos taken! More...

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Amy Anderson

26 May 2017

Fred Levy was terrific to work with - professional, personable, flexible - and he produced beautiful photographs. He came to our house to photograph our dog, and I was impressed with his knowledge of lighting, setting, what would be flattering or not. He was very helpful throughout the entire process - recommending appropriate sizes and finishes for each photo selected, with framing recommendations, too. The photographs came out beautifully. He did an excellent job and I highly recommend him. More...

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Trina Baker

26 May 2017

Fred was excellent with my older dog, patient and respectful. He was able to really capture his personality and life! I am so happy with every aspect of my experience with Fred and am so pleased with the results!

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Teresa Dow-Bollinger

5 November 2015

His work is beautifully done. Looking forward to getting his book .

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Jennifer K.

25 October 2015

Fred Levy is a master of the art. We had the most incredible experience with him. Our puppy is a bit hyperactive and hard to keep still, yet Fred was super patient and diligent and was able to precisely capture the essence of Toby. Within one week, we met with him for the great reveal. He put together a time lapse video as well as the collection of photos for us to enjoy. Fred guided us through proper sizing and finishing based on room lighting and dimensions to best compliment the photos. Highly recommended! More...

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Gaston Sanders

16 July 2014

Love the photos. They are priceless and beautiful...

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Jen Osojnicki

27 May 2014

I have been a wedding photographer for 24 years but I have never been able to take my own dogs. They love their mom so they run to me. I found Fred through a a mutual friend and to be honest I had pretty low expectations. I knew Fred would be great but my two greyhounds are not great out of their comfort zone. I was amazed at how the dogs responded and the images I have are incredible. I have three 20 x 30 canvas prints hanging in my living room. Sadly two weeks after the session my boy Tucker passed away. I am so thankful to have those images of him. We are waiting for spring to have our new girl photographed by Fred. I know they will be beautiful! More...

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mike teeley

27 May 2014

Meeting Fred Levy was a special stroke of luck. Like anyone who has a dog, especially a black dog, we think he is a member of the family. Our dog Bing was a rescue lab/terrier or something like a terrier. He has an unusual beard for a lab. This only makes him more special. Fortunately for us, Fred has taken on a crusade to restore the dignity of black dogs with his black dog project. You only have to look at his pictures to see he has a gift for bringing out the best in the dog's features. He is like an Ansel Adams of the dog whisperers. Bing took to him immediately and his patience had a very special influence on Bing. More than anyone I have met Fred has a gift for bringing out the real character of the dog and conveying his compassion for their place in the family.Fred thanks for bringing out the character of Bing in your pictures. More...

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Kim Owens

20 May 2014

Stunning photography. Just beautiful!

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Wendy Lee

18 May 2014

Very beautiful pictures

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Christine M Brockett

15 May 2014

I also have a black dog that I got from a shelter. I know I don't have the skill to photograph her, but I love her dearly. If you were in Northern Indiana I would bring my Zevah for you to photograph. More...

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Melissa Valle

9 April 2014

I'm going to keep the black for shure :D

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Kay Scoble

8 April 2014

Love the Black Dogs series!

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Dawn Super

7 April 2014

My black dog and I love it!! Keep it up

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Maureen Cronin Burr

31 March 2014

Outstanding! Love this project!!!

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Jim McKinney

30 March 2014

Awesome.

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Amanda Lukowski

25 October 2013

Thanks so much for a fantastic photo shoot with Denver tonight! We had a blast and cannot wait to see all the pictures and the final ebook!!! :)

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Lisa Crow

27 May 2013

I'm so happy to have found Fred Levy Photography! He has been photographing my family since my first son was born and I've always been blown away with the results. Fred is a hands on, creative, eager photographer who is great with pets and children. He, like no one else, has captured my family as we really are (well...probably a little better than we actually are). As long as we are living in the Boston area, Fred will be our family photographer! More...

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There are three things that are important for me to get a great photo. First is a good connection to my client. I want to make them feel comfortable so I can create the best mood for the photo. For pets, it includes lots of treats and toys. For people, it can be more complex, depending on their needs. Showing some kind of emotion is most important and I work with them to bring that out. Second is good lighting. Whether outside or in a studio, I want to control the light so even for outside sessions, I always bring extra light (and a walking light stand when possible). The third is a great location. I can do good studio shots but I find location shoots offer the most excitement when creating work. Put these three things together, and I can create some amazing photos.

Questions I often ask depends on the type of job. Family portraits are often about showing the best in their family. That means I need to know what’s really important to them. Do they have favorite places they go to. What is going on in their lives now that they want to remember 10, 20, 30 years from now?
Commercial work is a whole other process. They want to promote their staff or service that will make the best impact. I create work to show them off they way they need to get the most out of the session.

I’m a lifestyle photographer who loves working with people and pets. People who love their pets have an understanding that life is bigger than themselves. When I get to spend quality time creating work for people and their pets, I get the most out of my day. I love the photography process but when I get to do it with people and their pets, there is nothing better.

My dog Toby inspired me to focus on pets. My background in photography is from a fine art perspective. It wasn’t until we adopted our dog, Toby that I fell in love with the process of photographing dogs. I started researching and found out there is a thing as a pet photographer so I started focusing on that. After years of work and promotion, I’ve carved out a little process and following my work. Now I’ve expanded my process beyond pets but I try to keep that as my focus. If it weren’t for my dog, I might have never done so much.

I was asked recently about what kind of photographer I wanted to be. My response was “a nice photographer”. I know there are lots of great photographers out there but not as many are nice. I don’t want to come off as self-important or rude. I want people to feel that I’m working my tail off to create amazing work for them and that they are getting 100% from me from beginning to end of the process. Shooting is such a small part of the photography process and I want my clients to know that I can help from the first hello to the delivery of the final product.

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