We're Looking For Black Dogs to Photograph

This project highlights the beauty of black dogs which are too often overlooked in shelters while also raising much needed funds for animal rescue. $100 from each photoshoot will be donated to Milo Foundation.

Because Your Dog is More Than a Pet

Here's Everything You Get

The Photoshoot

All participates receive a private customized in-studio portrait session at our Pt Richmond location. Normally $600, we are waving this fee. Instead simply pay a $100 donation fee when booking your session on our calendar. $100 from each session goes to the rescue.

The Artwork

There is no obligation to purchase, but you will have a fun cinematic viewing appointment to review your proofs the week after your photoshoot via Zoom. At that time you can use your $200 artwork credit toward the images you most love. As a guide, artwork begins at $495, while most clients spend $900 and upwards on their finished art pieces and digital negatives.

Personalized Service

We send our expert guidance and suggestions on what to wear for the portrait session including tips on how to prepare your dog. And we’re always here to help in case you have any questions or want to chat before your session. Chickpea Photography has been working with pets and their people for 14 years, so you can relax and know you are in good hands (or paws).

Hey there, I'm Cyndi - your new photographer bestie!

Like many little girls, I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. but when I was 16, I discovered photography and knew that was my passion. Being able to combine my love of pets and photography is what brings me joy. Be able to create images that tug at your heart strings and make you laugh out loud is my super power.

When not working you can find me on the beach, or painting watercolors or binge watching the latest Netflix series. Oh and I almost forgot-cake-I love cake, lemon, chocolate, carrot...yum!


What Others Say About Us

"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 put everyone at ease. We couldn't be happier with the results."


"Loved working with Cyndi! She was so much fun and my dog was absolutely enamored with her. We are SO impressed with how the initial photos came out and we JUST got back the final edits! IN LOVE to say the least! Highly recommend Cyndi and her services!

Alexa H

"I first had Cyndi take photos of my dog, Rosie, 10 years ago. Now that she is a senior pup we went back and had a very fun experience during our session. And the photos are beautiful!! I highly recommend Chickpea Photography!

jennifer k

Ready to Experience the Magic?

Witness the magic as we capture the essence of your pet's spirit. Allow us to create breathtaking portraits that will tug at your heartstrings every time you lay eyes on them. Book a session and let us reveal the true beauty of your pet and your relationship.


You have questions, I've got answers

Why are you offering these sessions?

Chickpea Photography has been practicing philanthropy with animal shelters and other charities in the Bay Area for over ten years. These sessions are my way of giving back and helping support organizations with much needed funds.

My dog isn't all black, is that ok?

Yes, if your dog is mostly black then that is all that is required.

I have other dogs that aren't black, can they come too?

Absolutely, I encourage you to bring the entire furry pack into our studio. And you get in some of the photos too. Capturing the bond between humans and their dogs is my favorite thing to do.

Where can I see more of your work?

Chickpea Photography is an up-market portrait studio specializing in modern, fun portraits of pets, kids and the families that love them. Cyndi Kuiper is a Bay Area native and lifelong dog lover. Please check us out on Instagram for latest work -

Where is the studio located?

We are thrilled to have a spot in charming and historic Point Richmond, the hidden waterfront city of the East Bay. Many clients enjoy hanging around in Point Richmond after (or before) the session to grab lunch or dinner, enjoy the cute shops, the art gallery, grab a beer at the local pub or head to the beach. You can learn more about what this hidden gem has to offer HERE.

Our address is 125 Park Place, Suite 122, Point Richmond.

How do I book my photoshoot?

Simply click on one of the Book or Apply buttons to be taken to our scheduling page. There you will have access to our calendar along with a ton of other info about our studio. You have two choices to get on our calendar - book your session directly OR setup a quick chat with Cyndi first. Both options are offered on the scheduling page.

What does the participation fee cover?

The participation fee covers your donation to the charity, your photoshoot and the artwork credit included.

Is my participation fee refundable?

No, because your the $100 will be donated to the participating charity whether you attend your session or not.

What is included with the session?

All who participate will receive a photo session by award-winning portrait artist, Cyndi Kuiper, of Chickpea Photography located in charming and historic Point Richmond (total value $600). Participants also receive a $200 studio gift card to apply towards their portrait purchase.  No digital files, prints or other products are included in the participation fee.

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