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Matthew Joseph Photography: Toronto Professional Portrait, Dog and Pet Photographer.

Welcome to My Blog

I am a professional photographer based in Etobicoke, Ontario. I specialize in professional portraiture of pets, families and children, either with studio equipment or on location. I mainly work in the GTA (Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto, Oakville etc.), but I am available to travel further upon request. I have been taking pictures of anything and everything for my whole life. I started this blog to share my love pf photography with the world.  Feel free to browse the sample galleries on the main site, and if you like what you see or have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.


March 27, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I was asked by the team over at for some photos of video game systems. They were tired of using boring stock photos.

If you have a website that could use some custom photos to dress it up, or if you have a small business and need product photos for your website, don't hesitate to contact me at

Here are a couple of samples:

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Free Facebook Nature & Dog Cover Photos

March 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I created a bunch of Facebook timeline cover photos. They are free for your own personal use. You can find them at You can choose the one you want and go through the ordering and downloading process. If you have trouble with the ordering/downloading process, you can e-mail me at, and I'll e-mail you the one you want.

Here are some samples:

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Family Shoot

March 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I had an interesting family shoot last week. I brought my studio equipment out to Georgetown for this shoot. Here are a couple of the shots:DSC06397



If you're looking for professional photos in the comfort of your own home, you can contact me at

Adrian the rescue pug in "studio"

March 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I had a few free hours on the weekend, so I set-up the lights and got some "studio" shots of Adrian. As you can see, he was a pretty cooperative dog model. You can seem more in his gallery at Adrian was rescued by Pugalug Pug Rescue and will be up for adoption at in a couple of months.

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Adrian the rescue Pug!

March 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Had a great outdoor shoot with Adrian the rescue pug today! Adrian will be up for adoption through Pugalug Pug Rescue ( in a couple of months, so spread the word and help find him a forever home.

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February 27, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Had a challenging but rewarding shoot with Emmy this weekend. She wasn't the most cooperative model, but she is one gorgeous girl!

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New Set and Props

February 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I purchased some new props and built a new set. Like all my sets, this one is completely mobile and can be brought to your home. I used some cookies and wrangled Gertie and Parker into helping me test the new set. I was really happy with the results. What do you think?

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Fun Family Shoot

February 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Had a great shoot with James, Jennine, and the kids! As you can tell, everyone seemed to have a good time.

















I'm not sure where this little guy learned to model, but he sure pulled some interesting poses out of his little bag of tricks:


















Here are just a couple more:

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In my opinion, no family photo shoot is complete without some shots of the furry kid(s):

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Corporate Shoot

February 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I know corporate photos are often considered boring, but I had some fun with these. I'm available to take corporate photos like these for websites or annual reports on fairly short notice. A shoot like this can be completed in just a couple of hours (including set-up and tear-down).


















Studio Pugs

February 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I was lucky enough to get Gertie and Parker in front of my lights for a proper studio shoot. As you can see, they make a pretty cute pair.  It was a little tricky, but I managed to get them both to sit inside my antique apple box.

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As you might be able to tell, this little stuffed chick is just about Gertie's favourite thing in the world. 

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It was actually more difficult than you might think to get this shot of Gertie. She loves that little toy so much that every time I put it in front of her this happened:

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I have to admit, Parker is probably the best dog "model" I have had the chance to work with. When I told her to stay, she would hold the pose for so long that even if I put the camera down to adjust the lights, she would still be right there where I left her when I came back.


















Pug on a Pillow