Animals breathe love, joy, and peace into our lives.  They connect us to our spirits.  I invite the invisible to become visible.  Dogs, cats, and other animals are among our greatest teachers.  With inner peace, let's envision peace in our world.

Lori A. Cheung

Pets for World Peace

Lori’s work appears in O, The Oprah Magazine!


Award-winning, Pet Photographer Lori A. Cheung's portraits are featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, aired on Animal Planet, and she is Google's #1 Pet Photographer. 

For over 30 years (that’s 210 happy dog years!), Lori's dynamic and passionate photography has captured the spirit of animals and their humans. Her intention is to inspire love and joy in our world.  Lori's style illuminates the essence and brilliance of her subjects.

She is based in San Francisco and travels internationally for photo shoots.  Lori honors animals and celebrates their legacies through fine art photography.

Lori's celebrity clients include winners of the Olympic Games, Academy Award, and Grammy Award.  She's been published by the NY Times, and in international books by Chronicle Books, Time Warner Books, and others.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Dog Photographer, Winner, voted by readers of Bay Woof magazine.
  • Best Photographer, Finalist, voted by readers of East Bay Express magazine.
  • World Wildlife Fund's international photo contest, Finalist.  Judges selected Lori's winning photo from 10,000 entries.
  • Global Community Service Award, Women's International Network, in honor of International Women's Day. 
  • Heart and Soul Award, PAWS, for extraordinary volunteerism. 
  • Celebrity Photography Judge, The Humane Society International and The United States Humane Society.
  • Ambassador of Animals, World Peace One Foundation, the producers of global concert fundraisers, such as Live Aid, Farm Aid, and Comedy Relief.
  • Featured in the bestselling book, Cats 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs of Wonderful Cats.  Judges selected Lori's winning portrait from 50,000 entries.

Who inspired Lori?

In the 1960s, Lori's childhood memories included watching her dad, a pro photographer, as he photographed.  She loved playing with his warm, used photo light bulbs and enjoyed their crunchy sound.  At 10 years old, Lori spent hours photographing and developing film in the darkroom.  She smiled as photos became magically visible, like watching her mom cook, creating joy from raw ingredients.  From nothing, art emerged.  

Lori’s childhood companions included:  Mitzi, the terrier mix;  Mini-Poo, Mimi, and Muffin, the poodle mixes;  Jeepers, the parakeet;  Tiki, the cockatiel;  Dinky, the turtle;  Guppies;  Goldie, the goldfish (won with a ping-pong ball plopping into the fish bowl at the fair);  teeny tiny crabs from San Francisco Bay;  and Planaria (aquatic worms) she rescued from her scientific experiments in 5th grade.

In the 1980s, Lori graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in Environmental Sciences and Biology.  She became a successful Environmental Consultant and Project Manager, leading teams of environmental scientists (biologists, geologists, hydrologists, archaeologists, and more "ologists."  Lori managed complex environmental impact reports and endangered species plans.

In 2001, Lori returned home from her skyscraper office, after a very stressful day at work.  She turned on the tv and Oprah asked: “What is your passion?”  Days passed...while enjoying dinner with her family, out of the blue, Lori declared, “I want to be a Pet Photographer.“  Lori's sister beamed with confidence and said, "Do it."  Lori volunteered at animal shelters and her pet photography career launched successfully.

Pets for World Peace

Lori and her mascot, Flash, the chiweenie (chihuahua-dachshund) created Pets For World Peace to bring awareness and fundraising for great nonprofits, such as the Humane Society, SPCA, and others.  Pets for World Peace provides pro-bono photography, the creation of educational media, and PR to nonprofits. 

Lori photographs media campaigns for major gala fundraisers including the SPCA’s “Bark and Whine Ball,” PAWS’ “Petchitecture,” the Humane Society’s “Mozart for Mutts and Meows,” and the W Hotel’s “Yappy Hour” cocktail fundraisers.  She recently photographed animals rescued by the Maui Humane Society (Hawaii), the Royal SPCA (London), and Peace Mexico (Mexico).

Lori Loves Photographing People too!

Lori has photography expertise in:

  • portraiture (professional headshots, family portraits)
  • commercial (portraits to powerfully capture a brand and create successful marketing campaigns)
  • events (fundraisers, parties, anniversaries, weddings)
  • products (custom jewelry, art, etc.)

Lori had the honor of photographing the Gandhi Tour at the Sundance Film Festival, Dr. Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, Lisa Nichols, Dr. Michael Beckwith, United Nations Ambassador Byron Blake, philanthropists Ted Turner and Vanessa Getty, and others.  Feel free to see more of Lori's photography at:

Lori's Winning Style

Lori's style is candid, playful, and exuberant. An everyday moment transforms into an extraordinary one when viewed through Lori’s “third eye” -- her camera lens. Lori’s portraits illuminate and reveal the inner sparkle of her subjects.  Her unique ability to capture the defining moment is legendary.  Lori's photography celebrates animals and people by capturing their beauty and wonder.  She creates art from her heart.  Lori specializes in fun portrait sessions at beaches, parks, homes, vineyards, iconic landmarks, and other inspiring locations.


Lori's muse is Flash, the chiweenie (chihuahua-dachshund).  He is about 7 inches tall, and 6 lbs. 8 oz., about the weight of a bag of organic kibble. Flash was appointed Chief of PUPlick Affairs, and his favorite duty is to fetch and deliver donations to nonprofits.  He ordained himself as CEO, Chief Exuberance Officer.  Flash believes he is a Great Dane, and he proudly struts on w.a.l.k.s even though cats tower over him.


What else is Lori up to?

Lori is also an Environmental Consultant, with 25 years of professional experienceShe also is a Certified Master Spirit Coach, helping people to live their life with passion.

Fetch Lori & Flash

Lori and Flash invite you to contact them to capture the spirit of your animal and family.  Prowling for the PURRfect gift?  Surprise your friends with art from your heart -- order gift certificates today!  Please call 510.559.8119 or email us.


Wishing you love, joy & wags!

Lori & Flash



Listen to Lori's Good Dog Podcast interview

gooddogpodcast.mp3 5.3MB Jul 22, 2009 11:47 AM