Imaging USA in Nashville

Hello friends!

I just got back from Nashville, Tennessee, where I was among 10,000 professional photographers attending the amazing Imaging USA conference. This was my first time attending the conference and it was a blast!

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Thanks to the ice storm that was promising to paralyze Ohio and Kentucky and Tennesse on Friday, I decided that instead of leaving Saturday morning, I'd flee Columbus on Thursday. This gave me a ton of extra time in Nashville. Tennessee got about two inches of snow and didn't know how to handle it. The local news showed semi trucks lying in ditches along the highway and children excitedly dancing and playing in the tiny amount of snow on the ground.

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Here's a group of pet photographers who met for lunch inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center.

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I had lunch with a group of cat photographers, including Kim Stephenson. She is an amazing artist and I was excited to hear how to created her award-winning portraits.

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The conference was held inside the hotel so thank goodness I didn't have to go outside in the ice storm! I left Columbus on Thursday and didn't return until the following Wednesday. I can't believe I remembered where I parked my car at the hotel, it felt like I was there for so long!

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It was fantastic to meet so many talented photographers!

It was great to learn from and get ideas from other photographers from across the country. I was one of 10,000 professional photographers there!

I watched an eagle photographer demonstrate how to photograph a falcon, had lunch with a group of talented cat photographers, and learned how one pet photographer got her start with guinea pigs. I finally met people I've only talked to online and blogged with, and I got to learn techniques from many other areas of photography, like headshots and fashion and fine art.

Here are a few photos from the conference. Most of my photos are cell phone pictures of inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel because it's so unusual; I'm including a few other photos courtesy of fellow photographers who kindly shared them with me. They snapped pictures that capture the happy excitement we felt to be there! Thanks for reading and we'll be back to usual business right away!

Goldendoodle at Highbanks

Sparty is a playful, very obedient two-year-old goldendoodle. He recently moved to Ohio with his family from Florida. He had just a couple cold months up north so this was his first autumn living here. We found a nice spot beside the Scioto River to take a sunset portrait before playtime.

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His people had never been to Highbanks, so this was a fun adventure for his family and Sparty himself.

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They found lots of new spots to let him run, play, and do his favorite activity of all... chasing Frisbees! Notice I didn't write catch Frisbees, but he sure tries his best at chasing them then retrieving them after they've landed. He's such a happy, goofy, active boy. I'm glad his family has a new place to explore with him. I was happy to introduce them to such a nice park like Highbanks!

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Look at those big paws.

One more - his family loves this black and white shot.

Two kittens in Worthington, Ohio

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These beautiful kittens are only about six months old and couldn't be more different. Laka, the brown striped cat, is the most playful kitten I've ever seen. It was non-stop playtime for Laka. She turned into a bit of a ham! She is clearly a very social cat because she took right to me, the camera, my lights, my noise-makers, everything. She was especially intrigued when I was setting up my larges pieces of equipment in her living room. Then when it was her turn, Laka was so patient and gave me the prettiest expressions with different angles of her face and eyes.

Next was Hilo, who did not want much to do with me! She watched from afar and bolted every time I went near her. Hilo got on the perch where I had photographed Laka then jumped down after one shot. Then guess who hops right up again? Laka. She was ready for more pictures to be taken!

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Above is Laka, giving an encore performance of her modeling debut.

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Hilo let me take exactly one shot where I wanted her and she made it a good one. I caught her later playing on the stairs and grabbed this shot.

We tried feathers, tinkly cat noisemakers, ribbons, even raw minnows (yum!) and Hilo wasn't being enticed by any of it. Laka, however, was ALL ABOUT the ribbons and streamers and pretty much anything she could get her tiny paws around.

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In our consultation, one shot that was important to get was the two kitties looking out the window. There is a birdfeeder just outside and they like to gaze out the window. I loved the high-contrast feel in black and white for this photograph.

We got many more photos of the kittens and their owners, who loved the family portraits with everyone, including the cats. I'm thrilled to add some kitties to my list of animals I've photographed. It's been almost all dogs and a couple rabbits before now!

Do you have a cat who likes to stare out the window or cuddle and snuggle? Contact me here now for in-home family portraits featuring your beloved pets! I'd love to chat about your ideas for indoor cat portraits.

Ugly Christmas Dog Sweater

For this week in the 52-week dog photography blog challenge, it's Ugly Christmas Sweaters! I can't wait to see what everyone photographed lately.

I must put on a disclaimer - I believe the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" became an ironic trend a few years back, so it's actually cool to wear a really tacky or garish holiday sweater nowadays! We mean no offense saying a sweater is ugly, and not all of these are ugly by any means. So some dog sweaters may be ironic or some may be sincere, but all these sweaters are awesome because they're on some pretty amazing pups.

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This shar pei was WOUND UP. She looks so serious but she was all over the place excited. It was a miracle I caught this shot of her looking in my direction. The costume and the star hat that her family brought her in maybe got her a little too excited for holiday photos! I love that little wrinkly face.

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The only downside of seeing SO many dogs is that I didn't have a chance to properly snuggle this little black puppy. I couldn't believe he kept on his cap and the little matching socks the whole time! His big brother the yellow retriever had on a quilted sweater that I didn't get a chance to see much of but it's equally festive.

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And then we have Miss Ellie. This girl is a PARTY ANIMAL, excuse the pun. We have other photos of her looking at the camera, but her little matching sequined hat doesn't show up as well in those. This photo shows off her ensemble. I have no idea where her family found this kicky Santa hat but I want an adult one for myself.

Thanks to the 250+ dogs who came out to PetPeople in December for holiday portraits! We had a blast seeing some really lovely holiday sweaters and some amazingly ugly Christmas sweaters on very sweet dogs. Be sure to check out the next pet photography blog by Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Christmas dogs at home

CJ and Boo are adorable pups. CJ is a four-year-old Bichon Frise and a Boo is a two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Boo gazed over at his mom while I set up this beautiful portrait in front of the Christmas tree. Look at that sweet face!

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CJ and Boo's family wanted holiday portraits in their home that included the couch in some way. They told me that CJ and Boo both liked to sit on the back of the sofa and keep watch. Each dog has a regular spot - it's funny that when we went to take their portraits they swapped their usual spots.

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What you can't see are the leashes, because although this pair usually hangs out on the back of their couch, for some reason they were too excited to sit still. I had met the family in the pre-consultation in their home a couple weeks prior to the photo shoot so I wasn't a total stranger, but it was still very exciting to have their portraits taken!

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These two really love being on the couch, as seen here. Both their leashes were stretched to each side as their owners and I were bribing them like there was no tomorrow with yummy stinky treats and interesting noisy toys. At one point CJ had buried his entire head into my bag of goodies. He probably could have fit inside and would have been content to sniff for hours.

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This looks like a studio shot but it was taken in the living room, too. We tried a lot of different techniques to get awesome portraits of this pair.

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One last photo to share for now. Boo and CJ's family requested a photo of them looking out the front door. They like to watch for the mailman and bark, naturally. When their mom went to get the mail she spotted them and thought it would make an adorable picture. She emailed me and made sure we could include that. I like that we got their Christmas decor in there - two white polars bear cubs to match the two little white pups.

Ready to schedule your family's lovely Christmas portraits in your own home? Contact me right now - space is limited!

PetPeople holiday portraits

Is there much I can say about these AMAZING faces? We provide the reindeer antlers, festive scarves, Christmas sweaters, and plenty of belly rubs. We've been having a fantastic time seeing all these dogs!

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I will say one note about the pit bull in the top left picture. Gatsby is the HAPPIEST dog ever. He takes his owner to every dog event in town and has been a client of ours for over a year so we see him a lot. I've never seen his tail stop wagging, ever. He also lets his person put on the silliest hats and bunny ears and lets me take his portrait with the best smile on his face. I love all these dogs, and every dog, cat, and bunny who came in to see us at PetPeople.

Merry Christmas from your friends at Browning Photo!

PetPeople Christmas rescue fundraiser

Check out some of the dogs who came out to PetPeople for holiday portraits!

Each day, a different local rescue organization sends volunteers to help us wrangle dogs, and in exchange a portions of proceeds go to that rescue, including RESCUEDohio and Peace for Paws and Cause for Canines and the Union County Humane Society. We're delighted that so many dogs and cats (and bunnies!) came out during our time at PetPeople.

 

5k for K9s 2017

Friends of the Shelter is a non-profit organization that funds medical care and surgeries for the homeless animals who come in to the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Their annual 5k raised funds for these worthy dogs who are in dire need of medical attention.

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Dabney is a rescue at the Franklin County Animal Shelter who came in with significant injuries to one leg. She's had surgery through MedVet and continues with physical therapy to heal. Dabney perked right up as I made a funny noise to get a quick portrait.

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There were dogs everywhere! It was a perfect morning, too - a little on the cool side to start and getting warmer as the sun came up. The dogs had a great time and their humans had a nice morning too.

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This big guy visited just about everyone at the 5k. I didn't see him for a while and then later at the awards he was socializing with everyone again. Good boy!

We had an awesome time at the 5k for K9s. Alum Creek was a great location and it was hilarious to see dogs take a quick dip in the lake after their run.

If you'd like to see more pooch portraits, click here for the portfolio!