Dog Fourth of July

A quick hello from Browning Photo on this Fourth of July and a reminder to keep pets inside - fireworks can be scary!

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Uno and Chancey are two dogs who loved to dress up. Their mom has an assortment of hats and even wigs to put on them. I couldn't wait to see what she had planned, and they were so good to sit still and look like Uncle Sam. Great job, boys!

Have a safe, fun holiday from all of us at Browning Photo!

Cockapoo running

Colby and I had such fun romping through the yard earlier this month that we did it again. This dog will do anything for treats.

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We ran out of treats and resorted to carrots. And when we ran out of carrots, we moved onto cucumbers. Who knew dogs could love cucumbers so much?

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Here's Colby flying through the air with the greatest of ease. We went inside and I gave her a bowl of fresh water and had the idea to put slices of cucumber in it. She LOVED it. I realized that I was giving my dog cold cucumber water like the receptionist gives guests at my hair salon. Colby has reached new levels of pampering!

Want some fun backyard action shots of your dog like Colby? Contact me now!

More dog headshots

I wrote before about my trials and tribulations with getting a headshot of Colby by herself. It was so difficult ("But MOM! I don't want to sit still!) that I jumped in the picture. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do it again, this time in the kitchen.

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Two blondies, hanging out. Like this look? Contact me for your own professional portrait with your dog!

AIM Animal Image Makers conference in Minneapolis 2019

For those finding this blog post from an internet search and don’t know me through my website, hello! I’m Lisa from Columbus, Ohio, and I love creating dog portraits.

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I just got back from the 2019 first annual Animal Image Makers conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a very long four days, from 8AM to 10PM every day. We had fabulous speakers, a choice of beginner or advanced track courses on topics like posing animals with their families, dog safety (taught by an incredibly intelligent veterinarian), and even equine photography. We learned in person from industry leaders from around the world. In sum we had about 200 unbelievably talented pet photographers in attendance at one venue for the first conference of its kinds.

Then, OH MY GOODNESS, friends, look what happened in Minneapolis. I was on the fence about entering any portraits into the Animal Image Makers image competition, and in fact an image that I call Learning to Share of a baby in a highchair watching his dog beg for food was an entry I submitted at the last minute. Literally, I was uploading my entries at 5:59 before the 6pm deadline. I had zero hope of my portraits doing anything in competition, especially after some feedback that my images - especially that baby in the highchair - would have a tough time even getting a merit. I submitted because I wanted the judges' feedback of what to do better in the future, and because darn it, I believed in that image. At the closing party, we learned that they were 474 images in the competition, and these are the top pet photographers in the world. We saw all the submissions playing on a screen and they were breathtaking. These portraits were SO beautiful. It was amazing just to be in a room filled with so much talent. Then the president of the organization announced third place, then second place, then first place for Best Animal and Human Image, and he called Learning to Share by Lisa Browning and my beloved portrait was projected on the screen and my heart stopped.

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I never ever ever expected to earn this and I am so grateful to the organizers, judges, and of course the two subjects of this image who are my own babies - one with fur and one without.

The entire conference was a fabulous experience, and learning in person from these esteemed photographers I’ve long admired was priceless. On the airplane home I carried my trophy, carefully and lovingly packaged, and started dreaming of my next image. I already know what it is, and I can see it in my mind’s eye as clear as day. I can’t wait to make it and share with you.

Thanks for reading. If you’re located in the Columbus area and thinking of canine portraits, I’d love to speak to you. Contact me here and we can discuss your ideas for portraiture of your beloved pet.

Shadow the rescue dog

Shadow is an amazing four-year-old black lab from the Franklin County Animal Shelter who found his people as a puppy. It was love at first sight. He's such a good boy that he retrieves his mom's daily newspaper for her so she can do her crossword puzzles. In fact, they don't get the Dispatch on Sundays so they re-wrap a previous newspaper and throw it in the yard for him to fetch so he never misses a day!

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I set up my lights in the living room and played with some black-on-black. Shadow knows "place" which is a pretty advanced dog command and executed it perfectly. What a good boy!

Look at this handsome boy! I can't get over how loving and happy he is all the time. The rest of the photos are with his family so I'm only sharing ONE here. Thanks for looking! If you'd like your sweet dog photographed, contact me now - I'd love to hear from you!

Red golden retriever Part II

Beautiful Harley, a red golden retriever, was featured in a previous blog post. She had SO many beautiful portraits I couldn't help but write another blog post just for her.

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Look at that gorgeous redhead lounging on the porch!

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...and lounging by the flowers.

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We hung around hoping for the sky to do something magical because there were zero clouds that evening. Finally we got some pink tones, which look nice with Harley's red hair.

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Harley is super lucky that she gets to go into the office five days a week! She and her owner are inseparable. As the sun set and we were packing up I said, "Wait! One last shot!" We got a handshake silhouette at the last second.

Want lovely sunset portraits of your own dog? Contact me now - I'd love to hear from you!

Rescue senior dog

Meet Ollie. Or as his parents call him, Poopers. They rescued him from an organization a few years ago when he was already a senior dog. Bless them for that. They sought out an older dog they could give a wonderful home and Ollie has a great life. He was taken from a terrible situation and was severely neglected and had health issues. His parents accepted him and nursed him back to health and he’s doing great.

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Ollie sitting against these throw pillows reminds me of a Ralph Lauren ad. He’s just too adorable. Those ears and little Ewok-looking round face made me want to love on him forever.

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His dads showed me a copy of Architectural Digest and thought a photo shoot in their recently renovated home would be ideal. Their house looks amazing and their furniture shows off their mid-century modern aesthetic.

Thinking of an in-home lifestyle shoot for your own pup? I’m happy to chat - contact me now!

New puppy

Meet Sophia. She's a rat terrier-Boston terrier mix. She is nine weeks old and already housebroken. She's also just three pounds (although in person she looked about one pound - seriously she is tiny!) so I can't imagine how many potty trips her itty-bitty bladder needs to make in a single day.

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Sophia's family has had her for only two weeks but already it's easy to tell she's feeling right at home. We posed for some photographs in the front yard, and Sophia was having a grand old time.

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She ran, and she ran, and she ran some more. Then she flopped on her back and wiggled on the grass for a second, then it was time for more running.

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I liked this shot of Sophia taking a rare pause and looking over at me while we see the little girl's legs as she's about to catch Sophia and scoop her up.

We did get a sweet shot of Sophia with her proud big sister. What an adorable pair these two make!

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Have a new puppy in the family? Puppies won't stay tiny for very long, so don't put off professional portraits! Contact Browning Photo now - I'm happy to hear from you!