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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Watercolor golden retriever

In a prior blog post I posted this lovely golden retriever named Drummer. One thing I really enjoy is creating digital watercolors. It's not an app on a cell phone that makes it look like a watercolor, but rather an actual digital watercolor portrait that I do by hand - or rather, with my Wacom tablet and Wacom drawing pen. Each one is custom made and unique to that pet. I love sitting down and playing with finished photographs creating a new look and feel for a portrait.

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Here is a close-up of this golden retriever's face. Even printed on standard matte paper, it looks like it was created on watercolor. And of course I always add in some paw prints for a fun extra touch.

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Thanks for the smile, Drummer! You're awfully handsome.

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Every once in a while I like to play with my photographs and see what new designs I can do with them. I started playing around with watercolors and adapting some portraits to look like fine art paintings. I'm still brand new at trying this style, but it's something different and fun to do.

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And here's the (almost) original (with his owner removed).

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I'm working on a few others as surprises for their owners. We'll see how people like this style!

Lily the mini schnauzer

Lily is one of the most cooperative dogs I've ever photographed. She is also ridiculously photogenic, with those super long eyelashes framing her large deep brown eyes.

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Lily had the perfect perch in front of the fireplace. She was completely still for such a long time! At one point I asked her owner to remove her collar, fully expecting Lily to get up and run around. Nope. She stayed completely still staring at me and I resumed the photographs. If I hadn't seen her walk around when I first got to her house I'd have thought she was a mannequin dog.

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Usually I don't photograph animals in black and white but this one really suited the high contrast of black and white. The shadow behind her makes for a more dramatic look, and the dark blanket slung over the chaise lounge makes her ears really stand out. Tyra Banks would say "You're looking fierce!"

 

And finally, the Christmas card I designed. I made the first photograph on this page into a watercolor. It really suited that particular portrait. When this family mentioned they wanted Christmas cards, I knew the watercolor would add a special touch to the custom design. Love it!

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Headshots in Columbus

Occasionally I do shoots with models, and I realized that I haven't been sharing any on the website! I love shooting families and dogs primarily, but it's fun to switch it up and work with women who are experts are posing.

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These were all taken at R&L Studio in Columbus, which is a print shop with studio space available for rent to professional photographers. It's really nice to have the option of a full service studio in the event of rain or other inclement weather.

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These headshots came out great. I love that there's such variety in lighting and clothing and overall looks of each of these young women.

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It's Christmas time in Columbus

This is one of my favorite holiday photos. It's a picture from last year that I took of Carter, whose newborn picture is one of the most popular shots I've ever taken. Click HERE to see that.

Little Mr. Carter, what can I say? You're just so darn photogenic.

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This bucket was something I spotted at the Christmas Tree Shop in Dayton, Ohio, when I was visiting family. I eyeballed it for a few minutes trying to decide if a baby would fit inside - sure enough it was perfect! On a side note, I really wish we had a Christmas Tree Shop here in Columbus because it's filled with neat home decor and potential photo props.

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Carter's family is from Atlanta originally, so they told me about a Santa wonderland that is set up in Bass Pro Shops around the country. One is located in their former Georgia suburb. Of course it's just our luck that we don't have a Bass Pro near us! I'm off to Google the closest one because I want my own family to experience something really cool like that.

These photos look like a studio, but they're actually a portable white backdrop with strands of Christmas lights. I set this up in Carter's mother's living room using my backdrop system with a very long roll of white paper. The setting up took longer than the actual photos.

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Coco's adoption anniversary part 2

Click here for the first part of Coco's anniversary portraits!

I have to start with this picture of Coco and her person. (I read someone calling a dog's owner the dog's "person" and I love that phrase now.) Coco was a wee bit rambunctious and I captured a quick moment of them trying to settle down a bit. I love this expression on both their faces. Noses touching, mirroring one another.

Of course I gave the option of color as well as black and white...the contrast for these candids just feels like a documentary photography so I lean toward black and white for those.

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Here's Coco's formal portrait. I won't lie, there was bribery. This girl loves her some peanut butter!

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Look at her eyes pleading for more peanut butter! This girl wants her reward badly. She deserves all of the treats after being such a sweetie pie for me.

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And here Coco settled in for just a second. That was all I needed to get this comical shot of her in the grass. This family had recently moved...and I mean recently! They'd been in their new house for all of 48 hours when we did our photo shoot. They'd been in a different house in Columbus with a tiny backyard, so Coco was living the life in a bigger backyard with lots of room to romp and be a silly puppy.

After photographing four dogs in one weekend, I wound up with so many bug bites and bruises all up and down my legs. But for portraits like this? that their families will enjoy forever? Yep, totally worth the pain. Banged up legs are temporary, but these photographs are a permanent representation of the perfect night in Coco's young life. And I already received the nicest review...

"Lisa was an absolute delight to work with. I was looking for a photographer to click professional pictures of my one-year-old black lab puppy, Coco, to celebrate our first adoptiversary, and I'm glad I chose Lisa! From setting up the date for the shoot to giving ideas for props and advice to prepare for the shoot, she was extremely professional and accommodating. I also appreciate that she took the time before the shoot to get Coco comfortable with her, and lots of treats and encouragement produced the most adorable pictures that we will cherish forever!"

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Coco is about one and a half years old, and she was adopted from the Franklin County Animal Shelter. She is pure ENERGY. Holy cow. What a runner she is. Correction, what a sprinter. She has the most light-footed (light-pawed?) elegant glide in her run. It's like she has springs inside those little legs!

Here's a sign of Coco with her human. It says "What do you mean I'm adopted? I look just like my mommy!" Hilarious!!

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Coco is part black lab, part pit bull. She doesn't look like a pit, but she has that white stripe across her chest that indicates pit. Personally I think she could be part gazelle. This dog could leap and bound across the yard like no other.

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Look at this face! I love that happy look of curiosity and whimsy that only a grinning dog can give. Coco's mom goes all out for Coco's birthday, with a custom dog cake (peanut butter, of course) and party celebrating the birthday girl. And for her adoption anniversary - which she's calling "the first adoptiversary" - she hired a professional photographer to document their awesome bond on a warm summer evening. LOVE that.

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More photos to come! We got some great dramatic lighting for the big night :) Stay tuned!