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Painted Pet Portraits Score Well in Competition

My Painted Pet Portraits Were a Success!

Wow! The past few days have been a whirlwind. The largest photographic competition for professional photographers (IPC) hosted by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) just concluded yesterday. Judging started at 4 PM on Sunday evening and ran 3 hours on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday were full days (8:30 to 6 and 8 to 6, respectively). The final day was yesterday and judging ran until early afternoon. Atlanta, where PPA is headquartered, played host to the event. Fortunately, judging was live-streamed via the internet. I was glued to my computer or iPad screen for most of that time. With 5 rooms going at once, I was constantly jumping from room to room to try to catch my own painted pet portrait entries, any animal image being judged, and also entries submitted by friends and colleagues. My neck is still stiff from spending way too long leaning into the computer monitor for 3+ days.

My Painted Pet Portrait Entries

Four of my images were entered in the Photographic Open category of the competition. All 4 were client’s dogs that were photographed in studio and then painted in Photoshop. I am proud to say that all 4 earned merit scores toward my Master of Photography degree with PPA. The first image is called “Mom’s Pride and Joy”. This little guy is the smallest little Yorkshire Terrier. His name is Dash. He came to a portrait session back in February – all the way from Nashville, Tennessee!

Painted Pet Portrait - Yorkshire Terrier

 

The next competition image is entitled “Oscar Mayer”. I just couldn’t help but think of the little ditty from the ages old commercial when I named this one. You remember it, don’t you? “My baloney has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R. My baloney has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R”. Okay, I know this is a Dachshund, but Oscar Mayer sold hot dogs too!

Painted Pet Portrait - Dachshund

 

Third was “Mop Top Diva”. This little Yorkshire Terrier girl’s real name is Roxie and her mom brought her for a session last summer. She was a delight and I can’t wait until she comes back. Her mom is already planning her next portrait session.

Painted Pet Portrait - Yorkshire Terrier

 

Finally, my last merited image in this year’s competition was entitled “Velveteen Vixen”. Pila is a Mudi, a Hungarian herding breed. She was imported from Hungary and came in for puppy photos not long after arriving in Kentucky. Her session was a blast! Puppies are so entertaining. She did hold still (with some help) long enough for some great photos. This particular portrait was painted in Photoshop (like all those above).

Painted Pet Portrait - Mudi puppy

 

Is Painting Easy?

Is painting easy? Yes and no. It is time-consuming and requires a great deal of mental focus. I enjoy doing it. Doing anything you enjoy makes it seem easier.

Are you curious about how much work goes into a painted portrait? The final image above was painted version #30. Below is the straight out of camera shot.

Mudi puppy portrait session

 

And here is the first painted version:

Mudi puppy version one

 

You can see it was a pretty large transformation to get from the original image to finished product.

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Louisville Pet Photographer’s Work Goes To International Exhibition

For immediate release — Louisville pet photographer, Janice Lukenbill, CPP of Images By Janice, LLC is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Louisville, Kentucky – August 9, 2016— Several photographs created by Louisville pet photographer Janice Lukenbill, Certified Professional Photographer of Images By Janice, LLC  have recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. Janice’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

Janice’s three dog portraits, titled What Duck?”, “She Said What?”, and “Little Prince Charming”,  will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.

 

To schedule an appointment to have your pet photographed by an award-winning photographer who specializes in animals, contact: Janice Lukenbill at
(502) 592-7071  or Janice@ImagesByJanice.com

 

Poodle Puppy portrait - Images By Janice - Louisville pet photographer

Little Prince Charming

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She Said What?

Golden Retriever portrait - Images By Janice - Louisville pet photographer

What Duck?

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I am Certified!

No, I didn’t say “certifiable”, though I’m sure that there are those who think I probably *am* certifiable.

Nope, I am now a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  In order to become certified, one first must be a member of PPA.  Then, you must declare your candidacy, pass a written exam and then pass an image submission exam.  I declared my candidacy last May and took the written exam last June at Photo Pro Network’s Summer School in Owensboro.  The exam is 100 questions in length and you must score at least a 70 in order to pass.  The questions cover everything photographic and I studied for probably a year before declaring.  I was really pleased to pass the score with only 7 incorrect answers!

I took a while to prepare my images for image submission.  Submission entails 6 compulsory images, plus 9 client images.  I had to demonstrate that I understand how to properly light a subject (both broad light and short light) and how to use selective focus to highlight the main subject of a photograph.

broad light

Broad Light

selective focus

Selective Focus

short light

Short light

My other compulsories were chosen from 6 options.  I chose to demonstrate Rule of Thirds (a compositional technique), texture, and color harmony.

color harmony

Color harmony

rule of thirds

Rule of Thirds

shape form texture

Texture, Shape, form

Image submission periods are only open every two months.  There is a window for submissions that lasts for two weeks.  I actually submitted midway through the April 2015 period.  Once submissions close, candidates have to wait three weeks to find out whether or not they pass.  If your compulsory images don’t pass, the judges don’t even look at your client images.  Since I submitted a week before deadline, I’ve been waiting for 4 weeks to see whether or not I passed.  Fortunately, I’ve been busy with agility trial photography, so I didn’t really have time to stress out until this week.  This week, I confess, I’ve been pretty distracted.  I should have been editing images from the last agility trial, but my mind has been on CPP.

Today, before heading to Nosework class with Ian, the English Cocker, I checked email.  There is was……an email with the subject heading “CPP Results”.  I sat there and was afraid to open the email.  I finally got up the nerve to open it.  It started out with a platitude thanking me for taking part in the CPP image submission process.  I thought to myself…..”Oh no! I didn’t pass!”  Then my eyes skimmed a little further to find the word “CONGRATULATIONS” in all caps.  I had to read the email three times before it really sank in.  I am now a CPP, a Certified Professional Photographer.  I am beyond pleased to say that all of the images that I used were dog portraits (except the Selective Focus image, which was dog-related).

There are only a handful of CPPs who specialize in pet photography.  I am proud to say that I am now among their ranks.  If you’ve been wanting to have a beautiful photographic portrait taken of your favorite four-legged friend, give me a call at (502) 592-7071 or email me at Janice@ImagesByJanice.com to schedule a consultation.

 

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Photographing Senior Pets

Back around the first of the year, I did a portrait session for a canine senior citizen named Buzz. I’ve adored Buzz since he was a pup, so I was very honored that his owner asked me to photograph him now that he is getting on in years. While photographing senior pets can be a challenge, I am always up for a challenge.

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The smiling face above is how I always think of Buzz. The difficulty was to capture that look in a classic portrait. You see, Buzz is hard of hearing, as are many senior pets. We couldn’t use squeaky toys or funny noises to get his attention. That left us with treats. Buzz is an English Springer Spaniel. If you know anything at all about spaniels, you know they are true chow hounds. Buzz is no exception. The owner would use treats to get him into position and then back away. Of course, Buzz decided to follow the treats rather than stay where he was left. Age does have its privileges, and Buzz is like most retired obedience-trained dogs who waste NO time in figuring out when the rules no longer apply to them. The three of us humans in the studio were laughing out loud at Buzz’s antics by the end of the portrait session. With a lot of treats, a lot of patience, and a quick shutter finger, I was able to capture Buzz’s personality for posterity.

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Buzz’s Classic Portrait

I love spaniels for many reasons. They have beautiful coats that are so silky to the touch. They are wonderful companions. What I love the most, though, are those soulful eyes as seen in the classic portrait above. The eyes on a spaniel can melt your heart, and Buzz’s were no exception. Many thanks to his owner, Alex, for allowing me the opportunity to capture that timeless expression.

 

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It’s been a busy fall

Wow!  This Fall season has been great.  I was privileged to be the portrait photographer at Flying Feet Agility’s CPE trial again in October.  We were first there for their Spring trial in April and met some wonderful people and their dogs.  The theme for Fall portraits was the harvest season.  We had fallen leaves, pumpkins and even a scarecrow.

My first client of the weekend was Legend, a Shetland Sheepdog, owned by Lydia and Kristie Robbins.  I first met Legend in April when he was a wee little pup.  It was fun to see how much he has grown in the six months since them.

Legend - then and now

Legend – then and now

It seemed there were a LOT of Shelties in attendance.  They do make great agility dogs, so I guess it wasn’t too surprising to see so many.

Kathie Attwood's "family"

Kathie Attwood’s “family”

We were honored to photograph Audi, the Golden-doodle, again.  This time his little brother Rudi, the Havanese, joined us as well.  They were definitely ready to be photographed.

Audi and Rudi - bestest brothers

Audi and Rudi – bestest brothers

But sometimes brothers don’t get along….

But sometimes brothers don't get along ....

But sometimes brothers don’t get along ….

Below is a tight head shot of Jeter the German Shepherd Dog.

Michele Reilly's Jeter

Michele Reilly’s Jeter

It was a fun three days and I hope we can do it again next year.  Some of the dogs were still full of energy at the end of the weekend like Ever…..

"Ever" the Australian Shepherd

“Ever” the Australian Shepherd

… and others were just worn out.

Mindy - taking a break

Mindy – taking a break

That’s all for now!

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Latest photo session

Sitting quietly

Sitting quietly

 

A couple of weeks ago, I had a great session with the cutest little black and tan Dachshund named Dante.  He was the perfect gentleman and so photogenic.  His owner wanted a portrait for her car door so we started out shooting against a white seamless paper so that it would be easy to extract him for the company doing the car door.

The head study below was shot against the white paper backdrop.  Then in post-processing, I added a beautiful vintage wallpaper look.

Dachshund head study

Dachshund head study

 

After getting several options against the white backdrop, I changed out to black.  I love the look of a black dog against a black background.  The hair just seems to glisten more.

Handsome Dachshund

Handsome Dachshund boy

 

Calypso’s Unbridled Spirit!

This boy, affectionately known as Tucker, definitely lived up to his name during a recent portrait session.

Please feel free to click on each image for a larger view.