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Love in the Time of Corona…or Fun things to do in Louisville with your dog

Border Collie mix and agility tunnel

My sincere apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez for amending his best-selling title. Many of us are stuck at home during the pandemic of 2020. So many are used to being weekend warriors: out running agility or competing in obedience trials and/or dog shows with our furry companions. With social distancing in place, most of our weekend activities have been curtailed. So, I thought I would share some fun things to do with our dogs during our down time.

Teach some tricks!

If you are used to competing every weekend, take this time off to play with some fun stuff. How about training your dog for a new tricks title? AKC has several levels of trick dog titles available. The requirements for a novice title don’t look to be all that difficult. Especially if you have an agility trained dog, you already have a balance beam and a tunnel trick and possibly even a spin in circle.

Start working on this year’s Halloween costume!

Okay, so it’s only March. But Louisville has moved the Kentucky Derby to September. Your Fall is going to be busy. So, get started now. You can use stuff you have sitting around the house. Or just start your planning now. Then when life returns more to normal, head out for the needed supplies.

Go for a walk or a hike!

Many of our local parks allow pets on lead. A few to consider: E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park, Louisville Waterfront Park and the Louisville Riverwalk. You will probably want to check for updates at each park to be sure they are still open before you head out. Another option is to just take a little walk around your neighborhood. If you do, you might even share a wave and a smile with a neighbor.

Take a nap together

Mocha loves it when we take an afternoon nap together. He is more than happy to curl up next to me on the sofa. I am willing to bet that your best buddy would enjoy it too.

Sign up for a new class

Several options to choose from. You could find an online training class, like Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. I think AQ4U is currently offering some online options as well. You could also look around at the other training facilities in the Louisville area. Perhaps you will find a class you could sign up for after this is all over.

Some options are:

Start a journal

Any kind of journal will help keep you sane during these trying times. Maybe, you could start a dog training journal to keep track of all of those missing pieces that you should be working on. Then check them off as you work through them.

Another journal idea is to write a few pages every morning – about anything at all. I call them my Morning Pages: 1-3 pages of just whatever pops into my head. It is my morning brain dump. It helps clear the cobwebs and sometimes helps me to deal with things that are just nibbling at me.

Reach out to your friends

Facebook is great for sharing training ideas with friends. Pick up the phone and just chat with someone that you haven’t spoken with in forever. Hug your family and your pets. And, finally, don’t forget to wash your hands!

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Rhys and Pascal – English Setter Pet Portrait Session

Disclaimer: This is a repost of a previously published blog post. The previous post was lost during a site migration.

I recently had the pleasure of hosting 2 gorgeous English Setters, Rhys and Pascal for a pet portrait session in my studio. I wanted to share a little about them along with some portraits from their studio session. Their owner, Erin, was kind enough to share all about her 2 special boys. So, in her own words….

First up: Ravenwood One More Time with Enthusiasm CD BN RE AX AXJ OAP OJP XF OFP CGCA CGCU TKA, aka “Rhys”

Adult English Setter

Rhys, 9 years old in his portrait, is from Jane R. (Ravenwood) here in Louisville, Kentucky. He is our first English Setter. We bought him simply intending to have a pet. I’ve always loved training, though, and he was a busy puppy, so we took him to any class we could find just to give us both something to do. One of our obedience trainers later offered a tracking class, so we gave it a try. Then came agility. Then rally. We had fun doing all of it. I loved watching him learn new skills, but because of his early diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, I never thought he would be healthy and stable enough to do anything more than play in training classes.

By the time he was three, Rhys’ IBD was controlled enough that I decided maybe we could actually show. From there, things took off. We have since completed over two dozen titles together (and counting!). We have traveled to ten different states and made more new friends than I could begin to count. I never imagined the journey that this sweet, silly, speckled beastie would take me on!

English Setter on a settee

Next up: Esthete Under Pressure, aka “Pascal”

English Setter Puppy Portrait

Pascal, 12 weeks in his portraits, is from Jill W. (Esthete) in New Mexico. We searched for nearly five years for just the right puppy to be my next companion and partner. I knew I wanted another English Setter. (You can’t beat them on sweetness and expressiveness. Plus, they are drop-dead gorgeous.) I needed it to be a bench-bred dog rather than a field-bred dog to get the structure to physically stand up to years of competition in obedience and agility. Bench dogs are what we call “soft”, though, meaning they often don’t stand up well under pressure or in stressful situations (something Rhys and I still struggle with). For those reasons, I really wanted both parents to be proven performance dogs – something that is fairly uncommon (but growing) in our breed.

I have known Jill – another lover of versatile English Setters – for several years. A year ago at our National Specialty agility trial. she mentioned potentially breeding, one last time, her “Allegra” (GCH CH Esquire ‘N’ Esthete’s Rock You! CD BN RA JH OAP OJP OFP CGC TKN) to “Shakespeare” (GCHG CH Esthete’s The Bard Of Avon BN RE SH NA NAJ NF CGC TKA). I was immediately interested. In addition to both parents being Grand Champions, they were also successful in a number of other sports, from agility to obedience and rally to hunting. When the litter was born, they were exposed to a number of different experiences with the Puppy Culture system. This helped build their confidence, intelligence, and ability to work through stress. These were going to be rock star puppies!

Success!

We can definitely see the impact Paz’s breeding and rearing has had! He is bold, outgoing, confident, and resilient – just like I wanted. At the English Setter National Specialty last fall, our first foray into the conformation world, he marched right into the building like he owned the place. The noise of the dryers, the barking, and all the dogs and people running around didn’t bother him at all. His confidence helped us to take Best of Opposite Sex in the 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy class. I am so excited about our future together and all the new experience we will have!

Tired English Setter Puppy
Tired puppy….
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Photographs and memories…..

I love old dogs so much.  I currently have 2 senior citizens living here (along with the 2 younger guys).  My oldsters are Ian the English Cocker, who will be 13 at the end of the month, and Wolfie the Miniature Poodle, who will be 15 a day later.  

Today, my computer developed some sort of glitch while I was at lunch.  I came back upstairs to find my usual scenic wallpaper on my monitor replaced with a generic MS Windows wallpaper.  Yuck!  Even after rebooting the system, my normal wallpaper was missing in action.  Rather than trying to find that same landscape that I’ve been looking at for years, I just started going through what Windows found in some old photo folders.

Here’s what I found …

English Cocker puppy

… Ian as a puppy!  It was in a folder full of cute puppy pictures taken right after we brought him home.  The one above is now my wallpaper on both monitors.

Like I said above, Ian is almost 13 now.  He’s a lot grayer.  He has huge cataracts that obstruct most of his vision.  He has been hard of hearing for the last few years.  Still, he is so special to me.  He was my first spaniel.  He was the most awesome partner in the Rally Obedience ring earning many titles and setting a few breed records along the way. He still makes me laugh with his silly antics and I hug him every day.

Here’s my best boy now…

Actually, the portrait above was taken a couple of years ago. (It hangs over my living room sofa.) He’s a LOT grayer now. Which reminds me.  I need to make some more portraits of both him and Wolfie.

Anyway, running across that puppy picture made me nostalgic.  It also reminded me of so many clients who brought their older, veteran best friends for portraits so they would have those lasting memories forever.  The nostalgia led to me turning some of those portraits into a short video.  That video was shared on Facebook and might be what led you to this post.  Here’s a link to the video on Youtube, if you missed it.  

Photographs and memories …

Make some while you can.  Have a great weekend!   

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The Federal Copyright Act

Welcome to 2018!

Copyright: Happy Agility Dog

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone’s dreams and wishes came true in 2017. And here’s hoping for even more wonderfulness in 2018.We at Images By Janice had an exciting year in 2017. It looks like 2018 is starting out with a bang as well. Sadly, it has come to my attention that some of our clients don’t understand federal copyright protection. If you are one of them, don’t feel bad.  I’m always surprised at just how many people really don’t understand copyright at all. Did you know that photographs belong to the photographer who makes them? That’s right. They do. As soon as a photographer pushes the shutter button, the resulting image belongs to that photographer or their studio.

Copyright defined:

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright” is defined as: “a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for ‘original works of authorship’, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations”.  Exclusive rights of the copyright owner include distribution of copies of the work to the public by sale, rental, lease, or lending. These exclusive rights make it illegal to copy, scan, edit or share photographic prints or digital media without the photographer’s permission.If you thought that saving a photo from a website by using the screen capture option on your PC, phone or iPad was okay – you were wrong. It is a violation of the Federal Copyright Act. Do you believe that it is okay to scan prints that you purchased from a show photographer to share them with your friends on Facebook? Sorry – wrong again. Even snapping a quick iPhone photo of your favorite print from a studio session is illegal. Just because you bought the print, it does not mean that you now own the copyright. “Copyright” = “Copy” + “Right” (aka the “right to copy”). Only the original photographer or their studio has the right to copy any photo.

Do You Have Permission?

Unless you have permission from your photographer, it is illegal to copy, distribute, publicly display, or create derivative works from your purchased photographs. At Images By Janice, we sell digital files from performance events so that you may share them online. We are in the business of creating photographs and in order to stay in business, we must sell photographs. If you screen capture a photo from our online gallery without purchasing it, you are stealing. Even if you purchased the digital file but have not yet received it, it is still illegal to take a photo of the online image to share. If you purchase a physical print from us, we are more than happy to add-on a water-marked digital file for you to share. We know that everyone loves to share fun shots of their favorite dog soaring over an agility jump, nailing his weaves, or just plain being silly on the agility course. Heck, we love doing that too with our own silly dogs. If we share one of your dog’s photos on our Facebook page, feel free to share it to your own page. We do request that you don’t remove the watermark or add any silly Facebook or camera phone filter to it, however. (That would also be a violation of the Copyright Act since you would be creating a “derivative work”.)In short, if we took a photo of your dog (or your friend’s dog) and you want to share it, we will gladly grant you permission to do so.  Just please purchase the digital file from us. We love seeing our images shared, as long as they are being shared in a way that does not violate our copyright.If you would like more information on photographic copyright, please visit:

PPA.com/photocopyright

Let’s have FUN this year!

We love photographing everyone’s performance dogs. We laugh at their antics and revel in their successes – right along with all of you. We love sharing our photos in online galleries for folks to see and purchase. Going forward, however, our online galleries will have a watermark through them middle of each image. I’ve refreained from doing that in the past, because I feel that it detracts from the photo. It also makes it much more difficult to check sharpness when making a purchase decision. Unfortunately, in order to protect our livelihood, I feel like this has become a necessary evil. When you purchase a digital download from our gallery site, the unsightly watermark in the middle of the photo will be removed. There will still be a small watermark in the lower left corner, as there has been in the past.

David and I are looking forward to a fun year photographing your dogs. Whether it’s at an action-packed agility weekend or a more subdued obedience or rally trial, we are planning to capture lots of WOW! moments of your favorite canines.  Also, don’t forget that we also offer in-studio pet portrait photography.  Make 2018 the year that Images By Janice immortalizes your pet.

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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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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!  2016 seems to have flown past. It seemed like every weekend found David and me at a dog event. I know it wasn’t really that many, but some months came close.

The new year is just getting started, but I’m already making plans for this year’s photography goals. We have several events scheduled in January and February. March is almost full too! I do still have openings for studio photography. If your favorite pet needs his or her picture on your wall, now is the time to schedule a session.

Saying good-bye

A few of the jewelry pieces that we have offered in the past have been discontinued by my vendor. I am checking out their new items to see what we might pick up as replacements. Does anyone out there wear charm bracelets anymore? We do have the option of adding charms to the current necklace and pendant line-up. Comment below if you like the idea!

New items coming later this new year

I have some new ideas in the works. First, I will be taking a class on painting with Photoshop at the end of January. Can you imagine how much fun that will be?   I can hardly wait to get started with that. We already offer a fun line of digital illustrations from agility, obedience and rally trial photos. Those were a big hit in 2016 and we will continue to offer them in 2017. I’m hoping to begin digital paintings from studio portraits later this year.  

Education, education, education

As I said above, I’m taking a painting class at the end of the month.  The month of January also includes my state photography convention in Covington.  I always pick up some new tidbits to help improve my photography and sometimes I get ideas for a new product offering.  The digital illustrations that I offer grew from a seminar I attended several years ago.  Sometimes it takes a while for the seed to germinate into a product, but once it does – watch out!

What are your plans for 2017?

Are you training for new titles?  Do you have a new puppy or kitten?  Let us know if we can help out!  We love photographing puppies and kittens.  If you got one for Christmas, give us a call or send an email.  502-592-7071 or Janice@ImagesByJanice.com

 

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Dog Photos – Made into Artwork

David and I photograph several dog agility trials throughout the year. We also photograph some dog obedience and rally trials. My favorite thing to do with the action dog photos that we capture is to turn them into unique pieces of art. The process is slow but it is so rewarding! I love the creation process and the dog owner loves their new artwork.

The process starts with the best possible action photos. At Images By Janice, we use camera gear that is optimized for the low-light conditions of most indoor dog event facilities. That insures that we have high-quality, clear dog photos to start with. We then help the owner pick out the best photo from among their favorites at an event. Some action dog photos work better than others for the artwork that I create. A nice intense, focused look on the dog’s face is priceless! Also, jumping dog photos work very well. Believe it or not, even photos of the dog landing from a jump can create a really awesome piece of artwork. For example, the three photos below:

Agility dog photo from Queen City Dog Training Club - Keeshond - ©Images By Janice, LLC - Louisville, KY

Agility dog photo - Keeshond - ©Images By Janice, LLC - Louisville, Kentucky

Happy dog photo - ©Images By Janice, LLC - Louisville, KY

…..were all merged into this single piece of artwork (see below).

Keeshond dog photos composite - ©Images By Janice, LLC - Louisville, KY

I love how the dog in the lower right corner is starting to land and it adds so much motion and energy to the final illustration.

Usually, the illustrations are made from a single dog photo. Once that action photo is chosen, I discuss with the owner what sort of style and colors they prefer. Once I have that information, the fun begins! As you can see from the dog photos above (taken at Queen City Dog Training Club in Cincinnati, Ohio), there are usually a lot of distracting things in the photos with the dog. I use photo-editing tools to help me “cut” the dog out of the original photograph. Sometimes I will leave a portion of the agility equipment, but other times I end up with nothing but the dog.

Once the dog is separated from the distractions, I move the cut-out dog to a clean white background and start painting. The painting is all done digitally and I enjoy playing with various color combinations. Sometimes, the colors are inspired by the dog’s coat color. Other times, the owner has a favorite color scheme and I will work with that. If the owner doesn’t have a preference, I am free to create whatever pops into my head. Those are usually my favorite finished pieces because my creativity is allowed free-run of the canvas. Below is one of my all-time favorites. I actually have a sample of it that I carry with me to agility trials. I enjoy the subtle lightning bolts, the hint of a rain shower, and the little splashes under the dog’s feet.

Jumping dog photos artwork - ©Images By Janice, LLC - Janice Lukenbill - Louisville, KY

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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

Sheprador puppy portrait - Images By Janice - Louisville pet photographer

She Said What?

Golden Retriever portrait - Images By Janice - Louisville pet photographer

What Duck?

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Changes to my online event galleries

Lately, I have been receiving a lot of requests to reactivate some of my expired event galleries.  So, I’ve been giving my on-line galleries a lot of thought.

Effective today, I have reactivated galleries going back to October of 2015.  So, if you missed out on seeing and/or purchasing images of your favorite canine companion in action, here’s your chance!  I will still have an expiration date on current galleries.  That expiration date will signify a cut-off date for special event pricing.  Once a gallery expires, there will be a 25% increase in the purchase price of prints and digital media.  You will still be able to purchase artistic pieces, collages and jewelry at the regular event pricing.

Thanks to everyone who supports Images By Janice.  We love photographing your pets!

 

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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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