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


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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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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.

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Broad Light

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Selective Focus

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Short light

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

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Color harmony

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Rule of Thirds

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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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Photo Highlights from HDTC

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Flash in Open A at HDTC’s February obedience trial.












In February – Valentine’s Day weekend to be exact – David and I were photographing the Hamilton Dog Training Club’s winter obedience and rally trials.  We had 2 long 12-hour days of obedience followed by a more normal 8-hour day of rally.  Since I was showing Flash in Open A at the trials, we took turns photographing.  I thought I would share a few of the purchased photos from that trial.

It was a lot of fun to see not only the great working teams, but also the fun interactions between dog and handler.  If you would like to see more photos from the trial, click here.  The online gallery will be available for viewing until at least mid-April 2015.

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Rest in Peace

Max memorial

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Not the post I thought I would write today…..

I sat down today to write about my wonderful weekend at Photo Pro Network Summer School in Owensboro.  I’m finding it hard to write that post at the moment.  Right now, my heart is breaking.  The health of my 13-year-old Poodle Max, aka  UROC URX2 U-Ag1 U-CDX Scherzer Lastline Of Defense CDX RAE OAP AJP CL1-R CL1-F, is rapidly deteriorating.  So, today’s post is going to be a living tribute to the greatest dog I’ve ever owned.  His registered name is long and his titles are many.  We showed together in conformation (until he went over-size), obedience, agility and rally.  He was my first agility dog to get to the Excellent level and likely the last since I don’t do agility any more.  I don’t really like agility but, in Max’s eyes, “run and jump” was the greatest sport in the world.  I ran agility with him because he did every other sport with me that I wanted to do.  Once David helped him overcome his fear of the teeter, it became his favorite obstacle.  One of my favorite agility memories is from a trial at Queen City Dog Training Club in Cincinnati.  It was a Jumpers course and somehow I ended up going one way and Max another.  We both stopped and looked at each other.  The expression on both of our faces was “What in the world are YOU doing over THERE?”  When I watched the video later, I had flicked out a pinky finger toward my left as I turned right.  Max took that cue and went left and was more than a bit ticked off at me that I had mis-cued him!

In obedience, he once took the high jump during the figure eight exercise in Open B (the Open level class for dogs with the CDX title).  We had been doing a lot of agility without much obedience practice at the time.  When I watched the video of that day in the ring, I had to laugh at my boy who was having a blast.  In rally, he was always a willing partner.  Well, almost always.  He sometimes saw ‘dead people’ in the corners of the rings where we trialed.  Heck, he still sees ‘dead people’ – demons only he can see.  When his demons show up, he just can’t work through them.  But that’s okay, because he has always been the dog that will give me everything he has at any given moment.  Even when the demons cause him to panic, he turns to me with trust and tries his hardest for me.

From the moment that I met Max, he was destined to be mine and to rule the household.  When I met his litter, there were two boys.  I really wanted his brother.  His brother wouldn’t give me the time of day, but Max kept coming up and crawling into my lap.  After several visits with the same reactions from the two boys, I finally relented and Max came home with me.  I have never regretted that decision.  I had only had him a couple of days when I called my mom, his breeder.  I told her that Max was quickly wrapping me around his paw and I knew it, and I didn’t care.  Max’s favorite snack was, and still is, french fries from the fast food seafood restaurant, Moby Dick.  He learned to beg while waiting for me to share my Moby Dick french fries.  Nowadays he usually begs first from my husband, David.  However, if there are Moby Dick french fries, he comes to me first.

Max will never steal food.  We can leave a plate of cheese on the sofa arm and leave the room.  When we come back, Max will still be waiting for his cheese.  His latest way to ask for something is to reach out with his right forepaw and tap David on the arm….very gently…..as if to say “Excuse me, sir”.  Once he has David’s attention, he will stare intently into David’s eyes and then at the plate of food, then back into the eyes.  It’s almost comical to watch, because Max has it down to a science after all these years.

As I said earlier, Max has his demons.  He is deathly afraid of small children and anything  that rolls.  I know exactly when and how that fear developed.  It was one of those freakish things that happens during a critical fear period.  He was never able to overcome the experience despite years of counter-conditioning.  We’ve worked through it the best we can over the years.  At this point, it is what it is.  And it’s part of who Max is.

Max is the only dog allowed to sleep in our bed.  It started at motels when we’d stay overnight for dog shows.  Max (with David’s voice) would ask, “Mom? Can I sleep in bed tonight?”  The answer was always yes.  Slowly, over the years, sleeping in bed started happening at home as well.  He usually sleeps at the foot of the bed, between David’s feet.  Some nights he’s my dog and sleeps curled up against the back of my legs.  Usually it’s very comforting to have Max sleeping against me.  Lately, though, his breathing has gotten more labored and I wake up to hear him coughing or wheezing.

At the start of this post, I said that Max had lots of titles.  He does.  But … that is not who he is.  Who is Max?  Max is the ‘plain brown dog’ who stole my heart.  He is a lover of all things made of (or flavored like) cheese (“Cal-sum” in Max-words.)  He is a lover of pop-pop (popcorn), Moby Dick french fries, apples (which he will eat right off the core once you take the peel off for him) and sleeping in bed.  He is the best whole-dog cuddler ever. He is the dog who stole my heart and who trusts me implicitly.  He is also the dog who defied the odds and survived a splenic hematoma and surgery to have the spleen removed four years ago this August.  He has made me laugh and cry.

And now, while I still can……I’m going to get off this computer and go take more photos of one of my best friends.

Best Dog Ever!


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More Awards For My Pet Photography – Louisville, Kentucky

What a great week I had last week. I entered the three prints below at the “Animal Attraction” juried exhibit of the Arts Association of Oldham County.  [Click on the images for a larger view.]

The three prints will be on display at Gallery 104 in historic downtown LaGrange, Kentucky until May 10th. Even sweeter was that my print of Ian that I call My Favorite Old Boy earned a 2nd place. David accepted the award for me since I was in Harrisburg, PA competing at the AKC Rally National Championship with Ian and Flash. Today, David and I drove over at lunchtime to see the exhibit. Wow! There were a lot of nice pieces of artwork there. I feel truly honored to have earned a placement with my pet photography.

While waiting for the news about the “Animal Attraction” exhibit, I was also waiting on scores from my entries at the Southeast District print competition for PPA (Professional Photographers of America). I had entered 4 images: the three above and the landscape below:


Morning Has Broken

“Morning Has Broken”










The landscape, entitled Morning Has Broken, had earned a merit score and the Horizon Award in February at Photo Pro Expo in Covington, KY. The photo of Wesley the Whippet, entitled I’m Sorry  had earned a merit score as well. I was hoping for a repeat performance at the district level. The three pet portraits were all judged on Friday, and I started receiving text messages Friday afternoon with my scores. My Favorite Old Boy and I’m Sorry scored in the Above Average category and the dark horse (no pun intended), Black on Black ended up earning a merit score. I just love the challenge of photographing black dogs against a black background! I was quite pleased that the judges found it worthy.

My landscape was entered in the Illustrative category and wasn’t judged until Saturday, so I didn’t get the text with my score until I was on my way home from Pennsylvania. The district judges awarded it a score in the Above Average category. I will certainly be sending all of four of my images on to PPA’s International Print Competition (IPC) in a couple of months. There will be different judges and the three that didn’t merit at district just might under different eyes. Black on Black will automatically receive a merit and be entered into the PPA’s General Collection at IPC since it earned a merit-worthy score at the district level.

For more information about the Animal Attraction exhibit at Gallery 104 click here.

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Spring updates | Award-winning pet photographer | Louisville, Kentucky

Spring has finally sprung!  The first day of Spring was lovely here with temperatures in the 70’s.  Yesterday was beautiful as well and today the sun is shining.  Of course, the weatherman is predicting snow again for tomorrow. Really?!?!?!  While it’s a little early for pansies in the garden, these are so colorful and cheery that I have to share them.



AWARDS:  In February, I attended the annual PhotoPro Expo in Covington, Kentucky.  I entered the print competition for the second time, and this year I was pleased that two of my prints were deemed worthy of a merit.  One of those two also won the 2014 Horizon Award, for the highest scoring merit print by an artist who had never previously been awarded a merit.  I was pleasantly surprised by the honor, especially since this was the state convention that also received entries from all over the mid-west.  Unfortunately, I can’t officially share those images with you just yet, as I am also entering them in PPA’s district competition and International Print Competition later this year.  I will hint to you, though, that the winning photos are already on my website.  I just can’t divulge which ones.

NEW OFFERINGS:  I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, we are offering frames for your prints!   We have a great selection in various colors, sizes, and prices.  Now you won’t have to wonder where to find frames for any size print we offer.  If you have purchased prints from us in the past and still haven’t had them framed for your wall yet, give me a call or email me.  We can set you up with beautiful frames at great prices.  502-592-7071 or Apricotnut@msn.com

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