Fall rainbow bridge session

Author’s note: I wrote this blog post quite some time ago, soon after Emma and Snick’s session with me, and they have both since passed on. Their parents loved these images so I wanted to still post a tribute to them as it was written soon after our wonderful afternoon together.

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Emma, the fox terrier, and Snickers, the all-black pug, are two loving, well-loved dogs. Their family reached out to me because Emma had been through some health scares including a collapsed trachea and Snickers' heart condition meant he had been given just a few months left. Just before our photo shoot, I got the terrible call that Emma was in MetVet's ICU and wasn't doing well at all. Emma was a fighter, because she came back and we met right away for their fall portraits.

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Emma and Snickers looked right at home all snuggled in the little red wagon. It was SO COLD that day that it was not ideal weather but we just couldn't wait any longer due to Emma's declining health.

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Sweet Emma. She and Snickers both wore bandanas because she had a large bruise on her neck from the treatments. It was sweet of her brother to also wear one in solidarity - not that he had much choice in the matter!

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Snick, as his family calls him, kept getting (ahem) excited. I had to watch the angle and crop of the photos to not feature his manhood! He clearly really enjoyed being photographed.

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I had extra towels and blankets in a separate wagon and the dogs got the royal treatment - they got a ride in the red wagon, nestled upon a cozy bed of blankets, and their parents borrowed one of my spare blankets to wrap the dogs in. They were cuddled up and taking in everything as we explored together!

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Just after our photos together, Emma was back in the ICU - this time staying for an entire week. When we met to review their portraits, Emma was resting comfortably at home on her favorite chaise lounge, watching a football game. She'd developed a seizure disorder and didn't have much time left. These portraits suddenly meant so much more.

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I am honored that Emma and Snickers' family chose Browning Portraits to capture their limited time with these two beloved dogs.

Do you have too little precious time left with your dog? I'd be happy to speak to you about creating a timely portrait session that celebrates your pet's life and your bond together. Please contact me - I'm happy to discussion your senior dog's portrait needs.


2019 International Print Competition Bronze Medalist

--For Immediate Release--
Columbus Pet Photographer Named Bronze Medalist at International Photographic Competition

(Columbus, Ohio) – Pet photographer Lisa Browning of Browning Portraits, LLC, in Lewis Center, Ohio, was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2019 International Photographic Competition. Browning’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, January 19-21, 2020. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

This is the first time Browning has entered this competition at the international level.

A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,200 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta.

The level of the award is determined by how many of four submitted images receive the merit honor. Browning was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in her entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence. At this competition she is one of only 170 Bronze Medalists.

About PPA: Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.

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Senior dachshund tuxedo

Jessica's portrait session with Charlie and Oliver was a big success! Charlie is a long-haired dachshund who's 15 years old (looking good, Cha Cha!) and Ollie is a 6-year-old German shepherd.

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This portrait with Charlie on Jessica's shoulder was a spur-of-the-moment idea when I saw her beautiful sequined dress she wore to go with his little tuxedo. Charlie and Ollie both had a number of outfit changes and we couldn't stop squealing at their bowties and evening wear. Looking sharp!

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What’s better than a dog in a tuxedo? A tiny dog in his own tiny car!

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We love working with senior dogs. Big dogs, little dogs, old dogs and brand-new dogs are all great, but there’s nothing as special as the established relationship between a distinguished gentleman and his favorite person.

Is your senior dog old enough for his own driver’s license? Does he deserve beautiful, memorable portraits? Contact me now! I’d love to hear from you.

Wag Fest 2019

Today was the most fun day of the year! Each year Browning Portraits has a booth at WAG! Fest, which is the largest celebration of all things canine in Ohio. Last year more than 18,000 people attended this one-day event, and this year unquestionably was much, much bigger. People just kept coming and coming!

Browning Portraits was pleased to show the newest line of artwork offerings - fine art oil paintings! These gorgeous paintings are traditional oil on canvas in a style reminiscent of the Old Master and finished with a lacquer protectant. We finished with our popular champagne custom frame.

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Every year we notice there are certain breeds or colors of dogs or sizes that are more numerous than others. Last year was the year of the Great Dane. We saw SO MANY Great Danes last year.

This year? 2019 was definitely the year of the puppy. We saw a number of golden retriever puppies, Dalmatian puppies, and - like this picture shows - German Shepherd puppies.

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Look at the ears on this West Highland Terrier! Westies are adorable and typically have pointed ears but this little girl’s ears were especially rabbit-like! She sadly had a foot injury but her mom wanted to bring her to WAG! Fest anyway, so into the stroller she went. Feel better quickly!

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This lady let me take a picture of her invisible dog. Cute!

She actually has a dog at home who would be overwhelmed by this big fair, so she brought this leash that is made as a joke for invisible dogs. She said decades ago at the Ohio State Fair, clowns would walk around carrying these and would give a little bark at the kids that couldn’t be seen. She spotted one used and had to have it. How fun!

Hope to see you all next year at WAG! Fest!

Ohio Doberman

Meet Vinnie, a 12-year-old Doberman Pinscher!

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Vinnie is a former showdog whose owner passed away very unexpectedly. His adoring mom was the president of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Columbus Ohio and sadly died of natural causes with no warning. Vinnie's future was up in the air when Charlotte, his new adopted mom, stepped in to take over her friend's position with the club and also take in Vinnie. Charlotte loves him and calls him her Velcro dog. He loves to sit on her lap - in fact, when she comes home from work each day she has to recline in her easy chair and let Vinnie snuggle on her lap for at least 30 minutes. If she doesn't sit down or if she doesn't fully recline Vinnie whines and whines until she gives in and lets him climb up on her lap for a proper snuggle.

More soon from Vinnie's portrait session - he posed so well with his sister Mina! Can't wait to share those beautiful sunset portraits.

In the meantime, are you thinking of getting your dog photographed? I'm ready to hear all about your dog. Like Vinnie above, I'm all ears! Contact me now by clicking here.

Michigan's Coverdale lake

Fudge's mom wanted a big sky portrait in Michigan this weekend.

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Fudge asked for a selfie and who was I to say no?

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These are the dog days of summer! I went on a pontoon boat for the first time. I made it onto a paddleboard and looked like a total natural, as long as you weren't looking at my white knuckles. If you've seen What About Bob?, when Richard Dreyfuss has tied Bill Murray to the mast and Bob is excitedly yelling "I'm SAILING!" as he's literally tied to the ship...that was me. I went SAILING!

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Just ignore the Trader Joe’s snacks and enjoy the big beautiful sky. It was sunny and 80 degrees every day.

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Nice homes! It was like watching House Hunters to go up and down the lake in the pontoon. I’m sure all of these beautiful mansions had granite countertops and an open concept perfect for entertaining.