2019 International Print Competition Bronze Medalist

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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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Sunny golden retriever

This week in the 52-week pet photography blog circle we’re talking about backlighting. Sometimes backlight means a rim light, some kind of silhouette, or - my favorite - using the sun as a fill to give a bright, angelic glow to the portrait. If done late in the evening or super early in the morning, it’s possible to do a soft backlight. Done a little more toward the afternoon, with a harsher splash of sunlight, I like to use lighting to create a high-contrast, colorful portrait. The tones are nicely saturated and give a stunning pop to the images.

Max brought his mom, Marie, to meet me at a local park one sunny evening before the sun set for the day. Max is a four-year-old golden retriever with a typical golden retriever desire to please people, have fun, and play whenever possible. Marie’s favorite portrait from the entire session is this gorgeous image that captures their relationship and Max’s beautiful golden coat. Marie is so photogenic! Can you believe she has four school-age children and two dogs to keep track of? She is stunning. They both look fantastic.

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To see more backlit images in our blog circle, check out Terri J Photography your pet photographer in Toronto and Southeast Florida. Keep clicking through and you’ll make your way back here. Thanks for reading and I hope it was an informative peek inside my thought process!

Thinking of having yourself photographed with your dog? Let’s chat about a session just like this one. I look forward to hearing from you!

AIM Animal Image Makers Conference in Minneapolis 2019

For those finding this blog post from an internet search and don’t know me through my website, hello! I’m Lisa from Columbus, Ohio, and I love creating dog portraits.

I just got back from the 2019 first annual Animal Image Makers conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a very long four days, from 8AM to 10PM every day. We had fabulous speakers, a choice of beginner or advanced track courses on topics like posing animals with their families, dog safety (taught by an incredibly intelligent veterinarian), and even equine photography. We learned in person from industry leaders from around the world. In sum we had about 200 unbelievably talented pet photographers in attendance at one venue for the first conference of its kinds.

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Then, OH MY GOODNESS, friends, look what happened in Minneapolis. I was on the fence about entering any portraits into the Animal Image Makers image competition, and in fact an image that I call “Learning to Share” of a baby in a highchair watching his dog beg for food was an entry I submitted at the last minute. Literally, I was uploading my entries at 5:59 before the 6pm deadline. I had zero hope of my portraits doing anything in competition, especially after some feedback that my images - especially that baby in the highchair - would have a tough time even getting a merit. I submitted because I wanted the judges' feedback of what to do better in the future, and because darn it, I believed in that image. At the closing party, we learned that they were 474 images in the competition, and these are the top pet photographers in the world. We saw all the submissions playing on a screen and they were breathtaking. These portraits were SO beautiful. It was amazing just to be in a room filled with so much talent. Then the president of the organization announced third place, then second place, then first place for Best Animal and Human Image, and he called Learning to Share by Lisa Browning and my beloved portrait was projected on the screen and my heart stopped.

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I never ever ever expected to earn this and I am so grateful to the organizers, judges, and of course the two subjects of this image who are my own babies - one with fur and one without.

The entire conference was a fabulous experience, and learning in person from these esteemed photographers I’ve long admired was priceless. On the airplane home I carried my trophy, carefully and lovingly packaged, and started dreaming of my next image. I already know what it is, and I can see it in my mind’s eye as clear as day. I can’t wait to make it and share with you.

Thanks for reading. If you’re located in the Columbus area and thinking of canine portraits, I’d love to speak to you. Contact me here and we can discuss your ideas for portraiture of your beloved pet.