Liz Dranow Photography: Blog https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Liz Dranow Photography liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:15:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:15:00 GMT https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u398300441-o621447888-50.jpg Liz Dranow Photography: Blog https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog 120 80 My Dog is a Healthy Adult - Why Get Photos Now? https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2018/2/my-dog-is-a-healthy-adult---why-get-photos-now I know, everyone is busy! I've got a full-time job (I'm a statistician by day, in addition to photography), a husband, a senior dog, a puppy, a 'middle child' dog, volunteer commitments, and on and on and on - so I definitely understand the "I'm busy - we'll wait for (insert some event here) to get some photos".

 

But, I'll be blunt. Our pets don't live forever, and that sucks. Frequently we wait until they are old or ill to have professional photos taken.  Which is great - documenting our relationships with our pets is important in recognizing how we really feel and how important our pets are to us, and those photographs help us in the grieving process when the time comes.   But look at your pets right now (my two youngsters are trying to hump each other while my older dog is asleep on my feet).  In 5 years, things will be different - the youngsters will probably have mellowed out a bit, and my older dog may no longer be with us.

But I want to remember the bitey-face between the two youngsters.  They probably won't do this for the rest of their lives.  (They might, but they may not - and since this is such an on-going thing right now, if it ever stops, I want to remember it in all its pearly-white toothed glory!)

I don't want to forget Daisy's first day swimming at the Dog Dive. She'll probably have many more days swimming there, but this photo brings back the first time she realized 1) her feet couldn't touch the bottom of the pool, and 2) ermegerd, I can SWIM!, and 3) how much she enjoyed being the center of attention - both mine and Angela's!

When my oldest dog is gone (she's almost 10), I want to remember all the days when she was happy and healthy.

We lost Abby to cancer over a year ago, when she wasn't even quite 6 years old. I never imagined I'd lose her that young. But because I documented her life, this is how I remember her:

And THAT is why you should get photographs of your adult dogs.  They will get older; the do change, sometimes imperceptibly until you notice that your faithful hiking buddy doesn't go as far as she used to, or until you notice a 'troubling' lump on her skin.  Document the now, so you can revisit this time in the future.  Don't lose the mundane moments - in a few years, you'll find yourself ready to trade anything to have those mundane moments back.

 

If you want to talk more about documenting the now in your pet's life, give me a holler - and tell me more about yourself so we can make sure those everyday moments don't slip by into oblivion.

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) utah pets adoptable dogs adoptable pets in utah daycare dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography doodle heartsspeak heber pet photography heber pet photos ogden ogden dog photographers ogden dog photography ogden dog photos ogden dogs ogden pet photographers ogden pets park city dog training park city pet photographer park city pets park city puppies park city puppy training park city utah park city utah pet photography park city utah pet photos park city utah puppies park city utah puppy classes pet pet adoption photos pet photographers pet photography pet photos photographers photos of old dogs pibble photos pibbles pit bull photos utah pit bulls powder paws veterinary clinic utah puppy photos salt lake city pet photography salt lake city pets salt lake city puppy classes salt lake county animal services senior pet photos summit county utah utah utah pet adoption utah puppy photos white barn https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2018/2/my-dog-is-a-healthy-adult---why-get-photos-now Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:41:13 GMT
They Grow Up So Quickly! Part 1 https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2017/4/they-grow-up-so-quickly-part-1 We all know how quickly puppies grow up - it seems like one day they are these little bundles of fur that fit in the crook of your elbow, and all of sudden you notice they look like real dogs.  The puppy teeth are gone (thankfully!) and puppy breath is just a memory.  It's so hard to see the changes when you are with your puppy every day. But with photographs, you can travel back to the early puppy days and revisit your little bundle of fur (without being attacked by razor-sharp puppy teeth).

 

I made a very conscious effort to document my own puppy's growth, and in the next post in this series, I'll show you her monthly photos - it's amazing how much she changes from month to month.  But here is just a quick trip in the Way Back Machine:

 

At 3 months old, Daisy wanted to be like her big sister and chase frisbees.  She didn't exactly get the concept of catching frisbees, and the frisbee was about as big as she was, but she wanted to be like her big sister.

 

Seriously! She was TINY!

 

And then I jump back to today (yes, we had snow in April - welcome to Utah!) - the changes are amazing.  And looking at her now, it's so easy to forget how she was as a wee bitty puppy!

 

I'm so glad I was able to get photos of Daisy's early puppy days, so I'll never forget them.

 

If you'd like to be able to revisit your puppy's early days whenever you'd like, contact me to book your session now before your puppy gets any older! Don't wait and lose those puppy days forever!

Be sure to check out my package designed to capture the entire first year with your puppy!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Heber dog photography Ogden dog photography Park City Utah Park City Utah pet photography Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah pet portraits Utah puppies Utah puppy photos dog photography pet photography time travel photography https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2017/4/they-grow-up-so-quickly-part-1 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:21:10 GMT
It's Only Too Late After You've Said Goodbye https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2017/4/its-only-too-late-after-you-ve-said-goodbye Let's be honest.  Most people don't think about getting professional photos with their pets until something drastic happens: a diagnosis of cancer, a sudden hospitalization, or when your vet suggests "palliative care" for a senior or ailing pet.  Personally, I don't like thinking about my pets getting older (I was a bit in shock the first time I saw "senior" on my almost-9-year-old Goldendoodle's chart - how could she be a senior when she's bouncing around like a puppy?), but the reality is that our time with our pets is always too short.  

DSC_4436-EditAlways together

Scheduling a photo session with your pet when they are bouncy and happy is optimal, but sometimes you just don't think about it - or life keeps you so busy that it's hard to find an hour or two to have me come to you to photograph you and your pet.

 

Tank was such a case. His family had always thought about getting family photos with him, but they were busy. Then one day, he threw up a couple of times and his family took him to the vet. The vet took some x-rays and found a large mass in his abdomen. Tank was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic in Salt Lake City, where he underwent surgery. Tank's Mom reached out to me during the surgery, honestly concerned that he wasn't ever going to be coming home to them; Tank was 8 and a half years old, and he was undergoing major surgery.

 

We set up a time for a photo session at the emergency clinic, but a few hours before we were going to do the session, Tank had to go back in for another surgery. Extremely nervous about his prognosis at this point, we re-scheduled for the next day, and along with his family, I was hoping desperately that Tank would survive his second surgery.

 

Thankfully, Tank survived his second surgery in 4 days, and we decided to go ahead with the photo session.  We knew Tank was going to be a bit groggy from surgery, and there would likely have to be some cropping and Photoshop work to remove IV's and sutures and things, but there was the very real concern that it was now or never.

 

Tank rallied for his photo shoot, and while we kept it short so as to not wear him out, we were able to find a space in the BluePearl vet clinic to set up a backdrop and make things look a little less like a vet clinic.

 

DSC_4267-EditDSC_4267-Edit DSC_4294-EditDSC_4294-Edit DSC_4357-EditDSC_4357-Edit DSC_4400-EditDSC_4400-Edit DSC_4471-EditDSC_4471-Edit DSC_4359-EditDSC_4359-Edit

Tank's love for "his girl" and his family in general was very clear - he REALLY wanted to be with his family. While it wasn't a perfect situation, we were able to get photographs of Tank with his family, at a time when his future was very uncertain.

 

I am very happy to say that Tank made a full recovery from his surgeries, the mass was benign, and he is home with his family.  In a couple of weeks, we'll get more photos of Tank at his house, where he is comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly, completely recovered! But Tank is a prime example that the only time that is too late for photographs is once you've said goodbye. 

 

If you have a senior pet or a pet who has recently been diagnosed with a chronic or acute health condition, contact me about my Infinity Sessions at 801-712-3200, email me at liz@lizdranowphotography.com or tell me a little more about your pet and we'll work together to create memorable photographs of your pet.  Having lost one of my dogs at a young age to cancer in September 2016, I assure you that a photo session with your pet is an experience you will treasure for the rest of your life.

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City Utah pet photography Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets dog photography pet photography pet portraits senior pets https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2017/4/its-only-too-late-after-you-ve-said-goodbye Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:38:55 GMT
The Magic Cheeseburger Window https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/7/the-magic-cheeseburger-window My older dog, Fiona (known as Fi - pronounced 'Fee' for those of you who are tempted to rhyme it with 'thigh') turns 8 years old today, and yes, we celebrate her birthday.  Don't worry, it's not exclusive - we celebrate both dog's birthdays.  The girls (my dogs) probably think I'm crazy, but I have fun - and I definitely get more excited in the week leading up to their birthdays than I do for my own.  I'm not anti-birthdays; I am just at a point in my life where the idea of fun birthday for me means a quiet day at home with the husband and the girls, maybe a hike, and not having to cook dinner. But the girls? I spend all week getting excited about their birthdays (and I'm sure they both look at me like I have lost my mind...)

 

My favorite part of the birthday celebration is the trip to "The Magic Cheeseburger Window."  Also known as the McDonald's drive-thru.  Because really, think about a McDonald's drive-thru from a dog's perspective: you get to go for a ride in the car, and then you make a stop some place that has really amazing smells, and you get to put your snooter into over-drive sniffing all the cool smells. Then, when you are drooling from all the amazing smells, some person hands a plain cheeseburger to your Mom through a window.  How cool is that?  Awesome smells, and then a cheeseburger is magically passed from a cheeseburger-dispensing window right into your car, and you get to smell it all the way home, and then you get to EAT this cheeseburger that magically appeared from nowhere!

 

I love watching Fi take in all the smells - she just loves it!

 

Honestly, from a dog's perspective, that has got to be one of the coolest things ever!

 

I'm not a big fan of McDonald's (although in moments of weakness their fries can hit the spot) - I'm not a snob, but I just don't eat hamburgers very often, so when I do, I like to get all creative and experiment with gourmet burgers at home.  But I get such a kick out of watching my dog (Abby doesn't stick her head out the window to take in the smells, but Fi is ALL OVER IT).  You can tell she is having a grand time.  And we only go a few times a year - usually for each girl's birthday, my birthday (because the girls should totally be able to celebrate my birthday, too) and my husband's birthday - so it's a real treat for Fi, and I never tire of watching her nose trying to suck in every possible smell.

 

And besides, I feel much less guilty when I put birthday hats on them, because they know the Magic Cheeseburger Window is in their immediate future!

Happy birthday Fi - and happy sniffing! 

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City Utah pet photography Park City dogs Park City pet photographers Salt Lake City pet photography Utah pet portraits celebrating dog birthdays cheeseburgers dog birthday photos dog birthdays dog photographers dog photography pet photography pet photos pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/7/the-magic-cheeseburger-window Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Geeking Out on Local History https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/7/geeking-out-on-local-history Hi. My name is Liz, and I'm a history geek. There, I've said it! I feel much better now!  (I'm also really wordy; I know "they" say blog posts should be short and just show pictures.  Eh, that's not for me. I'm wordy. Always have been, always will be. Besides, if you want to really get to know me, these posts are ME. No artificial writing for search engines, or saying what I think people want me to say. This is me. But if you just want to look at the photos and skip my wordiness, feel free to scroll down - I'm good with that, too!)

 

I grew up in Saudi Arabia with my parents and my two brothers, and one of my parents' favorite recreational activities was to take us to historical sites around the world. 

 

Which sounds really cool, right? In hindsight, yes, it was totally cool. However, in addition to standing on what is left of the steps of the Roman Senate proclaiming, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears", and walking up to the Acropolis in Athens, I have very distinct memories of tramping through some farmer's field in England, in the rain and fog (of course) to look at some grass-covered mound, with another, bigger grass-covered mound and my Mom standing in her London Fog trench coat, pointing at a paragraph in a guidebook with leather-gloved hands, assuring us that the mounds were a part of Hadrian's Wall, and a related watchtower.  (To date myself, this was long before there was a concerted effort to excavate Hadrian's Wall and before the National Trail along Hadrian's Wall existed - although if you want to see what I imagined we were looking at through the rain and the growing darkness, check out Hadrian's Wall Country).  As an 8 year-old kid, it was not as interesting as it could have been.  But I'd love to go back now!

 

One of the cooler trips we ever took was in Saudi Arabia, where we traveled along the Hijaz Railroad.  If you've ever seen the movie Lawrence of Arabia, the trains they were blowing up were on the Hijaz Railroad, and that all really happened.  (And if you haven't seen Lawrence of Arabia, go watch it. Seriously. One of the great epic movies of all time, and had everyone who was everyone in it, including Alec Guinness (aka Obi Wan Kenobi) and Omar Sherif, not to mention Peter O'Toole, of course!)  Having seen the movie and then climbing around the trains rusting in the desert, and through the old Turkish forts, it was very easy to imagine the Bedouin attacking the Turks just over the next sand dune.  Even at 9 years old, I knew I was stepping back in time!  (Yes, this is me, as a young child, climbing around one of the old engines. Seriously, it does not get cooler than this!)

 

 

My parents are very cool people, and in hindsight, I am amazed at all the fantastically cool places we visited, even if I didn't fully appreciate everything I saw at the time.  Luckily, my parents took a lot of photos, and I can travel back in time to those trips and revisit those locations and the family adventures that accompanies them whenever I look at the photographs (looking at these photos, I can still remember camping in the desert, sand in our food, and the time the SUV we were using got a flat outside of Medina, one of the holiest sites of Islam - and only open to Muslims - and my Dad and a couple of other Arabic-speaking members of our group gaving the flat tire and a bunch of money to a guard to the city and waited for several hours, hoping he'd bring back a new-ish tire.  Luckily the guard returned with a new tire, or we'd probably still be there!).  That said, my husband will tell you that I'm a bit of a pain in the neck when we are watching the Tour de France, because when they show historical sites, I'm frequently saying "I've been there!", and then regale him with tales of my travels.

 

Anyway, a few weeks ago I finally took the time to do a walking tour of historical Park City (well, Main Street). I've lived in Park City for almost years, and in Utah for more than 25 years, but I had never really looked at Main Street as any place more than somewhere to avoid during Sundance, and to take friends and family for dinner when they come to visit.  Sort of silly for someone who loves history and lives in a mining town that has all sorts of fascinating stories that surround late 19th-century/early 20th-century mining towns.

 

Totally cool tour, and I have a much greater appreciation and understanding for things that I took for granted.  (Who knew Park City had a China Town? It burned down in the fire of 1898, but it explains why there is a 'China Bridge' section of town - I never really thought about it before, but that's one of those cool little pieces of trivia that I just love.)  I also found some really cool locations for pet photos.  Because honestly, Park City is a pet town, and I can't think of anything better than exploring historical Park City with your pet.  (Mine didn't come with me because the tour was through the Park City History Museum and I couldn't take my dogs with me.  But I am more than happy to pass on my new-found knowledge to you, and you can bring your dogs along!)

 

The Centennial, a one-time boarding house for miners (to ostensibly keep them away from the 'evils' of Main Street)

 

An old miner's cabin. I'm really glad I don't have to shovel those stairs!

 

The Egyptian Theater. A Park City landmark!

 

Yet more stairs.  Mining towns have a lot of stairs given that they are in the mountains and everything is either uphill or downhill from everything else!

A very cool monument to mechanical engineers!

 

A building with a mail-order front facade.  (Really!)

Yes, Main Street has a lot of high-end shops, restaurants and modern stores, but just underneath the 21st century veneer of Main Street exists the 19th century mining town with brothels and saloons and a Masonic Lodge, as well as over a century of people and the hopes, dreams, loves and goals. History that you can see and feel is fun, exciting, living history!

 

If you'd like a tour of Park City, pets included, and photos to memorialize the adventure so you can relive it in years to come, contact me at 801-712-3200 or liz@lizdranowphotography.com.  I'd love to share Park City with you!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City Utah pet photography Park City historical photos Park City history Park City pet photographers Salt Lake City pet photography Utah history Utah pet portraits dog photographers dog photography pet photography pet photos pet portraits pet tours of Park City walking Main Street with my dog https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/7/geeking-out-on-local-history Tue, 05 Jul 2016 02:20:00 GMT
Happy Mother's Day https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/5/happy-mothers-day All my kids have paws, so Mother's Day is pretty much like any other day for me (other than Skyping with my family who all gather at my parent's house - everyone except me lives fairly close together - which is great fun since my brothers have grown kids and getting most everyone together is a big task!).  I shared my Sunday morning breakfast with my kids (fried eggs - they get the yolks, I get the whites), we went on a few walkies in the rain, spent some time chasing frisbees, and some time letting the girls bark at the computer screen while I was Skyping with the family. (I'm sure my parents totally appreciated that!  Heehee!)  A perfect Mother's Day, in my mind!

 

Yesterday, I got to spend some time with a friend of mine whose only child also has paws, and I was able to get some "mother and son" photos for her. These two have such an incredible bond, and it is always inspiring to see these two together - they are the personification (dogification?) of unconditional love. It was an impromptu shoot, and her boy was being silly - which was great, because posed photos all the time don't necessarily capture reality!

 

After being silly, Buddy settled down a bit, and let me get some more "serious" photos of him. I really like that parts of Michelle are in the background, because it illustrates their unbreakable bond even when the focus of the photograph is on Buddy.

Yes, Mother's Day is about me being able to spend time with my mother and the rest of the family (even if it is through the magic of Skype), but it is also about sharing the joy of the love between a mother and her son.

 

If you'd like photos of your own furry (or feathery, or hairless) kids, contact me at 801-712-3200 or liz@lizdranowphotography.com or use the built-in contact form and tell me what you love best about your kids!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle Golden Retriever photos Golden Retrievers Heber pet photography Heber pet photos Mother's Day for pet owners Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pets Ogden, Utah pets Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City pets Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pet photos Salt Lake City pets Utah pets all my kids have paws daycare dog dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography family pet photography furkids old old dog photography pet photographers pet photography pet photos photos photos of older pets professional pet photos senior dogs senior pet photos senior pets https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/5/happy-mothers-day Tue, 10 May 2016 12:34:46 GMT
Why I'm Hiring a Pet Photographer https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/4/why-im-hiring-a-pet-photographer Nope, this isn’t a guest post. I’m really looking to hire a pet photographer. I can hear you asking, But Liz, why are you hiring a pet photographer? Aren’t you a pet photographer? Why do you need to hire someone else? There are just some photos I can’t take. Yes, I can take all sorts of amazing portraits, and action shots, and I can capture the quiet, soulful moments when my girls are sleepy and cuddly, but there are photos I can’t take - I can’t take photos of me interacting with my dogs. One of the things I like to do with my older dog is play “Kissey Face” - and yes it’s exactly like what it sounds; I tell Fi to kiss me, and she licks me on my lips, and I try hard not to laugh, while Fi continues to kiss me. It’s great fun, and something we’ve done ever since she was a puppy. But I can’t play Kissey Face and take photographs at the same time. And while I will never forget the Kissey Face moments, as well as all the other moments where I’m playing with my girls, snuggling with them and loving them, I’d really like to have photos to crystallize those moments.

 

Julie Bee, a senior dog adopted at the age of 15, enjoying Salt Lake City in winter!

 

Ordinarily, these photos would be on the “something I’d like to do sometime” list; like a lot of people I’m busy, and I always assume there will be plenty of time to get the photos.  But two weeks agoI discovered a lump in Abby’s armpit.  About 9 months ago, we found a grade 3 mast cell on Abby’s chest, and we had it surgically removed, Abby went through chemo therapy, and she’s now had two sets of clean CT scans, the last 6 weeks ago.  We were confident that Abby was cured, and we’d have plenty of time to get those photos. And we may still have that chance; Abby has had surgery to remove the new lump, she will go through chemo again, and with luck, things will eventually return to normal. But it was another grade 3 mast cell tumor, and even with treatment, there's a chance she'll develop more. So I want to get photos while she is feeling good. Even if she's on a 'limited activity' restriction right now.

 

Woe is Me!Woe is Me!

 

I don’t ever want to find myself in the position of regretting that I didn’t get photos of certain memories.  So I’m starting to investigate pet photographers.

 

 

So how do I pick a pet photographer?  The same way you pick a pet photographer. And if you haven’t thought much about how to pick a pet photographer (or any photographer, really), here are the questions I ask myself:

 

 

  • What style photos do I want? Formal studio photos? Action photos? Documentary (also called “lifestyle” photos)? A combination?  In this case, I want lifestyle photos.  I want photos that capture the normal daily interaction between me and my girls. _DSC4243_DSC4243

     

  • What kind of products do I want?  Digital files only?  Big wall art? Smaller prints that I would frame? A photo book or albums? Something else? In my case, I want either smaller prints for framing, a photo book, or possibly even a folio box (which is a box that contains a certain number of prints - usually 9-15, mounted or matted). I already have a bunch of large canvases of my dogs, and in this case I’m looking for memories that I might not look at every day, but are easy to flip through when I want to. I don’t want just digital files, because I don’t want something that will sit on a hard drive and that I will never look at again.

Large Folio BoxLarge Folio Box

  • What is my budget? I’m not 100% certain, as I need to discuss it with my husband but I anticipate around $3000 when it is all done. These photos are important to me, I can’t get these photos on my own, and I want them done right. Be honest with yourself; what can you afford? What are you willing to sacrifice to pay for the photos? How important are these photos to you? The more honest you are with yourself, the easier it will be to communicate your budget to potential photographers. And if there is someone else who has input on your budget (spouse, partner, parent, etc.) make sure you are all on the same page about your budget.

 

I know what I want, mostly because I know what photos I already have.  However, if this is your first time getting professional photos of your pet, you may not know the answers to questions #1 and #2 - and that’s okay.  A professional photographer will ask you questions about your pets, you activities with them, and what you want to capture most.  A professional will also ask you what you want to do with the photos, and talk to you about various options, and, ideally, show you some samples in various sizes, so you can get a sense of what will suit your needs.  The only thing you really need to have figured out when you contact a professional photographer is a sense your budget.  If your entire budget, including the photoshoot, and files (or prints) is firmly set at $100, don’t call a photographer whose sessions start at $150 and don’t include any prints or digital files, and hope that she will drop her price for you; if you really like the photographer’s style and won’t settle for anything else, either consider payment plans or figure out if your daily coffee is really more important than photos that you will enjoy for a lifetime.

 

Once I’ve answered the above questions, I look for a photographer that can help me get the photos I want.  I’m lucky; I know several pet photographers in the area, and I know one whose lifestyle photography really has the feel that I want.

Liz in ActionLiz in Action

Not my photo; photo courtesy one of my clients!

 

If I didn’t know photographers, I’d Google pet photographers in my area (I live outside a larger city, so I’d Google photographers in Salt Lake City, as well as Park City, as many pet photographers serve a fairly large area), and I’d ask pet-owning friends.  If my vet’s office or dog daycare has pet photos on display and I like them, I’d find out who the photographer was.  Then, I’d look at websites to see if I like the photographer’s work, and see if I could get a sense of whether the photographer was in my budget or not (most photographers will give you some idea of what you can expect to spend).  Once I had found a photographer or two (or three) that I really like, I’d send an email, or call and see how well I ‘click’ with the photographer, and if we are a good match.

 

When I talk with the photographer, in addition to the types of products they offer, their availability, and travel policies, I also like to ask about their process - do they want to meet my dogs ahead of time? What is included with the session fee? Will they email me a link to view my photos or do they set up a separate viewing appointment? Do I have to purchase everything at that viewing appointment?  There are a lot of questions to ask, and the more you and your photographer talk, the more confident you’ll be that you are getting exactly what you expected - which means you'll have an experience you can enjoy.


If you’d like photos of you and your pets, contact me at 801-712-3200 or liz@lizdranowphotography.com - I’m more than happy to answer all your questions!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle Golden Retriever photos Golden Retrievers Heber pet photography Heber pet photos Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pets Ogden, Utah pets Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City pets Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pet photos Salt Lake City pets Utah pets daycare dog dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography family pet photography old old dog photography pet photographers pet photography pet photos photos photos of older pets professional pet photos senior dogs senior pet photos senior pets what to ask when hiring a pet photographer what to ask when hiring a photographer https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/4/why-im-hiring-a-pet-photographer Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:01:34 GMT
The Perfect (Photographic) Storm https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-perfect-photographic-storm All my photo sessions are special to me, each for their own reasons, and it would be impossible to designate any photo session as my favorite.  But there are some photo sessions that are truly "the perfect storm".

 

I had such a session about 10 days ago.  The discussion about the session originally revolved around a senior beagle and an old pickup truck.  Which in and of itself was enough to get me super excited!  Then, the owner mentioned she had a cat, and she would love to get some family photos with the dog, the cat, her husband, the old pickup truck and herself.  Totally!  Family pet photos are awesome!  And then she wondered if I might be up for including their two pet chickens.  Of course! But I did want to make sure no one was going to try to eat anyone else. Once it was clear that it was unlikely that any of the pets would be looking at any of the other pets with thoughts of dinner dancing through their heads, I was good.  I mean, senior dog, old pickup truck, cat, human parents and chickens!  This couldn't get any better!  And then the owner mentioned that the chickens had sweaters. I'll admit it; as soon as she mentioned the sweaters, I was giddy with excitement.  I don't photograph chickens too often to begin with, but chickens in sweaters?!?  That is not an opportunity you come across every day.​

 

 

When I got to the owner's house, I saw the truck.  I love cars.  I love trucks.  I love motorcycles.  In all cases, the older the better, as the 'classic' vehicles are true works of art.

 

001001

Um, yeah!!!

 

After meeting and greeting the owners, the dog and the cat, we got down to the business of the photos.  First we started off with Milo, the dog.

007007 012012

Then we brought out Myrrh, the cat, who was surprisingly good with the snow, especially since she is almost exclusively an indoor cat.

013013 017017 019019

Given that the original idea of the shoot was to capture Milo the senior beagle and the 60 year old pickup truck,  we then moved on to some "dog in truck" photos.  There is just something fundamentally appealing about dogs in pickup trucks.

029029 038038 049049

After that, it was time for the chickens.  Chickens in sweaters!

 

072072 064064 069069

Feeling brave (since no one had made any attempt to eat anyone else at this point), we decided to try some photos with the full family. 

077077 074074

The perfect storm!  A full family photo with all family members present and mostly attentive!

If you'd like photos of your entire family, include the furry, feathery, and hairless family members, contact me using the contact form or call me directly at 801-712-3200 and let's set up a family photo session that includes the entire family!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Dogs Doodle Family portraits with pets Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pet photos Ogden pets Park City Park City Utah dog day care Park City Utah dog photos Park City dog grooming Park City dog photos Park City pet photographer Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Park City pets Park City, Utah Park City, Utah pet photographers Park City, Utah pet photography Park City, Utah, pet photos Pet Family Photos Powder Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah cat photography Utah family pet photos Utah family photos Utah pet portraits Utah pets cats in snow dog photographers dog photography dogs in snow family pet photos greatest snow on earth northern Utah pet photography old dogs and pickup trucks pet photographers pet photography pet photos pet portraits senior pet photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-perfect-photographic-storm Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:09:15 GMT
Utah Snow + Dogs = Fun Photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/1/utah-snow-dogs-fun-photos I don't know about you, but my dogs LOVE the snow.  (Okay, my current dogs.  I had a senior miniature poodle who had come from California who REALLY didn't like the snow.  But she was a princess, and she didn't like her feety-feets to get cold. But she was an old gal when she came into my life, and I was more than happy to pick her up and carry her when she found herself in snow, and didn't want to have to walk through it again to get back inside.)  And Utah is finally back to living up to our "Greatest Snow on Earth" license plates, so my dogs are having a ball.

My dogs are definitely not the only ones having fun in the snow.  Koda, a chocolate lab visiting from southern California also discovered the joys of Utah powder!


_DSC6932-Edit_DSC6932-Edit _DSC6917_DSC6917 _DSC7274_DSC7274

 

_DSC7330-Edit_DSC7330-Edit

If you'd like photos of your adventure dogs having fun in the snow, contact me using the contact form or call me directly at 801-712-3200 and let's set up a Puppy Powder Day!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle Family portraits with pets Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pet photos Ogden pets Park Park City Powder Dogs', Park City Utah Pet Families Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City dog photos Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Park City pets Pet Family Photos Pets Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah Utah family pet photos Utah pet portraits Utah pets custom pet Christmas ornaments daycare dog Christmas ornaments dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography dogs in snow family pet photos family photos greatest snow on earth in northern Utah pet photography pet Christmas ornaments pet holiday ornaments pet photographers pet photography pet photos pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2016/1/utah-snow-dogs-fun-photos Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:08:27 GMT
The Holidays Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-holidays-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think As soon as Halloween is over (and in some stores, before Halloween is over), stores break out the Christmas decorations, from lights and tinsel to fake trees and wrapping paper.  All of a sudden, my mailbox is stuffed with catalogs from companies I've never heard of, selling things I can't imagine possibly using (reindeer salt and pepper shakers?  Really?!?). 

 

I have mixed feelings about the whole Christmas-the-day-after-Halloween phenomenon.   One the one hand, I sort of wonder what happened to Thanksgiving.  However, I don't really do the big family thing for Thanksgiving; my husband's family is scattered around, and all my family is on the East Coast, so Thanksgiving in my house usually consists of making something I enjoy preparing but usually takes too long during the work week (I've been learning to make sushi rolls as of late, so we might have sushi for Thanksgiving), making a pumpkin pie, because I love the way it smells (and tastes) and Skype-ing with my family.  For me, Thanksgiving is pretty much just a four-day weekend from my day job.  

 

On the other hand, I love Christmas.  We really don't do much more for Christmas than we do for Thanksgiving (traveling during the holidays is pretty much my personal idea of Hell), but I love Christmas lights, I love how people tend to be more cheerful and gracious towards one another, I love having an excuse to make fudge, and I like having an excuse to thank people for thankless jobs they do all year long.  I love the family traditions that we have, even though my family is a couple of thousand miles apart.  I love doing silly things with and for my dogs.

 

So, when I see the Christmas decorations in the stores, I will admit to feeling a bit of excitement.

 

_DSC6174_DSC6174

Bert is excited for the holidays!  He's a therapy dog, and he knows he's going to be spending a lot of time bringing holiday cheer to weary travelers and patients in hospitals.

I know some people think Christmas should wait until Thanksgiving is over, and I'm good with that - everyone has their own opinions about when Christmas decorations should appear, and I'm fine with that.

 

Except for one thing; if you want to give photo gifts (prints, calendars, photo books, whatever) as presents, or if you want a family photo for you holiday cards, or if you want a holiday ornament of your furry family member waiting until after Thanksgiving to start thinking about those things is a bit too late.  Even if you find a photographer with sessions available, the photos from the session have to be processed, you have to pick the photos you want, and then the products you want need to be ordered a delivered.  Not only are photographers busy, but photo labs are busy, and they start sending out notices to professional photographers along the lines of "you MUST order by this date if you want products delivered by Christmas".  Prints you might be able to get fairly quickly, but as soon as you start looking at canvases or metals or photo books or other specialty items, the "must order by" date comes up a lot faster than you might think.

If you want a Christmas ornament of your pet, don't wait until after Thanksgiving to start to find a photographer, unless you want to take your chances as to whether the ornament will arrive in time for Christmas!

 

If you are interested in Christmas photos of all your family, or just your furry family members, the sooner you contact me, the better!

_DSC5713-2_DSC5713-2

_DSC8739_DSC8739 _DSC9187-Edit_DSC9187-Edit

 

So put off the holiday decorating as long as you like (I grew up overseas and knew a Dutch family that didn't even put up a Christmas tree until Christmas Eve), but if you want to have family photos for Christmas cards, or if you want to give photo gifts as presents (to yourself as well as to others - there is nothing wrong with treating youself!), the holiday planning has to start early!

 

Besides, when you are able to cross "Christmas cards", and "photos for the grandparents" off your list, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the spirit of the holidays!

 

If you holiday photos of your pets, or your entire family (and your pets are family, right?!?), contact me at 801-712-3200 or liz@lizdranowphotography.com

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pet photos Ogden pets Park City Utah Pet Families Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Park City pets Pet Family Photos Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah family pet photos Utah pet portraits Utah pets custom pet Christmas ornaments daycare dog Christmas ornaments dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography family pet photos family photos pet Christmas ornaments pet holiday ornaments pet photographers pet photography pet photos pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-holidays-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think Wed, 18 Nov 2015 02:18:34 GMT
Time Flies! https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/9/time-flies The older I get the faster time seems to go - which is why I love having photographs to look back through time.   One of the best ways to slow down time a bit is to do a series of photos over time, and be able to look back at how things have changed.  I offer a Time Flies Plan that captures your pets two or three times (depending on the plan you pick) in a 12-month period, and then we put the photos together in a photo book that will let you look back through time whenever you want.

 

Watching time fly can include the changing of the seasons, watching a puppy grow up, or watching a new pet come into your household and flourish.  I recently completed a Puppy Grow Up session with a poodle named Winnie (and her 12 year old poodle brother Lucky).  

 

During the very first session, Winnie was a 16 week old ball of fluff.


At 6 months, Winnie was a bigger ball of fluff, and still very puppy-like, but you could start to see the adult in her emerging, as her legs got longer and her fat puppy belly disappeared.


DSC_0080_nlDSC_0080_nl DSC_0509 - CopyDSC_0509 - Copy DSC_0157DSC_0157

Last week, I saw Winnie again, a little over a year old, looking much less puppy-like and a lot more like an adult dog (although she's still got a fair amount of goofy puppy in her!).


_DSC2526-Edit_DSC2526-Edit _DSC2528-Edit_DSC2528-Edit _DSC2756_DSC2756 _DSC2772_DSC2772 _DSC2882_DSC2882

When you see your pet every day, the changes over time are subtle - you can't really pinpoint when the changes occur, but looking back at photographs, you can immediately see that little puppy again.  When I did the final session with Winnie and Lucky, I had brought along a sample photo book, that included the photograph of the 16 week old Winnie standing on the bed.  Of course her parents remember Winnie the puppy, but when they see Winnie the young adult every day, it's harder to recall the little ball of fluff that was the 16 week old Winnie.  Until they saw the photo of her.  Time travel in a photo book!

Yes, Time DOES fly, but photographs are like a time machine - you can re-visit times gone by whenever you want!

 

If you'd like to get more information about a Time Flies package, either to capture your puppy growing up or just to capture the seasons changing and the year progressing, fill out the contact form, or call me at 801-712-3200, so we can talk about what times you'd like to capture.  According to Einstein, we can't ever really travel back in time, so photographs are the closest we are ever going to get - don't let time pass you by!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Family portraits with pets Ogden pet photos Park City Family Photographers Park City Utah Pet Families Park City Utah pet photography Park City pet photographers Pet Family Photos Salt Lake City Family Photography Salt Lake City pet photography Utah Utah family portraits Utah pet portraits adoptable pet photos dog photographers dog photography pet adoption photos pet photography pet photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/9/time-flies Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:55:59 GMT
Petapalooza 2015! https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/9/petapalooza-2015 Photographing adoptable pets for Salt Lake County Animal Services is one of the elements of being a pet photographer that I really, really, enjoy.  With so many people searching for their fur-ever friends using online services like Petfinder, a good photo can make the difference between someone going in to a shelter to meet their newest furry family member, and the same person scrolling on.  My own pets are full voting members of my family (actually, they hold the majority vote; my husband to me: "Do you want to watch the movie in the living room or in the bedroom?" My response: "The bedroom - the dogs will be more comfortable there.") and it brings me a great sense of fulfillment to know that I am one step in the process of bringing together pet lovers with their family members.  The time I spend volunteering with the Salt Lake County shelter really helps re-charge my mental batteries and brightens my entire day.

 

I usually photograph pets ready for their fur-ever homes, but I don't often get to see the pets when the are adopted with their new families. So when the volunteer coordinator asked me if I would like to help photograph adopted animals at Petapalooza 2015, a HUGE adoption event held at the Viridian Library in West Jordan, Utah at the end of August, I jumped at the chance.  Petapalooza was a great event!  There were a bunch of vendors and food trucks, and rescue organizations, live music, and, of course, a ton of adoptable dog and cats and birds - a great end-of-summer party event.  And there were a lot of people who met their newest family members there!

 

_DSC1641-Edit_Petapalooza-1Petapalooza 2015A happy family with their new kitten!

_DSC1654-Edit_DSC1654-Edit

I think this girl's shirt and her face said it all!

_DSC1659-Edit_DSC1659-Edit

_DSC1722-Edit_DSC1722-Edit

This handsome pup came from the Arctic Rescue of Utah, and looks like she found a family ready for action-filled adventures!

 

_DSC1707-Edit_DSC1707-Edit

A happy family, complete with a baby who is going to grow up with two loyal (and handsome!) siblings!

 

_DSC1791-Edit_Petapalooza-22_DSC1791-Edit_Petapalooza-22

Three beautiful ladies!

 

_DSC1793-Edit_Petapalooza-23_DSC1793-Edit_Petapalooza-23

And pair of beautiful ladies!

 

Since I was there with my camera, I also got to photograph a few adoptable dogs for rescues.


_DSC1689-Edit_DSC1689-Edit

This lovely trio was from the Arctic Rescue of Utah - beautiful ladies and very cooperative with the right treats!


_DSC1718-Edit_Petapalooza-12_DSC1718-Edit_Petapalooza-12

Mugsy!  What a face!


_DSC1747-Edit_Petapalooza-19_DSC1747-Edit_Petapalooza-19

How could you say no to a face like that?


_DSC1736_Petapalooza-16_DSC1736_Petapalooza-16

 

I also photographed people who were just out to enjoy the event with their current furry family members.

 

_DSC1700-Edit_Petapalooza-9_DSC1700-Edit_Petapalooza-9

_DSC1657-Edit_DSC1657-Edit

_DSC1760-Edit_DSC1760-Edit _DSC1781_Petapalooza-22_DSC1781_Petapalooza-22

It was a great event, and if I read the numbers correctly a grand total of 90 animals were adopted that day, between the rescue organizations, and Salt Lake County Animal Services!  Absolutely fantastic!

 

I am already looking forward to next year's party!  It was so much fun to be with fellow pet lovers, watching people with their pets, listening to their stories, and seeing everyone having a good time!

 

If you missed Petapalooza but would like photos of your family complete with the furry family members, contact me at 801-712-3200 or use the easy contact form. If you book a session before January 31, 2016 be sure to mention 'Petapalooza' (whether you were there or not) for special discounts on photography sessions, with a portion of each session going to help the adoptable animals at Salt Lake County Animal Services.

 

If you want to volunteer with Salt Lake County Animal Services, contact the volunteer coordinator for more information.  She'll work with you to find a volunteer position that best suits you - whether it is walking dogs, playing with cats and kittens, doing community outreach or even helping with office tasks - if you love animals (and I know you do!), there's a volunteer opportunity waiting for you!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Family portraits with pets Ogden pet photos Park City Family Photographers Park City Utah Pet Families Park City Utah pet photography Park City pet photographers Pet Family Photos Salt Lake City Family Photography Salt Lake City pet photography Utah Utah family portraits Utah pet portraits adoptable pet photos dog photographers dog photography pet adoption photos pet photography pet photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/9/petapalooza-2015 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 01:26:33 GMT
Puppy Class! https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/8/puppy-class I don't think there is anyone who doesn't enjoy a puppy class (well, if there are people like that out there, I'm not sure I want to know them!). I, for one, love puppy classes!  My girls are both comfortably into adulthood (at least physically, if not mentally... I think Abby will be a puppy at heart for her entire life), so at the moment I only get to enjoy puppy classes as a photographer.  But that still means I get all the puppy breath I can handle, as well as the bouncy, crazy, "wait, does 'sit' mean you want my fuzzy butt on the floor, or do you want me to leap up and get that treat out of your hand" times. Which is absolutely wonderful!  In fact, I think puppy classes should be conducted in busy office buildings, so the employees can de-stress with a bunch of puppies before returning to their cubicles.  (Being a cube-dweller myself during the week, I'd LOVE to have a daily puppy break!)

This last Saturday was 'graduation day' for three puppies at the Three Little Pits puppy class in Park City, Utah, held at the Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic.  There was Theo, the fluffy Goldendoodle puppy:

_DSC1236-Edit_DSC1236-Edit

And there was Target, the border collie, who is still growing into his feet:

_DSC1240-Edit_DSC1240-Edit

And there was Monty, the Italian Greyhound, with one of the greatest sets of ears I have seen in quite some time:

_DSC1301_DSC1301

Seriously - those ears!

Obviously, the graduates had learned 'sit' very well, and were quickly mastering the fine art of looking cute for the camera (which they all caught on to quite quickly!).  

There was even time for a few photos with the doting parents!

_DSC1308-Edit_DSC1308-Edit

_DSC1344-Edit_DSC1344-Edit

_DSC1338-Edit_DSC1338-Edit

The graduates and their proud parents - what a great day!

If you'd like photos of your puppy - or your not-quite-a-puppy-anymore, contact me at 801-712-3200, or tell me a little more about yourself using the built-in contact form.  Puppies grow up so quickly, so contact me today!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pets Ogden, Utah pets Park City Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City Utah puppies Park City Utah puppy classes Park City dog photos Park City dog training Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Park City pets Park City puppies Park City puppy training Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic Utah Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Salt Lake City puppy classes Utah Utah pet portraits Utah pets Utah puppy photos daycare dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography northern Utah pet photography pet pet photographers pet photography pet photos pet portraits photographers puppy photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/8/puppy-class Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:40:06 GMT
Fort Buenaventura - A Visit with Golden Friends https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/8/fort-buenaventura---a-visit-with-friends Many years ago, when my oldest dog Fiona was a puppy, I started a blog so I could share photos of her with my friends and family without sending photo-laden emails to everyone.  About 4 months after starting her blog, something unusual happened; I received a comment from 'Mango'.  It turned out Mango was a 200+ lb. brindle mastiff who wrote his own blog (with the assistance of his mother, given that Mango lacked opposable thumbs and his paws didn't really fit on the computer keyboard).  After reading Mango's blog, and blogs written by other dogs and cats, I decided Fiona would be a better author of her blog than I could ever be, and I entered the world of 'dog blogging'.  Who knew there was a world-wide network of dogs, cats, and other creatures (horses and hermit crabs, among others) that had there own blogs?  Not me.

Over time, through the magic of email, Facebook, and other online media, I became good friends with a number of people behind the blogs, despite having never met any of these people in real life.  Eventually, I found other dog bloggers in Utah, and I have since met several of them in person.

Last week, a dog blog friend was coming through Utah on her way to her home state after an extended job in another state.  A couple of other Utah dog bloggers and I managed to find a time and a location where we could all meet our mutual friend together.   We all met at the Utah state park Fort Buenaventura, and had a great time getting to know each other better, playing with the dogs, and for me, photographing the entire experience.

I finally got to meet Bert.  I've "known" Bert and his mother for years, and even though he lives in Ogden, I'd never had the chance to meet.  Bert is a therapy dog and comes to the local children's hospital, close to where I work, but the timing was never right for me to go greet Bert - and since Bert spends a lot of time working, I've had a hard time trying to get my schedule to fit in with his.  

_DSC9815-Edit_DSC9815-Edit

Bert was all fluffy from recent therapy dog work, but as soon as he got close to the pond, he made sure to get rid of his fluffiness as quickly as possible!

_DSC9845_DSC9845 _DSC9842_DSC9842

Our traveling friend was Princess Harlow.  Princess Harlow lives out of state, but I've been able to follow her antics (and the antics of her family) on Facebook and through her blog.  I was curious as to whether Princess Harlow was quite as 'Princess-y' as she came across online.  Needless to say, Princess Harlow did not disappoint.

_DSC9970-Edit_DSC9970-Edit

_DSC9726-Edit_DSC9726-Edit

Bert and Harlow hit it off instantly, and there was much Golden Goodness.

_DSC9707_DSC9707

Bert loved the pond!

_DSC9848_DSC9848 _DSC9977-Edit_DSC9977-Edit

Harlow was not so keen on the water, but really enjoyed socializing!

_DSC0116_DSC0116 _DSC0094-Edit_DSC0094-Edit

Both dogs happily posed for portraits before the afternoon was done.

_DSC0019-Edit_DSC0019-Edit _DSC0036-Edit_DSC0036-Edit

I never knew when I started Fiona's blog almost 7 years ago that I would make so many good friends through the world of dog blogging, and I certainly never realized how much these relationships would enrich my life.  And even though Mango has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Mango's mother and I are very close friends.  

If you would like photos of your own pet "on location' in northern Utah, contact me for more information or call me directly at 801-712-3200!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle Golden Retriever photos Golden Retrievers Ogden dog photographers Ogden dog photography Ogden dog photos Ogden dogs Ogden pet photographers Ogden pets Ogden, Utah pets Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City pets Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah pets daycare dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography pet photographers pet photography pet photos professional pet photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/8/fort-buenaventura---a-visit-with-friends Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:32:48 GMT
The Dreaded Phone Call from the Vet https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/6/the-dreaded-phone-call-from-the-vet About two weeks ago I got that dreaded phone call from the vet, “The results from the biopsy have come back, and unfortunately…”  Yeah.  I don’t need to finish that statement for you; if you’ve received a phone call like that, you can fill in the ending yourself.  Needless to say, my immediate thought was, “No!  It can’t be cancer – I want her to live forever!” 

An oncologist visit and an additional $1000 in tests later, the verdict is that chemotherapy is the best option to knock down the spread of cancer cells.  Even then, the prognosis isn’t great.  If we are really, really lucky, we might be able to give my girl a couple of years of good living.  Given that she’s only 5 years old, that really sucks.  The harsh reality is that my girl isn’t going to live forever, no matter how much I want her to.  And yes, it breaks my heart.  But I’m going to enjoy every minute with her that I can, and I’m going to make sure that I’ve got memories of her that will be with me forever.

 

 

Sadly, the trade-off for the unconditional love we get from our pets is that they don’t live forever.  Even ones that snooze in sunbeams well into old age, collecting white hairs on their muzzles and benign lumps and bumps eventually have to leave us.  And saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the hardest things any of us will ever have to do.    

 

But their spirits do live on forever in our memories.   Photographs can help you connect with your beloved pets long after they are gone.  A shared hug in the sun, or seeing your boy relaxing on his favorite couch will bring back all the emotions and feelings that can get disconnected from your memories over time.  Photographs of your pets do help keep them alive forever, and even if you have hundreds (or more) photographs of your pet on your cellphone, be honest with yourself – how many of those photographs are really high quality photos, and how many are really blurry pictures of furry blobs?  Even if you do have some great photos on your phone, what’s going to happen to those pictures when you upgrade your phone?  Digital photos are readily accessible now, but will they be in 5 years, or 10 years or 20 years?  Prints allow you to view those photos now, and in 10 years, or even 100 years.  Your pet truly can live forever in photographs.

 

 

I know all too well how quickly vet bills can add up, and you might be thinking that professional photographs just don’t fit in a budget already burdened by medications and extra vet visits and special diets and treatments.   I understand this predicament, and I don’t ever want anyone to have to sacrifice lasting photographs because of finances.   Payment plans are available, and I will work with you to ensure you can continue to provide the best quality of life to your pet for as long as possible, while also ensuring you will have high quality photographs of your pet to keep her memory alive forever.     

 

Happy Basset Hound!Happy Basset Hound!Molly the Utah basset hound having a great time during her photography session in her home!

For more information about Special Sessions for senior and terminally ill pets, contact me today - the sooner we can arrange a photo session for you pet, the more chance we will be able to get photographs of your pet at her best.  However, if you need to make last-minute arrangements, I understand - please call me immediately so I can re-arrange my schedule to give your pet priority.  Your love for your pet, and your pet's love for you is eternal and I can help you capture high-quality photographs that will keep your memories and feelings alive forever.   Call me today at 801-712-3200, or contact me using the built-in contact form.  I look forward to helping your pet live on through photographs.

~~~

I have two Goldendoodles; my younger dog, Abby, was diagnosed with a grade 3 mast cell tumor.  The only sign anything was wrong was when my husband noticed a "weird" bump on her chest when he was putting her harness on her to get ready for a walk.  I hustled her off to the vet and they aspirated the growth and told me it was a mast cell tumor.  I've had experience with mast cell tumors before, but I was totally not expecting the biopsy results to come back as a grade 3 tumor - which means it has a high likelihood of returning and/or metastasizing.  She had shown no signs of ill health, her appetite is good, and she is full of bouncy energy - the diagnosis completely blindsided me.  The prognosis for grade 3 mast cell tumors isn't very good, but like every pet owner who has received news like this, I am hoping that we can beat the odds.  I'm also a realist, however, and this diagnosis only reinforces my belief in creating and preserving memories with both my girls for as long as I can.

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) I want my cat to live forever I want my dog to live forever Park City Utah pet photography Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah pet photos Utah pet portraits dog photographers dog photography northern Utah pet photography pet photography pet photos pet portraits photos of old cats photos of old dogs terminally ill cats terminally ill dogs https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/6/the-dreaded-phone-call-from-the-vet Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:48:03 GMT
A Spring Day at McPolin Farm in Park City, Utah https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/5/a-spring-day-at-mcpolin-farm-in-park-city-utah The "white barn" at McPolin Farm in Park City, Utah, is a familiar landmark to anyone who lives in the Park City area, has visited Park City, or has even browsed some of the 'visit Park City' guides available.  For locals, "the farm" is an integral part of why we live in Park City - the property was bought in 1990 by the tax payers of Park City to secure open space, wetlands, and to provide an area for recreational activities, including cross-country skiing in the winter and access to multi-use trails when the snow is gone.  The open space and the opportunities for recreation is what makes Park City so special to those of us who live here, and to the people who visit, and the farm is symbolic of what is loved about this part of Utah.

 

Yesterday was a cloudy, wet spring day - not good for much but a nice walk walk with the dogs.  So, my husband and I loaded up our dogs and drove to The Farm; needless to say, I had my camera with me, and I took the opportunities to get a few images of my dogs enjoying a cool, damp day.  Being Goldendoodles, they are all-weather dogs, and a few sprinkles and a stiff breeze didn't deter them!

Happy Goldendoodle in Park City UtahHappy Goldendoodle in Park City Utah Park City Utah GoldendoodlePark City Utah Goldendoodle Dramatic Spring Day in Park City UtahDramatic Spring Day in Park City Utah Abby Relaxing at the White Barn in Park City UtahAbby Relaxing at the White Barn in Park City Utah Happy Doodle in Park City UtahHappy Doodle in Park City Utah

It was a great walk for all of us, and nice change from our neighborhood streets!  I look forward to visiting the barn again when it has a large American flag on the front for Memorial Day.

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doodle McPolin Farm Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City dog photos Park City pet photos Park City pets Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah dog photographers Utah dog photography Utah dog photos Utah pets daycare dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography pet photographers pet photography pet photos https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/5/a-spring-day-at-mcpolin-farm-in-park-city-utah Tue, 19 May 2015 01:14:17 GMT
Finding Success in Life https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/4/finding-success-in-life I'm a big fan of quotations; on my 12th birthday my parents gave me a copy of Barlett's Familiar Quotations and I used to spend hours randomly flipping through the pages to find quotes that fit my mood.  My love for quotations has never left me; every morning when I leave the house before my husband wakes up, I leave him a note with a quotation (since, truthfully, the content of the note is pretty much the same every morning).   In my search for quotations (thank you, internet!), I found one that really resonated with me:

 

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I truly believe that photographing adoptable pets helps them find homes faster; PetFinder is an amazing resource, and does a great job in matching up adoptable pet with people looking to adopt.  Truthfully, people click more frequently on listings where there are photos, particularly photos where the pets look happy.  And when pets find their fur-ever homes, I believe the pets breathe easier (as do their humans, with all the heath benefits pets provide to their owners).

 

Photographing adoptable pets at the Salt Lake County Animal Shelter is an important part of my life, and I consider myself very lucky to be able to donate some of my time and talent to the dogs and cats looking for fur-ever homes - it helps the pets, it's relaxing for me, and Salt Lake County Animal Services has a wonderful, dedicated group of staff and volunteers who actively work with the animals with training, enrichment, and quality play time.   Volunteering at the shelter helps fill my life with warm fuzzies (and I'm not just talking about the layers of dog and cat hair I bring home with me).

 

And speaking of warm fuzzies, here are a few from my latest visit:

Sir Miles (I'm sure he really made the Queen's Honours List - he was very regal!)

"Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography" "Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography" "Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography"

 

Then there was Dobby.  I can only assume, with the big ears and googly eyes, that this Dobby was once a house-elf who had received a sock, and is now looking for a family who can truly appreciate him.  You have to love staff who are Harry Potter fans!

"Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography" "Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography" While I didn't ever see Dobby tampering with bludgers (yes, I too, am a Harry Potter fan), he definitely had many of the entertaining personality traits of his namesake!

 

This next guy may or may not have been named Aladdin (that was the name I was given, but I was also told he was a Lab - which clearly he is not).  I just called him Mr. Handsome.  

"Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography"    "Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography"

 

And then there is June.  My husband and I have imposed a two-dog limit on our household (in part because our two dogs are more than a handful, and when we are both home, each of our dogs is able to receive double-handed scratchies, which they demand on a regular basis; also, there isn't any more room in our bed for another dog!) - otherwise, I would have been very tempted to bring June home with me.   However, there is no need to worry; it is my understanding that June was adopted shortly after this photo was taken.

 

"Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography"

And in my book, that is success!

 

If you are interested in finding your own fur-ever friend, check out Petfinder or your local animal shelter.  And if you live in Northern Utah, and have helped an animal breathe a little easier by giving her (or him) a fur-ever home, contact me for special discounts on photography sessions for adopted pets! If you'd like to capture memories of your furry friend (adopted or from a responsible breeder) that will last you a lifetime, tell me a little more about yourself and your pet(s) and what makes them so special!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City dog photos Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Park City pet photos Salt Lake City Utah dog photographers Utah dog photography Utah dog photos Utah pet adoptions Utah pet portraits Utah pet services adoptable pets dog photography northern Utah pet photography pet photography pet portraits pets https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/4/finding-success-in-life Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:32:20 GMT
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-is-national-pet-first-aid-awareness-month We all love our pets and we want to keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible.   April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and as one pet lover to another, I strongly urge you to look over the information put together by 1-800Petmeds.com.  Pet CPR?  It's covered here.   Foods to never feed your pets?  The big ones are listed here.  What to include in your pet's first aid kit?  That's here, too!

 

As you assemble (or replenish) your pet's first aid kit, this is also a good time to create (or review) your family disaster plan - if you have to evacuate in a hurry, do you have pet preparedness kit?  Check out the Red Cross information sheet on how to include your pets in your family's disaster plan. 

 

April is also National Heartworm Awareness month - stock up on your heartworm medication of choice from your favorite vet, pet store or pet supply business.  Let's keep our pets safe and healthy this month and every month!

Pet First Aid Infographic
Courtesy of: 1800PetMeds.com

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City Utah pet photography Park City pet photographers Utah pet portraits dog photographers dog photography northern Utah pet photography pet first aid pet photography pet photos pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-is-national-pet-first-aid-awareness-month Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT
The Dogs of Doginhaus https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/3/the-dogs-of-doginhaus

If you have pets and you live in or around Park City, Utah, you probably know about Doginhaus, the luxury doggie daycare that also provides grooming and boarding.  If you don't know about Doginhaus, you should definitely visit them in-person or online to learn more about their services.  With an in-house groomer, you can drop your dog off for day care or boarding, and pick up a clean, trimmed dog.  But schedule in advance - Doginhaus is justifiably quite busy!

 

Last week, I had the opportunity to photograph dogs of some of the staff members at Doginhaus.  It gave me a chance to introduce many of the staff members to my photography sessions while also creating some wonderful images of their dogs.    I have a portable studio with a variety of backdrounds, so we decided to go with a studio setting for these photographs.  It was also great opportunity to meet some of the staff members' dogs and associate the owners with their pets - I can't think of a better, or more enjoyable way to get to know people better than through their dogs!

 

The first canine visitor to my studio area was Shasta, a Bernadoodle.  Being a doodle owner myself, I have a great appreciation for all doodle dogs, and while I have heard a lot of great things about Bernadoodles (a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle), I had never actually met one before.  Shasta is an excellent ambassador for her breed - fluffy, well-mannered and oh-so-cute!  Shasta is fairly young, but she took to the whole studio setup like a seasoned supermodel!

 

Stasha the Bernadoodle in Park City, Utah Stasha the Bernadoodle in Park City, Utah Stasha the Bernadoodle in Park City, Utah

 

After Shasta came Blu.  I'm not 100% certain what Blu's lineage is (nor do I care - purebred, mutt, young, old - all dogs are beautiful in their own unique ways), and it really doesn't matter;  Blu is gorgeous, and those eyes of his (which gave him his name) are as captivating in person as they are in the images.

 

 

My next guests were Cosmo and Nigel.  These two boys are siblings, and it was very amusing to observe the dynamics between the two of them and figure out the best way to photograph them.  Nigel is VERY treat motivated, while Cosmo is more mellow - which led to a lot of juggling treats, squeaky toys and the camera - we all had a great time together!

 

 

In addition to a 'siblings' photo, I photographed each of them individually.  Nigel was up first - so thoughtful and soulful!

 

Then came Cosmo.  I love everything about Cosmo - his face, his personality, and those eyes that make it clear Cosmo knows the secrets of the universe!

 

Finally, I met Ruger and Moose.  These two canine siblings probably couldn't have been more different - and so they complemented each other perfectly.  Moose is a French Bulldog and is very easy going, while his brother Ruger is a Vizsla, and is more energetic - as you would expect from a Vizsla.  Again, there was a bunch of juggling squeaky toys and treats and the camera, but with the help of Moose and Ruger's mom, we were able to get some perfect portraits of the boys!

 

 

Vizslas are such regal dogs, and Ruger was no exception!

 

Moose!  What isn't to love about Moose?  He has fabulous ears, a wonderful personality,  and did I mention those ears?

 

It was a lot of fun to meet the dogs of some of the staff at Doginhaus - and the next time you go into Doginhaus, be sure to look for photos of the dogs of Doginhaus and see if you can match up the staff with their dogs!  

 

For more information about Doginhaus, visit their web page.  If you'd like photographs of your own pets you can get more information about my pet photography sessions, or contact me directly for more information!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Doginhaus Park City Utah pet photographers Park City Utah pet photography Park City Utah pet photos Park City pet photographers Park City pets Salt Lake City pet photography Salt Lake City pets Utah pet portraits Utah pets daycare dog boarding dog day care dog grooming dog photographers dog photography northern Utah pet photography pet boarding pet photographers pet photography pet photos pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/3/the-dogs-of-doginhaus Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:21:55 GMT
True Love https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/2/true-love About ten days ago I had the opportunity to photograph Goose, a 15 year-old Weimaraner with his mother Michelle.  I have "known" Goose and his mother through the magic of the internet and Facebook for several years, but I hadn't had the chance to meet them "in the fur" until very recently. Through pictures Michelle has posted on Facebook, I could see that she and Goose had a very special bond, and I was thrilled when I was able to witness this bond for myself.  

 

At 15 Goose is not a young pup anymore, but he is proof that unconditional love isn't affected by stiff joints or a few extra lumps and bumps. Goose is absolutely devoted to his mother and she to him; I feel very fortunate to have been able to capture the love these two have for each other.   This is one of those (many) times where images say more than words ever could,  so I'll just stop talking and let you experience Goose and his mother.

 

 

Unconditional love at its finest!  These images give me the warm fuzzies every time I look at them, and I am so happy that I was able to preserve memories that Michelle will be able to look at and enjoy for a lifetime.

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Utah pet portraits dog photography northern Utah pet photography older dogs pet photography pet portraits senior dog portraits senior dog sessions special sessions https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/2/true-love Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:49:32 GMT
Helping Shelter Animals One Photograph, (or Key Stroke, or File Folder) at a Time https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/1/helping-shelter-animals-one-photograph-at-a-time When people think about volunteering at an animal shelter or pet rescue organization, they typically imagine walking dogs or playing with cats.  All of which is great fun, and if you want to spend your spare time walking dogs and playing with cats (and who doesn’t?), I strongly encourage you to talk to the volunteer coordinator at your local shelter or rescue.   

But shelters and rescue organizations can use more than just dog walkers and cat entertainers.   There is a whole lot of behind-the-scenes work that has to be done to make sure that the organizations run smoothly, and you probably don't realize that what you consider to be 'basic' skills make you a Shelter Super Hero.   Do you have mad filing skills?  Do you type 100+ words a minute?  Do you design and maintain databases for fun?  Do you like coordinating schedules and organizing things? Do you like being an administrator on a Facebook group? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you have the makings of a Shelter Super Hero; office work is essential for any rescue organization, and you still get all of the joy of knowing that you are helping adoptable animals find their ‘fur-ever’ homes.  If you want to donate your time and skills, go call or email that volunteer coordinator immediately!  Go on.  I’ll wait.  Seriously; I'll still be here.

Welcome back!  Personally, filing is not my thing.  As for typing, well, spellcheck is my friend.  And while I do design and maintain databases for a living, it’s not my passion; when I come home at the end of the day, I want to take photographs of my pets, I don’t want to build databases. I am, however, related to people who build databases for fun, as well as people who build new computers out of spare parts.  Luckily for me, shelters and rescue organizations also need photographers; with the importance of Petfinder, and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter in matching pets with owners, a great photograph of an adoptable animal can vastly increase the chances of a pet getting adopted quickly.

After some research, I found the perfect match for me - the Salt Lake County Animal Shelter is a high-volume, no kill animal shelter, fairly close to my day job, and always looking for photographers to help them out.    I completed the volunteer training and recruited a friend of mine to be my photographer's assistant, and once she completed her volunteer training we were ready to go.

My first shoot at the shelter was last week, and it was a fantastic experience.  Because my assistant and I were new volunteers, we had a dedicated staff member to make sure we were comfortable with the entire process, a list of dogs and cats, a bag of treats, and a squeaky toy, and we went to work.  All of the animals at the shelter are taken out for multiple play sessions and enrichment sessions during the day, and the photography sessions were a 'bonus' session for the animals.   Since we were new to the animals (and the animals were new to the shelter) we worked with the animals to see what commands they knew, and we got to discover their personalities.  

Our first dog was Nisha, a shy red Australian cattle dog mix.  Because Nisha is a little shy, she has been working with one of the on-site dog trainers.  With some treats and some one-on-one attention she was able to relax and investigate the camera.

Since the shoot last week, Nisha has been adopted!

Next up was Wes, a very handsome chocolate Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix.  Wes has strikingly gorgeous eyes!

"Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography"

Then we got to meet Nena, a gorgeous Pibble.    Nena found the camera fascinating, and I found Nena fascinating, so we had a mutual admiration thing going on!

Such a gorgeous, inquisitive girl!

After Nena, we moved on to a couple of little dogs.  While my dogs are of the medium-sized variety, I have a special affection for little dogs.  The first guy we met, Hershey, is very cute and very endearing - and with a bit of an underbite, he is very Muppet-like!

Hershey has also been adopted!

Our final dog of the day was Ziggy.  Ziggy is a bouncy bundle of energy, and trying to get her to sit still for a 'glamour shot' was a bit of a challenge, so we worked with her strengths!

"Ogden dog photographers", "Ogden dog photography", "Ogden dog photos", "Ogden dogs", "Ogden pet photographers", "Ogden pets", "Park City Utah pet photographers", "Park City Utah pet photography", "Park City Utah pet photos", "Park City pets", "Salt Lake City pet photography", "Salt Lake City pets", "Utah pets", daycare, "dog day care", "dog grooming", "dog photographers", "dog photography", "pet photographers", "pet photography", "pet photos", "rescue dogs", "shelter dogs", "shelter dog photography"

I enjoy photographing pets, and I'm consider myself very fortunate to be able to donate my time and skills to helping adoptable animals find their perfect families.  If you want to help homeless pets, I encourage you to identify your skills and figure out what you really enjoy doing, and then check out your local shelters and rescues and work with the volunteer coordinators to find the perfect match for you.   If you need any more convincing, volunteering really is good for your mental health, and you get to spend time with dogs, cats, and fellow pet-lovers!   What more could you ask for?

Update: as of this posting, Nisha and Hershey have found their fur-ever homes!

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Utah animal rescue Utah animal shelter Utah pet portraits dog photography pet photography pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/1/helping-shelter-animals-one-photograph-at-a-time Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:39:27 GMT
Simple Tips for Photographing Your Pets, Part 1 https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/1/tips-for-photographing-your-pets 1. Get Down On Their Level

Every single book, article, and webpage you see will emphasize the importance of getting down on the level of your pet.  Why does this matter?   Unless you have an Irish Wolfhound, you probably spend a lot of time looking down on your pet in your daily life.    While it is possible to get very cute photos of your pets looking up at you, getting all your pictures looking down at your pet limits the types of images you can get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action shots from your pet's level can make for some very exciting images.

Park City Goldendoodles Enjoying WinterPark City Goldendoodles Enjoying WinterWinter in Park City Utah is a great time for pet photos!

 

"But Liz", you say, "I have a short-legged doggie, and I have knees that have seen better days.  How am I supposed to get down to her level?" Save your knees and your back, and get your pet up to your height.  Use common sense with this - don't ever put your pet any place where she (or you, or both of you) are uncomfortable.  With a little creativity and a close inspection of your surroundings, you can probably find a location where you and your pet can see eye-to-eye.

This is Rosie the Corgi.  She definitely meets the criteria of being a short-legged dog, and while there have been times when I have flattened out on my belly to photograph her, that isn't always necessary.  During this particular session, Rosie hopped up on a small rock in our local park.  The rock is maybe a foot tall, but there is a sloping hill on one side of the rock, and I was able to get in a comfortable position and still capture Queen Rosie surveying her park.

Queen of the ParkQueen of the ParkCute Corgi surveying her park in Park City Utah

If you don't have a rock handy, try your sofa, or your bed.   As always, keep your pet's safety and comfort level in mind when choosing a 'perch'; a nervous pet (or you being nervous about your pet's safety, which your pet will pick up on) isn't a photograph you want hanging on your wall. 

 

2.  The Eyes are the Window to the Soul  

Make sure the eyes are in focus.   Most cameras have a default 'auto area' focus which means that the camera decides what points in the frame should be in focus (this is done using an algorithm that uses color and light information, aka "magic").    In a pinch this can be handy (most cameras' algorithms include a face recognition component, as well), but if you are trying to focus on your pet's eyes, and use the auto area focus mode, you might have the eyes in focus, or the nose, or even the chest while the eyes aren't, and unless your pet is very patient, you'll find yourself 'settling' for an image where his eyes may or may not be in focus.

To avoid the 'press and pray' approach to focus points, read your camera's manual (you can probably find it online if you've lost it) to find out what focus options you have, and then experiment with the different focus modes on your camera and see what suits you best.  I personally prefer a single point of focus - I can make sure the eyes are the point of focus and then frame the image how I'd like it.  Hint: move the camera side to side - not forward or back, as that can make what you had in focus go out of focus.

 

 

Of course, the rule about the eyes always being in focus is meant to be broken.  Just make sure you are purposely focusing on something else, and not just on whatever the camera picks for you.  A nose in focus can create a fun, whimsical portrait.

 

3. Make Sure Those Eyes Sparkle 

Those 'sparkles' in your pet's eyes are called catchlights, and until you start actively looking for them, you may not even be aware of them. Catchlights are created by the eye's reflection of the light source (which can be the sun, windows, a flash, a lamp, etc.).   Eyes without catchlights tend to look dull and lifeless.  Before you take your photo, look at your pet's eyes - can you see the sparkle?  If so, make sure the eyes are in focus (unless you have a good reason for them not to be) and fire away.  Otherwise, move your pet and/or yourself (if you are outside) or your light source (if you are inside) until you see some 'sparkle' in his eyes.  If you are outside, an easy way to get those catchlights is to have your back to the sun.  However, if you are shooting in very bright sunlight, avoid having your pet face directly into the sun; he'll squint, or shut his eyes completely.  Either look for some partially shaded areas, re-position yourself so he is at a 45 degree angle to the direction of the sun, or wait and take the photograph when the sun is lower in the sky (early in the morning or in the late afternoon).  

In the picture below, it was late afternoon, and Abby was running after a tennis ball and the sun low in the sky highlighted her eyes wonderfully.

Keep Your Eye on the BallKeep Your Eye on the BallAbby the Goldendoodle focused on the tennis ball.

 

4. Avoid using the on-camera flash

While you want your pet's eyes to sparkle, you don't want them to glow or turn into laser beams.  Just as humans get can 'red eye' when an on-camera flash (the pop-up one) is used, pets can get green or yellow eyes from an on-camera flash.  You know the look, so I'll spare you some examples.   If you don't have an external flash (also known as a speedlight), look for natural light sources, or ways to enhance natural light.

Windows, of course, are a great source of natural light.  Look at the way light comes into the different rooms in your house at different times of day; if there's a specific room in which you want to photograph your pet, make sure you plan your photography at a time when the room is well lit with diffuse (not direct) sunlight.

 

park city photography, pet photography, dog, pet portraits, park city utah, dog photographyAbby in Contemplation

 

If natural light isn't quite enough to give you a sharp photo, consider using additional continuous lighting (what the rest of the world calls lamps or lights; photography, like most technical skills, has its own jargon).  Below is Max, a 14 year-old black Lab.  Max's living room had a couple of south-east facing windows which let in a nice diffuse light, but it was an overcast day, and I wasn't getting quite enough light to reveal the contours in his face.  So, I turned on a floor lamp to the right of the camera, and that gave me just enough light to capture Max in the 'natural' light of his living room.

 

 

While keeping these general tips in mind, don't forget the most important tip of all: make sure you and your pet have fun!  Photographing your pets can be a great way to bond with them while also working on basic skills like sit, stay, and treat dispensing!  *grin*   When your pet has had enough (you'll know they are 'done' when they are restless, they stop looking at you, or they literally walk away), call it quits for the session.  You want to keep this a fun experience for both of you.  

What tips work best for you?

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) Park City pet photographers Park City pet photography Utah pet portraits dog photography pet photography pet portraits https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/1/tips-for-photographing-your-pets Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:27:21 GMT
The Case for Prints https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/1/the-case-for-prints There is a great deal of discussion among photographers about selling digital images from a photoshoot.   There are a lot of arguments for providing digital images (um, hello, maybe people like to share photos of their pets on Facebook) and there are an equal number of arguments for only selling prints.   Personally, I make both available.  However, before you immediately say, "Great, I'll take a CD of my 5 favorite images", let me make a case for prints.

 

1.  Digital media fails.  Yes, it's true.  Hard drives fail.  Backup hard drives can fail.   What you thought you were backing up to the cloud turns out to be only a small segment of what is on your hard drive.  CDs get scratched/broken/lost.    If you've ever had a hard drive fail, you know that sinking feeling of having lost your tax returns for the last 5 years, the pictures of the last family reunion where all of your family was actually able to attend have vanished, and pictures of your pets who have long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge are gone forever.   

 

2. Digital media collects dust.  This sounds silly, but I'll give you a personal example.  My father has invested a lot of time in converting old family prints into digital images, so the photos, slides and Polaroids (yes, Polaroids) weren't lost forever.  Don't get me wrong.  This is a noble endeavor, and I'm glad that our old family photos (and my parents' family photos) aren't going to just crumble into dust.  But without fail, when my Dad sends me a CD of images he has converted, I look at them, chuckle, and then put the CD in a filing cabinet.  Yes, the images are there, but I don't ever look at them.   This year for Christmas, however, my Dad took a number of family photos that he had restored and created a photo book, and my brothers and I got copies of the book.  It is only January 3rd, and I have already looked at the book many more times than I have the CDs my father has made.  The photo book also sits out on the coffee table, so other people can look at the photos.  

 

3. Prints are visible.   My house is plastered with photos of my pets and every time I walk by one of the photos, I see it and I smile.  The number of photos on my walls is a fraction of a percent of the photos I have on my hard drives.  But I look at the photos on my walls, not the ones on my hard drives.  

 

4. Prints are tangible memories.  I have had the great fortune to love many pets over the years, and sadly, I have lost many pets over the years.  But I have framed prints of every pet I have had on a table, where I can look at their pictures and relive memories of my pets that have long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Every time I look at the photo of my miniature poodle with the excited look in her eyes and black spot on her tongue, I remember her dogged determination to be fed from the table.  When I see our Maine Coon wearing a paper dish on his head, I laugh at how such a serious cat was willing to put up with our silliness.  

 

Digital images are great for preserving memories, and a great way to share photos online with family and friends, but prints are real, physical, visible images that bring forth a flood of memories.  And that is something a CD in a file cabinet can never do.

]]>
liz@lizdranowphotography.com (Liz Dranow Photography) https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/blog/2015/1/the-case-for-prints Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:17:18 GMT