Pet Portraits with Susan Gertz with live demonstrations – February 6th, 2017

Date: February 6th


  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm Networking and bring your own food - enter side door of venue
  • 6:30pm to 7:00pm announcements and introduction
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm Susan Gertz Presentation

Location: Pendleton Art Center in downtown Middletown (Map click here)

This presentation is NOT at our regular location in Franklin

COST: First time visitors and members pay $10 at the door to help with venue costs and speaker honorarium. After the first visit guests pay $20 per visit or become members of the organization.

Dogpatch Pet Photography is Born

Susan Gertz established Dogpatch Pet Portraits seven years ago. From her earliest childhood memories of the family Weimaraner, Susan has shared a deep bond of love with furry family members. Susan pursued her interest in animals by completing a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Master’s Degree in biology, focusing on animal behavior. Working in the science education field for nearly 30 years, Susan has shared her love and knowledge of biology as a zoo educator and an author and designer of science books.

Connecting with animals empowers her vision and goals

As a pet photographer, Susan brings her animal experience and artistic vision together to create fine art portraits of clients' beloved pets. Reflecting the real spirit and personality of dogs, cats, horses, and even sugar gliders, rats, or miniature pigs is Susan's goal. “I feel a bond with every animal I photograph,” says Susan. “And that translates into portraits that are genuine and personal.”

Susan has been competing for several years and has learned what it takes to create outstanding and competitive pet portraits

Susan has been an Ohio Top 10 Photographer for the past several years; has been a PPA Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, received a PPA Grand Imaging Award nomination in the animal category for 2017, and received PPA’s Master of Photography in January 2017. You can view her website at and her Facebook page at

This presentation will include Demo and actual portrait taking as well as post processing skills

Have you always wanted to offer studio pet portraits, but you didn't know where to start? This program will help beginning pet photographers create beautiful studio pet portraits for clients. The program will emphasize dog portraits, as these are most common. Dog body language, dog handling and posing, lens choices and camera settings, and studio lighting for pets will be introduced and demonstrated with pet models. Post processing for pet portraits will be demonstrated as well.

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