Originally Published: February 4, 2014 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT - If anyone can say their life has gone to the dogs, it's Lisa Faust, owner of Dogpatch Studio.
Dogpatch Studio, 212 N. Cortez St., offers pet owners the opportunity to have fine-art-style photographs taken of their beloved pets in a creative and animal-friendly setting.
From bunnies and chickens to dogs and llamas, Faust will photograph just about any critter - with the exception of bugs.
"I'll do tarantulas because they move slow, but like, bugs that scurry, I don't do scurrying things. Those hissing cockroaches, that would just freak me out," Faust said, laughing. "But I'm not afraid of anything else like snakes, mice, or lizards."
Owners interested in having their pets photographed have the option of shooting in Faust's studio or out on location. Faust serves the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humbolt, Cottonwood, Chino Valley and Paulden. For a modest travel fee, Faust will commute to Flagstaff, Sedona, Scottsdale and Phoenix for shoots.
Faust offers a variety of photo packages that range from $50 for a 15-minute mini indoor session up to $1,000 for a three to four hour platinum session. Faust has a special Forget-Me-Not special, $175, to capture lasting memories of pets nearing the end of their life.
Clients can purchase photos three different ways - loose prints that will need framing, mounted prints, or canvas gallery wrap prints. Faust also offers a variety of custom items such as handbags, coffee table books, and metal prints, featuring clients' photos.
And Faust doesn't limit her photography expertise to only animals. She also offers photography sessions for high school senior and family portraits.
Every month, Faust takes custom photos of two animals from each shelter that go on the shelters' websites.
"Lisa is so patient and gets to know their personality and sets it up so that she can really capture the spirit of that animal," Yavapai Humane Society Marketing and Development director Stacy Hawthorne said. "Once those pictures are done and we put them on social media, they really stand out."
A recent session in particular lead to a long-term foster dog, Waldo, finding his forever home, Hawthorne said.
"We were struggling to find him a home," Hawthorne said. "We put her picture up of Waldo and the next day we had a foster mom that ended up adopting him."
After moving from Wisconsin to Prescott more than a year ago, Faust started kicking around the idea of starting a pet photography studio after noticing how pet-friendly the area was, she said.
"I knew pet photography was taking off across the U.S., but I really wondered how it would take off in a small community," Faust said. "It is still touch and go, but I think people are getting used to the idea of paying someone to take photos of their dogs."
"I wanted a niche photography business because those are the most successful," she added.
When not working, Faust enjoys spending time with her own little darlings, mini Australian Shepherds Kona and Jesse, and her husband, Kurt Faust.
For more information on photo packages or to book a photo session, visit the Dogpatch Studio website at www.dogpatchstudio.com or call 928-499-2183.