As long as a pet is still for "one one-hundredth and sixtieth of second," that pet can have its photo taken.
That's usually all some pets can manage.
For pet portrait artist Lisa Faust, that is all the time she needs to get the perfect shot. Her spacious downtown studio is lined with examples of the "perfect shot" actually. This year, the Arizona Professional Photographers Association named Faust Arizona Photographer of the Year.
"All across the U.S. and across the world, pet photography is just booming," Faust said. "There's very little unconditional love out there between human to human. When you have a pet, they just adore you. It's unconditional."
Faust takes her personal love of fine art and incorporates it into her photography sessions.
Faust opened her business, Dogpatch Studio, in Prescott in September 2012. She's operated from her location at 212 N. Cortez St. for a year. Over the years she photographed more than 300 animals. Besides her business, she also photographs rescue animals for two separate organizations in the quad-city area.
Faust specializes in pet photography, from fine art photography to more simple sessions, and enjoys creating special portraits for her clients.
"People have lots of pictures of their pets," Faust said. "They have cell phone pictures, vacation pictures but they don't have really nicely lit portraits."
Besides studio sessions, Faust also travels for her work, which includes working with horses and their owners and other subjects.
"We photograph dogs on location a lot. People like to hike with their dogs. They like to have them outside," Faust said. "I love to photograph the relationship between people and their animals."
For more information, contact Faust at 928-499-2183 or visit the studio website at www.dogpatchstudio.com.
LIZARDS TO MONKEYS
Photographing pets, according to lifestyle photographer Jay Grover, is a lot like photographing children. Grover and his wife, Teri Lyn, own and operate A Portrait Park by J.
Grover - himself, over the 23 years in business - has photographed everything from monitor lizards to monkeys. A Portrait Park by J specializes in all forms of photography, including magazine shoots, commercial photography, weddings, school portraits, and more.
"It takes a lot of patience. For us, sound is very important for pets in order to get an expression. A lot of times we'll bark at them," Grover said. "That mostly works for dogs. Cats are a whole different breed. If the animals are coming to the studio, the most important thing is to give them an opportunity to relax and get to know the environment."
Besides solo photography, he's also photographed pets with their owners, and also pets with high school students for their senior portraits.
For more information on A Portrait Park by J, call them at 928-776-1311 or visit their website at www.portraitpark.com.
- by Patrick Whitehurst, The Daily Courier