It’s Friday and we have another professional pet photography Project 52 blog circle post. This week it is Week 42, which means there are only TEN weeks left in the year! How time flies!  Our theme for this week’s challenge was “Photographer’s Choice” meaning we could choose any theme or subject matter.

One of the organizations I volunteer with is Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati, a low-cost veterinary clinic whose mission is to keep pets healthy and with the families that love them. They also provide pet food assistance to those in need. Each year they have a wonderful, art-themed fundraiser called “Petcasso.” Petcasso will take place on Saturday, November 17 at The Summit. 

Petcasso features a silent auction, which includes some fabulous painted pets put together by some very talented local artists. This past week I photographed the painted pets so that Pets in Need could put them on their website as online bidding on these fantastic works of art begins TODAY! So, for this week’s “photographer’s choice” theme I decided I would post pets of a different kind and have chosen four of my favorites from this year’s works.

First up is “Princess Fiona” by artist Carol MacConnell. Princess Fiona is an homage to the Cincinnati Zoo’s very popular Fiona, the hippo.

My second favorite piece is “Willy Oinka.” Willy Oinka is by 16-year-old artist and Walnut Hills High School student, Maddie Heinlen. 


My third favorite, “Steampunk Sophie,” is by fellow local pet photographer, Susan Gertz. Susan also did a steampunk-themed piece last year. Steampunk Sophie features an elaborate bustle skirt and hat also made by Susan.

My final favorite piece I’m featuring is “Lucy in the Sky” by local animal rescue advocate and philanthropist, Carol Sanger. Anyone who knows me knows that I love things that glitter, so Lucy in the Sky is a piece right up my alley.

Besides these four wonderful works of art, there are seven other fabulous Painted Pets. You can see pictures of the other Painted Pets and learn more about each of them, including the ones featured here, as well as more about each artist on the Pets in Need website. Remember, you can start bidding on these lovely works of art today. You can also purchase tickets to Petcasso or make a donation to Pets in Need or donate an auction item on the PIN website.

Don’t forget to come out and see me tomorrow at the Books by the Banks Book Festival at the Duke Energy Center. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and I will be giving a presentation on the author stage at 3:30. I will be signing copies of my books “Rescue Cats: Portraits and Stories” and “Rescue Dogs: Portraits and Stories.” Books by the Banks is free to attend.

Now, to see what the other blog participants have chosen for this week, head over to see Touched By a Dog Photography serving the Spokane community, and then visit the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session send us an email to suzi [at], or give us a call at 513.655.5696.

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