PPP-Photography: Blog http://ppp-photography.com/blog en-us (C) PPP-Photography petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:06:00 GMT Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:06:00 GMT http://ppp-photography.com/img/s/v-5/u886759161-o311910973-50.jpg PPP-Photography: Blog http://ppp-photography.com/blog 120 120 Westie With Santa - Behind the Scenes http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/11/westie-with-santa-behind-the-scenes Westies are very curious. So during the Westie with Santa event they tend to gather around me, climbing up and sniffing the tripods and camera gear, trying to steal my squeaky toy. (I will just not say what else they do with my tripods...). One of the visitors captured this fun photo of me. It's fun to be a celebrity!

Westie With Santa - behind the scenesWestie With Santa - behind the scenes

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Seasonal dog portrait West Highland White Terrier Westie with Santa fun dog portrait http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/11/westie-with-santa-behind-the-scenes Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:05:57 GMT
Ho, ho, ho - it's that time of the year again - the Westie with Santa event was on! http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/11/Westie-with-Santa Another beautiful day in fall made it difficult for Rudolph and his peers to get Santa and Mrs. Claus to the doggy day care in Burnaby for the Westie with Santa event on 23 November 2013. However, once arrived, they went into full swing to pose with the little white dogs. Some of the images may look like Santa just shared some cookies with them but he swears he did not. And Santa does not lie....


Westie Rescue of Canada organized a great event with Silent Auction, fun games, raffles, door prizes and a photo shoot with Santa and Mrs. Claus. They raised valuable funds to support the vet bills for some of their new rescues. Often West Highland White Terriers suffer from skin issues brought forward by feeding highly processed food. Once Westie Rescue of Canada takes on these little dogs, they care for them and cover the vet bills and arrange for foster homes until the dogs can be adopted out. 

If you've ever had a West Highland White Terrier, you know that these are dogs with personality. So seeing about 50 of them milling around at the Doggy Day Care was great fun. 

And, as last year, photographing Santa and Mrs. Claus with the little white dogs was a true pleasure. 

Have a look at the gallery on my website to catch some of the spirit. 

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Seasonal dog portrait West Highland White Terrier Westie with Santa fun dog portrait http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/11/Westie-with-Santa Mon, 25 Nov 2013 02:57:19 GMT
SPCA Paws for a Cause-2013 Fun in Stanley Park http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/9/spca-paws-for-a-cause-2013-fun-in-stanley-park Moving through the park on two or four legsPM-C13-SPCA_Paws-for-a-cause-038

Last Sunday hundreds of people came together in Stanley Park for the annual SPCA Paws for a Cause event. On two or four legs the crowds moved around the park and enjoyed the lovely weather around Lumberman's Arch for the sign-up events or to watch the agility demonstration. 

Check out my image gallery for this event that I quickly threw together. 

Adoptable Dog at SPCA BurnabyPM-C13-SPCA_Paws-for-a-cause-015

Adoptable adult dog at SPCAPM-C13-SPCA_Paws-for-a-cause-010



Agility training is a family affairPM-C13-SPCA_Paws-for-a-cause-134











Dog Smart did a fun demonstration of their Agility Training skills that drew the crowds. Agility is a family affair as you can see here. It joins your family in an activity that is fun and educating to all participants. 

So get involved and comment below on how you experienced the SPCA Paws for a Cause event in Vancouver or elsewhere in the province or other humane society charity events this year. 


petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Paw for a Cause 2013 SPCA dog photographs dog training dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/9/spca-paws-for-a-cause-2013-fun-in-stanley-park Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:25:06 GMT
Retouching-is it really needed? http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/9/retouching-is-it-really-needed Today I want to talk about retouching images. Is it really needed and do photographers do this? 

The answer is yes and yes!

Particularly in pet photography, we sometimes have to be quick and - well - just shoot. So even if we have the best gear and if we do this often, we sometimes have wonky photos. Do we want our clients to ever see them - no! So we do a quick retouch before we even show images to our clients so they can choose. But after they choose images, I personally spend far more time retouching and also creating more artistic versions of the images. 

You can see yourself, that sometimes the changes to the images are dramatic. And yes, I did pick a couple of images that were - well - not great. But I wanted to show you that you can get a lot out of your images if you consider retouching with a good software. 

Girl and Horse before retouching  Girl and Horse after retouching

As you can see, the original images was not lined up properly, there was something pointing into the image in the bottom left corner, the sky was blown out and the position of the girl was not great. 

Straightening the image, cropping and providing a good Black and White Conversion created a beautiful image. 

Let's have a look at another couple of images that are both in colour. 


Mother, daughter and horse before the retouching Girl and horse after the retouch The software programs I use are Aperture (a Mac program), Lightroom and Photoshop. I also use some Photoshop plug-ins called Topaz. 

I admit that Photoshop is really only for you if you are really serious about learning the program well. It is not easy to navigate around it. 

I love the Topaz Plug-Ins. They work with Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop and they are easy to use. 

Let's look at another couple of images to demonstrate the power of Topaz Plug-Ins. The initial image of this puppy is not bad, But I love what came out of it after some work with the Plug-In. 

Yellow Lab puppy in the grassPM-C13-Sandie Elliott-Penny-125-3

Puppy in the grass after retouchingPM-C13-Sandie Elliott-Penny-125-Edit-2

So I hope that this post inspires you to think about retouching your images. In order to make the best out of the images you should be shooting in Raw format if your camera allows you to. If you have a point of shoot camera, the least you should do is look at selecting powerful new crops. You will see that your images will improve in leaps. 


Enjoy the photo time with your pets!

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) aperture lightroom pet photography photography photoshop retouching photos retouching software topaz plug-ins http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/9/retouching-is-it-really-needed Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:50:30 GMT
Trees are paradise http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/7/trees-are-paradise Enjoy this summer - go and stand under some trees!

I love standing under a tree, looking up. The perspective is always different and always inspiring. When you read this blog post I will be on vacation and I will take some time to stand under some beautiful trees, looking up. 

I hope you will find some time to do the same this summer!
Cathedral Cove

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) cathedral cove cedar trees green high trees summer trees http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/7/trees-are-paradise Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT
The Dog Book http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/7/the-dog-book The Dog Book - coming to a Kindle near you!

This is an early announcement that I am working on an eBook - jointly with a writer who creates poems. We will have a collection of images and poems that will delight dog lovers with access to Kindle or an iPad who will be able to download the book from Amazon. 

So watch this space for more announcements on publishing dates and early offers. Two dogs in black and white

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) a dog book dog book dog images and poems kindle book on dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/7/the-dog-book Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Dog learns swimming http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/7/dog-learns-swimming I am wondering - how did your dog learn to swim?

Did he just seem to be a natural and jump in without fear? Or did he follow others, his big friends? Or did he fall in and had to learn right there so not to drown? Did you teach him by swimming with him?

I am not sure how Sidney learned to swim but I have to say that he is a bit clumsy when it comes to water. He loves it! Jumps in before thinking about how he might get out. So we have already had some close encounters. (Too close for my taste). 

During his first month with me (April) we went hiking around Buntzen Lake. He went down the embankment and all I heard from the path was desperate splashing. I had to climb down the embankment to see a panicky Sidney trying to "swim" to shore with his front legs above the water surface, panic all written on his forehead. Ultimately I had to get into the lake too to get him out and another friend had to help him up the embankment. 

You would think he might have learned at that time - but no! A few months later in Whistler he simply jumped off a deck, thinking he could easily stand in the water. To his surprise it was too deep - and Sidney panicked - again! This time I stayed dry and could guide him to shore. 

The third occasion was the scariest one. We were hiking at Hayward Lake. We crossed over a bridge of a little stream that was running fast and in he went. He immediately got carried off and I went after him. He had his front paws wrapped around a rock and just looked at me like - mom - can you get me out of here.... I did and we were all good. But my stomach was tight when I saw that just a few meters further that little creek turned into a waterfall and had he been swapped over the edge, I would now not listen to his snoring at my feet. 

So - tell me your story of your dog and water - or even more adventurous your cat and water. And the best story will be picked for my newsletter in August. 

Swimming dog with a ball

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) dog and water dog swimming dog swimming with ball swimming dog swimming dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/7/dog-learns-swimming Wed, 03 Jul 2013 05:50:57 GMT
Playtime gone bad? http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/6/playtime-gone-bad What might look like playtime having turned is not at all what reality was like when my dog Sidney played with his friend Fudge during a recent visit in Whistler. 

Well, with the exception that "Tigger", the striped toy with two handles that had survived at least three years, gave in - at last. 

Two dogs playing with a toy The two dogs pulled and tore and plucked the stuffing out of the toy. They raced off around the table, stole it from each other and tried to protect it with their paws. 

The display of teeth is by no means a sign that things went bad.

Dogs baring teeth during playtime

They had a great playtime. There was no aggression whatsoever. So don't get worried when your dogs display teeth or even start nibbling on each other. The sound of playing growl is quite different to aggression too. 

At the end - there was a very tired puppy, though...

Tired Labradoodle

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Dogs playing dark and light dog dogs and toy tired dog after playtime wrestling dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/6/playtime-gone-bad Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT
beauty in colour http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/6/beauty-in-colour Following is another image that is an aspiring candidate for my card series "Nature's Patterns". This time a beautiful and fragile Poppy flower in the rain. And - in amazing colour. Somehow I cannot choose either colour or black and white. Both have a strong appeal for me.

Again, please send me your comments in the comment box below or contact me

Blue Poppy in the rain

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) blue flower fine art photography flower flower in the rain greeting card series nature photography http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/6/beauty-in-colour Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT
beauty in the rain http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/beauty-in-the-rain What do you think of this image? I'd love to know!

I am continuously expanding my greeting card series and I will be introducing new images under consideration here. I'd love to hear from you in the comments or directly through my contact page what you think. Or like this page on facebook!

Leafs in the rain So let me know what you think about this image as a greeting card!

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) black and white photography fine art photography nature photography http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/beauty-in-the-rain Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Tiniest Jeep owner http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/tiniest-jeep-owner Can a dog own a jeep?

Well, Ozzie can! In this family, Ozzie rules! He is considered to be the owner of the greenest jeep you would have ever seen. Ozzie is a Toy Fox Terrier and the size of his body has nothing to do with the size of his personality. 

Toy Fox Terrier on a Jeep Ozzie really showed what a character he is in this shoot where we combined outdoor images with indoor portraits. A great little fellow!

Toy Fox Terrier posing      Toy Fox Terrier jumping for cat toy Toy Fox Terrier jumping

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Toy Fox Terrier dog and Jeep dog and car dog portrait fun dog portrait fun portraits http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/tiniest-jeep-owner Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Handicapped but so lovely http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/handicapped-but-so-lovely Medeek is a handicapped shepherd/rotty cross, who can lick you to death. What a lovely personality he has. His owner, Lisa, asked me to photograph Medeek and his little girlfriend Cossette. Medeek is handicapped due to an infection in his spine from a year or so ago. By the time it was recognized what was going on, Medeek was more or less paralyzed in his lower body part and cannot walk on his own. So Lisa is helping him along with a harness. This does not impact Medeek's happiness and his absolutely lovely disposition. And Cossette's enthusiasm and speed makes up for Medeek's inability to move around on his own. 

Shepherd/rotty cross on the sofa

There is something about Medeek's calm and composed personality that is really touching. He is the first one who wants to slip off the sofa to greet you at the door and when you settle down with him, he so gratefully licks your hand. What a wonderful guy. 

Handicapped Shepherd/Rotty cross outdoors

Cossette, in the meantime, is happiest when she is running through the park next to Lisa's home. She just ran in wide circles as if she had never been outdoors. What a little clown!!!

Cairn Terrier running

It was so much fun to photograph these two and a great honor to meet them. Thanks Lisa!

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) dog outdoors dog photographs dog portrait fun portraits handicapped dog pet photography shepherd/rotty cross http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/handicapped-but-so-lovely Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT
poetry and dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/poetry-and-dogs Coming to a tablet near you - poetry and dogs

Later this year we will be releasing a special e-book, showcasing images of dogs and poetry. If I have taken photos of your dogs, he or she may be among the images. I will be communicating the links when the book is available. It will be a Kindle book but can also be downloaded to an iPAD. 

Dog portrait

The poetry will be created for the images by Howard Fox in Pensilvania. And, there may even be a card series with a selection of the images. More on the progress later in the year. 

If you want to make sure that you are on the mailing list, send a comment or contact me and I make sure you are the first to know.

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) dog ebook dog images and poetry inspirational ebook poetry and dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/5/poetry-and-dogs Fri, 31 May 2013 19:39:42 GMT
Spring Time is Training Time http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/spring-time-is-training-time Do you have a new puppy or do you want to teach an old dog new tricks? I recommend you sign up with Alpha Dog Training this spring for basic obedience classes either at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown or at the Creekside Community Centre at the Olympic Village. Here are the details for the next training dates. Check out Alpha Dog Training for more information:

Nina from Alpha Dog Training with her dog DaisyA dog trainer is high-fiving her dog


Roundhouse Community Centre - Yaletown:         April 28 to June 9 (no class May 19 Victoria Day long weekend): Sundays 11.30am-12.30pm
Creekside Community Centre - Olympic Village:   April 30 to June 4: Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm


Basic dog obedience training classes using friendly, positive reinforcement praise/play as reward rather than food treats. Teaching you to teach your dog the six commands combined with information and helpful tips about instinct, behaviours, healthcare and socialization. A program for new puppies, dogs with unwanted behaviours or those who just want better leadership skills and understanding of their dogs.
petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Alpha Dog Training Class schedule Basic Obedience Classes dog training http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/spring-time-is-training-time Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Healthy Play in Dogs http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/healthy-play-in-dogs Appropriate play in dogs can sometimes be hard to recognize. Sometimes it can look very rough and aggressive and sometimes it appears that a fight breaks out out of nowhere. Particularly in dog parks, etiquette is important for all present.

I am not a trainer so I quote from an article some of the things to watch out for:

‚ÄčYoung dogs playingBlack labrador puppies at play Reciprocity and role reversal

Watch out that the roles get passed on. The chaser gets chased, the one that bites the other's neck gets bitten back. Everyone gets the upper hand at times. 

Take frequent breathers

If it gets too rough, step in. Don't let it escalate. 

Happy dogs have Jell-O bones

And what this means is quite simple. A dog that struts around stiff with tail and ears erect does not have Jell-O bones…. 

Give your dog some exercise

Dogs that are over-anxious to get moving in the dog park are more likely to get into or start trouble. 

Go with the flow

Dogs who play well also take a time out. If they seem to be escalating, they probably are - interrupt the play and give them a time out to calm down. 

Leave those toys at home (added by PPP-Photography)

I add this as I have often observed that a dog park seems to become the competition ground to who will get to the ball first, and who can run the fastest. This can not only trigger aggression in ball-focused dogs, it can also lead to injuries as dogs collide, turn quickly on their heals and easily injure their ligaments.

I invite the dog owners to join the conversation - what do you like (or dislike) in the dog park and how do you give your dog the exercise he or she needs? 


petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) dog etiquette dog park dog play keeping your dog healthy http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/healthy-play-in-dogs Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Funny Cat article http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/funny-cat-article As a dog owner, I find this article very funny. Here those poor cat owners are listing all the things they can't do any more - because they have a cat…..

Well, admittedly, some of these experiences may be the same for dog owners but I think some are quite - special:

Delilah - the cat with attitudeCat in action portrait

So, get involved you cat owners and start adding to the list:

  1. Wake up after 7 a.m. (well, I think that's self-explanatory)
  2. Shower without being stared at
  3. Throw out boxes (cats just love boxes and will occupy them - but wait, we had a dog in our family who did that too!)
  4. Have a "moment" with my boyfriend (I guess the same applies to girlfriends) alone
  5. Burn candles
  6. Lie on the couch with a blanket without a cat (replace by "dog") on me
  7. Keep things on my nightstand (that applies to my coffee table…)
  8. Fresh flowers on the dining table
  9. Keep plants in the house
  10. Now get ready for this one: pee without my cat wanting to cuddle (OK, OK, my dog just whines in front of the door)
  11. Leave food unattended
  12. Wear dangling earrings
  13. Pack luggage
  14. Exercise or stretch on the floor (hm, I remember a very wet doggy nose…)
  15. Type on the computer
  16. ….
  17. Can't get enough? Read more here!


petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) cats fun funny funny facts about cats http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/funny-cat-article Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Corporate Portraits http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/corporate-portraits As I indicated in a previous post, I have broadened my services over the last year - first quietly, but now I am ready to talk about it. I am also available for corporate portraits and profile images. 

Corporate imagefemale portrait

Do you need images of yourself or your team members for your website, Facebook page or LinkedIn Profile? I can set up a personalized shoot with you either at your office, outside or in a professional studio. 

Check out my gallery to get an idea on what we can do. Let's just discuss your needs and you can be sure that I will also refer you to very capable photographers if your need is outside my limitations, for example if you need large group shots taken inside. 


petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) corporate portraits people photos portrait photography profile images http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/corporate-portraits Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:42:58 GMT
Pet Expo 2013 Special offers http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/pet-expo-2013-special-offers Special offers at this year's Pet Expo
  • Book by 31 March 2013 and get your photo shoot for 50% off!

  • Check out Sidney's advice - you can buy it as a gift and while you're at it, you can add some more value for prints. 

Gift Certificate from PPP-Photography

Don't despair if you didn't make it to the Pet Expo. Contact me by 31 March 2013 and I grant this offer to you.

petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Pet Expo Vancouver 2013 Special Offers discounts for pet photography gift certificates for pet photography http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/3/pet-expo-2013-special-offers Sat, 02 Mar 2013 06:45:00 GMT
PPP-Photography is broadening its service offering http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/2/ppp-photography-is-broadening-its-service-offering You may have seen some changes on my website recently. While my main focus remains on pet photography, I am also offering other photographic services such as family and corporate portraits and interior photography. My website is now reflecting this portfolio in the three sections:

People       *          Pets      *        Places


Under People you will find corporate portraits, family portraits as well as images of people and their pets. 

Under Pets you will continue to find my varied images of pet photography. Pets indoors and outdoors in their natural environment remain my focus. Studio portraits are available on request. 

The section Places shows a variety of interior images I take for a vacation rental company. I am available for Real Estate photography, Interior Design photography, commercial portraits for architects, designers or construction companies as well as the hospitality industry. In this section you will also find my greeting card series, which are bound to grow over the next year. 


I hope you will like what you see. Should you require photographic services, contact me and we can discuss if I am the right photographer for you. And if you are interested in my greeting cards, contacts me too. I'd love to hear from you. 


petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) interior photography pet photography pet portrait portrait photography real estate photography http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/2/ppp-photography-is-broadening-its-service-offering Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:00:00 GMT
Taking photos of dogs in the snow http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/2/taking-photos-of-dogs-in-the-snow In previous posts I have written about taking images of your pets at home, at the beach and particularly dealing with difficult lighting conditions. It does not get more difficult than photographing in the snow on a nice and sunny day. 

Last week I was challenged in these conditions at Callaghan Valley Provincial Park, where I went to photograph Fudge, a 9-month old creme coloured Labadoodle, full of energy and crazy ideas. We snowshoed through the woods, where the light was changing from dark to bright and out into the river valley below the Alexander Falls, where we were in bright sunlight, reflecting of the snow. 

Here are a few of my recommendations:

For images in the woods, try and avoid the pretty looking but difficult speckled light where the sun shines through the trees. If necessary, take a smaller angle for your images. Take some close up portraits and be attentive to what's behind the dog and how the dog's colour separates it from the background. 

For images in the open, be careful with your exposure. The glare may also reflect through your lens so check the back of your camera.

If your camera has the ability to shoot in RAW, definitely do so as you can fix more of the lighting issues in the software if you have too. And shoot lots!!! Bytes are cheap!

Try and get some action shots too, throw a snowball and see what happens. For us, Fudge detected a love for sliding down a hill of snow and we repeated this exercise multiple times to get nice images. 

I found that it was particularly nice to get a selection of images that show Fudge in the wonderful scenery, Fudge in action and a pretty portrait. 

So get out there before the snow melts and enjoy taking pictures. I can only recommend a trip to the Callaghan Valley. Look out, I might even be there myself!

Showing off the wonderful snow

Creme coloured Labadoodle with his owner in the background

Having fun in the snow



Snowshoeing with your dog in Callaghan Valley

If you would like to have photos taken of your dog on a fun snowshoe outing, contact me and we arrange something before the spring.


See also:

Taking photos at the beach

The challenges of photographing a puppy

Making a photo session fun


petra@ppp-photography.com (PPP-Photography) Labradoodle images creme coloured Labradoodle dog in snow dogs and snow pet photography in the snow http://ppp-photography.com/blog/2013/2/taking-photos-of-dogs-in-the-snow Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:00:00 GMT