Karen Hocker Photography will be hosting a limited studio portrait session event at Dogstar Activity Center in January. Join us at 310B School Street, Acton, MA 01720, Massachusetts on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26th from 9 am to 4 pm.
This is a great opportunity to have unique, professional images created of your dog. Check out my Studio Portfolio or my recent year-in-review video on my website to see examples of my studio portrait work. You will cherish the artwork for years to come. My limited studio session events only occur once or twice a year. You won’t want to miss out.
This year’s sessions will include four background colors to choose from: black, brown, blue, and gray. Pick a background color and then pick your time.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Gray Background – 9 am to 12 noon Black Background – 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, January 26, 2020 Brown Background – 9 am to 12 noon Blue Background – 1 pm to 4 pm
Each session is $85 for a half hour with a max of two dogs per session. Have more than 2 dogs? No, problem. Simply sign-up for a second session.
Each portrait session will include:
30 minute photo session
Individual & family portraits
Selection of 10-15 edited image
Prints, Wall Art and photo products will be sold separately.
Online Gallery or “In Person Image review consult”
Feeling inspired? Fill in the form below to get started. Let’s get together to create a stunning piece of artwork for your home that you’ll treasure for years to come.
I look forward to meeting you and your companion.
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“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell
Once again this past year I entered my work in print competitions at both the local and national level.
The first print competition I entered was for the Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM), a chapter of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Both the images I entered in this event earned good scores and it was a nice warm up for the rest of the print competition season.
Animal Image Maker’s (AIM)
The Twin Cities Professional Photographer’s Association (TCPPA), a PPA affiliate in the greater Minneapolis-St Paul area, hosted the inaugural print competition for the first annual Animal Image Maker’s (AIM) Conference in April. I entered this content next. It offered the opportunity to have my work viewed and evaluated by photographers, specializing in animal photography, from around the world. A jury of trained professionals, who understand how best to create images for this market, judged my work against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, as set by the PPA.
AIM’s print competition offered several different categories, including: Dogs, Cats, Equine, Baby Animals, Other Domestic Animals, Wild Animals, and Animals and their Humans. The event did not limit the total number of images entered, so I entered four portraits in the Dogs category, two in the Baby Animals category and two on the Equine category. All but two of these images earned scores above 80, a meriting score.
Much to my amazement, my image Equine image, “Graceful Meditation” (seen below), won first place in the Equine category.
Although I could not attend the conference, the organizers mailed me this beautiful award.
PPA’s Northeast District Print Competition
After AIM, I selected and entered four images that had earned good scores at AIM in PPA’s Northeast District competition. Unfortunately, the results were less than I hoped, with only two of the entered images earning merits. This sealed those scores. This automatically made them meriting images for the PPA’s International Print competition (IPC) in August.
With these results, I needed to make some hard choices about which images I would be entering for IPC. Of course, I kept the two images that earned merits, but I decided to choose two new images to replace the images that did not earn good scores.
PPA’s International Print Competition
The IPC judges evaluated only these two images. Fortunately, they both earned meriting scores. With allfour of my images earning merits, I again earned a Bronze Medal—for the second year in a row.
Here are my entries for 2019 year’s PPA International Print Competition (IPC).
“Greeting Autumn with a Smile” earned an image merit and was accepted into the IPC General Collection.
“Okay, you’ve got my attention” earned an image merit. The PPA accepted into the IPC General Collection.
“Someone’s being bashful” earned an image merit and sealed at PPA Northeast print competition. It was later accepted into the IPC General Collection.
My “Shades of Gold” portrait sealed at PPA Northeast print competition, earning an image merit at IPC. PPA accepted this image into the IPC Showcase Collection.
Print competition encourages growth, not only in the creation of the images in the camera, but also in the way a photographer edits the image to create the artistic vision for the final print.
After the successes of 2019, I’m ready to move on to the 2020 print competitions. I want see how much further I can grow and become better at creating my vision for my art.
Karen Hocker Photography + Design offers fine art dog photography and design services for New Englanders. Serving Bedford, Concord, Lexington and the larger Massachusetts Boston-Metro West area. Available to travel throughout New England.