Article written by Barbara Morban, IACC Vice-President
On April 14, 2016, our Guest Speaker, Jill Shantz, MPA, shared her insights into photographing pets. Throughout the presentation she shared slideshows of her impressive work.
Jill graduated from NAIT in 1999 and started her own business part- time while working for Burch Photographic in Sherwood Park and then as a NAIT photographer for numerous years. She opened her own studio full time in 2007. As a long-time animal lover, in 2008, she began to specialize in pet portraiture. In 2014, she received the first bar to her Master of the Photographic Arts designation and national accreditation for Canine Portraiture.
According to Jill, photographing pets is very challenging and requires a great deal of patience (similar to taking photographs of children). Since pets are unpredictable, and typically feed off their owners' emotions, Jill remains calm, cool and collected. She admits that with some pets it is best to keep your distance and to 'ignore' the pet (don't look; don't touch; don't talk).
In preparation for and/or during each shoot, Jill:
A big thank you to Jill for sharing her expertise with us. Her personal stories about some of her challenges filled the room with laughter and her presentation illustrated why she is such a successful and creative photographer.
Please visit Jill's website at http://crittercollections.com.
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