Photographing and Fundraising with Furry Family Members

  • May 22, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044


  • Become a member and pay the member price for this program! Or, become a member before the next class, and apply the cost of this class to your membership!
  • The evening part of this program is free to members! 7-9:30pm.
  • Add on the day part of this program! Evening is free to members!
  • PPA Members and PPA Affiliate Members receive a special price to attend our programming!

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 Please Join Us for

Photographing and Fundraising with Furry Family Members

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

1:00pm - 9:30pm

an extended day program with

Lisa Asp, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr., CPP 

and MDPPA's very own

Ellen Zangla, M.Photog., CPP 

(day program: 1-5:30pm, dinner break: 5:30-7:00pm,

evening program: 7-9:30pm)

We appreciate sponsorship from  ACI American Color Imaging!

Join Lisa Asp, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr., CPP and Ellen Zangla, M. Photog., CPP,  for a full day of four-legged fun.  This duo brings together two full-time careers of working with dogs – one dedicated to studio portraits, the other to outdoor portraits – to get you up to speed on all things dog - one of the fastest growing niche markets in photography today. 

Participants will learn dog behavior including body language, signs of stress, and safety practices when working with dogs.  We will discuss the importance of a “dog wrangler” and how to quickly train your client how to be your assistant if you don’t have one.  You will see how to attractively pose dogs – what works and what doesn’t, as well as the best ways to get and keep their attention. Then, get ready to play!  Live demos both in studio and outdoors will put this new knowledge to work. 

After dinner, we will switch gears and talk about fundraising and how you can use it to market and grow your business, as well as other marketing strategies  – topics that Lisa and Ellen use in their studios every day, and things that ANY photographer can use regardless of niche.

Photographing and Fundraising with Furry Family Members is a PPA Continuing Education Class! MDPPA strongly supports continuing education for photographers as well as the pursuit of degrees in MDPPA and PPA.  PPA Members attending this full class will qualify to receive 1 PPA Merit!

About Lisa

Lisa Asp, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr., CPP, grew up in Minnesota.  She moved to the east coast in 1998 and opened an upscale, retail photography studio in Connecticut.  When her husband was offered a job in Minnesota, they jumped at the chance to move back near family & friends and relocated in 2011.  After purchasing and renovating a house, Asp opened "Tangerine House of Design", a full-time home-based studio, in Edina, MN.  Pet photography had previously been a small part of her business but took off at this point and became her niche market.

Lisa has won numerous awards for her work including five Kodak Gallery awards, Fuji Masterpiece, Lexjet, PPA District First Place and GIA Second Place, and more.  Receiving PPA “Photographer of the Year” status the last 8 years straight, Asp has been named one of PPA's "Elite Plus" members.  She enjoys volunteering her time with several pet rescues photographing their adoptable animals, fostering and assisting in their fundraisers and food drives.  Her love of animals has grown into wildlife (and landscape) photography and has teamed up with another photographer to launch “Inspire Photo Tours” – small group educational and photographic experiences to help others explore the world photographically.  She is a past president of the Twin Cities Professional Photography Association, Director of the Animal Image Makers Conference, and a PPA Councilor.

About Ellen

Ellen Zangla, M.Photog., CPP, has been photographing pets since 2009. She loves animals—she can’t walk past dogs without petting them, adores cats and has a soft spot for lizards. Most of Ellen’s photography is outdoors, although she does photograph pets who don’t go outside, such as many cats, at their homes. Ellen truly loves what she does and feels like she has the perfect job.

Giving back to the community is a guiding principle of her business. Ellen has raised nearly $30,000 for a variety of charitable organizations, including a number of animal rescue groups. She recently launched a book project, “Tails of Loudoun County,” with a goal of raising $25,000 for animals in need in Loudoun County.

Ellen has received PPA’s “Photographer of the Year” status three times, has been a Grand Imaging Award Finalist in the Animal Portrait Category, and MDPPA’s Portrait Photographer of the Year. She lives with her husband, son, two dogs, and four cats.

Upcoming MDPPA Programs:

Collaborative Work Day - June 10th

The Art of Creating and Idea for Print Competition with Judy Reinford - June 26th (PPA CE Merit Class!)

Collaborative Work Day - July 8th, with Garden Photography program by Paul Biederman, in the morning!

July Quarterly Print Competition - July 24th

Collaborative Work Day - August 5th

Member Family Picnic - August 17th 

Collaborative Work Day - September 9th

September Program - Scheduling in Progress! - September 25th

October Quarterly Print Competition and Fall Fest -*October 21 - 9:30-5:30pm Carl Caylor, Images and Print Competition "Before, After, and How to Get There"   *Evening Program in Progress* October 22- Print Competition! 10am-Completion of Judging

November Program - Scheduling in Progress! - November 20th

Collaborative Work Day - December 9th

Holiday Party - December 11th

Programs will be added as they are planned!

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