A Lifetime of Loving Animals

I am Susan Gertz, owner and photographer at Dogpatch Pet Portraits, and I am ready to love the furry faces in your family just like my own Darwin, Gus, Garrison, and Lobo!

As a professional pet photographer, I bring animal experience and artistic vision together to create fine art portraits of your beloved pets. Clients of the Dogpatch Pix studio are always thrilled at how the portraits reflect the real spirit and personality of their dogs, cats, horses, and even sugar gliders, rats, or miniature pigs!

From my earliest childhood memories of the family Weimaraner, Brutus, and the cat I named Miss Socko, I have shared a deep bond of love with my furry family members. I pursued my interest in animals by completing a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Miami University and Master’s Degree in biology, focusing on animal behavior, from Kent State University. Working in the science education field for nearly 30 years, I have shared my love and knowledge of biology as a zoo educator and an author and designer of books for Terrific Science Press.

Susan, husband Tom, and furry family members. Photo by Anjali Fong Photography.

An Award Winning Photographer

I enjoy entering photographs in Professional Photographers of America (PPA) competitions. Competition keeps me striving to grow and improve. I am a proud recipient of a 2014 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) prestigious Silver Medal Award and is an Ohio Top Ten Photographer for 2014 and 2015. I have also received two Fuji Masterpiece Awards, given to honor photographers who strive to create images of excellence, and have been named Photographer of the Year in 2014 and 2015 by the Professional Photographers of Southwest Ohio.

Susan receives awards in 2015 from Professional Photographers of Ohio.

A House Full of Dogs

I have loved many special pets over the years. The current furry family members are four boys: Shi-Tzu/Bishon mix, Darwin; Chihuahua mystery mix, Lobo; Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle mix, Garrison; and the big boy of the family, Giant Schnauzer/Standard Poodle mix, Gus. Gus is named after my father, and you can read a blog post about it here.

From left to right, Gus, Garrison, lobo, and Darwin.