The Gertz Runyan Family | Middletown, OH

It’s always a great honor when an award-winning photographer commissioned you to make beautiful portraits of her and her family, and to submit one of the images to the Professional Photographers of America’s “Faces of PPA” gallery.

Susan Gertz is an award winning pet photographer, based in Middletown, OH. Last year, Susan was the proud recipient of the 2014 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) prestigious Silver Medal Award. You can view her award winning photographs here, or if you are heading to Nashville, TN end of this month for the Imaging USA event, they will be displayed there as well.

The first image is the one to be submitted to the “Faces of PPA” gallery. Taken in the DogPatch Pix’s studio, it shows a pulled-back Behind The Scene scenario of pet photographer’s session. We included Tom Runyan, Susans’ husband, in his assistant’s role, and all of their furry children.

The brief for the photo submission is as below, and there’s the need to leave some negative space for the texts:

The photo must creatively represent you as the photographer you are. We’d hope to see, at least, a glimpse of your face, but it can be cropped or partially hidden. What matters most is to have a representation of you as the photographer and/or a creative artist that you are. This means that including your camera(s) or photographic equipment in the frame is highly encouraged. No corporate headshot or anything that won’t scream (A) that photography is what you do for a living, or (B) that you are a super creative/artistic person. (Taken from the Faces of PPA submission form)


This is the alternative photograph for the submission. The furry children are (from left to right) – Gus (the talk, dark and handsome), Darwin (the adorable darling), Lobo (Tom’s darling) and Garrison (the feisty cutie).


Thereafter, we did some family and couple photographs.


These two lovebirds have been married for 32 glory years! I adore you all, Gertz Runyan family! XOXO


Get in touch with me at if you want to have to have your family portraits captured and your stories be told, and ask me about my $399 Special Promotion.

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 2:28 PM

    Angie - How exciting! You did a great job capturing her family photos!

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 3:28 PM

    Desiree - Love the portraits, I’d love to have this of us and our fur babies!!! You’re a great Ohio photographer!

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 3:50 PM

    Susan Gertz - I adore these! Thank you for your beautiful work, Fong!

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 5:35 PM

    Courtney - Such a fun family session!

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 6:10 PM

    Kristina - These are absolutely wonderful OMG Susan is such a wonderful person and pet photographer

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 7:17 PM

    Kristen - These are awesome! Susan is a fabulous pet photographer, and these portraits that you’ve created really represent her and her family! :)

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 7:48 PM

    Patricia Cash - awesome behind the scene stuff ! creative

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 7:49 PM

    Marita Cord-Mergenthal - Awesome photographs Fong!

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 7:54 PM

    Michelle Steinmeyer - Great work, its not easy getting people and animals to all cooperate for their family portrait.

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 8:21 PM

    Patricia Knight - What an honor indeed. I agree, not easy working with pets and people together. You did a wonderful job. Love these images.

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 8:54 PM

    Etha Walters - AWWWWWWWW!!! I <3 these photos!!! :) :)

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 9:11 PM

    Jen - Love the behind the scenes shot so people can see how challenging these photos can be :-)

  • 21 Jan ’15 - 11:37 PM

    heather - Beautiful and creative images!

  • 22 Jan ’15 - 1:33 AM

    Fong - Thank you, Heather, Jen, Kristen, Kristina, Courtney, Susan, Desiree & Angie! Susan and her family are just great to create great portraits with!

Ben + Katie | Cincinnati, OH

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

Here’s my favorite couple again, Ben & Katie. When Katie told me about the sunflower fields at the Gorman Heritage Farm, I nearly fell out of my chair. That’s one of the locations in my check list and I just can’t believe my luck! After getting the necessary permission from the director of the farm, we headed out for a session at a few chosen locations within the farm. Here are some of my favorites.


This tree. It’s just magical!


And aaaah…the sunflower field at the beautiful, golden hour. I feel like King Midas.


  • 25 Oct ’14 - 6:49 PM

    Susan Gertz - So much beautiful, golden goodness! I love these!

  • 24 Nov ’14 - 6:33 PM

    Melanie Sorenson - I’m looking for someone to take pictures of an old family home to be put on canvas. Do you do this type of work or do you know someone who does.

  • 24 Nov ’14 - 6:34 PM

    Melanie Sorenson - I’m looking for someone to take pictures of an old family home to be put on canvas. Do you do this type of work or do you know someone who does.

  • 29 Dec ’14 - 1:21 PM

    Fotografia Ślubna Gdańsk - These sunflowers are stunning, just wonderful idea. Lovely locations! Great work! :)

Thiebaud Farmstead | Wedding | Vevay, IN

As part of the Rural Heritage Tour recently, The Switzerland County Historical Society in Vevay, Indiana did the wedding re-enactment of Emily Thiebaud and John Shaw Malcomson at the Thiebaud Farmstead. It was also to celebrate what would have been John and Emily’s 150th wedding anniversary. A lot of talents and volunteers came together to made the whole event such a success.

On the eve of the wedding day, the whole gang came together to give the final touches to the decoration, cleaning. The kitchen was busy with food preparation and cooking for the volunteers. The beautiful “bride” Taylor Benning and the talented seamstress, Andrea Kappes did a final fitting on a remake of the popular style in 1864. The said dress was sewn together from two separate wedding dresses – yes, that’s how mind blowing Andrea’s talent is!


On the wedding day, even though it’s a reenactment, it was as busy and lots of activities were happening simultaneously.


Acting the role of groom John Shaw Malcomson is Jacob Schmerr.


Bride Emily Thiebaud – Taylor Benning
Groom John Shaw Malcolmson – Jacob Schmerr
Flower Girl – Olivia Kavanaugh
Pastor – Pastor Mike Danner
Bridesmaid – Mary Streett.

The Thiebaud Farmstead is available if anyone is interested to host a real wedding. Get in touch with the Switzerland County Historical Society for more information.

  • 18 Oct ’14 - 10:41 PM

    Brenda Bradley Benning - Love, love, love! Fantastic pictures!! It was a fun day!!

  • 18 Oct ’14 - 11:42 PM

    Christina Kappes - Fantastic pictures! Love them!

  • 19 Oct ’14 - 12:57 AM

    Chris Becker - I loved the photos thank you for sharing them

  • 19 Oct ’14 - 1:13 AM

    Donna Graham - Beautiful!!!!

  • 19 Oct ’14 - 8:36 AM

    NIna - You have a talent and an eye that just blow me away! Just watching what you do makes me better. The gift that you’re giving families with your photography is just priceless, timeless and amazing :)

  • 20 Oct ’14 - 9:12 PM

    Lai Xu - What a beautiful wedding! She looks like she’s coming from that era. I love all the details you captured. Lighting is perfect, so does the composition. You really told the story well.

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 12:11 AM

    S Taft - Her dress is ahhhhmazing as are all the details of the wedding you so beautifully captured! What a special day!!

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 1:00 AM

    Elly - That dress is amazing! Beautifully photographed, looks like it was a great day!

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 2:26 AM

    Judy Kappes - Wonderful pictures. The day was marvelous. I’m delighted to say the bride and flower girl are my great nieces and the groom is my grandson. Also my daughter, Andrea was the seamstress who made all the girls clothes and remade the two wedding dresses into one.

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 3:10 PM

    Sherry Rowlett - How beautiful..especially of the bride lying on the floor! Andrea Kappes did a stunning job on the wedding dress!

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 5:51 PM

    Martha Bladen - You have captured not only the energy of our reenactment event but also the beauty of the Thiebaud house. Your work is outstanding. Love this house even more, after seeing through your eyes.

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 9:39 PM

    Lauren W - Love the rustic details that you captured! Great job!

  • 21 Oct ’14 - 11:42 PM

    Eden - Wow, such a unique and vintage wedding! Love all the details you’ve captured.

  • 22 Oct ’14 - 1:48 AM

    Shayna - Just gorgeous! Very well done!

  • 22 Oct ’14 - 2:12 AM

    Claudia Dawson - Astonishing well done!

  • 22 Oct ’14 - 2:39 AM

    Sharon Hansel - Beautiful…thanks so much for sharing and allowing us to “share” this beautiful event.

  • 31 Oct ’14 - 7:14 PM

    William Malcomson - As the great great grandson of John and Emily I was proud and pleased to see these magnificent pictures and to live, in spirit, the wedding that led to my coming into the world many years later.

  • 2 Nov ’14 - 1:11 PM

    Ellen Stepleton - It was the finest “wedding” I’ve ever attended, and the photographer captured it brilliantly. I too would like to be notified when these photographs become available for purchase. The bride’s gown was a masterpiece and I hope it’s being preserved.