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)

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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).

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Thereafter, we did some family and couple photographs.

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

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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.

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This tree. It’s just magical!

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

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  • 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! :)