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Fine Art Pet Portraiture -- CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Almaden United Methodist Church
1200 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA  95118
Jim M Skintauy
Monthly Meeting
Registration is not Required
No Fee

Fine Art Animal Portraiture

with Barbara Brady Smith

March 11, 2020


On March 11, Barbara Brady-Smith,  M.Photog. CR, CPP, will share insights from her journey from banking executive to Master Photographer of dogs, cats, horses, birds and other fuzzy, feathery and scaly things!  She will cover how she entered this niche business, developed her signature style, found clients, and why she loves what she does.  She will share tips, tricks and key camera and lens considerations for when you might be incorporating pets into your own photography (or you want to take better pictures of your own pets!).  Post processing is key to transforming a great pet portrait into beautiful wall art and Barbara will demonstrate some of the tools she regularly uses in her own work.  Finally, she will share how giving back to the Animal Rescue Community has helped many more animals get adopted and helped her to become a better pet photographer (and maybe encourage some other photographers to volunteer at their local shelter!)


Biography: Barbara Brady-Smith burst on the Pet Photography scene in 2011 and quickly established herself as a true artisan in this niche.  Her animal photography can be seen in happy homes and on pet food product packaging, annual report covers and print advertising. 


Much of her success she attributes to her deep appreciation for the joy animals bring into our lives.   She actively shares this joy through photography and by volunteering with her two therapy dogs providing comfort to people of all ages.   This emotional and rewarding work is now in a published book called “Hug Tails – Portraits of Therapy Pets.”


Barbara has been honored through all levels of PPA including 4 time International Print Competition Medalist, PPC Animal Photographer of the Year, PPC Environmental Photographer of the Year, PPC People’s Choice award, Kodak award and many local association awards.  She holds her Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees and is a Certified Professional Photographer.  Her bird and equine photography has been displayed in local art galleries.  She was honored with a PPA magazine cover photo in 2018.


A gifted speaker and educator, Barbara loves to share her enthusiasm for animals and photography.  She mentors other pet photographers and teaches workshops on pet and horse photography, Lightroom and Photoshop.  Barbara’s business skills are top notch too.  After earning her MBA at Berkeley, she enjoyed a successful career as a Bank Executive and now uses many of the same management and customer service skills as a small business owner.


Barbara’s experience and skill and her ability to impart this expertise in workshops and presentations is exceptional!  Don’t miss her exciting presentation or her all day, hands-on Dog Photography Workshop the next day!