Anyone reading the Tribune will notice each issue has a section dedicated to Pets. One of the attractions is being able to use cute or adorable pet pictures. Professional Loudoun-based pet photographer, Ellen Zangla, takes pet photography to the next level.
Pursuing her website’s photo gallery of dogs, cats, pets and their people, puppies and kittens, whimsical pets, dogs in actions – will steal any pet lover’s heart.
“In 2009, I merged my love of pets with my love of photography and started my business,” said Zangla. “As a niche photographer—all I photograph are pets and pets with their people. I understand pet behavior, know how to get them to look at the camera with that ‘look,’ light their fur correctly, and capture the relationship they have with their owners.”
Nationally, less than five percent of dog owners put their furry family member through professional training. As many pet owners know, those cute moments, even with cell phones, are not easily captured.
“I have a lot of patience, giving dogs, cats and other pets time to relax, knowing that it can take some time to get the perfect image,” said Zangla.
Zangla’s patience and expertise with pets has paid off. In In 2015, Zangla won a Silver Medal at the Professional Photographer’s of America (PPA) International Print Competition (IPC). In 2016 she won Portrait Photographer of the Year from the Maryland Professional Photographers of America, and had a Top Ten Animal Image at IPC. This year, Zangla was named a Bronze Medalist during IPC. A panel of 33 from across the US selected the top photographs from nearly 5,800 entries. The IPC award is known as one of the most prestigious of its kind.
“I love my job, and getting recognition for the quality of my work is an added bonus,” Zangla said.
Outside of her niche furry photo subjects, Zangla is a true pet lover and raises money each year for various causes.
Zangla teams with local businesses including Woofie’s, one of the largest local pet sitters, dog walking and mobile pet grooming, Leesburg Veterinary Hospital and Happy Hound for fundraising photo shoots. Zangla and the businesses work together to plan and promote events that include pet photos taken by Zangla. A donation is requested for the photo, and that money, plus other money raised during the event, is donated to different pet-related organizations, such as the Loudoun County Animal Shelter or Friends of Homeless Animals.
“I am donating 100% of my session fees in September to the Houston SPCA,” said Zangla. “There is such dire need in so many parts of the country right now, and I wanted to do what I could to help.”
Zangla will be at Woofie’s in Ashburn on October 21 for their first annual Halloween pet photo shoot, costume contest, and party. Hundreds of pet owners are expected to attend with 100% of all proceeds benefiting the US Humane Society in its efforts to help the many animals still impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The fundraiser will feature photos of costumed pets taken by Zangla and prizes for the top three costumes with the grand prize winning a custom pet painting by Jill Perla Art. Food, fun and entertainment with demonstrations of dog tricks by dog trainer Kelly Knowles.
Attendees will receive a web-optimized photo of their costumed dog or cat by Zangla with the pet costume contest judged with Facebook votes once the pictures are posted online after the event.
More of Zangla’s work is shown in below or on her website, www.EllenZanglaPhotography.com.