Wow – Our Dog Portraits won 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd Place!
PPA Charities announced the winners of the Celebration of Smiles Portrait Contest yesterday, and my dog portraits won all three of the top spots in the pet category! Plus, one of them won 2nd Place overall. I certainly never expected any of that, especially since I only photographed three dogs for the event, and could only submit one portrait of each!
Some of you will remember that Celebration of Smiles is a fundraiser for Operation Smile, and is held annually in April. For a very small donation, participants got a “mini-session” in the studio. With the help of Dr. Mairead O’Reilly and Dr. Jim Brinster, and several of our favorite clients, we raised enough to pay for five surgeries this year. 100% of those donations are passed on to Operation Smile through PPA Charities, which is the charitable arm of the Professional Photographers of America. In addition to those donations, we estimated that the studio gave away over $4300 in products and services for the event.
Lyla Rose, “daughter” of J.R. and Deborah Frantz of Millersville, won 1st Place in the Pet category. 2nd Place went to Pepper, who shares a home with local psychologist Dr. Annie Judge and her family. And 3rd Place was awarded to Roxie, the “favorite daughter” of Dan and Virginia Rubinstein of Bowie (I know she’s their favorite, because I’m married to one of their other daughters!) Apparently, there were different judges for the overall winners, because Roxie also won 2nd Place overall.
Thanks again to all who participated in Celebration of Smiles Day, and a special thanks to Dr. O’Reilly and Dr. Brinster for your help. I hope you’re all looking forward to next April!