Lisa Presnail says it all started about five years ago when she was walking dogs for the SPCA. She knew a picture quickly snapped of a dog behind kennel bars would do little to get that dog adopted.
"They needed something, a lot more. So I blended that with my boudoir and glamour photography and that's how Little Pet Project was born," she says.
Her photos are artistic, beautiful and sometimes a little bit racy. Combining her talent behind the camera with her passion for pets, Presnail has become known for her "glamour shots" of people and their four-legged loved ones.
She especially enjoys glamourizing rescue dogs that need a little "oomph" to capture attention.
"The more I can bling 'em up and make 'em look glamorous...it's something I personally love and I think a lot of people do too," Presnail said.
So much so, pets and animals now comprise nearly two-thirds of Presnail's business.
"If I'm not shooting a pet, then I'm shooting somebody that loves pets or is somehow connected in the whole pet rescue world," she said.
Heather Kenyon is CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. Presnail took her professional head shots, but today she's back to "glam it up" with a passel of pit bull puppies.
"I love the fact that she's incorporating this aura of glamour and style and passion and interest when it comes to dogs," Kenyon says.
Modeling a gown loaned for the shoot by South Tampa's Lending Luxury, Heather starts posing and Lisa starts snapping, but getting just the right shot takes time, patience and plenty of distractions.
From tickling their noses with tantalizing flowers to jangling a jar full of change (courtesy Lisa's husband, Art Fyvolent), getting and keeping the attention of 8-week old puppies is quite a project.
"I'm happy to get any kind of fun, crazy look or even just a very studied look. I love the eyes and the face," she explains.
The director of Pasco-based Rugaz Rescue, Devlynn Saunders, brought the puppies. She says pit puppies aren't difficult to place, but often the older dogs can use some help. Saunders says they're grateful for Lisa's dedication to rescued dogs, especially pit bulls.
"Every dog is competing with hundreds of other pit bulls in the area, so we have to make that dog's personality stick out and that person go, 'That's my dog!' Lisa can do that in a single shoot," she says.
The fan blows. Art jangles. The puppies clamber in and out of the basket. It may be controlled canine chaos, but Lisa Presnail keeps on clicking. She doesn't want to miss a moment.
"I don't want to stop until I know we have the absolute best thing that we can get here," she said.
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