Why Choose Us

You’ve found our website, because you are likely looking specifically for a portrait of your pet. At Heart Spot, we specialize in pets and have the skills and experience to create fantastic images of any pet. Our photographer has over 18 years of photography experience, and is a certified dog trainer with a bevy of tricks and techniques for getting even the most rambunctious dogs to cooperate and the patience to wait for and capture that moment.

 

Some photographers claim to be experts, and will try to get your business by being your lowest price option, and some how they are able to "specialize in a bit of everything"...weddings, seniors, newborns, babies, children, tweens, product photography, action sports,  head shots, real estate, architecture, landscapes, and "pets". For the record, in portraiture there is some crossover but your "specialty" is usually just one of these categories, as each have their own posing and lighting techniques that take time to perfect.

 

They may also promise you all your images, then hand you a USB or CD that may or may not be edited or even able to be printed to a professional or the very least, acceptable quality. While this exaggeration may seem extreme, there are many thousands of “photographers” out there that think having a nice camera, a Facebook page, and a business card makes them a professional.  That is far from the truth and is what sets us apart from the growing shoot & burn photographer trend. The reasons to choose Heart Spot are black & white......

We cater to pets...

 

While we do also take studio sessions of people without pets, the main focus of our business is PETS and the people they love.

 

Many photography studios have a no animals policy, while others may accept dogs (and maybe cats), but they aren’t necessarily set up with your fur baby’s comfort and safety in mind.

 

Our studio is a friendly and safe environment and our staff loves working with all animals, who in return typically love working with us.

We are focused on our clients and their individual needs. Our business is built around quality, not volume.

 

When you visit our studio, we arrange ample time exclusively for you. On rare occasions one client may see the next on the way in or out, but we will never be rushing your consultation, studio time, or theater presentation because we have a waiting room full of other customers.

 

Our fine art photography is like hiring a personal chef for a special event, not like picking up hamburgers at a fast food restaurant.

We value our clients...

 

A Studio designed

with pets in mind...

 

Our state-of-the-art studio was designed and built specifically to be a safe and welcoming environment for animals and their people.

 

The studio has a large open shooting area  which includes numerous  backdrop options. Our Photogenic strobes are ceiling mounted on a pantograph system allowing precise positioning of  lights wherever they are needed. Pets can  play and pose without any worries of getting tangled in cords, knocking over lights, running away, or getting into anything they shouldn’t.

 

The studio floors are hard surfaced, making any accidents quite easy to clean up.  Posing props, tables and benches are used to get smaller pets up off the floor and keep their attention during the photography session. The studio is cleaned and surfaces are sanitized after every session to protect the health of everyone!

Meet the Artist

Our Photographer, Tracey Luttgens, has always had a love for the arts and studied  Art History, Photography & Graphic Design while in college in the early 90's. She began working as a professional photographer in 2000 and was primarily an infant , child, and family portrait photographer from 2001 to 2011.

In addition to the arts, she's  always had a passion for animals, whether they have fur, scales or feathers.   Over the years she has shared her life and home with dogs, cats, parrots, small rodents, reptiles, fish and enjoyed hanging out with many barnyard animals from her relatives farms.

Prior to moving to Georgia, she volunteered at Brookfield Zoo (part of the Chicago Zoological Society and rated one of the top 20 zoos in the world) and was selected to work in the Hamill Family Play Zoo area, entertaining & educating children as well as adults on many of the animals on exhibit. To further her understanding of behaviors and assist in photography of dogs, she became a  certified dog trainer in 2013.  A skill which has been valuable for both her and  her  clients.

 

Tracey Luttgens

Owner / Photographer

Photo courtesy of : Tim Kelly

Tracey is a contributing photographer for Atlanta Pet Life Magazine, a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and the Executive Director for GPPA (Georgia Professional Photographers Association) where she works within the professional photography trade creating social networking events, assisting fellow photographers in their businesses & strengthening the Georgia photography community . In addition to all that, she is an official HeARTs Speak artist member, and donates her time & talents to local rescue groups furthering the HeARTs Speak mission of "working to create a world where no shelter animal goes unseen"! Be sure to check out some of the currently available pets in the "Adopt Me" portfolio

The field and business of photography is ever evolving and like any other business it is important to stay up to date with equipment as well as industry trends. Tracey does this by attending PPA's Imaging USA annually as well as GPPA's Photoworks & Exposed programs. She is actively involved in continuing education as both a student and instructor, having studied and mentors with notable photographers such as 2017 PPA Photographer of the Year and incredible pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, Master Photographer Tim Kelly, and other world renowned experts. She hopes to receive her Certified Professional Photographer designation by the end of 2018, a prestige only 68 photographers in the state of Georgia currently hold, half of those she is honored to call friends.

On a more personal note...she is an Aquarius, loves the theater and to sing. She has been married to her husband Jim, for 23 years. He is her best friend and awesome studio assistant! Heart Spot is named after their first child, Harlequin, a feisty Dalmatian. A heart shaped spot on her chest is both the name and logo for the studio.  They currently have 6 "fur-babies", love to travel and enjoy good food & great wine!

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We Cater to Pets

While we do also take studio sessions of people without pets, the main focus of our business is PETS and the people they love.

 

Many photography studios have a no animals policy, while others may accept dogs (and maybe cats), but they aren’t necessarily set up with your fur baby’s comfort and safety in mind.

 

Our studio is a friendly and safe environment and our staff loves working with all animals, who in return typically love working with us.

We value our clients

We are focused on our clients and their individual needs. Our business is built around quality, not volume.

 

When you visit our studio, we arrange ample time exclusively for you. On rare occasions one client may see the next on the way in or out, but we will never be rushing your consultation, studio time, or theater presentation because we have a waiting room full of other customers.

 

Our fine art photography is like hiring a personal chef for a special event, not like picking up hamburgers at a fast food restaurant.

A Studio designed

with pets in mind...

Our state-of-the-art studio was designed and built specifically to be a safe and welcoming environment for animals and their people.

 

The studio has a large open shooting area  which includes numerous  backdrop options. Our Photogenic strobes are ceiling mounted on a pantograph system allowing precise positioning of  lights wherever they are needed. Pets can  play and pose without any worries of getting tangled in cords, knocking over lights, running away, or getting into anything they shouldn’t.

 

The studio floors are hard surfaced, making any accidents quite easy to clean up.  Posing props, tables and benches are used to get smaller pets up off the floor and keep their attention during the photography session. The studio is cleaned and surfaces are sanitized after every session to protect the health of everyone!

All Images © 2015 - 2018 Heart Spot Portraits / TLCreative LLC
All Images © 2015 - 2018 Heart Spot Portraits / TLCreative LLC
All Images © 2015 - 2018 Heart Spot Portraits / TLCreative LLC
All Images © 2015 - 2018 Heart Spot Portraits / TLCreative LLC