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Photographer Judy Olella helps 12-year-old Weimaraner Ellie pose for her Valentine’s photo at the Migos Pet outlet in Utica on Saturday. (Photo by Susan Smiley)

Photographing dogs presents some of the same challenges as photographing small children, says photographer Judy Olella.

“Sometimes it’s hard to keep them focused on what you’re trying to get them to do,” Olilla said.

She was at Magoos Pet Outlet in Utica Saturday afternoon to take Valentine portraits of people and their pets. With a variety of Valentine backdrops and props including a kiss booth and a small white bench decorated with hearts, Olella posed with dogs of all sizes and breeds to create photos that their owners would cherish.

“I think pet portraits are popular because our pets are so special to all of us. We treat them like they’re our children,” Olella said. “A lot of my customers come back year after year because I think people like to capture that history of their pets.”

Photographer Judy Olella tries to pose her subjects for Valentine's photos at the Migos Pet outlet in Utica on Saturday.  (Photo by Susan Smiley)
Photographer Judy Olella tries to pose her subjects for Valentine’s photos at the Migos Pet outlet in Utica on Saturday. (Photo by Susan Smiley)

Olela has been a professional photographer for over 20 years. She has photographed families, children, special events and pets for the past few years.

“A couple of years ago a friend of mine who owns a kennel asked me about coming over and doing a photo event and he just took off,” Olilla said. “I travel all over the state and expect to be back in Utica in March for Easter themed photos.”

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