Current Studio Lab Artist in Resident, Ellen Shershow will be holding a one-day special event to photograph your favorite canine.

Ellen is our first portrait photographer in residence. While in residence, she will be producing a new body of work and shooting dog portraits on site at Pro Arts.

Describing her process, Ellen says”Here is what I do: I work with dogs and their humans. Small dogs, big dogs, diva dogs, shy dogs, funny dogs, happy dogs, unusual dogs. The dogs and the humans and I get together, and together we make pictures.”

Dog Portraiture Photoshoot includes:

– 15 images to select your art from

– 30-40 minute photoshoot

– Consultation

– In persom permiere session including advice and guidance on selecting your final images

– Mobile phone app containing your favorite web ready images

Total Cost: $397

To RSVP, please email with your name, type of dog and your first choice of time on Friday, May 12th between 1:00 – 5:00pm. 

Please note space is very limited, so RSVP for this unique opportunity with your dog today!

Additional Costs:

$150 – 2 high res printed images 

$200- 4 high res printed images 

$275 – 5 x 7 framed image and mobile phone app get all 10 high res


Ellen Shershow’s inspiration comes from a wide range of places, including but not limited to Vogue magazine, People magazine,  reality TV, John Szarkowski, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Diane Arbus, Mad MenBreakfast at Tiffany’sBest In Show, Woody Allen and Golden Gate Park at dawn. Ellen draws her color pallet from Dutch Renaissance painters, Gerard Dou, Rogier Van Der Weyden and Johannes Vermeer.

Most of all, she is inspired by the Dog.

The dog is slobbery and kooky and soulful and precious. Next to Steve Martin, Jennifer Coolidge and Sarah Silverman, they are the funniest creatures in the world. We are enthralled by them, the gentle gaze, the unconditional love, the stories of dog as hero. Photographing senior dogs, dogs who are blind or deaf or hurting, is indeed close to Ellen’s heart.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.