While most clients choose to be photographed in the studio, sessions may also take place on location at your home, at a park, in a field, downtown or wherever you choose. Prior to your session we will schedule a portrait-planning consultation to discuss who will be photographed, clothing options, and the details of your session. We will also talk about your goals: Are you looking for something for your wall? Do you prefer a collection of images in an album? Having a goal in advance of the session itself gives us a direction in how we photograph.
Portrait pricing will be discussed during your consultation. Most clients budget $1500 for their portrait collections.
Our beautiful Minneapolis studio offers gorgeous window light and a comfortable environment for your session. Located at Loring Corners, next door to Loring Park and the Basilica of St. Mary, we are centrally located for the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area without going downtown.
1624 Harmon Place Suite 308, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Parking on the Loring Park (Harmon Place) side of the building will bring you into the "1624" door and up both flights of stairs to the third floor.
Parking on the Hennepin Avenue side of the building will bring you into the "Fawkes" door and to the elevator (or up the stairs). Take the elevator to the third floor, then find suite 308 just around the corner to the right.
*Please note: The building is locked at all times. Please use the building intercom when you arrive and we'll buzz you in.
I've always been a dog lover. From Charlie the Lhasa Apso my family had when I was a child or Chewy the golden I unsuccessfully tried to raise in my college dorm, dogs have always held something special for me. I don't think I fully appreciated this however, until 2001 when my husband and I adopted a greyhound from a local rescue in Connecticut. His name was Jersey and he was a gentle soul who willingly put up with all of our crazy photo shoots. He was a best friend and my muse. For a photographer, having access to such a beautiful creature was a godsend and gave rise to many impromptu sessions featuring Jersey: dog supermodel. It was from those early experiences in the studio that I realized the power of an image to illustrate the true soul of a dog - to show it not as a pet, or a possession, but with all the depth and clarity that comes from living together with a dog in a shared world. A great portrait is the image the owners hold in their minds when they think of their dog. An image can be a powerful thing, even after all these years since Jersey passed away - it only takes seeing his face in a portrait and that soul connection comes back. That's the face of my friend, who I love and miss. I thank God that I have those images. It doesn't replace him but it does remind me of the sweetness of life with a dog. And I love bringing the same emotion to my clients.
Dogs and humans are meant to be together. We've evolved together over the past millennia and, in my opinion, are never as good apart as we can be together. When we adopted Jersey, I became aware of the needs of shelter dogs. I never knew so many greyhounds never made it past their last race on the track. Or so many great pets were stuck in shelters. I realized that every dollar raised helps find a pet a home and every pet that finds a family helps to change the world. If you know me, you know I'm a bit of a Do-er! So I did what I always do: I got involved. I volunteered at meet and greets, educated everyone I met about the gentle greyhound and the large number of pets of all breeds needing good homes. I started donating my time taking portraits of adoptable dogs to help them find forever homes. I joined with several rescues to raise funds through pet calendars. I was creating pet portraits but also being a Jack-of-All-Trades Photographer: seniors, families, weddings, pets, engagements. I did it all and had a good time! I've taken photos of everything from a Christmas ham to publicity shots for politicians. It wasn't until I moved to Minnesota in 2011, however, that I decided to focus my energy on pet portraits. There's something about starting over in every aspect of my life that I think gave me the freedom to take a risk and specialize with pets.
Tangerine House of Design produces custom fine-art portraits. We believe that portraiture is an art form created through the careful application of light, setting and subject. We provide quality portrait services for your 4-legged (and 2-legged) family members. We look forward to creating a great portrait for you.
Tangerine House of Design owner and photographer Lisa Asp has been creating photographic art since 1995. Her work has been included in the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection books and the Showcase Collection books a number of times. Additionally, she has been published numerous times in local newspapers and magazines. She has appeared on television and been heard on the radio discussing her work. Lisa earned the title of Certified Professional Photographer in 2010 after passing a lengthy written exam and image review. Additionally, she earned her Master Photographer degree in 2014 in recognition of her superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession; her Photographic Craftsman degree in 2015 - one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing and/or mentoring in professional photography; and her Master Artist degree in 2019 in recognition of her superior photographic enhancement of images with artistic techniques. Fewer than 1% of all professional photographers hold these multiple honors.
Lisa has contributed thousands of dollars to charity fundraisers by donating her photography services though silent auctions. These charities have included schools, museums, galleries, and pet organizations. Additionally, she has hosted fundraisers in her studio through her annual "Pin-Up Pets" event benefiting numerous local rescues. Lisa believes in active involvement in her community and giving back when possible. She has taken active roles in:
In 2012, Lisa began working with other professional photographers in a mentorship and teaching role. She has spoken several times to professional photographic associations in an effort to increase the knowledge and expertise found in the photography industry. Lisa has spoken/is scheduled to speak for the following professional organizations:
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