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About Lisa Olson, Your Pet Photographer 

Hi, My Name is Lisa Olson, the owner of Pets R Family

Certified dog trainer, award winning certified photographer and certified in pet psychology (understanding pet body language)

These days, when I think about it, I have come a long ways since I was young. I was bullied in school for how I looked which left me with little to no friends, this gave me insecurities, social anxiety, and depression. Not only was I bullied for my looks, I am partially deaf, have dyslexia, and a speech impediment.


It's easy to say I got along with animals easier than I did with people when I was young. Dogs and other animals showed me love and acceptance without the hurt and pain people gave me.

dog photographer lisa olson with pets r family located in north ogden utah. pet photographer and certified dog trainer in utah
landscape photo of the grand tetons natinal park by lisa olson


When I became an adult I got the help I needed to think differently about myself and my life. Photography brought me back from being knocked down and at the lowest point in my life. It gave me joy, took me on adventures and an opportunity to learn something new.


I started with landscape photography and learned all I could on how to use my camera. It was a lot more challenging then I thought it would be but persistence paid off.


After learning landscape photography, I moved onto portraits which gave me a lot more to learn! I started to study lighting techniques, the art of posing people, photography set building, editing, retouching, composition, compositing, photoshop, and the list goes on and on... I found out there is a lot more to taking pictures than just pushing the button. 

Beauty Portraits
medusa headdress handmade by pet photographer lisa olson with pets r family. creative photo shoot for women


I started doing creative women portraits after I found a passion for being creative and making unique headdress and designer photo shoot sets. I wanted to help women escape everyday life and do something different. I also wanted to show women how beautiful they are, because we are our own hardest critics.


I was always a very shy and socially awkward person so I know how an amazing picture could give you a big self confidence boost. I launched my first photography business Custom Design Portraits. My goal was to help others step outside their comfort zone and be creative. 

Creative Portraits


In 2020 when COVID hit, my portrait business, went out of business. This was a perfect time for me to search my heart and discover what I really wanted to do with my photography business. I decided to rebrand my business to what I have always loved and that was working with pets. I studied and received my dog training certification and pet psychology certification.


Pets are such a big part of my family it helped me think of my new pet photography business name, Pets R Family. I truly believe Pets R Family and belong in photos too. Pets love us unconditionally and a pet photo shoot is a great way to capture the love of your pet for all time.


yellow lab and husky on vintage furniture having their photo taken by dog photographer lisa olson with pets r family located in ogden utah
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In 2022 I combined my two passions of encouraging women and working with pets. I now offer specialized photo shoots for women with their dog. I give them a judge free zone to be themselves and be as creative as they want to be. I challenge them not care what others think and do it for themselves and be who they want to be.


It’s not just a photo shoot it’s a journey of self discovery with their dog by their side.



My life's journey, with all its ups and downs, has helped me find my mission in life. I want to encourage women like me who may not always have confidence, women who would rather spend time with animals than people most days, and women who want to feel beautiful.

red ridding hood creative photo shoot with pet photographer lisa olson located in ogden utah. creative womens portrait of red ridding hood with husky and steampunk themed ridding hood
Pet photographer Lisa Olson
pets r family logo that is trademarked by Lisa Olson
Pet photographer lisa olson
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