About

 

All About Me

Hello and welcome to my little area of the web! I am Melissa Everett Laggis. I think the most important thing anyone should know about me is that I love what I do.
I’ve been a professional photographer since 1993. I tend to see my subjects in their very best light and I love making images that showcase how people feel about themselves and their pups.
My dog portraits have been published multiple times in The Canine Chronicle, Working Dog Digest, Poodle Variety, Show Site and The Herding Dog Digest.
When I’m not in my studio, I can be found in the back country, hiking, camping and traveling where ever the wind may take me. Or on my couch next to a roaring fire, working on a knitting project.
Always accompanied by my own dogs!

 Hiking in the Alaska backcountry with a Poodle puppy on my back!

Hiking in the Alaska backcountry with a Poodle puppy on my back!

Where in the world is my studio?

Melissa Laggis Photographer is located across from Colony Middle School in Palmer, 40 minutes outside Anchorage, Alaska.
My studio portraits are created in an indoor and outdoor studio (weather pending) on my property. My studio is equipped with varying backdrops, lighting and furniture I use to create timeless images. 
My location portraits are created in a variety of spaces through out the Mat-Su Valley, including Hatcher Pass, Knik River, Matanuska River, Matanuska Lake, Talkeetna Mountains, and your own back yard!
I also travel through out Alaska and Outside for dog portraits. I've worked with clients in Canada, Washington, Oregon, Texas and Missouri. And clients in Kenai, Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seward.

 Hiking in the Talkeetna mountains in Alaska with two of my Poodles

Hiking in the Talkeetna mountains in Alaska with two of my Poodles

 Leo was my first Great Dane. He brought great joy to all who visited him at the studio.

Leo was my first Great Dane. He brought great joy to all who visited him at the studio.

My vision for your portraits

My studio is a boutique studio offering beautiful portraits for your home and heirlooms of your beloved dogs for your family.
The photographic art you place on your wall is the sum of the vision of the photographer, the environment, the lighting, even the mood and personality of the dogs at the time of the session.
Custom photography is ultimately about choice, experience and finding a professional who takes the time to get to know your dogs and your needs, giving you full, undivided attention without worry of who is next “in line,” or the feeling of a crowded portrait studio.

 Two of my Poodles enjoying some play time

Two of my Poodles enjoying some play time

My Passion For Dogs

In my down time, I love to knit and hike. But my favorite hobbies are the ones that involve my dogs. I currently have four dog and participate in a variety of dog related sports and activities. I can often be seen backcountry hiking, in obedience classes, working in agility as well as in the conformation ring with my dogs.
Combining my 24 years of portrait photography experience and my obsession with all things dog related, I have created a unique niche in dog photography and am celebrated as one of Alaska’s top portrait artists for dogs.
I work with positive reinforcement training when I create dog portraits. A combination of high value treats, praise, and for dogs familiar, clicker training, are the tools used during all of my portrait sessions for dogs.
A calm atmosphere in the studio is always encouraged (and enforced!).