Pouka Art & Photography  |  Danica Barreau, CPP  |  614-678-3058  |  Grove City, OH


Meet Danica Update


Hello! My name is Danica Barreau (duh-NEE-kuh buh-ROH) and I’m the photographer and artist behind Pouka Art & Photography.

My father is French, (as well as an artist and a gourmet cook) so I grew up overseas, spending my summers in France in a little town in the Loire Valley. During the school year we lived in Germany where my American mother was a teacher for military dependents.

I moved to the US to attend university where I dreamt of being a successful architect until the reality of math and physics and my love of color and fabrics drove me into the arms of Interior Design. That affair lasted until the rent was due and then I took a corporate gig for a top telecom company. I now live in central Ohio with a very patient school teacher, trying to keep my home in some semblance of order while raising lots of dogs and a few cats, cooking fine meals, and pursuing my passion for art and photography.

I started out as a traditional portrait artist, specializing in colored and graphite pencils. I fell in love with photography and then transitioned to digital painting as the years progressed.

I am a Master Artist, a Certified Professional Photographer, and a member of the Professional Photographers of Ohio and its parent organization, Professional Photographers of America.

  1.  A benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts.
  2. The invisible 6’3″ tall rabbit from the 1950 comedy-drama movie entitled “Harvey” starring Jimmy Stewart.
  3. A nickname given to Danica by her father who apparently thought she had pouka-esque characteristics.




I am an international award-winning artist and photographer. I participate regularly in the competitions hosted by the Professional Photographers of America to challenge myself against their high standards of photographic and artistic excellence. I compete for the chance to better my skills and stretch myself so that I can create the best work possible for my clients. I am a 2016, 2017, and 2018 Medalist in the Master Artist International Photographic Competition, the top artist in Ohio in 2018, one of the Top Ten Photographers in Ohio in 2017 and 2018, the number one pet photographer in the 2017 Northeast District Print Competition, and won third place in the 2017 international Grand Imaging Awards in the Animal category. I have also won awards in the Prix Photographie de Paris (PX3), various local competitions, and received a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers for my book, “Setterly Yours: A Photographic Introduction to The English Setter.”



I am a Master Artist, a degree and title conferred by PPA to photographers who demonstrate superior computer-applied techniques and proficiency in addition to their photographic skills and continuing education. I’m also a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). As a CPP, I am an expert in lighting, posing, and styling; I can handle any situation. I will consistently achieve great results and I have the skills to create unique customized works of art – not cookie-cutter pictures. My photographic skills assist me in correcting composition and lighting in client reference images so that the final painting has the best results.


I want to get to know you so that I can provide you with a great experience as well as beautiful art that you will be proud to display. Whether I’m photographing your pets, creating a one-of-a-kind art piece, or photographing a home, my goal is to tailor the experience to your needs and desires.

English Setter in bunny ears


Yes, I photograph a lot of English Setters. I rescued a very photogenic deaf English Setter (ACES Carter “Bunny” LeDoux) back in 2005 and documented his every move for years, using him to practice my photography skills. I became a foster parent and photographed my English Setter fosters and then volunteered to photograph other foster dogs. I have photographed many different breeds but my clients come from word of mouth; the English Setter community is very tight-knit so many of my subjects are English Setters.

I adopted another deaf English Setter in 2013 (DeCoverly’s Sparrow Georgette) and then another in 2014 (RoundRiver’s A. Finch) so they show up frequently in my personal images, Instagram, and Facebook posts. Click here for more information on Deaf English Setters.

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I shoot with a crop-sensor Canon 7D Mark II. I use a Flashpoint Rovelight strobe and an old PB White Lightening as well as multiple Yongnuo and Canon flashes triggered with the Yongnuo 622 series. I use a variety of modifiers – a 5′ octo, a beauty dish, a strip box, a 2x3 softbox… whatever gets the results I need! I process my images in Adobe LR and PS using a Wacom Intuos tablet. My website is self-designed WP using a Divi theme and hosted by GoDaddy (since 1998).


The House That Pinterest Built“, Diane Keaton, Rizzoli Publishing, 2018
Puppycake.com, 2018
“Loan Collection Book”, Professional Photographers of America, Marathon Publishing, 2018, 2017, 2016
“Showcase Book”, Professional Photographers of America, Marathon Publishing, 2018, 2017
Setterly Yours“, Danica Barreau, Ingramspark, 2016, 2009
“Orvis – The Dog Book”, Orvis, 2014
“Just English Setters Calendar”, Willowcreek Press, 2018, 2017, 2016


Certified Professional Photographer since 2016
Professional Photographers of America – Bronze, 2018
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Top 10 Photographer, 2018, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of America – Grand Imaging Award 3rd Place, 2017
Prix de la Photographie de Paris – Honorable Mention, 2017
Professional Photographers of America – NE District Grand Imaging Award 1st Place, 2017
IPPY Independent Publisher Awards – Silver, 2017
Arts in the Alley – 1st Place Professional Photography, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Arts in the Alley – 2nd Place Professional Photography, 2014, 2013
Arts in the Alley – 3rd Place Professional Photography, 2017
Arts in the Alley – 2nd Place in Amateur Photography, 2012
Arts in the Alley – Grand Easel Award, 2011
Arts in the Alley – Best in Show, Photography, 2010
Arts in the Alley – People’s Choice, Photography, 2010, 2009


Professional Photographers of America – Silver, 2018, 2016
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Number 1 Artist in Ohio, 2018
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Top 10 Artist in Ohio, 2018, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Court of Honors, 2018
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 4/4 – 2018
Professional Photographers of America – Bronze, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Studio Pro Group Pictorial Award, 2017
Prix de la Photographie de Paris – Honorable Mention, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 1st Place in Image Competition, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 2nd Place in Image Competition, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 3rd Place in Image Competition, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – PASO Most Creative Image Award – 2016
Arts in the Alley – 1st Place in Fine Arts – 2016
Arts in the Alley – Judge’s Award – 2016
Professional Photographers of American – Top 10 Artist NE District, 2016

Luna with awards
Princess and the Pea award
Now You See Me award
Mirror, Mirror award
Taking Flight award
Rock Bottom School award
I'll Have What You're Having award
Is It Friday Yet? award