2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Dogs

2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Dogs

We all know 2020 has been a super tough year, but honestly, the BEST thing to come out of this year has been the fact that most of us have spent A LOT more time with our pets.  I’m sure all our dogs thought that all their Christmas’s came at once!

This year, I’ve showcased a selection of gifts for your special pooch ranging from fantastic budget friendly training APPs, to high-class dog carriers. There are treats, toys, leads, bandanas and more, so there’s something for everyone. Happy Holidays!
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Ruff 'n' Stuff Pet Photography 2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Dogs

GET ALL THE GIFTS

  1. Your pup will be the most stylish one on Christmas day with this classic red tartan bandana – Peter Alexander Christmas Tartan Bandana
  2. Naughty or nice, even your furry friend deserves a plush toy – Dogue Christmas Dinosaur Plush Soft Toy – Merry Rexmas
  3. Christmas cookies made especially for your dog using real Australian natural human-grade ingredients – Jollie Gourmet Dog Treats – Turkey & Cranberry Cookies
  4. If you are more of a baker, there are more than 70 healthy recipes by the Pet Lifestyle expert behind “Pretty Fluffy” – Healthy Homemade Dog Treats Recipe Book by Serene Faber-Nelson
  5. Get a personalised and quirky touch for your dog’s collar with customised ID tags – Waggie Tags Custom Hand Stamped Dog ID Tags
  6. Enjoy more playtime with your dog with a handmade tug toy made with the highest quality Australian sheepskin by local Business Wildhunde – Zoom & Chase Sheepskin Tug
  7. The perfect ball for hardcore destructive dogs – Aussie Dog Enduro Ball – Medium
  8. If your dog chews through everything in sight, get your hands on the KONG Extreme – For powerful chewers
  9. Is your dog too smart for their own good? Help them to exercise their mind – Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado Treat Puzzle
  10. I think this is one of the best harnesses on the market, super tough and durable and the handle on top allows for easy lifting scrambling over rocks or getting into cars – Ruffwear Web Master Harness
  11. If your dog can’t be trusted off lead yet, then you need a long line to help you with your recall training – Wildhunde – Biothane Long Line 10m
  12. Short training lead, handy to have in the tool box – WOLF & I CO. Training Lead
  13. We know that humans have to have a life-vest on when out on the water, but what about our furry friends? EzyDog DFD Micro Life Vest for Small Dogs
  14. THE best carrier your pup can have – simply stylish… enough said – Cloud7 Dog Bag Como Heather Brown
  15. We all know a clean dog is good dog, get them smelling beautiful with FuzzYard’s Dog Grooming Products
  16. Beautiful ceramic bowls that will look good in any house – Mog & Bone Ceramic Bowls
  17. The new craze – Snooza Calming Dog Beds
  18. Who’s the goodest boy? We all know that puppy schools are a necessity, but what do we do to prepare before we get our puppy? And then what do we do when they come home but before puppy school starts? Set your puppy up for success – Amy’s PRE Puppy Training Course (Surviving the Early Days)
  19. Train your dog to be more comfortable to the sounds that have potential to be scary – Sound Proof Puppy Training APP
  20. Our dogs are never here with us for as long as we would like them to be. Have you always dreamed of having professional photos taken of your dog and displayed with custom artwork in your home? – Ruff ‘n’ Stuff Pet Photography Christmas Special Gift Voucher

 

THAT’S A WRAP!

Enjoy your holidays, however you choose to spend them. Keep your loved ones close and celebrate your furry friends every minute of every day because we never know how long they are here for.

If you’d like to book a session in the New Year, bookings are now open with me, your Wollongong and South Coast Pet Photographer, and you can now book online.

Take care everyone and stay safe!

Pet Photography and COVID-19

Pet Photography and COVID-19

So, it appears that the world has indeed changed. Unless you are deemed an essential business or worker, we are essentially still in lockdown due to the pandemic that is raging around the world.

While the full-on lockdown has started to be lifted and smaller freedoms are returning, as someone who lives with an autoimmune disease, I am not taking any chances, and at this stage, I am still not currently taking any photo session bookings, or doing any home studio viewings. Thanks for your understanding, and we must be strong together for a while longer… but at home  😉

I must point out the biggest positive – our fur family now have us at home – they must be soooo happy!! Well, except for the cats that is 😉

We are all feeling the effects of this situation, from the lack of freedom with the restrictions in place, and the financial impact, through to the heavy emotional turmoil that it creates. We all need to be kind to each other, be gentle in our actions and thoughts. Also, remembering that our pets pick up on our vibes. I love the fact that we are now able to chill out with our pets at home, without feeling guilty.

I’m an introvert, so I’m okay with being in lockdown, but I’m also an empath, so I’m feeeeeling everything that’s going on, whether I want to or not. We can get through this… we have different coping methods… for me, it’s tea, photography (yes, even just around my garden – check out my other Instagram account), furry cuddles, more tea, baths with candles, standing on the grass with bare feet feeling the sun on my face, even more tea, the couch, Netflix, and then some tea.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Here are some ideas for you, if you would like to support my small business while we are still in lockdown:

  • Purchase a gift voucher, either for yourself to use at a later date or as a gift for a friend or relative. They are valid for three years, so there’ll be ample time to organise a photo session. See my current COVID-19 promotion for gift vouchers. (NEW – these are also now available to purchase ONLINE)
    What a great way to celebrate the end of isolation!!
  • Leave a review for my business at one (or more) of the following locations, this greatly helps folks when they are trying to choose their photographer, I’d truly appreciate it:  Google Review, Facebook Recommendation, Find a Photographer
  • I’d love to see YOUR photos of the products that you have received from me and how you show off your beautiful images in your home. You can either share them on instagram and tag me (@ruffnstuffpetphotography #ruffnstuffcrew), or email them to me directly.
  • Is there a favourite image of yours that I took during our session that you didn’t get as a print? Perhaps now is the time to revisit your product selection. I am currently offering 15% off my fine art products during COVID-19. Contact me now to discuss your options.
  • If you would like to book a photo session, I am starting a waitlist for when spots open up again, and by paying a retainer fee you secure your place on the priority waitlist. Contact me now to join the waitlist and pay a retainer.
  • Purchase a set of fine art gift cards, a small fine art print, a large fine art print, or even a framed piece of fine art from my non-pet website (pricing from $60) – COMING VERY SOON.
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I’d also love to know how you’re faring, both physically and emotionally. The current environment is a big load for us all to carry.
Please reach out and we can chat… about anything.

Please stay home and stay healthy, snuggle your pets, and stay in touch.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE

Top Ten Tips for Choosing your Pet Photographer

Top Ten Tips for Choosing your Pet Photographer

I get it! You’ve thought about it for ages and aaaaages!

You have THE most adorable dog IN… THE… WORLD!!! EVER!!!  Seriously!!

You really should have professional photos taken so you can brag to your friends and show off that trendy wall art of your ridiculously quirky pug’s face (you know, that she always makes when you whisper “wanna treat…?”) that hangs pride of place above your bed.

But seriously, how on earth do you choose?

Well, don’t worry, I’ve gotcha!
I’ve put together this super handy guide just for you that lays out some top tips of what you can look for to help you in your search for the perfect pet photographer (and no, it’s not always me!!).

Check their portfolio.

Do you like their images and their style? Their images should show pets that are happy and relaxed, not uncomfortable or forced.

Decide if you prefer on-location or studio portraits.

Not all pet photographers offer both, so once you decide which look you prefer, that will help you narrow your search.

Find a pet photographer that has a history in animal behaviour, or has worked with pets for a long time.

It shouldn’t be just a fad to include the pet in family photos. It is actually a very special skill to work with animals properly. There can be a high level of risk involved and a good knowledge of animal behaviour is essential in preventing unfortunate incidents.

Have a conversation with them!

You need to know that you can talk to your pet photographer. Do they have a phone number? You have to “click” with them. If you are not relaxed during the photo session, your pet won’t be either.

Word of mouth is always the best recommendation.

Who have your friends used? What have past clients said?

Check their testimonials and reviews.

 

Look for a full-service pet photographer.

Do you want your images on a USB in your drawer that you’ll never look at, or displayed as high-quality Fine Art Photographic Products from only the best professional suppliers in Australia?

Look for Industry Accreditation and Memberships.

Every Professional Industry has a Body or Organisation that helps to keep their members at the top of their game. In Australia, that body is the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).

Ask the hard legal questions no-one wants to ask.

Are their business insurances up-to-date?

PRICING!

You probably think this should be in the top three of tips, but in reality it’s not really THE deciding factor here as we all know that no-one truly “budgets” for pet photography. While we all love our pets dearly and treasure them with all our hearts, photography is a luxury item and a very emotional one at that. You will see an enormous spectrum of pricing, as well as available services and experiences. Do your research and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions.

Gut Instinct!

One last word of advice and my best tip, is to go with your gut, speak with any prospective pet photographers and you will know when you “click” with each other.

That’s it! Have fun, keep it natural, and enjoy your furries, because unfortunately, they are never around long enough!

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And, as always, if you have any questions or would like to chat further, please contact me.

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