Kangaroo Valley Pet Photography Session with Tempus –
A few months ago, I shared a post about a gorgeous Golden Retriever puppy called Northern…. weeeeell, meet her beautiful sister TEMPUS. She is (was) a 16 week old Border Collie puppy at the time of our session, and we headed to the picturesque Kangaroo Valley for our shoot.
Now, you may think, another puppy in such a short timeframe….?? What the heck? That’s just asking for trouble!! Well, let me set you straight, Kellie, from Totally Pawsable Dog Training, is an amazing dog trainer. She already has TWO older dogs, Southern, a 10-year-old Border Collie, and Bella, a 10-year-old Golden Retriever… you can see a breed theme happening, hey?
Kellie has done an amazing job in creating beautiful, balanced and happy dogs. They all get time together, but also time apart so they don’t become dependent on each other. Training, walking, sleeping, playing, Kellie is all over it. I’m in awe of what she has achieved with her four dogs.
SUPER AWESOME JOB KELLIE!!!!!
Now, back to the newest addition, TEMPUS… she is just THE sweetest puppy!
Check out a selection of images from our photo session at The Heavens… I make no apologies for the number of images contained – there were soooooo many favourites!!
If you are interested in capturing your puppy in all their awesomeness before they grow up, please get in contact with me, I now do sessions around Wollongong, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, South Coast of NSW, and more…
I recently met up with Marcia from Pawsonality, to photograph her two awesome dogs at her home.
When you are a dog guardian, you know your dog inside and out – you know each and every little expression they use, the nuances of their body language, and every little quirk they have. Sometimes, they don’t show their full personality or the entire range of quirks to a complete stranger, especially one who wants to stick a big fat camera in their face. We, therefore, spent some quality time together so that I could get to know the dogs, and of course, so they could get used to me. Dogs that are happy and relaxed are more likely to freely express themselves and show all their quirks.
I absolutely loved getting to know Roxy and Winston and watching them open up to me. It was a joy to be able to capture a range of expression – serious, happy, goofy, cheeky, handsome, regal, as well as the personal details that Marcia loves about her dogs – Roxy’s forehead wrinkles, Winston’s uneven ears.
This is why I adore my job!! I provide joy to pet guardians, capturing the uniqueness of each pet and providing memories that will last a lifetime.
Check out a small selection of images from Roxy and Winston’s session below…
If you would like to book a photo session for your pets, please get in touch with me and we can chat about all your options. In the meantime, enjoy your pets, love them, and appreciate all their weird little quirks.
I’ve had a lengthy hiatus from shooting due to a major relocation from Dural in the Hills District of Sydney down to the beautiful South Coast of NSW. It was a huge move for us, but one that was very overdue, and we are loving every second of being on the coast. Being on the beautiful South Coast is a huge inspiration for me, and is proving to provide some much needed motivation.
I am also so very pleased to reconnect with old friends who have also moved away from Sydney. Recently, I had the opportunity to have an amazing photo session with Kellie from Totally Pawsable Dog Training, and her new Golden Retriever puppy, Northern. Well, what an absolute joy Nothern was. Every golden wiggly inch of her 🙂
Check out a selection of photos from her session below…
If you are interested in capturing your puppy in all their awesome goofiness before they grow up, please get in contact with me, I now do sessions around Wollongong, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, South Coast of NSW, and more…
Sometimes you meet a new dog at a new location and it takes a little time for everyone to relax and get comfortable with their surroundings.
He is a beautiful little Tibetan Spaniel who was a little nervous about this new location to start with. I took some time just chilling out with him on the grass, getting him used to me, and the camera gear. I always like to observe my subjects for a little while, and never force them straight into a “sit” on this, or “stand” over here.
A lot of folks worry that they don’t have “obedience” trained dogs, and that they would never sit still long enough for a good photo. Guess what? Young Kenny here is the perfect example of an untrained dog coming away with gorgeous images that capture his personality – cheeky, happy, alert and playful! What a little spunk!
I was recently commissioned, along with some of Australia’s most talented photographers, to be part of a campaign to raise awareness for pet adoption and rescue groups.
Working with Western Digital and Rescue Groups throughout Australia, myself and the other commissioned photographers aim to shine a light on all the wonderful animals that are currently waiting for their new and forever homes.
By sending professional photographers into the shelters, each armed with a donated Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro, we were able to capture gorgeous and happy photographs of these animals, which will greatly improve their chances of adoption.
This campaign is gaining traction on social media, with folks sharing images using the hashtag #WDPets.
Even photographic magazines and online forums are picking it up and running articles. This is FANTASTIC, as it will raise much needed awareness.
Myself and my partner have adopted 4 rescue animals so far (2 dogs and 2 cats), so we certainly understand the immense joy that comes from adopting rescues. Truth be told, I had to stop myself from attempting to smuggle out a couple of these cuties during our session.
Please check out these gorgeous guys, and contact the Animal Welfare League Ingleside for more details.
And remember #adoptdontshop #WDPets
Here are the dogs – Marni, Africa, Sumi, Massie, Snoopy and Cliffy:
It’s not often I can say that I fall in love on first sight, well actually, it has happened several times in fact; when I met my partner (aaawwwwww!!), when I laid eyes on our first rescue dog Bella, when we met our second rescue dog Oscar, when Pud our cat wandered into our yard and never left (don’t worry, we did try to find her owners), and then lastly when we found our latest rescue cat Chili, as a teeny tiny little kitty at the pound.
Well, it has happened again in my most recent shoot. I won’t lie, I wanted to bundle this little puppy up and sneak him out with me in my camera bag. You’ll understand when you see the images, trust me!!
You may ask “What on earth is a POMSKY?, well my friends, a Pomsky is an absolutely adorable mix of Pomeranian and Husky… WOW is what I first thought, and then I tried NOT to imagine the logistics of that mating 🙂 But upon meeting little Bailey the minute I got in the door, he was the sweetest, most adorable little puppy I’ve ever photographed (sorry Oscar)!
We had an on-location shoot at the apartment where Bailey and his humans live, which was just divine.
Check out Bailey in all of his outrageous adorableness below. Sometimes he channels his inner Pomeranian, sometimes his Huskiness shines through and at other times I’m sure I was photographing a little fox.
Until next time, enjoy your pets and snuggle them often!
Do you struggle to take good photos of your pets at home? I was honoured to be contacted recently by BUPA Insurance to be one of the featured photographers for their article “Top Pet Photographers Share Their Secrets” on their BUPA Pet Insurance website.
Over the years, I’ve found a few tricks to help. Capturing your pet’s attention can sometimes be quite hard. I find treats and favourite toys always help, and then there’s always silly noises, like squeaking, chirping, and meowing.
Those who know me and my photographic style, know I love to capture the little details like the curl of a tail, the whiskers of a cat, or a single paw. These are all things that are very personal to your pet and make great stand-alone shots.
I also like to get down at their level, so lay on the ground and get eye to eye with them, like the below image of my beautiful cat, Pud, taken at home with natural light through a window.
I absolutely loved meeting these guys!
Maggie is a little pocket rocket, being a Foxie cross she was just go-go-go the whole session, while Monty, who is an older Westie cross, was much more mellow and laid back. They make such a wonderful family, as you’ll see from the selection sneak peek photos here.
I always watch the animals that I’m shooting, and get to know them during our session, so that I can showcase different sides of their personalities, whether that be boisterous, fun, nutty, smoochy, wise, mellow or just plain old cheeky!
Each and every session is so much fun… just take a look at these images!
So, for the very first time ever, I’ve decided to offer a SPECIAL.
The reason is quite simply the fact that I am enjoying the start of SPRING so much and would love to celebrate SPRING with you and your amazing pets!
You can check out the offer over on my specials page, but briefly, it’s a $50 discount off the ULTIMATE session fee, PLUS a $50 credit towards your product package. Isn’t that AWESOME?
So if you’ve ever been thinking about capturing your precious pets for a lifetime of memories, now is the perfect opportunity. Contact me now to book your session.
Just prior to the start of SPRING, I had a wonderful photo session with two adorable dogs; Melinda, a 2-year-old Cavoodle and Trevor, a 12-year-old Dachshund.
Trevor being a Dachshund, he was a little uncertain of me, to begin with, and dachies being dachies, he barked for about 80% of the session. But, as you can see from the end result, dogs who are incredibly talkative, or even who aren’t obedience trained (a common worry for a lot of folks), are still able to have a photo session. These images are just adorable, and capture the personalities of each of the dogs…
Every day of every week, there are a plethora of competitions to enter, or places where photographers can submit images to be critiqued. We do this to improve our work, to compare ourselves against others… For me it’s also to compare myself against myself. That may sound strange, but everything is a learning process, and over time we improve and hone our skills. Logically, if your photos aren’t being “recognised” at first, you have to look at why… is the composition terrible? did you miss the exposure? were you too heavy-handed in the editing?
There is a global resource for Pet Photographers run by Nicole Begley called Hair of the Dog, and each week she runs a “Top Ten” competition based on a certain theme, and each photographer gets to enter only 2 images.
I’ve been entering each week for months, against some FANTASTIC Pet Photographers from around the World, and then analysing my images against the chosen images, and looking at ways that I can improve them.
So, finally, one of my images made it into the Top Ten, with that week’s theme of TAILS. I’m so pleased, and as you’ll see when you click on the following link, there was some seriously tough competition!! Please head on over to the Top Ten on Hair of the Dog, and check out all of the Top Ten images.
Until next time, here is my entry that made it into the Top Ten – Oscar’s scruffy little tail