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

Tempus visits Kangaroo Valley

Tempus visits Kangaroo Valley

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.

A HUGE thank you goes out to The Heavens Mountain Escape in Kangaroo Valley, they kindly supplied the perfect backdrop for Tempus’ first photo session.

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…

Get in touch and let’s chat.

Northern – Southern Highlands Pet Photographer

Northern – Southern Highlands Pet Photographer

Northern in the Southern Highlands:

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…

Get in touch and let’s chat.

Mini Session Goodness with Little Kenny

Mini Session Goodness with Little Kenny

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.

Meet KENNY!!

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!

#WDPets Campaign

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.

Check out the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/WDAustralia/app/137541772984354/

http://www.capturemag.com.au/projects/wd-s-wireless-workflow-raising-awareness-for-pets-in-need

http://www.australianphotography.com/news/photographers-get-behind-animal-rescue-campaign

http://www.itwire.com/strategy/74841-wd-supports-aussie-pet-rescue-and-adoption.html

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 some of the animals that were available for adoption during the #WDPets campaign…

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