Dearne is one pet owner who knows the importance of getting her pet photographed while he is still a puppy, and this Pugalier puppy, Gus, sure is growing up fast! He has already exceeded their expectations becoming bigger already than what they had hoped he would grow to. But seriously who can resist that squished face and curly little tail!
I love pet photography shoots in Autumn, it is definitely one of my favourite times of the year to shoot. There is always so much variety with colours and the dogs always have such a fun time playing in the leaves. This session took place at the Royal Botanical Gardens in the city.
In Rodger’s Rescue Dog Photography Session, Rodger is now living the good life with a new loving family after being rescued and adopted. Stephanie adopted Rodger from the Lost Dogs Home where he ended up after being found drowning in a Dam. He was very fortunate to be seen and rescued by Rodger, a Electrician who was working in the area, and so he was aptly named Rodger, after his rescuer. You can read all about his rescue story and how Stephanie and her partner Rhys came to adopt him here
It wasn’t certain what breed he was but after meeting Peanut and I at the Dog Lovers Show, Stephanie thought that Rodger was very similar to Peanut and might very well be a Chihuahua Cross. From how she explained him I didn’t think he and Peanut would be very similar, but when I met him I could have sworn they are brother and sister. Although they look very different and Rodger sometimes looks like a little black and white monkey or a Lemur even, he is a cheeky little character, but he has a lot of the same characteristics and personality as Peanut.
I made sure they bought Rodger around to meet Peanut at their photo viewing and the two absolutely hit it off and played and played together for over an hour! I love it when I can make a new friend for peanut from the clients I get to meet and work with.
Rodger loves to play and as he wasn’t really one to sit still during our session, instead the focus was on capturing him as he played and had a fun day out with mum and dad in the park.
Sheida and Pepsi are friends of Peanut and I, we often get to sit down and have a natter over coffee while Peanut and Pepsi play and hang out together. It’s all very cute, I think these two girls were made to be best friends.
Pepsi came into Sheida’s life on the 12th of October at 10 weeks old, she will be 4 this year. Sheida had been preparing and wishing to have her own special little dog for at least 2 years, waiting for the perfect timing, building up the courage to face the commitment. She started going to various pet shops to get a feel for different breeds. She had done research online, called many breeders and regularly checked shelters, but really wanted a small breed puppy. Having already decided on a name long before Sheida met her perfect puppy, she was SO thrilled when she just happened to accidentally see her in a pet store – there she was, a little Maltese Cross puppy – Pepsi. It was absolutely love at first sight! Unfortunately at the time Sheida’s living situation didn’t allow for pets, so after feeling depressed for a week, she decided the next week to move out and go back and bring Pepsi home.
This is how Sheida describes her Pepsi…”Pepsi is a very beautiful kind and cheerful little girl. I call her my joy-spreader! This is because she brings a smile to everyone who walks past her. She wiggles her entire body in joy when she’s happy – hence she got the nickname Fishie. Her funny quirks include trotting and bouncing rather than a walk or run and doing a handstand when she wee’s. She’s very independent and flirty with men especially. She’s also extremely sweet and gentle with children. She loves to play and can get a bit obsessed with her ball. Nowadays she’s more selective who she plays with but if they chase her she loves to show off her quick turns and twists on the grass.”
Sheida and Pepsi share a similar relationship to Peanut and I and hearing her describe Pepsi, is like me talking about Peanut. Our dogs really are our babies and for now not having children of our own, means we can spoil our pets instead.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a family pet photography session, but this was such an enjoyable one with such an amazingly photogenic family and their dogs. It’s obvious that this family love and cherish their pets so much so that they are not just their pets, but an extension of their family as truly treasured family members. We had Nicky, an 8 year old Lhaso Apso, Darcy, a 7 year old Cavoodle, and dare I say it the star of the show, Sully a Pomeranian Cross.
I loved this session so much, that I wanted to share some of the feedback I received from it. This is what Leesa had to say about the session: “My fur and human family had the most amazing experience working with Erin. She managed to capture so many beautiful moments. We are all so happy knowing we will have wonderful photos to treasure forever! Erin was so patient and kind when working with our fur babies. She took so much time making sure she got the perfect shot. She also made all of us feel comfortable and at ease through the entire process. When we went in for our photo viewing we were blown away with the quality of the images she captured. She is so genuine, warm and talented!!! It is so evident how much she loves her job and we will absolutely be recommending her to all of our friends.”
Bridie was diagnosed with a severe heart condition when she was very young and due to this wasn’t expected to live beyond 12 months. She was a very sick puppy and Arna was encouraged to let her go. They decided to fight and to give her a good life for as long as they were going to have her. Thankfully they did as when she was 6 months old her heart murmur could no longer be detected and she had exceeded all expectations.
Bridie is now a very happy and playful dog and Arna and Ann consider themselves very lucky to have Bridie in their lives.
For Bridie’s session we went to Monash University which has lovely grounds with lots of native trees, rock formations, walking paths and even a large pond. It’s a great spot, quite private too which was well suited for Bridie as sometimes she can be unpredictable with other dogs.
Arna was lucky enough to receive this pet photography session as a gift from her sister-in-law for Christmas, given to her because everyone knows how important Bridie is to her.
I’m glad I could provide these two with some beautiful images of their very special Bridie. Giving the gift of professional pet photography to any pet lover is a very special and unique gift. I offer any of my sessions as gift vouchers which can be purchased HERE.
Every year the Lost Dogs Home has a “12 Strays of Christmas” campaign where they advertise 12 stray pets in the newspaper to try and find them homes by Christmas. Jennifer hadn’t seriously considered getting a dog companion until she saw Gracie’s photo in the newspaper and she instantly wanted to find out more.
At the shelter, her heart melted when she saw this tiny little white dog in a large pen looking frightened. She looked into Gracie’s adorable eyes and at that moment Jennifer fell in love with her and decided to adopt her.
As a stray dog she didn’t have any identity so couldn’t be reunited with her owner. The Lost Dogs Home de-sexed her, gave her a new name, estimated her age and put her up for adoption. Basically her life history was erased, but this meant she could start a new and much happier life with Jennifer and her family.
It’s been over a year now since Jennifer adopted Gracie and she mentions just how much she has changed her life in so many happy ways. “Gracie brings joy and love to so many people. Her sweet loving nature brings out the best in everybody and she helps people overcome difficult times in their lives.”
Jennifer says “I have never before felt so much love for a dog. The love and loyalty she gives me makes me feel so fulfilled and special. She is the light of my life and I can’t imagine my life without her in it. My Gracie Dee is one in a million.”
I had so much fun photographing Gracie-Dee and she really was just the sweetest little soul. This session took place at their home where Gracie is most comfortable as being an adopted pet she can sometimes be unpredictable around other dogs. It was very evident how much she loved Jennifer as she didn’t like to leave her side and she is very loved in return by their whole family.
Get ready for your puppy fix!
Helen contacted me to have a photo session with their Dachshund, Floella and her pups before they were all sent off to their new homes.
I think I spent the first 30 mins of this session just cuddling these babies. I wasn’t expecting them to be so small and just so so gorgeous, they were like little mini slinkiest. When I saw them I squealed like a little girl, dropped my camera bag and almost jumped up and down for joy. I just sat amongst them and had them crawling all over me, chewing my shoes and shoelaces, biting tiny holes in my tee-shirt and licking my face. Lucky they all already had their homes to go to, otherwise I would have been packing one into my bag to take home with me.
Because Helen and Radek don’t yet have children, Floella is like their baby (I can definitely relate to this) and it’s nice to now see her now a mother herself with 7 week old puppies that will soon go to new homes.
Floella is a real hugger a very affectionate dog, maybe a little too humanised from all the special love she receives. She is also a a great mother to her pups.
When I was back in Wellington in January I got together with PJ, to photograph the newest addition to their family, Elle the Dachshund.
When I was a child we had a longhaired Dachshund, Jessie, who was the loveliest dog. Sadly she was victim to our neighbours car, that day Dad came and picked up my brother and I from school with Jessie’s body in the car (I think bringing her to us, was the only way he could tell us). When I picked her up, she made a squeak and I was so excited to think she was still alive. We all buried her together in the back yard of our family home, where Dad still lives today. I always remember how she would howl/sing with me. I will always miss her.
PJ and Shaun had always planned on getting a dog, and after doing a bunch of research, decided that a Westie would be the best suit for their lifestyle and personalities. As you tend to do when your looking to get a new family member, they popped into pet shops quite often and on one day they had two little Daxies in. They got one out for a bit of a cuddle and as she was having a nice little snuggle with Shaun she looked up and gave him a kiss on the chin. That was the moment they fell in love with Elle and took her home to be with them. Shaun and PJ are now smitten and Elle couldn’t have asked for a better couple who would love her as much as they do.
I know this story all too well as this was how I met Peanut. After numerous visits to see her in the pet store, I just had to have her. Having since met Peanut’s breeder I found out that she was only sent to the pet store as she was the runt of the litter that no one wanted having found homes for all her brothers and sisters except her.
More often these days buying puppies from pet stores is shunned upon, especially in Australia as this is what keeps puppy factories operating. I definitely don’t think it’s the same situation in NZ and puppies in pet stores do still need a loving home to go to as well.