When Michelle booked her session, I was surprised to find out that her dog, Gemma, an adorable ten year old Spoodle, wasn’t actually her dog, but she may as well be for the amount that Michelle loves her.
Michelle is actually a house/pet sitter, so Gemma belongs to their close family friends, and for the last 5 years, Michelle has been been looking after her a couple of times a year. Recently Michelle’s family lost their own dog, so for Michelle, Gemma is the next best thing.
Gemma’s owners were unaware that Michelle had organised a photo shoot with her so not only could she get some lovely images for herself but also to give the owners as a surprise gift. I think they are very lucky to have Michelle looking after Gemma when they are away as she couldn’t be with anyone who loves her more.
Elmo is a very lucky boy. He was adopted from the RSPCA by Belinda and now he’s better known as Elmo – The Social Media Hound. It appears that this little guy gets around, Belinda takes him everywhere as these two are inseparable and it’s turned him around from being a shy, scared dog to being confident, happy and loving everyone. I can’t believe it when such beautiful dogs are found as strays as he was, with no collar, no microchip and no history. He had to be re-taught basic commands and house trained, as an adult dog, he had also never been walked on a lead before and 6 months passed before Belinda saw him play with a toy for the first time.
Thanks to Belinda’s love and care he has blossomed into the cutest, friendliest and happiest dog ever. So much so that people will always stop to approach him on the street, wanting to pat and cuddle him. He has such a positive effect on people that they always smile when walking past. Elmo is also very clever as Belinda has taught him to roll over, tilt his head and shake hands.
It was a pleasure to photograph these two and they were actually selected from a large group of people to take part in my promo video which you can watch on my home page here.
Mocha may be a miniature chocolate Labradoodle but he definitely has a huge personality. He is your typical boy dog, a boisterous boy who likes to do what he wants to do. He loves to play and loves both people and other dogs so he is always providing a lot of entertainment for his two lovely mum’s Linda and Heather.
I met these lovely ladies through my own dog walking and Peanut happened to really take a liking to Mocha and they would play together in the park.
Linda says: “Mocha is our whole world. He has brought so much love and joy to my whole family. He is much loved and adored and is a complete part of our lives.”
I think it’s obvious from these photos that he is very loved and this is a very happy family unit, that revolves around this special boy.
I photographed Jess the Poodle and Lola the Kelpie Cross at the Brighton Beach Boxes. It was a super windy afternoon, where we were dodging the rain, but this meant we could have fun with Jess’ ears blowing in the wind and gave us some nice moody skies.
Emma thought it was time to have her two babies photographed, especially seeing as Jess is getting older now. While Jess was untrained to sit and stay, we still managed to get some great shots of her while roaming around the rocks and running and playing in the sand. Lola on the other hand was much easier to command, however was very excitable at being at the beach and would like to just let loose every now and then.
This is what I really enjoy about these sessions, letting your dogs be able to just let loose and have some time to play and investigate in between the shooting. Often this can also lead to getting those great natural shots of them just being themselves.
Emma got her two favourite images made into Stone Panels to display in her home. I think these look really great, and this product works especially well with beach scenes with it’s natural rustic finish.
It’s not everyday you get to photograph a gorgeous model with her two beautiful dogs! You might recognise Zoe from the Mitsubishi ASX commercial on T.V., she’s also been modeling in various fashion shows recently during Melbourne Fashion Week, after coming back from a month in Germany on a modeling assignment. I remember thinking to myself when I was photographing her, this girl looks just like Jennifer Hawkins, she is beautiful and when I asked her what she does, I was like, well no wonder!
For Zoe her pets mean everything to her and she has a very close bond with them both… “Being an only child my pets have been like my siblings. My dogs mean so much to me”. Having just got the newest edition to her family, Marlo, Zoe thought it was the right time to get some professional photos of the two of them and especially to capture Marlo as a puppy.
Zoe’s tells how her older Pomeranian cross, Sugar, is an extremely intelligent and loving girl. Her favorite trait about Sugar is her ability to understand human emotion and express her own emotions. Marlo follows in Sugars footsteps, he is a very intelligent and sweet little boy who loves cuddles and playing.
Marlo literally was a ball of fluff when I met him during our shoot and when I saw him again at our viewing, he looked like a completely different dog! I was amazed how much he had changed in such a short amount of time.
I first met Sharron and her two Schnoodles Asha and Zarli when she participated in one of our commercial shoots for the Friendly Dog Collars products. I was so impressed by her dogs and their perfect modeling abilities in our shoot that I convinced Sharron to book her own pet photography session with me so I could spend some more time creating some wonderful images of her two girls.
Asha and Zarli’s pet photography session took place along the Maribynong River and surrounding park and wetlands area. It’s a fantastic spot and on this day it was made even more special by the rain and moody weather. We actually timed it really badly as about 10 minutes into the session it started pouring down. We had to run for cover, and wait it out until we could get back out and continue shooting, however Asha and Zarli weren’t phased by the rain in fact I think they enjoyed the session more because of it. So the dogs having had been looking lovely and fluffy after just being groomed at the start of the session ended up looking more like drowned rats.
Danielle and Rory share a very close relationship. Not only are they friends but they also work together as an animal assisted therapy dog team providing counselling treatments to private clients meaning anyone who sees Danielle will have the chance to meet and work with Rory as well. This means they have to have a very trusting relationship and solid bond. Danielle has done extensive training with Rory through the Alpha Canine Professional Group and Lead the Way and now Rory plays a very important role in helping to treat her psychotherapy clients. It’s been very interesting finding out how having treatments with a therapy dog present can help clients through their treatments and also help Danielle learn more about her clients.
Danielle really wanted to capture Rory’s happy friendly spirit, so we spent the afternoon at the Brighton Dog Beach, a new outing for Rory who had us all laughing through out the entire session. Rory absolutely LOVED the beach and had the best time during her session, she basically ran a muck until she collapsed and then got her second wind and was off again. I think the beach will now become a regular outing for Rory.
Danielle and Matt invested in a canvas panel collage which we all felt was the best way to tell the story of Rory’s session capturing her day out at the beach and will make a beautiful statement art piece to hang on their wall.
I will always have a soft spot for Dachshunds, as my first dog as a kid was a long haired Dachshund named Jessie, who I have very fond memories of. Emily was very lucky to receive Mr Pickles the Dachshund as a gift for her birthday. Best birthday gift ever! Her sister sought out a reputable breeder specifically to buy her a Dachshund puppy who they flew over from Queensland.
On top of this gift Emily was also the lucky winner of the IDPet pampered pooch gift package which included a photo session with myself. Check out Mr Pickle’s new gears, custom jacket and collar won as part of the package. I think Mr Pickle’s is going to have to get a bit more used to wearing cute outfits however as I suspect he will be sporting more than just the dinosaur outfit and custom gears in the near future!
I have a new groomer and doggy daycare centre literally 5 mins around the corner from me, Poochie Palace run by Laura and her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Bailey, who I had the pleasure of photographing. Finally I got to shoot a pet photography session in my local area and walking trails which used to be the old historic stock route in Kensington Banks. I love this area, it’s so beautiful with so many park options and tracks for walking all leading down to the river, where you can walk for miles. Not that Peanut’s little legs can walk for miles, but the option is there. It’s kind of like one big maze and it’s not uncommon to get completely lost in this area, but this became Bailey’s backdrop for some fun photos. It was perfect timing with the ground covered in leaves which were all cleared away in the days following, so I was very happy we did this session when we did. Have I mentioned before I love shooting in Autumn haha.
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.
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.
While on our travels in Toronto, Canada, after wandering around the city admiring the amount of people with dogs and what a great city/country this would be to do pet photography, I just happened upon the annual Woofstock dog show. At Woofstock I found Illona’s stall for Scruffy Dog Photography. I was almost starstruck as Illona is known as Ontario’s Premier Pet Photographer and I’ve been following and admiring her work for some time now. You can imagine how happy I was, when she invited us out to spend some time with her and her dogs for a little photo session.
We quickly started making plans for another night in Toronto, car hire and re-arranging our plans to make this trip out to Kitchener (about 1.5 hours from Toronto). We had the best afternoon with the scruffies, her two dogs Merrick and Matea, who are both gorgeous and so well trained! If you check out the last photo where Merrick, quite happy, stood up on a high tree branch. We enjoyed lots of scruffy pats and hugs (especially since we were missing Peanut so much) and Illona shared with me how she shoots pets. We got to play around with different lenses, different shooting methods and had a great chin wag about the business of photography and even Canon vs Nikon, followed by a lovely dinner.
It was such a great opportunity for me to spend this time with Scruffy Dog Photography and also just nice to meet the lovely lady behind it all. I really loved Canada, and I would love to go back and see more of it.