Absolutely divine personality (or is that catonality?), so relaxed and sure knew how to strike a pose, and when he’d had enough he curled up on my dogs bed and had a snooze!
Well this photo shoot took quite a bit of preparation!
First of all I needed a dress, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on a dress that would never be used again (not having much use for Princess dresses in my life!). So I decide to make one, a very make-shift one! So I dusted off my old sewing machine and got going.
Of course my dogs had to be right next to me all the time, and Molly being the princess that she is, decided that tulle made a great bed for a little doggy!
Finally it was all made and ready for the arrival of my 3 models. We had so much fun doing this shoot, the schnauzer is only 3 months old and the most delightful puppy ever. The cat, well he looks grumpy but that’s just his markings as he’s actually a very laid back, sweet natured cat (who puts up with daily torment from the puppy!).
Well 2014 didn’t see too much of me on my blog, so my new years resolution (even tho I don’t believe in them!) is to try to keep up to date with my blogs!
So to start of the new year I thought I’d start with a really lovely heart warming story about a client I had in early December, Tyson. Tyson is a Bull Mastiff and very much loved by his human, Matt and the extended family. Matt came to me in a bit of a state as Tyson had been diagnosed with heart failure and been given 2 weeks to live.
He had lost 19kgs in just a couple of weeks and that had brought his weight down to a mere 84kgs! But like all the Bull Mastiffs I’ve met they truly are gentle giants. Very intimidating to look at but marshmallows on the inside!
Anyway we did the photo shoot and I asked Matt to let me know how Tyson went. To everyones amazement Tyson lived to see Christmas, and has put on weight. He’s on hugely expensive medication but fortunately the pet insurance is paying for that, and he is going great as I write this at the end of January. To celebrate we did a second photo shoot when Tyson came in with his 2 companions … pugs! Talk about a ridiculous size difference, and don’t try to count the wrinkles between them!
I was a little bit nervous about doing this photo shoot as one of the Labradors had lost a front leg to cancer, and I wondered about how he would manage with his photo shoot. I needn’t have worried, he was amazingly mobile and didn’t seem bothered in the slightest about being 3 legged, what a sweetheart.
As you can see their human is a bit stunning to say the least, and we joked that we had 3 gorgeous blondes in the studio that morning. I’m sure that they create quite a stir at the doggy park, between the glamour, the 3 blondes and the 3 legs they are certainly eye-catching!!
Every year I am one of the organisers of the Dogs Day Out in Mawson Lakes, it’s a fun and free community event in the suburb I live in, Mawson Lakes. We have heaps of doggy related stalls, displays, performances, advice, dog adoption and competitions. For dog lovers it’s heaven!
Anyway I run the Most Photogenic Dog Competition. I set up my mobile studio and take pawtraits all day long. It’s amazing how good the dogs are, considering that there are hundreds of dogs there, lots of noise, all sorts of comings and goings and yet they are so good at having their photos taken. I just love dogs!
Last year Ava a gorgeous Schnauzer who didn’t have the customary Schnauzer haircut just won us all over. She sat and gazed into my camera lens, and I swear she smiled! Her prize was a professional photo shoot in my studio, and when her human told me there were 2 more at home, I decided to extend the prize to them too. Lovely dogs, each with their own distinct personality (or is that doganilty?). Ave the quite reserved one, Rommel the gentleman and Sabrine the playful one. Lovely shoot to do!
I hope 2013 brings you lots of walkies, car rides with the wind in your face, treats, cuddles on the couch and a soft bed!
And if you are a cat I hope it brings you all the respect you demand! And a soft bed!
Well it’s been a crazy year and my blog is now very out of date, so I’m going to do a huge catch-up and load a whole load of stuff in one go. Well that’s the plan anyway, but I’m waiting on a client to arrive for a photo shoot, so whether it happens today or not is another matter!
I’m absolutely thrilled that my newborn baby photography has taken off with a bang. I never expected that I would be so busy so soon after starting up the business, but it’s been crazy! And one of the reasons I haven’t blogged in eons.
I completed my Cert IV in Photoimaging and got a distinction in every subject, which was rather satisfying to know that I had been doing the right thing all along! It’s one thing to be passionate about photography, and to please clients but it’s a personal challenge to actually do assignments, get assessed and put a certificate on the wall for all to see!
Having juggled my business and a full-time course for a year, I was rewarded by being accepted and fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, another personal milestone, and another certificate for the wall!!
Life has been a chaotic but fun balancing act of photo shoots, editing, helping to organise and run a photography competition and cocktail night, and a Dogs Day Out event in the community I live in. Add that to another fabulous holiday in Africa, this time Kruger and Mala Mala in South Africa, taking photos of the most incredible wildlife, well it’s been one hell of a ride!!
These two beautiful cats, both rescue cats, are very comfy in their own home thank you, so I packed up the mobile studio and headed off to them instead of them coming to my studio. Even so Pickle (the dark and ginger one) still wasn’t too convinced that she wanted her portrait taken. Gherkin on the other hand loved it, the warmth of the lights, the attention and don’t mention the treats, she didn’t want to stop!