Australian Border Collies come in a variety of colours, these 3 are all collies ranging from elderly to middle aged to puppy. They all live together and happily their human is a fantastic dog trainer, so photographing them is a breeze! Lovely, happy and calm dogs they are incredibly intelligent and love to please, and I’m always pleased when I get the annual phone call to say it’s time to update their photos as I know the photo shoot will be a lot of fun.
I first photographed Sergeant Major (known as Sarge to his friends) when he was just 3 months old. He was the most delightful puppy, already partially clicker trained and just all paws and ears and fur like velvet. His human decided that being a Great Dane he was going to grow at a tremendous rate and we would do a timeline of photos to show how much he grew in his first year.
Well, let me tell you, Great Danes grow very fast! He came back today aged 5 1/2 months, so only 10 weeks later and I hardly recognised him! And he still has lots more growing to do!
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!
This was such a fun photo shoot to do. It was started off as a gift certificate that was bought as a Christmas present, one of the border collies is a bit of an old boy at 11 years old, and so it was to get some really lovely photos of him. But when I discovered that there were five of them and they all do agility training together, I thought how fabulous it would be to get a portrait of all of them together!
So the wagon pulled up in front of my studio and was just a sea of wagging tails! I must admit at that moment I wondered if I had totally lost my mind!!! But what beautifully behaved dogs they are. A real credit to their humans who have spent a lot of time not just teaching them fun stuff like the agility training, but perfect manners too.
We had a fabulous morning, my idea of heaven … photographing beautiful, happy dogs!