Labradors and glamour!

Labrador pet photo by Adelaide Pet Photos.
Labrador pet photo by Adelaide Pet Photos.

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!!

Hermoine. Baby Photos,

Photograph of newborn baby in hammock by Adelaide Baby Photos
Newborn baby photography by Adelaide Baby Photos

I don’t usually go to people’s homes to do portrait photography but this time I made an exception as I had planned to go up into the Adelaide Hills on a hunt for some more newborn props for photo shoots and thought I’d combine the two.

I had a lovely morning with this gorgeous family. First of all their home is so fabulous I wanted to move in, then the parents were just the loveliest relaxed people, and don’t talk about Hermoine who was one of the most contented babies I’ve ever met! She made my job easy! And then the fur babies came to see what was going on, as far as I’m concerned this photograph of the parents, newborn baby and a dog is just the perfect family photo!

Photo of sleeping newborn baby by Adelaide Baby Photos
Newborn baby photo by Adelaide Baby Photos
Photo of sleeping baby in box by Adelaide Baby Photos
Newborn baby photo by Adelaide Baby Photos
Photograph of newborn baby by Adelaide Baby Photos
New born baby photo by Adelaide Baby Photos

Schnauzers, Ava, Rommel & Sabrine.

Pet Portrait Photography or Schnauzers
Pet Portrait Photography or Schnauzer

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!

5 Border Collies!

Border Collies photograph by Adelaide Pet Photos
Border Collies photograph by Adelaide Pet Photos

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!

Border Collie photo by Adelaide Pet Photos
Border Collie photo by Adelaide Pet Photos

Happy New Year to all my four legged clients!

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!

My huge blog catch-up!

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!!

My new website!

Website banner for Adelaide Baby Photos
Adelaide Baby Photos

YAY! AT LAST!

My website for newborn baby photography is up and running, I’m very excited about it I must admit. And I have to thank all the generous new mums and dads, whose gorgeous newborn babies have their photos all over the site.

Please click on the link and go and have a look for yourself!

www.adelaidebabyphotos.com

Gordy the Labradoodle

 I have to say this gorgeous looking fella, is the most beautifully behaved and well-trained dog I have ever met. Including my own dog who I thought was pretty good! Still a young dog at just over one year, he’s almost human; ask him to do something and he does, right away. Fantastic. And so handsome too! Absolute pleasure and 100% fun taking photos, I LOVE my job!

 

Zack

 It’s amazing that at only 2 weeks old, newborn boys already look different to newborn girls! Little Zack is gorgeous, chubby and looks like he’s almost ready to kick a football around. Despite it being a typical hot Adelaide summer day, he was very content in front of the heater, and we got through this photo shoot in no time at all!

 

Savannah

Just 20 days old, newborn baby Savannah came to my studio with her mum, Tayla-Lee and her auntie, Micaela. Such a pretty little thing (like her mum!), and we had a fun morning taking heaps of gorgeous photographs. Babies are only like this for such a short period of time, it’s great to be able to take portraits of them to remind you in years to come just how tiny and innocent they were!

Murphy the Fox Terrier

Murphy the Fox Terrier started off life as a show dog. But he grew a little bit too tall, I bet he’s glad about that because he leads a totally charmed life now, where all he has to do is have FUN!

And boy does he have a lot of energy for fun. I think I spent more time on the floor under the table playing with him and his squeaky toy, than I did behind the lens!

Gorgeous young man, and despite his best efforts, I got some lovely photos of him!

Maya

 I’ve become a bit of a baby stalker lately as I               build up my portfolio of newborn photos. When I spotted this little bundle of cuteness at a lunch at one of South Australia’s premier wine cellars, Chateau Tanunda, I was just dying to get her in front on my lens!

Fortunately her mum and grandmother were willing to give it a go, and so I invaded Emma’s home with all my gear, and took over their lives for a couple of hours.

Little Maya who was ready to come into the world 6 weeks early, is now 8 weeks old but still very tiny. She really wanted to sleep, but with all that excitement she just had to keep having a peep and see what was going on, I bet she slept very well that night!

I’m thrilled with the results, thanks so much you guys for not brushing me off (or thinking I was some kind of strange baby stealing weirdo!) and I hope you’ll treasure these photos for years to come.

 

South Australia Professional Photography Awards 2011

Maasi Mother, KenyaSorry to blow my own trumpet, but I’m just a teeny-weeny bit proud of myself at the moment! I entered this photo that I took (while on holiday in Kenya last July) into the SAPPA awards … and I got a silver award!

Thanks to a flu that’s knocked me for six, I wasn’t able to go to the judging, but thank goodness for the internet … the judging was shown via live streaming and I sat up in bed watching it on my laptop. Talk about nerve-wracking, but when they said I’d got silver I was just beside myself! Best thing that’s happened to me all week (well apart from Vicks honey flavoured cough liquid which is awesome!).

I wish I could explain to the woman in the photo how many people have seen her image, and the effect she’s had on them, and how they all love her baby!

Newborn Samara, just 15 days old.

Welcome to the world Samara! One thing is for sure, you will be surrounded by lots of love (although your brother isn’t that keen on you right now, but he’ll get used to you, trust me!). It was my absolute pleasure to photograph this tiny little newborn, so trusting and so innocent and so very loved, wouldn’t it be nice to always be that way!

TimTam the Schnauzer

This cute little fella TimTam (named after Australia’s favourite chocolate biscuit!), is a Schnauzer, he just doesn’t have the traditional hair cut that Schnauzers usually wear. He is absolutely adorable, so friendly and so well behaved, and an absolute slave for Good O’s, one of my easiest photo shoots!

 

Bella the Spaniel

Whilst my friends were living the life of luxury cruising around the islands of Fiji, I stayed home and minded the dogs, am I a good friend or what?! I must say my own fur baby,Oscar, is very good at sharing his home with other dogs, I think he quite enjoys the company. So for 2 weeks there were 3 dogs in the house, I looked like the pied piper when I went out walking them all together! It was fun, but I think the cat is happy to be back to just one dog now.

Bella, the butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-my-mouth spaniel was beside herself with excitement with other dogs to play with, 2 walks a day and all those wonderful smells to check out in a new neighbourhood! Her tail never stopped wagging, in fact her whole body wagged from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.

 

Bailey the Shih Tzu


Little old man Bailey was most unhappy about having his photograph taken, he just wanted to be left alone to sniff out all those wonderful smells in my studio from the countless doggies that have visited it! Some bribes in the form of Good O’s (they work every time!) and a few cuddles from mum, and we were soon clicking away.

 

 

Pickle & Gherkin

Another birthday present … I seem to do a lot of these! Being a huge animal lover I can’t think of a nicer birthday present than a pet portrait of your fur child!

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!

Beyond cute!

As gorgeous as Zoe is, when it comes to being cute there is none cuter than her daughter Ebony Rose. Today though Ebony was just not into having photos taken, while her mummy was the perfect model she just wanted to play with “ooma” out in the garden … much more fun than having your photo taken! I did manage to snatch about 5 minutes in the studio with her before she was off again! Almost 2 years old, and beyond cute!

The Gorgeous Zoe!

I have to say a huge thanks to Zoe for helping me out by being such a willing model. Nothing was too much trouble … we did some natural light shots, then some outside with the speedlight and umbrella. How about some studio shots with the white backdrop? No problem. Now how about with the black backdrop, no problem! Fantastic, I got to play with all my toys and Zoe just smiled, changed clothes, and posed for me. And I think you’ll agree, we got some great results. Thanks a mil Zoe!

Jesse the Miniature Shetland Collie


Another doggy photo shoot for a birthday present! This time a 21st birthday for Melissa and the gift was organised as a surprise from her lovely partner Thomas. Jesse the miniature shetland collie had broken her foot as a puppy and had hobbled aroundever since, she’s now 10 years old and a lovely gentle dog.

 

Lexie the black labrador


Lexie was very laid back about her pawtrait session and watched me with a slightly bemused expression as if to say “why on earth are you crawling around me on your hands and knees?”

Her tail never stopped thumping throughout the entire shoot, and according to her owner she has her ‘is that the dog food container I hear’ look on her face!

 

Bella

Bella is just the most affectionate little thing, nothing she likes more than to snuggle on your lap and go to sleep. I’m sure she thinks she’s a cat!

She feels the cold and had me laughing at her antics with a blanket she found in my studio. She burrowed into it, pulled it over her head and turned around and around underneath it until she was completely invisible. She’s so tiny you would never know there was a dog wrapped up inside it … until you get close enough to hear the snoring!

But one squeak of the squeaky toy and she was out like a shot, ready to hunt it down and chew it to bits!

 

Caitlin and Dyson the labrador puppy

I’ve been waiting to add these photos to the page, but they were a surprise birthday present for Caitlin’s father so I’ve had to bide my time waiting for the birthday to happen.

It was quite an operation getting both Caitlin and her labrador puppy out of the house without raising suspicions and I got a phone call at 7.30am to say could we do it NOW!!!

Despite still being a puppy, Dyson was very well-behaved and I’d have to say a lot calmer than my usual experiences with puppies! A credit to Caitlin who has taken on her role as dog trainer with great enthusiasm and success.

 

RSPCA photo shoot

 

See more gorgeous RSPCA animals on the RSPCA Pawtraits page.

Being a huge supporter of animal rescue and rehoming organisations, I offered my time (& talent!) to the RSPCA, to get some endearing photos that will hopefully help these gorgeous, but abandoned or abused animals find loving homes.

I had a wonderful time, the people who work at RSPCA SA are  just fantastic and the volunteers were amazing, coming in on a Sunday to help bring the animals into my make-shift studio. Everyone really got into it, and it was a fun time, the animals were fabulous … calm, responsive and ultra friendly, which I’m sure is a direct result of the care and compassion they get from the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA.

If you think you can give a permanent and loving home to a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig, think about going and seeing what the RSPCA has waiting for adoption, instead of heading off to the pet shop. As you can see these creatures are just gorgeous, and they certainly deserve a second chance at a life.

I’ve created an RSPCA page with all the photos I took on it, have a look!

Cavoodles, Wilson and Murphy

Two gorgeous canine brothers, what fun I had with them. The photographs were a surprise birthday present so the dogs were smuggled out of the house and dropped off at my studio, with their owner telling me I’d never get a decent photograph of the two of them together because they were so playful and didn’t do as they were told. Half an hour later I had the most wonderful collection of photos of the two of them and of each one on their own!

The owner swears drugs were involved because she just can’t believe how well behaved they were! No drugs, but I will admit to a little bit of cheese bribery!! Check out the photographs of these two dogs on the Pawtraits page.

Nellie the Basset Hound

Basset Hounds were bred to have short legs so that their large, sensitive noses would be close to the ground, and to have long ears that would stir up the leaves and undergrowth and stimulate scents. And the white tip of their tail? So it could be seen when their short bodies disappeared in the bush!

Nellie took her photo shoot very seriously, nothing was to be rushed and we were to give her the respect that a dog of her high breeding and pedigree deserved! What a great temperament this dog has, she let her 3 humans climb all over her and still retained her dignity. Check out Nellie on the Pawtraits page