Chinese families

Adelaide Baby Photos
Adelaide Baby Photos

Although I’m not Chinese myself, I have photographed so many babies from families of Chinese descent that I now have quite an understanding of the culture and traditions that surround the birth of a new baby into the family, even when it is a young Chinese couple living in Australia.

As a result I now offer a Chinese Package to facilitate the desire to have newborn photos but the difficulties of how to do that with the 30 day confinement period. For Chinese families I do a pregnancy photo shoot at my studio around the 34 week mark, then when the new baby is born I do a newborn photo shoot at their home in the first 2 weeks, and then another studio photo shoot on the 100th day. I love doing it as I get to have quite a relationship with the parents, and invariably they come back at 8 months and at 1 year so I get to see the baby grow up too.

German Shepherd, Colllie X

Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho

Hunter was the winner of a competition held by my local vet. People were asked to upload a photo of their pet onto the vets Facebook page and then the pet with the most “likes” won a photo shoot with me!

Well handsome boy Hunter won the competition and came for his photo shoot. He’s a German Shepherd x Collie with the looks of a German Shepherd and the mind of a Collie! He was sheep dog trained as a puppy and so he’s really good with commands and even ‘talks’ when asked to!

This photo shoot was done and dusted in no time at all, Hunter posed beautifully and was so good. Now his humans have the hard task of deciding which of his gorgeous photos to print!

I’m back from Africa!

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Janet Coelho
Adelaide Pet Photos

Flew in last night from Botswana and the most amazing safari yet, full of amazing sightings, once in a lifetime experiences and as always good friends and lots of laughs.

Only 35o0 photos to go through! But back to work tomorrow so it might take me a while before I get a chance to do that, never mind I’m still in Africa inside my head!

Little Miss Newborn Perfect!

Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho

Wow, this newborn baby looks like she made a visit to the beauty salon to have her eyebrows and lashes touched up, but at only 16 days old it’s all perfectly natural and perfectly perfect! And she was such an easy baby to photograph too, no fussing no crying just little miss perfect!

My Mornings!

Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho

I’m dog sitting for 2 friends at the moment, so my doggy household is now 4 dogs. All the dogs know each other as we human friends all belong to the same running club and take our dogs for a run too so they all get along great.

This is the scene first thing in the morning while I’m making my morning coffee and they are very patiently waiting for their breakfast, I just love them!

Great Danes and Great Dane puppy

Oh my goodness, the bigger of the two Great Danes is only 5 1/2 months old, the small one is only a few weeks but one day she will be that big. And one day soon they will both be bigger altogether! Hopefully their humans have a big house!

Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho

German Shepherds and pretty girls!

Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho

Bet that got your attention!

Zac is an elderly gentleman and a real sweetie. His companion is a small “white fuffy” dog who keeps him on his toes and is probably keeping him  young. He has been with his rather lovely human all his life which is 12 years, and hopefully has quite a few more to go because they both love each other dearly.

Newborn babies are the best!

Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho

Only 13 days young this newborn arrived at my studio with parents and all grandparents in tow, quite a crowd and a lot of love in the room, she  is totally adored by everyone, and with good reason … what a gentle and contented baby she is, she would make even the hardest heart melt.

Nova, Great Dane puppy

Hard to imagine that this little bundle of wrinkles, cuteness and velvet fur will one day be big enough to need a single size human bed to sleep on! But that’s Great Danes for you, her humans are totally enjoying this cuddly, lapdog size … because it won’t last long!

Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Pet Photos by Janet Coelho

Two year olds and newborn babies

I’m always happy when my clients call me up to say they have had another baby and want to come back to do photos with the new baby. But I must admit that my heart sinks a little when they ask if they bring baby number one along as well … who is now 2 years old. You know what they say about the “terrible twos’! There’s a good reason for it!

Of course all parents want to get beautiful photos of their children together, but working with 2 year olds is really hard. And when you add a new born baby and all the safety issues that go with it, well it just gets harder. But how can I say no? It’s what every parent wants, so I just cross my fingers and hope for the best. And when it goes right, it goes really right!!! We worked hard to get this shot, but it was so worth it!

Adelaide Baby Photos by Janet Coelho
Adelaide Baby Photos

Australian Border Collies

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.

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Adelaide Pet Photos

Double the cuteness

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Double the trouble, but also double the cuteness, twins can be a real challenge to photograph. Of course every parent wants gorgeous pictures of the two together, but actually getting them both fed, calm and posed at the same time is really hard.

These two were lovely to work with, the little boy in particular was such an easy going baby and fell asleep at the drop of a hat (even a yellow and blue long tailed stripey one!), his sister was a bit more fussy but we girls are allowed to be fussy!

Sergeant Major, Great Dane

Adelaide Pet PhotosI 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!

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Glamour, Schnauzers and Cats!

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Well this photo shoot took quite a bit of preparation!

Adelaide Pet PhotosFirst 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!

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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!).

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Blogging 2015

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!

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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!!

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

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

Sienna

 10 day old Sienna arrived just in time for Christmas, I took these photos just 3 days before Xmas Day amid a flurry of wrapping paper, the smells of cake baking and a 2 1/2 year old big sister who was very worried that Santa might not make it to the house, despite her having a bag of “reindeer oats” (muesli!) ready for them! I’m sure Santa made it, but I reckon the best present was this little bundle of new life

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.