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Happy Take Your Dog To Work Day! I have these four misfits snuggling under my desk today (and every day). I’m lucky that I work from home when I’m not out photographing other people’s dogs so this lot have a pretty charmed life. They did ok for a bunch of dumped dogs.

Pack of four rescue bull breeds, pit bull type dogs, sitting on a rock

This photo is from my last book, Tails of Sydney, which features over 100 other dogs that I don’t own. There are still some copies available on my website if you haven’t got yourself one yet.

Did you get to bring your dog to work today? Head over to my Instagram or Facebook post and show me!

It’s not often that I feel like getting up before sunrise on a Sunday morning and since it’s the one day of the week that Dave doesn’t have to get up at 4.45am it’s quite amazing that these photos exist! Sometimes I get the urge to take photos just for me. We’d done a session at this location for Tails of Sydney and I loved the pictures so much I wanted to go back with my own dog some day … so we did. Being the difficult subject that he is I was only hoping for one great shot, but Bruno did some of his best work that morning. Look at him actually looking at the camera? I think he’s finally getting the hang of this modelling thing. Maybe there’s a doggy version of this list that he can aspire to be on.

I only brought one lens so there’s not a tonne of variety here but I did well to narrow it down to just these few favourites to share …

good looking blockhead lying on rocks OCF wide angle sunrise profoto B2

tri colour amstaff standing on rocks wide angle bobble head

handsome blue fawn Staffy rescue dog sitting on rocks at sunrise at Maroubra Beach licking nose

blue fawn sable American Staffordshire Terrier standing on rocks wide angle bobble head sunrise starburst lens flare

sable pitbull type dog standing on rocks wide angle bobble head lens flare

I only included this one cause it’s ridiculousness makes me laugh.

lean pitbull type dog posing on rocks at sunrise wide angle lens flare

The money shot, courtesy of something behind me that got his attention.

ridiculously good looking pitbull type dog lying on rocks at sunrise blue sky shot with profoto b2 flash

It’s a long weekend here in Sydney so I borrowed a puppy from Fetching Dogs for the weekend. Partially for me. Partially for Bruno. It’s a very nice perk of the job to be able to just get a puppy fix to feed the soul when you need it. My personal instagram (@ruthlessthings) will be a good source of #puppyspam over the weekend if you care to indulge.

Back at the end of April my Facebook memories told me that it was a year since my last trip to Canberra. I was reminded that I love that time of year there so I sent an email to my mailing list inviting people to book an Autumn Leaves of Canberra session. Three awesome people snapped up the spots and impressed me enormously with their quick decision making! As luck would have it the forecast for the coming weekend was good and I’d had a local client reschedule their shoot so off I went, mere days after coming up with the idea. I left Sydney on Saturday morning and arrived in time for some location scouting before my afternoon session with the lovely Albert and Penny.

It was a beautiful crisp day and the Autumn leaves were in full effect. I was quite the happy photographer. We set ourselves up in this first spot while I proceeded to OMG (probably a bit too much) about the pretty colours.

happy corgi sitting amongst autumn leaves

This head-tilt stopped me rattling-on about the leaves, momentarily at least. Seriously, I’m such a sucker, they get me every time. Lucky I managed to snap it because he denied me of another single one for the rest of the shoot!

corgi headshot big head tilt autumn colours in the trees

I narrowly avoided losing a finger to Albert in his over-enthusiasm for my treats. Penny was much more polite.

terrier type rescue dog sitting in park under autumn trees and leaves

She didn’t mind getting as close as possible to them though.

extreme close up of terrier type dog in park under autumn trees

Next we moved to a quiet spot where they could run around safely. They LURRRRRVE their Kong.

corgi running with kong in mouth

I tried some fake throws to get them running without the toy but this happened. Apparently the Kong serves an important purpose!

corgi running with giant tongue flapping

small terrier running with Kong in mouth

Altogether now – OMG look at those gorgeous colours!!

small terrier running with Kong in mouth autumn colours

Next we retired to the bench for a breather and to allow Albert time to get his giant tongue under control.

happy corgi sitting on park bench

Penny made me work hard for her shots so I especially love this one where she looks so happy and content.

happy jack russell type dog standing on green park bench with autumn leaves underneath

Daveless had to stay home with our four dogs so the wonderful Alyssa from Canine Compass assisted me. It’s a shame she lives so far away because she took direction really well and didn’t once complain about what a thankless job it is! (Only joking David, you’re still my favourite!)

small tri-colour terrier lying on rock wide angle

If corgi’s aren’t comical enough for you, try this on for size.

corgi on a rock wide angle extreme close-up

It would be wrong to go all the way to Canberra and not include a photo of “the lake”. We finished up the session as the sun went down behind the hills. Penny had had quite enough of my treats, noisemakers and stupid voices at this stage and Albert was still mistaking my fingers for food so we decided it was a good time to wrap things up.

corgi and terrier standing on wooden beam with sun behind and blue sky

Albert and Penny’s people chose my Platinum Collection, so they get “the lot” – a wall collection, a big album and the digital files. I’ve shared the album on Instagram and below is a composite of the wall collection.

Are you a Canberran reading this with envy and wishing you’d known I was coming to town? Sign up to my mailing list, I can assure you that you won’t be bombarded with spam. It’s altogether possible that I might do a Tails of Canberra book next year, so make sure you’re subscribed to avoid missing any important announcements. If you don’t want to wait until next year feel free to email me. If there’s enough interest I can come down again in Spring.

It’s also worth noting that a day trip to Sydney is another option, particularly for people who might be interested in taking part in one of my three current fundraising projects:
https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/squishyfacecrew-book/
https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/rescued-blockheads-2018-calendar/
https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/adorable-puppies-2018-diary/

It’s almost June and this is my first adoptables post of the year – shame on me!! With time off over summer, a month of rain and dogs getting adopted before I had time to photograph them, I hadn’t done much pro-bono photography work this year … until now. I fairly made up for it this month with 15 rescue shoots. It doesn’t matter if you like big or small, puppies or adults, there’s something in here for everyone!

If you received this blog post by email, please click on the heading to open in a web browser so you can view the gallery properly. Click on the first image to open and then scroll using the next and back buttons or the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Some of these dogs and puppies have already been adopted but if you head over to the Fetching Dogs website you’ll find a current list of their available dogs and you can read their profiles. Don’t forget to share this post, it really does make a difference in helping more dogs get saved.

Long time followers might remember when I shared the photos from Hamilton and Thumbelina’s first “Puppy’s First Year” session with me, last February. I’ve photographed them twice since then. The first time was for my my Tails of Sydney book, at Nurragingy Reserve. They were five months older and had forgotten everything I taught them about keeping the nice camera-lady happy. Many deep breaths were taken that afternoon!

standing outside a wooden cabin in the forest

We met up again recently for their final shoot. They’d had quite a few outings and training sessions since we’d last met but I still chose an extremely quiet location with almost no distractions to set us all up to win.

pretty red husky female lying in barn

pretty red husky female standing in barn

Ridiculous faces are a Hamilton specialty.

big red male husky in barn headshot

big red male husky in barn standing portrait

While taking those first photos I noticed a lovely spot where the sun was streaming through the bushes with a log in front for the dogs to sit on. I think I’ve gotten a bit used to photographing small dogs and puppies because there was no way these two were going to balance on there for me. We tried and failed and then decided to go with just paws up instead.

gorgeous red husky female posing with feet on log and backlight bokeh

smiling red husky male with backlit trees bokeh

Both dogs needed to be kept onlead for the whole shoot and didn’t like being tied to things so the logs became a good way for their owner to hold onto them while staying out of the shot. She got a good workout!

big red male siberian husky wide angle blue sky starburst sun and lens flare

pretty red female siberian husky wide angle blue sky starburst sun and lens flare

When I was doing a reccy for the shoot I saw all these beautiful yellow trees that were begging to be used as a backdrop. Autumn in Sydney is no Autumn in Canberra but we do get a little bit of colour, if you know where to look for it.

red husky x malamute male sitting in front of autumn colours

female husky headshot autumn colours

This image was chosen to be blown up and framed. It’s going to look awesome alongside the rest of the photos in Kirsten’s private Ruthless Photos gallery!

I shared a digital page-turn of the big album, with images from all their sessions, on my Instagram if you want to check it out.

Did you or someone you know just get a puppy? Please tell them about my Puppy’s First Year package. They grow up so fast. With this package you can record all that cuteness for posterity with gorgeous, archive quality products, that you can keep and look back on forever. Send me an email for more info.