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I often meet people who tell me I could never get a good photo of their dog because it’s not well trained. I tell them that I do a lot of work with completely untrained rescue dogs and puppies so it’s definitely not a pre-requisite. Having said that, it’s always a pleasure to get a booking to photograph a dog whose questionnaire has as many things listed in the “what tricks does your dog know” section as Archie’s did!


This gorgeous Australian Cattle Dog belongs to John Gault from Human Training for Dogs (website coming soon). When I arrived, Archie came out to the front to greet me and grabbed a pine cone on his way back inside. He was told to drop it but I thought it was cute so I asked if he could keep it. For a few photos anyway.



After some prancing around the garden with his forbidden pine cone we packed up and went to a nearby park where Archie showed me what a clever clogs he is.



Then he chased the ball for a while and showed me how slowly he could trot back with the ball. Impressively slow!


He puts all his energy into the catch I suppose.


Some of the photos will be used on John’s website, so there was the obligatory dog and owner photo. I got scolded for not making him look more like Ryan Gosling but I told him that’s an issue he needs to take up with his parents.


Then back to training. John uses toys to train Archie as it’s more fun and keeps him interested, especially since he’s not a very food driven dog.


He didn’t take his “bang, you’re dead” routine very seriously. Have you ever seen a happier corpse?


As the clouds came over and the sky became very dark we finished with one last shot of Archie doing a long drop stay at a distance. So much handsome right there.


Once John’s website is up and running I’ll share it on my Facebook page. If you’re in or around the Balgowlah area and you need help with your dog, let me know and I can put you in touch.

While I was away teaching the Zoomies Pet Photography Workshops I received an email from Morty and Archie’s owner (we’ve never met, but we’ve known each other online for years as both dogs wear Ruthless Leather). I was very saddened to read that Morty had lymphoma at only five years of age. They were starting chemo but were unsure how much longer they’d have with him and asked if I could fit them in for a session as soon as possible.


Despite the long drive down from Newcastle Morty was in great spirits when we met for the shoot. If it wasn’t for the large shaved patch on his shoulder you wouldn’t have known he was unwell. He was having a good day.


While I was taking Morty’s photos I overheard Archie being coached – “try not to look stupid”. In fairness, I don’t think he tried all that hard!


Archie is the younger of the two. When he was very young he had a melanoma on his eyeball and was very lucky not to lose his eye. It did result in permanent damage though and he has a slight squint if it’s bright.


Getting these two to sit together was a mission as they had to be tethered and Archie kept insisting on getting the lines tangled, but perseverance won out in the end.


This spot had such pretty light streaming through the trees. I ended up wearing more mud and shrubbery than I ever have before, but it was worth it!





With many years of obedience training under his belt Morty was very good at taking direction and helping me get the money shots.


My shoots aren’t all about standing around looking pretty, there’s always time for running around like a crazy.



Just before the last tiny bit of orange sun vanished behind the horizon we did a couple more shots of the boys together. Their owners love the first one so much it’s going on a big canvas and their album cover.



Last week I received the wonderful news that the chemo worked and Morty is now in remission. Here’s hoping he stays that way for many years.

This year I decided to do something different – a diary. A diary full of puppies.

Fetching Puppies 2015 diary



A diary that would easily fit into a padded envelope and not require the ordering of specialised rigid mailers. I was so excited and I posted the cover image on my Facebook page. It was met with “oh yay, puppies in a diary” and then a number of “but I need a calendar, won’t you please do a calendar, I always buy your calendars”. I was weak, so I caved and instead of scaling back I now have a diary AND two calendars for sale!

All profits from the sale of these diaries with be donated to Fetching Dogs

Rescued Blockheads 2015 calendar



All of the photos, bar the cover, are actual adoption photos. At the time of printing Mr May (Odyssey), Miss July (Daytona) and Miss August (Halo) were still looking for their forever homes. The profits from the sale of this calendar with be split 50/50 between Fetching Dogs and Team Dog.

Bruno 2015 calendar



My boy had to keep his legion of faithful fans happy too. All profits from the sale of the Bruno calendar will help to offset the high costs I incur while carrying out my rescue work (treats, toys, petrol, tolls, etc.).

The details

The diaries are A5 with silver spiral binding. The covers are double-sided and printed on 400gsm stock with a gloss laminate. The internal pages are printed on 128gsm and have a week per spread. There’s also a yearly overview for 2015 at the start, and 2016 at the end. They’re posted in a padded envelope.

The calendars are A3 with silver spiral binding and a hanger. The covers are double-sided and printed on a beautiful 300gsm stock. The internal pages are printed on 150gsm and have plenty of room for writing birthdays, appointments, hot dates, etc. on each day. They come shrink-wrapped and are posted in rigid mailers for protection.

Where can I buy them?
They’re available online through the Ruthless Photos store.
[The BigCartel store isn’t all that intuitive. After you’ve chosen to “add to cart” you click on “cart” under the logo on the left to checkout. You can change the quantities on that screen too.]

If you live in Sydney and would like to save on shipping you can do so by sending money to via PayPal and pickup can be arranged afterwards at one of the following locations:
Rupert & Dora in Paddington
Pet Resorts Australia in Dural
At The Sophisticated Pet‘s stand at the Sydney Boutique Markets @ Rouse Hill Town Centre on Dec 7th, 13th and 14th

How much?
$25 +p&p. Overseas customers can request a quote for shipping via email.

Ruthless Photos and Ruthless Leather will be exhibiting at the inaugural Sydney Dog Lovers Show from Friday 7th until Sunday 9th of November 2014 at stand R94 in The Royal Hall of Industries (at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park).

There are lots of reasons to come and visit my stand:
• My Supreme Session gift vouchers will be half price, saving you a whopping $150. Buy one for yourself or gift it to a loved one for Christmas.
• Buy my 2015 charity fundraiser diaries and calendars. These also make great Christmas presents.
• My new layflat albums will be on display for you to sit down and enjoy a flick through.
• I’ll be doing a pretty HUGE giveaway. You do not want to miss this!
• Come and check out the Ruthless Leather samples and see why our wares are at the top of everyone’s wishlists.

I’ll also be joined by this young man, while I indulge myself in the fantasy that I finally own a French Bulldog of my very own!


You can buy tickets at the door, but if you buy them online beforehand they’re cheaper.