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Towards the end of last year I received an enquiry from someone whose email signature told me she lived in New York. Her brother was getting married soon, in Mexico, and she wanted to buy him and his wife a voucher for a Portrait Session and my Deluxe Collection as a gift. Sisters (and brothers) of the world take note, cause that’s one heck of a high benchmark she set for you all! A few months later the newlyweds contacted me to arrange a session with their GORGEOUS Border Collie Pelucho.

‘lucho’s people are from Mexico but moved here to study and work. They live near one of my favourite locations and have dog outings there all the time, so that’s where we arranged to meet. Remember a few months ago when we had lovely mornings and then awful afternoons? That’s when this took place. As soon as I got to the location the sky filled with clouds and completely stole my mojo. Light plays a big role in the majority of my sessions so I suggested we just do some action shots and then reconvene on another day. One of us really didn’t care about the dull light and had a great time running around and generally loving life.

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It took a while to arrange a reshoot due to weather and schedule clashes, but the day we finally agreed upon was just perfect. This yummy light is what makes me a very happy little dog photographer.

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The first day I met Pelucho he was recovering from a stomach bug and didn’t love me like most dogs do. In fact he pretty much snubbed me. Thankfully he was feeling much better the second time around and he brought all of his smiles and silliness to the party.

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One request at the time of booking was that I included the happy couple in some of the photos so it was lucky for me that my camera loved them just as much as their dog. I seriously want these guys to adopt me. I just love their happy little family unit.

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Isn’t Pelucho good looking? He was so well behaved too. Combined with balanced and socialised I think he might just be perfect!

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While he’s quite the action jackson, Pelucho enjoys just hanging with Dayann and Maria too.

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Time for a quick breather before more acrobatics.

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During their portrait session Dayann expressed an interest in my flash work and asked if they could book a Sun Session as well. Knowing what a lovely bunch they were to work with I agreed enthusiastically. A few weeks later we met at a different location, on what was one of the coldest windy days I think I’ve ever experienced while living in Australia. Once again, Pelucho the champion wasn’t bothered by the weather!

I couldn’t decide which of these two photos to share, so you’re getting them both.

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I’d love to claim that matching headstands was my idea, but it was totally their own doing. They even taught Pelucho to bow in-between them, but he forgot to bring that particular trick to the shoot.

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Playing tug is a very effective way to warm up. Lying on the damp grass, not so much.

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And I’ll leave you with this, a winning smile from my new favourite Border Collie (actually he’s tied in first position with Cruize).

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Do you have a Border Collie that you think could push Pelucho and Cruize off the top spot? Get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

Dayann and Maria’s album and wall art are currently being carefully prepared by my labs. I’ll share the finished products on my Facebook page, so keep an eye out for them if you like looking at beautiful things.

Once upon a time there was a little brindle brat who loved the camera and held the title of most photographed dog in Sydney. Like all supermodels, once he got old he was ruthlessly replaced by a fresh faced youngster (do you see what I did there?!). I foolishly thought that working the camera was like riding a bicycle and not something you ever forget, but I could not have been more wrong on that sunny Saturday afternoon when I cast Chopper in the leading role of my photography adventure. Old greyface will be ten in November and his eagerness to please me is long long gone. He granted me about ten minutes of “broken” stays before his desire for the ball (the precious) was more than either of us could handle for a second longer.

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Lots of dogs will only react to each of my different noisemakers once. If you’re lucky you’ll get a cute head tilt. If you’re really unlucky you’ll get this expression, like a nun who just had her bottom pinched.

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Doing his best Gollum impersonation while waiting for “the precious”.

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Once the sun had gone out of view we packed up and just let Chopper be a dog until it got dark. Watching him run and fetch and swim with so much joie-de-vivre made us remember why we foster-failed the little whingebag all those years ago – he’s a really fun dog to hang out with. As a pet photographer I’m guilty of turning every excursion with my own dogs into a photo shoot. This came as an important reminder to put the camera down occasionally and just enjoy the moment. (Ok, so I shot some video on my iPhone, but that doesn’t count!)

A couple of weeks ago I had the HUGE pleasure of photographing two dogs that wear our leather wares but I’d yet to meet. Cruize is a photographer’s dream in the head-tilt department. I had to actually only make tiny noises so he didn’t do the full 90 degree tilt and look totally possessed!

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Bo does a more subtle head tilt, while staring right into your soul with his piercing blue eyes.

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Vicki competes in agility with her two boys and the bond they have is unmissable. In fact, getting them to look at me and not her was my biggest challenge. She’s in the process of launching a new dog blog, DOG Happy. It’s still a work in progress, but here’s the link so you can bookmark it for later and follow it on social media. The main purpose of the shoot was to get images for the website.

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My camera fell a little bit in love with Cruize, it’s not hard to see why.

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“Go to sleep” is a trick where they put their heads down and cover their eyes. Asking for it in a busy and distracting environment was a tall order though, so we settled for half of the trick.

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Not to be outdone by Cruize in the modelling department, Bo did a pretty good job of hamming it up too.

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Finally they got to do some running around. Their favourite thing.

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Before we wrapped up for the day I did some lit shots against the dusk sky. The dogs were massively fidgety and had their eyes firmly locked on Vicki. It was also freezing cold (Sydney freezing, fifteen or so degrees!). It was around now that Vicki proclaimed that I’m one of the most patient people she’s ever met. Patient or stubborn, one or the other. We got there in the end.

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Thanks for an awesome shoot Vicki, it was a joy working with you and your boys!

Here are the dogs that I managed to do adoption photos for in April and May, despite almost a whole month of rain trying to prevent any shoots from happening. Capone, the ratbag Sibe puppy, is with Arctic Breed Rescue and all of the rest are with Fetching Dogs. Navarra, the tugging puppy, was adopted soon after his shoot.

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