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It’s been raining puppies at Fetching Dogs recently. Here are the small few that I managed to photograph in the last month, most are still available and there are others that I haven’t photographed yet too.

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Psssst, if you like puppies you’ll LOVE the Fetching Puppies 2016 diary.

Poki’s photos are the result of another wife getting gifted a session voucher for her birthday (she’s #2 of 3, so stay tuned for one more). They live in Tamarama so that’s where we did their session. We met in this great little park and Poki was delighted to see me. She came running over and bounced beside me all the way down the hill. She loves me, I thought, this will be great. But as soon as I produced my camera she died a little inside. She was more than camera-shy she was quite afraid of the beast and didn’t want to be near it. The only choice was to put on a long lens and get her to chase sticks, her all time favourite thing to do!

couple playing with dog and a stick in the park

black dog running with stick in mouth

black dog running in park

After all that running around I was allowed to bring the beast a little closer. But if her person let go of the stick she took it and ran.

black staffy chewing on stick

black dog smiling in bushes

En route to the second location we had to have a quick pit stop at this magnificent orange trumpet vine. Poki had finally agreed that lamb puff made everything ok.

black dog in front of Orange Trumpet Vine

And by ok I mean barely tolerable. Check out the side eye!

dog giving side eye

black dog posing at tamarama beach

So back to running she went. This beach is her back yard and she loves leaping around on those rocks. It really is a dog’s life.

black dog running on rocks at tamarama beach

black dog standing on rocks at tamarama beach

I wasn’t sure she’d be able to cope with the off-camera lighting but by the end of her session she’d cast all her fears aside and was modelling like a pro. Good job Poki.

black dog standing on rocks at tamarama beach at sunset

Poki and her owners came for their ordering session a few weeks ago and chose this framed wall art collection and a few other bits and pieces.

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Ok, you can all stop asking me now, HERE THEY ARE!!! I don’t need to tell you, but I will anyway – these make fabulous Christmas presents (buy one for you and one for a friend) AAAANNNDD get your purchases in quickly because these sell out every year and there won’t be a second print run. (Don’t say you weren’t sufficiently warned, I used caps lock and everything!)

Rescued Blockheads 2016 calendar

2016 rescued blockheads calendar

2016 rescued blockheads calendar

My handsomepants Bruno isn’t doing a calendar this year so he made a cameo as Mr December to keep all his fans happy.

Fetching Puppies 2016 diary

2016 fetching puppies diary

2016 fetching puppies diary

The details

All of the photos, with the exception of three, are actual adoption photos. I invest a considerable amount of time and effort into my rescue shoots throughout the year and the pay-off is the ability to produce calendars and a diary which further help the groups I support. (Arctic Breed Rescue are also producing a 2016 calendar which I’ve donated 10 images to, you can buy one here.)

100% of the profits from the sale of these calendars and diaries will go to Fetching Dogs. In fact the online store has been set up with their PayPal account and bank details and they’ll be handling all the shipping this year.

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 my brand new online store. They were supposed to be sold on the new Fetching Dogs website but there’s been a delay with it so my half-built store had to be fast-tracked. Consequently there are some areas that still require tidying up and it doesn’t work on mobile phones yet.

If you live in Sydney and would like to save on shipping you can also buy these in person at one of the following locations:

  • Glow In The Park, Alexandria Park, 6:30pm on 28/11
  • Rupert & Dora in Paddington (from early December onwards)

How much?
$25 +p&p. International shipping available.

I was very lucky to meet Lola on two days in a row back in early October. Her owner had requested a session at their local coastline and I wasn’t familiar with the area, so the day prior to her booking I went over with my elderbrat to scout the location. I always like to know where I’m shooting so I can feel fully prepared. It’s all part of the service. If you’re really lucky I’ll throw in a free playdate with the naughtiest Staffy that ever was!

We had a lovely stroll across rocks and through sand and I got to see how Lola behaved in lots of different situations. The next day I returned with all my equipment and the cool, calm and collected little dog from the day before was suddenly a very different creature. She definitely wanted my treats but was very unsure of the camera. I know I’ve said this a million times before here, but it’s amazing what some food and patience will do to help gain the trust of a nervous dog. She very quickly overcame any fear and presented me with a whole new problem … she needed to be within inches of the source of food at all times for the rest of the shoot!

funny looking mixed breed dog

Food, for me?

funny looking mixed breed dog doing a head tilt

funny looking mixed breed dog sticking tongue out

Lola is my favourite kind of dog … a rescue. Her owner was volunteering at a shelter and fell in love with this funny little face. Who could blame her?

funny looking mixed breed dog

Is she cheeky? You bet she is!

funny looking mixed breed dog smiling cheeky

I never cease to be amazed by the absolute beauty of this city I live in. How lucky are all us Sydney folk?

funny looking mixed breed dog doing a head tilt

The only thing I don’t like is that the sun sets on the wrong coast, but occasionally I manage to find a spot where I can use it as a big old rim light.

funny looking mixed breed dog licking it

Sometimes the inches she needed to be within the food turned into barely millimetres. My poor stomach muscles have only just recovered!

extreme close up dog

Action shots were definitely not on the agenda for Lola, she’s more of an ambler than an action jackson. We tried, but staring at me longingly while I dispensed treats was more her thing. (Hooning around isn’t her thing on an average day, so capturing action wasn’t a requirement.) While we were trying to get this shot there were two super annoying Labs jumping around in my space with an even more annoying owner doing nothing to stop them. Lola didn’t break her focus for a second! I could see the tones in the reflection perfectly matched the tones in Lola’s coat and I wasn’t about to give up that shot. I was very grateful that my assistant (who doubles as my husband) was able to distract them with a tennis ball for several minutes which allowed me to work my magic.

funny looking mixed breed dog standing in water

Just as the sun dipped below the buildings and trees we jumped in Lola’s car (I’m pretty sure it really is her car, we had to ride in cattle class while she sat up the front) and quickly drove over to the other side of the peninsula to capture the last bit of sunlight and a tiny splash of colour on the horizon. There were about a million families with kids all around us, but again, Lola was an absolute trooper. If I ever need to cast a funny looking little dog for a commercial job I know exactly who I’m going to call!

funny looking mixed breed dog with off camera flash at sunset

It’s not easy to photograph reflective surfaces without a proper studio set up so this photo really doesn’t do these pieces justice but here’s a sneak of Tovah’s order – a 16 x 24″ acrylic and an 8×12″ float block. She also has a large album on lay-by but it’s being paid off in instalments so I can’t share it just yet. Keep an eye on my instagram account in a few months for a flick through.

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Photographing Ruby the Schnauzer and Jack the Cocker Spaniel was a birthday present from their “Dad” to their “Mom”! It was the third birthday present from a boyfriend/husband that I did this year (girlfriends and wives, get hinting!). We met at a park not far from where they live and after a few minutes of getting to know me time, during which I nearly lost my fingers, I could see their food drive was enough to get us through any potential camera shyness issues.

Schnauzer and Cocker Spaniel sitting together on stone steps

Ruby was posing it up and head-tilting like a pro from the get-go!

black and silver schnauzer sitting on bench with head tilt

Doesn’t Jack have the most fabulous eyelashes?

Black cocker spaniel photographed from above

When I saw this on the back of my camera I cracked up laughing. How the hell can she see where she’s going with all that hair in her eyes?!!

schnauzer running with ball in mouth and hair in eyes

schnauzer running to catch ball

I brought a special squeaky toy for Jackie but she wasn’t remotely interested. Luckily her people had brought her favourite, a tennis ball.

black dog running with orange ball

black cocker spaniel running with ball in mouth

I won’t lie, it took a while to get this shot with all the distractions that were going on and it’s altogether possible that I whooped when I finally got it. Job satisfaction at it’s finest!

cheeky schnauzer looking through gap in fence

It would have been a crime not to include the cherry blossoms in a few of the photos. Aren’t they spectacular?

black dog sitting under cherry blossom

Early on in the session I pointed out that Jack’s lips were stuck and was told “it’s her, it happens all the time”. What a clown!

cocker spaniel lying on rock with funny face

“What do you mean the session’s over and I can’t have any more treats?”

black and silver schnauzer sitting in green foliage

Rachel and Kieran chose these images for a canvas wall collection for their living room. The composite below is of two canvasses that will be hung independent of each other elsewhere in the house.

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Do you have a birthday coming up? Let me know if you want me to post you some promotional material to casually leave lying around the house. Or directly on your other-half’s pillow. Whatever approach works best for you!