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Some time last year Paxy’s owner booked me to photograph her two dogs. She doesn’t live locally so we had to try and shoot when she was in town and the weather didn’t cooperate the first couple of times (damn summer storms!). Then she told me Mercury was sick and had been shaved for tests so we’d need to wait until he was better. We tried to reschedule a number of other times but he continued to go downhill and eventually, shockingly, he passed away from renal failure. He was only two years old. I’m sad that I never got to meet him, he sounded like a beautiful dog.

A few weeks ago I did get to meet Paxy though (if you’ve ever looked through the Ruthless Leather designs you might recognise the name, she’s the owner of the original Paxy collar) and she was a dream to work with. She’s one of three Koolies I’ve photographed this year and each one has been a legend. Paxy was born with a deformed eye so she was fitted with a prosthetic eyeball and now she has a tendency to look alarmed most of the time, which amused me no end!

One eyed Koolie

Dog with one eye

Paxy is very well trained so she made me look like a dog whispering pro in this busy dog park!

Koolie in urban environment

Dog with funny expression standing on footbridge

While she was happy to pose all day in return for treats she really came to life when she got to run around with the new ball I gave her (all my Portrait Session clients get a toy to keep and these Cuz toys are always popular). She had a great time trying to catch it … trying being the operative word for the most part.

Australian working dog running with ball

Merle dog jumping for toy

Working dog stare

Dog running with ball in the park

With the action shots out of the way we got back to some more posing. I love the giant fig trees in this park, many a dog has been photographed in them by me.

Merle koolie posing on tree root

Dog with big ears and funny face

Merle koolie with one eye

As the sun began to set we made our way over to the water’s edge to include the Anzac Bridge in some photos.

Dog standing in front of Anzac Bridge in Sydney

There’s that crazy face again! We ended the shoot laughing at this ridiculous expression.

Dog with sunburst

Her owners came for their viewing session a couple of weeks ago and chose this image to be printed on canvas for their living room.

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I’ve also designed a 12×12″ album with all their favourite images from the session. There’s a flip through video on my Instagram account.

Would you like a fun afternoon with me and my camera? The heat and storms will be here before we know it so now is a great time to book a shoot, particularly if you have Christmas presents in mind. You can check out my website for more details.

I first met Bindi and Cosmo’s owner many many eons ago when I was installing a display at PawPaws Urban Retreat (since closed down). As a fellow rescued blockheads lover she’s been following my work for a long time and when she saw my Tails of Sydney project she decided it was time to get her dogs photographed. Initially she only applied with Bindi, because she thought she’d have a better chance of being accepted with just one dog but when she told me she had another dog I encouraged her to include him too. A decision I may have slightly regretted on the day of the shoot! (Just kidding Cosmo!!)

Bindi is 12 and has osteoarthritis in her legs. She spent much of her younger years jumping over fences and breaking out of things that she wasn’t supposed to, so she’s starting to feel the toll it’s taken on her body. Her preferred position on the day was lying down, which made life quite easy for me.

happy old dog

Bindi needs to be sedated to have her toenails clipped, as she can’t walk enough on concrete anymore to keep them short, so they were quite long on the day.

happy dog gladesville bridge

Cosmo’s preferred position was anywhere other than where I wanted him to be! You won’t see it in these photos but he was tethered for the majority of the shoot and the leash was edited out afterwards.

two dogs in front of gladesville bridge

senior dog lying on beach

senior dog standing in the water

happy grey faced dog

It’s not hard to see why these dogs are the most loved dogs in Sydney. Who wouldn’t do anything for those faces?

two smiling pit bull types

smiling white staffy with eye patch

We were treated to a spectacular sunset at the end of the shoot. I had hoped to photograph it from the little dock to the right but I was beaten to it by some fishermen.

dog in front of beautiful sunset

happy white staffy with sydney sunset

Bindi and Cosmo’s owner chose my Deluxe Collection, with 10% of the sale going to the rescues she chose, and took home an album, some wall art, an acrylic block and a digital files collection. I shared a flip through of the album on Facebook and Instagram. Part of the Tails of Sydney package inclusions was a voucher for a discounted Portrait Session, so I look forward to seeing Bindi and Cosmo again soon for another session in their home – where Cosmo won’t be tempted to run away!

It’s almost a year since I last blogged photos of these two adorable creatures. Mint and Jazz were some of the first dogs I photographed for my Tails of Sydney book (COMING SOON!!!). We went to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair where we queued patiently (some more patiently than others) for half an hour for this very popular photography spot. There were a tonne of tourists crowded around us but these two are extremely food motivated so they were putty in my treat filled hands.

two miniature pinschers with sydney opera house and sydney harbour bridge in the background

Yes, they are both wearing Ruthless Leather collars, in case you were wondering.

two dogs with sydney opera house and sydney harbour bridge in the background

two min pins at mrs macquaries chair in sydney

chocolate miniature pinscher

chocolate min pin

black and tan min pin

black and tan miniature pinscher

Would you just look at them posing like champions!

two min pins standing on moreton bay fig tree root

two small dogs on red bench

two small dogs standing on red bench

Their owners got enough wall art to open a Ruthless Photos gallery last time around so they opted for an album and digital files this time, with the album including images from both sessions. I posted a flip through of it on social media (click the HD button).

Would you like a Sydney shoot with your dog? I’m very familiar with all the landmark locations and can make recommendations based on your dog’s training and temperament. Send me an email, let’s chat!

When I got an email asking if I could fit in a photoshoot with a bulldog puppy as soon as possible, because she was growing so fast, I didn’t hesitate to offer up my day off! Lucy’s people had seen my photo of Harry in the wooden box at Rupert & Dora in Paddington and wanted something similar for their new home. Unfortunately the café where I took the photo has since closed down but I have a wooden box of my own that I brought along.

Lucy had LOTS of energy so we started with some action shots. There aren’t many things I love more than watching a bulldog run!

Bulldog puppy running with orange toy Paddington Reservoir Sydney

Bulldog puppy running with toy Paddington Reservoir Sydney

Cute bulldog puppy with orange ball

Bulldog puppy running with toy Paddington Reservoir Sydney

Look at her TEEEFS!

Adorable bulldog puppy dog in Sydney

Bulldog teefs

I swear I didn’t encourage her to jump on me to get this shot (lies).

Bulldog puppy jumping

It’s fair to say that sitting in the box wasn’t on Lucy’s agenda that day but after much bribery she humoured me. Briefly.

Sad british bulldog puppy in a wooden box

British bulldog puppy in a wooden box from above

Her people came for their viewing session last weekend and chose these two wall art pieces to remember Lucy’s puppyhood. (They’ll have the same frame, these are just composites.)

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Do you or someone you know have a new puppy? Please tell them all about me, I absolutely love working with puppies!

I promised you puppies, I give you puppies! Most have already started adoption trials but the fabulous eared head tilter and the two merle fuzzbutts (plus their many littermates) are still available

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