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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.

… go big or go home!

small black oodle dog shot from above with head tilted

My brief was to get a photo like one on my website of a dog on a wooden deck with it’s head tilted – how’d I do?! Huge props to Bella for making my job really easy. I’ll have to pop another bag of treats in with this 30×45″ framed print of her when it’s ready, I owe her one for making me look good.

The plan was to photograph Noah during my #squishyfacecrew book project but an unexpected cancer diagnosis meant his shoot had to be brought forward urgently. His owner is a vet nurse. He was brought into her place of work to be euthanised when he was eight years old, due to severe demodex. She instantly fell in love with him and asked if he could be signed over to her instead. Her background and experience meant she was in a good position to get his health issues under control. She gave him four good years and he gave her complete devotion in return.

Noah was blind and deaf but like any self-respecting Pug his sense of smell was sharp as a tack! I had prepared myself for a difficult shoot but he turned out to be great to work with, so long as the treats flowed freely.

senior black pug dog sitting on rock

He sassed me when I kept him hanging.

senior black pug dog standing on rocks with funny face

senior black pug dog sitting on rock

How gorgeous is his smile? He took all the unfamiliar surfaces in his stride that day. (Actually there was no striding, he was carried between each location. Someone had a sore back by the end of it!)

smiling old black pug dog standing on rock against big blue sky

smiling old black pug dog standing on rock against big blue sky

Those good ol’ Pug crazy eyes.

crazy eyes old black pug dog sitting on rocks

Stand on a branch? Sure, why not.

old black pug dog standing on wooden branch

Sit amongst the twigs looking adorable? Nailed it.

old black pug dog sitting amongst twigs

Noah was given his wings just days later, shortly before what would have been his twelfth birthday. When it came time to edit his session these photos really tugged at my heart strings. His love for his rescuer was undeniable.

old black pug dog sitting between owner

old black pug dog sitting between owner

Before the sun set we found another rock to put him on where he delighted us all by sitting like a baby seal. Too bloody cute! It was no surprise when it was one of those photos that was chosen for my client’s private Ruthless Photos gallery. (I’ve photographed so many of her dogs she has more of my photos on her walls than I do in my studio!)

senior black pug dog sitting in front of sunset sky

senior black pug dog sitting like a seal on a rock in front of sunset sky

I shared a digital page-turn of Noah’s album on my Instagram if you want to check it out.

I may have launched the #squishyfacecrew book project after Noah’s passing but that doesn’t mean he missed out, I’ve saved a spot especially for him. If you own a squishy and would like to join Noah and others in my next book applications are now open.