ruthless photos – sydney dog photographer » sydney's premier pet photographer

Masthead header

Author Archives: Ruth[less]

With my Tails of Sydney book finished and at the printer I was ready to hang up my camera for a while and catch my breath. That’s when Cooma’s owner got in touch and asked if I could schedule a session as soon as possible because her rescue puppy wasn’t going to be a puppy for much longer. How could I say no to this face?!

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask standing on rocks with head tilt and funny ears

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask lying on rocks with head tilt

“What’s that?” you ask. “Only one of those beings is a dog” you say! If you want to include two-legged family members in a couple of the photos during the session I’m happy to oblige.

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask sitting on rocks blonde toddler girl

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask at beach looking into the distance

Cooma loved running around in the sand … and running off to make new friends!

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask running at beach in Sydney

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask running at beach in Sydney with female owner

When the sun started to set we headed over to our second location for the off-camera lighting portion of her shoot.

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask standing on rocks with sunset behind wide angle with OCF dog photography

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask standing on rocks with sunset behind wide angle with OCF dog photography tongue out licking nose

couple with baby and puppy sitting on rocks with sunset behind

It really was a very pretty sunset that night. I can’t thank that flock of birds enough for flying in front of my lens at just the right time!

mixed breed tan puppy with black mask standing on rocks with sunset behind and birds in the sky wide angle with OCF dog photography

Cooma’s people chose this acrylic wall collection along with an album and digital files … all while Cooma slept underneath the sofa in my viewing room, safe from grabby toddler hands!

Did a new puppy enter your life recently? They grow up fast, get in touch if you’d like me to freeze this moment of ultra-cuteness.

Who remembers the last Koolie I photographed, Paxy? This is her little “brother” Rufus. He’s pretty cute, right?

tri-colour Koolie puppy holding red ball in mouth on beach in Sydney

tri-colour Koolie doing zoomies on beach in Sydney

tri-colour Koolie puppy running with red ball on beach in Sydney

I have a dog loving friend (who I won’t name and shame) who doesn’t like puppies. I don’t understand, they make me happier than just about anything else on the planet!!

tri-colour Koolie puppy running on beach in Sydney

big eared tri colour puppy standing on rock

Rufus (and Paxy) belong to a dog trainer so even though he was still really young at his session he already had some basic obedience. That really helps me do my job well.

brown koolie puppy posing on log at beach

The day of our shoot was one of the windiest I’ve ever worked on. Rufus did well to avoid getting blown into the water!

tri colour brown koolie puppy posing on rock at Sydney beach with dramatic sky

tri colour brown koolie puppy making silly face with dramatic sky using off camera flash for dogs

After we’d had enough of being blown around we moved up to the park to shelter among the trees. It was quite a long session for a puppy and I was starting to lose his attention (and cooperation) until he found this stick. Apparently sticks are more exciting than hotdog! (Don’t worry, we didn’t throw the stick or let him eat it.)

tri colour brown koolie puppy with stick in mouth at Sydney park with dappled light

silly brown koolie puppy with stick in mouth at Sydney park with bokeh

tri colour brown koolie puppy headshot

cute puppy tugging on toy

After all of the things we had to offer had lost their appeal we packed up and let the tired puppy go home to sleep.

Rufus’s wall art and album are currently being produced but I’ll share a photo on my Facebook page once they’re ready.

I’ll be launching an exciting project for puppy owners soon. If you sign up to my mailing list you’ll be first to receive all the details.

Back in 2013 I photographed a very beautiful and extremely well trained Border Collie named Kyna. Hers was my first ever shoot in Sydney city, she introduced me to areas I’d never seen before. She very sadly passed away the following year but one of my photos has been tattooed onto her owner’s leg so she’ll always be remembered.

Fast forward to 2016, I launched my Tails of Sydney book applications and received one from Kyna’s owner, a foster carer for one of the groups the project has supported, for her two Border Collies, Keely and Gryffin. I replied straight away with a resounding yes … please!

Much like with Kyna’s shoot we struggled with scheduling due to bad weather. The end of the project was drawing near and time was of the essence so we ended up having to shoot verrry early on a cold Spring morning. We met at Victoria Park, just as the rats were finished foraging for the night (GROSS) while the grass was still wet from the recent rainfall. The dogs didn’t care though, they were just happy to be out and about with their ball.

two border collies posing for camera

You can see the steam on Keely’s breath. I could have done with a big fur coat like hers that day.

tri-colour border collie lying on dew covered grass with cold breath

Gryffin knew the best way to keep warm.

merle border collie running with pink tennis ball

Are these not two of the most photogenic dogs you’ve ever seen? Behind them you can see the lake which is the centrepiece of the park. We did well to keep the water-loving dogs out of it that morning!

two smiling border collie smiling wide angle

tri-colour border collie backlit smiling headshot with cold breath

I wonder if Kyna taught Gryf how to head tilt like a pro?

merle border collie standing in bicycle rack in front of sandstone building

I love this image of them sitting on the bridge together. The steps behind them leads up to the quadrangle where the gorgeous jacaranda tree still stood. It fell down the night before my shoot at Sydney University, what were the odds?!

two smiling border collies standing on wet bridge with heads tilted at sydney uni

The morning commuters on City Road were very interested in who these “famous” dogs were. Apparently only famous dogs would be having their photos taken by a professional. Au contraire, all my subjects are made to feel like celebrities dahling!

cartoon-like caricature shot of two border collies

wide angle photo of two border collies at Victoria Park Sydney

When your big brother loses your favourite ball you’re well within your rights to make him your toy!

Two border collies playing at Victoria Park Sydney grabbing and biting fur

Keely and Gryffin’s people ordered a package that includes wall art, digital files and an album. The wall art will join the canvas of Kyna from the session I had with her in 2013. There’s a flip through of the album on my Instagram feed if you’d like to check it out.

If you’d like to read more about Victoria Park (and 84 other locations) you can pick yourself up a copy of Tails of Sydney from my online store or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington.

The noise that came out of me when I first saw a photo of this chubby little baby was high pitched and loud. Thankfully it was done when no one else was within earshot!

australian aussie bulldog puppy big head

I’ve known Gus’ owner since the early days of Ruthless Photos (she’s even had the unenviable job of pet sitting for us a few times). When she agreed that her new Aussie Bulldog puppy should be in Tails of Sydney I was beyond excited. If you know me at all you’ll know that I love puppies but I particularly love squishy face puppies. WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT HIM!!

australian aussie bulldog puppy head tilt standing on rocks

Gus had his shoot at Bundeena after he’d had his final vaccination, at 14 weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more confident and well behaved puppy.

australian aussie bulldog puppy close up

If you present me with a bulldog puppy to photograph I will want to take running photos, fair warning. I just love to see all those chubby folds being pulled back by the wind.

australian aussie bulldog puppy running at beach

If your bulldog doesn’t head tilt send it back, it’s broken. Fact.

australian aussie bulldog puppy head tilt sitting on rocks

australian aussie bulldog puppy shot from above climbing on rock

It started to rain but I was enjoying our session so much, and Gus was enjoying my treats so much, we both decided to push on.

red and white australian aussie bulldog puppy leaning on driftwood log at Bundeena Beach in Sydney

I purposely sat Gus on the rock like this so I could capture those rolls. Don’t you just want to squeeze them? (That’s not weird to say, is it? I’m amongst friends here, right?!)

cute bulldog puppy sitting on rock at sunset with lots of wrinkles

Gus’ owner had her viewing session last weekend and after much deliberation chose these images for an acrylic wall collection (along with a digital collection). Gus is already about three times bigger than he was at his shoot so I’m really glad I got to record these memories when we did and they can always remember how stinkin’ cute he was as a puppy!

If you’d like to read more about Bundeena and Gus (and 84 other locations and 116 other dogs) you can pick yourself up a copy of Tails of Sydney from my online store or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington. Spoiler alert, Gus isn’t the only Bulldog puppy in it!

red dog with great expression and head tilt on beach at sunrise with off-camera flash

Are you looking for a gift that says I love you and your crazy dog loving ways? Research shows that partners who are gifted my Tails of Sydney book are 100% happier than partners who aren’t!

I guarantee delivery before Valentine’s Day for all orders finalised by 6pm on Monday 6th of Feb. This also applies to gift voucher purchases. (If you miss the deadline for online orders you can still pick one up in person from Rupert&Dora in Paddington, they’re open 7 days a week.)

I hope you all enjoy the day and remember it’s ok to eat too many chocolates and cake because winter is just around the corner! If you hate all things 14th of February related that’s ok too, but it’s no reason not to eat chocolates and cake.