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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.

I shared some Vizsla puppies on my blog with you last year and now I’m back to share some more, because it’s the day after Australia Day and I know you’re in need of a puppy fix right about now.

The temperature had to have reached melting point when I went to photograph these pups. I don’t recommend scheduling a shoot in January but I make exceptions for puppies and sick dogs. Having spent the first 30 years of my life in Ireland my body just wasn’t designed to be outdoors when it’s 35+ degrees but I kept the complaining to an absolute minimum and got to work under a giant parasol. I thought the heat might work in my favour by taking the wriggle out my subjects but no such luck, for the most part they were just as squirmy as their relatives. All ten pups had their turn in front of the camera and then I did some candids and group shots. Enjoy the cute!

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I believe all these puppies are spoken for but if you’d like to find out more about Metropolis Vizslas, and the breed in general, you can visit their website here.

If you’re a long time follower and you’re thinking to yourself that you recognise these dogs, you’re not mistaken. This shoot was Peityn’s third time in front of my camera and Kai and Zari’s second. They weren’t planning on booking me so soon after their last shoot but they were very lucky to win a competition that was run by BlackHawk and the prize was a session with me. They were so excited about winning that they SMS’d me the news before I’d even received the official email from my client!

They were keen to do a sunrise session with off-camera lighting so we met at the ungodly hour of 5.30am at a nice little waterfront location. I started with individual portraits to gently ease everyone into the situation. Seasoned pro Peityn was up first and decided to throw all her prior learning out the window. She really loves making me perform all my tricks!

shar pei at sunrise

lilac shar pei in front of sunrise

shar pei on rocks at beach

Although Kai was less than thrilled about the early morning shoot he was very good at just staying where I needed him to be.

blue horse coat shar pei on rock at sunset

blue shar pei headshot

blue shar pei on rocks at beach

Zari was just a tiny puppy last time I photographed her so it was great to see her again, all grown up. She’s so fun to photograph, always eager to please.

funny dog with big ears

black and white dog with big ears at sunrise

border collie mix on rocks at sunrise

When we were finished shooting with the light we packed it away and headed to our second location, the beach.

horse coat blue shar pei standing on rock

apricot shar pei in play bow

“I’ll just wait here until one of my minions gets my ball for me”

lilac shar pei standing on waters edge at beach

blue shar pei running on beach

kelpie x border collie lean dog posing on rock

Superdog!

black and white dog mid flight

We worked with the dogs individually for the majority of the shoot, for pack management reasons, but I made sure to get a couple of group shots as well, even though they were challenging.

three dogs posing with feet on a log

After seeing their gallery my clients decided to get a large framed storyboard, a big album, a medium float block, a phone cover and all the digital files.

I really enjoy getting to put my graphic design schooling to use when creating custom designed albums. Here’s a flip through of the album on Instagram.

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If you’d like me to create memories like this of your dogs for you please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

Meet Tali, Wilson and Peaches!

pack of happy rescue dogs

I didn’t start the shoot with a group photo but I’m going to start the blog post with it. I began the session with about 15-20 minutes of getting the dogs to trust me. (While sitting in pee, this is such a glamorous job!) 13 year old Tali is blind and had just been diagnosed with onset heart failure. Wilson is also 13 but he’s quite a recent addition to the pack. He’s paralysed in his back legs so he has wheels to get around. Peaches is 3 and it was her that was most disgusted by me joining her circle. She really had a lot to say about it but food and patience won her over. She actually turned out to be a great little poser!

happy small white dog

smiling maltese rescue dog

happy running small white dog

Tali was supposed to be the easy one but being blind and mostly deaf in a park full of strange smells meant she was very distracted.

bling poodle sitting in park

male owner hugging senior dog

All it took were some cuddles before she was ready to work the camera.

elderly blind poodle sitting on bench

I believe Wilson is a bit of a celebrity and his many fans actually paid for his fancy wheels. He posed for photos with them on and off because he doesn’t wear them all the time at home.

cute rescue poodle lying in park

You wouldn’t know he’s 13, would you?

happy disabled poodle sydney dog

Even though this wasn’t a Tails of Sydney shoot I did end up using this photo in the book, on the intro spread for the Macarthur region. Wilson repping all the disabled dogs of Sydney! If you’d like to buy a copy it’s on sale in my online store. Use the code “xmascheer” for a $20 discount on each book purchased between now and Christmas Day.

disabled poodle with wheels

I received this lovely message from their owner yesterday …

“I am so sorry that I have taken this long to let you know how unbelievably happy I am with everything. I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything better, the images are fantastic and really show the kids just how they are. I will definitely be recommending you and have already started.”

I love creating memories like these for my clients. Get in touch with me today if you’d like to discuss booking a Portrait Session with your pets.