I’m not sure if I used all caps or if they were just implied when I commented “YOU GOT A PUPPY?!” on a photo of Snow on Facebook. I was so happy when the response was “photoshoot soon?”. Snow is Buster the Golden Retriever‘s new little mate. Knowing how quickly puppies grow, and how changeable the weather had been, I booked the session immediately.

The hardest part of my job is that I can’t just rock up to people’s houses and spend the whole time cuddling their pets, I actually have to work! Snow came strutting out to meet us, after a long day of harassing the gardeners, and I managed to keep my cuddling to a minimum before working my magic.

golden retriever puppy posing on sandstone steps
golden retriever puppy sitting on sandstone steps with head tilt

After a quick few portraits we got straight into the action photos. He took some moral support (in the form of my assistant running with him) to get him to retrieve, but once he got the hang of it there was no stopping him!

golden retriever puppy running with toy in garden
golden retriever puppy chewing on toy in garden
golden retriever puppy running with ball
golden retriever puppy running towards camera with ball in mouth

Buster is nine now and has slowed down a bit since he had cruciate surgery. Snow thinks he’s awesome but I’m not sure the feelings are fully reciprocated just yet.

senior and puppy golden retrievers
senior and puppy golden retrievers laying on grass together
golden retriever puppy standing on edge of water feature

I love shooting at this property, there are so many beautiful places to take photos. I did ask them to adopt me but I don’t think they realised I was serious!

golden retriever puppy lying on decorative wooden throne
golden retriever puppy lying on ground beside swimming pool looking sad

We finished the session down by the water at their private jetty. We had a trio of noisey Pugs that wanted to take part in the shoot (clearly because there was food involved!) so it wasn’t hard for Snow to focus. Thankfully their owner put them inside … then one broke out and made her way straight to my treat bag, haha, never a dull moment in this line of work!

happy golden retriever puppy sitting on a wooden jetty waterside
sad golden retriever puppy lying on a wooden jetty waterside

There’s been a lot of rain in Sydney this week. I saw a photo on Facebook yesterday of Snow absolutely covered in mud and was beyond grateful that our youngest isn’t in the naughty puppy stage any more!


Puppy’s grow up so fast, make sure you take lots of photos. If you’re struggling to get nice ones yourself then get in touch, I’d love to capture this time in their life for you.

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