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

Masthead header

Monthly Archives: January 2016

True to form, January in Sydney has been a month of crazy weather. I managed to fit in one rescue shoot earlier in the month but after that storms and high temperatures caused a big backlog to form, so on Sunday and Monday I made do with overcast skies and photographed five dogs and four puppies for Fetching Dogs and Arctic Breed Rescue.

Apart from Suave, the tri-coloured Amstaff, all of these dogs and puppies are still looking for homes.

If you received this blog post by email, please click on the heading to open in a web browser so you can view the gallery properly. Click on the first image to open and then scroll using the next and back buttons or the arrow keys on your keyboard.

There are only a handful of spots left in my Tails of Sydney charity fundraiser book. If you’ve been meaning to apply now is the time to stop procrastinating. Your involvement directly helps these groups to help dogs like these and you get bragging rights about your dog being in an awesome limited edition coffee table book. It’s win/win!

I’ve known Robbo’s people for quite some time as they foster (and foster fail!) for Arctic Breed Rescue. In fact you would have met some of his family in this blog post. We did the first part of Robbo’s session very verrrry early one cold spring morning back in September.

big eared dog at sunrise with off camera flash

Robbo had no personal space issues, clearly.

dog extreme closeup

Getting Robbo’s ears up is a mission, so getting them up and combined with a head tilt was a definite win.

shepherd mix dog doing head tilt

Did I mention it was cold and early? The Darwin dog was feeling it.

sad dog at sunrise

Scheduling their natural light session was tricky. Since booking, Karron had become pregnant and Dave had been transferred to Queensland for work so there was only a small window of opportunity when we could do the shoot before they were set to leave. Unfortunately, being summer, the weather was all over the place. We went ahead anyway, because dogs don’t care about backlighting and bokeh – look at that smile!

happy dog with big ears

He didn’t appreciate me calling him Yoda.

sombre yoda dog

Dog with yoda ears

But he laughed it off.

Happy shepherd mix dog

senior shepherd type dog

David served two deployments in East Timor and suffers from PTSD as a result. He’s going to be raising awareness and fundraising for Soldier On. You can read more about his story and follow his journey on his Facebook page.

soldier with his dog

Karron and Dave used to live in Darwin and that’s where Robbo came into their lives. He’s believed to be a Shepherd x Dingo – the mother was a Shepherd and there were a lot of Dingos native to the area. He suffered bad mange as a pup which left him with a lot of scarring all over his body. He’s been a loyal sidekick to Dave since he was a baby puppy. He lives with two Huskies now and keeps the pack in line.

soldier with his camp dog

a man and his dog

Robbo had to be kept on lead for most of the session as there were families nearby but as soon as they left he got to have a bit of a run.

dog running towards camera

“Maybe some grovelling will get me a treat”

a soldier in fatigues with loyal dog

The cloud had rolled in thick and fast so we packed up and started walking back to the car. I noticed this lovely spot for a photo on the way. What a dramatic sky!

funny dog photo

Robbo’s Deluxe Collection won’t go into production until later in 2016 but I’ll share it on my Facebook page when it’s finished. Karron and Dave and their pack have left NSW now, I wish them all the happiness in the world for the next exciting chapter of their lives.

Update Nov 2016: The order is now complete, here’s a photo of it all together.

At this time of year I like to sit down and take a look back at all the furry faces I was lucky enough to photograph in the previous twelve months. It’s a time when I reflect on the highlights of the year and set goals for the following year. 2015 was a very difficult year for me personally and I struggled with some health issues, took two trips to the ER and had a bodgy knee that saw me having to take a lengthy break from shooting while I recovered from surgery. That was definitely a low point, but things have been very much brighter in the latter part of the year and I’m heading into 2016 with shades donned! (Please get the 80’s song reference!) 2015 wasn’t all bad though, despite the hurdles I still managed to donate over 50% of my time to charitable causes. I directly helped 78 dogs and puppies to find homes, fostered two puppies and donated vouchers, photos and graphic design services to ultimately help even more animals in need. It’s my private and commercial clients that enable me to continue to offer this invaluable pro-bono service to charities so I’m eternally grateful for their continued support. In 2016 I hope to step up my charity work with my Tails of Sydney fundraiser coffee table book. Applications just opened and I can.not.wait to start shooting!

After much agonising I’ve narrowed my gallery down to 84 images that I consider to be my best dog photos of 2015. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

[If you received this post by email, please click on the heading to go to the web version, it’s a much nicer user experience. Click on the first image to open the gallery, you can then use your arrow keys to scroll through the photos.]

If you’d like to find out more about me and what I do you can visit my website >
You can also subscribe to this blog by email if you want to see more of these types of photos in your inbox every couple of weeks.

Several of the photos in this gallery are also in my charity fundraiser calendar and diary. You can still buy them online here and from Rupert&Dora in Paddington.