Tia the three-legged senior | Sydney Dog Photographer

Tia the three-legged senior | Sydney Dog Photographer

19 year old three-legged and one-eyed Tia was booked in for a session before COVID hit. I was so worried that time wasn't on our side but her person kept assuring me that Tia wasn't going anywhere any time soon and not to stress. I admired her positivity but it didn't...

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Banjo & Izzi | Sydney Studio Pet Photography

Banjo & Izzi | Sydney Studio Pet Photography

Banjo and Izzi were a runner up in my first Love Your Pet Day giveaway (my third one is coming up very soon). These are the images they chose for their ten image box*. Their owner wrote this on the 5 star Google review she left me: I have a deaf French bulldog and...

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Caoimhe’s first year – Sydney Dog Photographer

Caoimhe’s first year – Sydney Dog Photographer

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Caoimhe for my puppy diary in 2020 and then again on her first birthday later in the year. Her person has been a loyal client of mine for a decade and I just love photographing her Border Collies, they always have the best...

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watch ninja (hardly) grow (at all) – Studio Dog Photos

watch ninja (hardly) grow (at all) – Studio Dog Photos

I started this project when Ninja was 3 months old and I have to say, it's nowhere near as fun as I thought it was going to be – the dog barely grows and he only has one expression! But I'm committed now so I'll persevere. These are the photos from 5mo, 6mos, 7mos and...

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Bentley (again!) – Sydney Dog Photographer

Bentley (again!) – Sydney Dog Photographer

I first met Bentley in 2019 when we had a Location Session so it was lovely to see him again when he signed up to be in the HUH? book. I mean, try as I might I couldn't get a head tilt out of him but it was still nice to see him, hahaI put together a video of the...

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Adopt Me 12.21 – Adopt a Dog Sydney

Adopt Me 12.21 – Adopt a Dog Sydney

This month's adoptables are from A Cause for Paws and Fetching Dogs. Most of the dogs are wearing Ruffined Designs collars. Click on the first thumbnail to open the full image and then scroll though the gallery using your arrow keys or the arrow buttons on the left...

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2022 blockhead calendars

2022 blockhead calendars

I recently posted on my Facebook page that there won't be any calendars or diary this year due to a lack of project participants caused by being closed for over three months during lockdown. However, while putting together a calendar for myself (because I need one!) I...

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butter’s 3rd birthday | dogs of sydney

butter’s 3rd birthday | dogs of sydney

Happy 3rd Birthday to my middle child, Peanut Butter. He's been a very good big brother to Ninja so he got spoiled with presents, a yellow/gold blob cake (which was just as ugly as last years' orange blob cake) and a muddy outing with his two besties Molly and Norah...

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charlie, leo and huxley | sydney pet photography

charlie, leo and huxley | sydney pet photography

Take two stressed owners (one who was heavily pregnant), strong winds, a misread tide times table (I'm throwing my husband under the bus here, sorry Dave!), a reactive dog who was very unsure about everything and a Lab who desperately wanted to jump in the water – my...

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Alphy and Bear – Sydney Pet Photos

Alphy and Bear – Sydney Pet Photos

Alphy and Bear are just two of the utterly adorable head-tilters that I got to meet when shooting the HUH? book.  Click the play button below to see the final images their person selected and her artworks order.If you'd like to celebrate your pet's colourful life...

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Based in Sydney, Ruth O’Leary, is one of Australia’s most sought after dog photographers. She takes colourful and emotive photographs of dogs in stunning locations. Since the launch of Ruthless Photos in 2008 her images have brought tears of joy to hundreds of loving pet owners across the globe.

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About Ruth

Based in Sydney, Ruth O’Leary, is one of Australia’s most sought after dog photographers. She takes colourful and emotive photographs of dogs in stunning locations. Since the launch of Ruthless Photos in 2008 her images have brought tears of joy to hundreds of loving pet owners across the globe. If you’d like to find out more please contact Ruth today.

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