Henry the Old English Sheepdog

When I asked Henry's owner if I could photograph him I didn't realise what I was getting myself in to! Henry is only 14 months old and even though he was walked for over an hour before meeting me at the park, he was still a bundle of energy when they arrived. Luckily...

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Enzo and Mila the French Bulldogs

When I first decided I was going to take my pet photography more seriously I asked some friends if I could photograph their dogs for my portfolio. The first dogs I chose were Enzo and Mila the Frenchies. I unintentionally picked some very easy subjects to photograph....

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My leather creations so far

Towards the end of 2008 I started learning leather craft. I found the process very frustrating at first as there were no people who specialised in dog tack nearby who could teach me. I took some classes to learn the basics, but then I bought all my own equipment and...

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Dobermann Puppies

Recently my friend bred her first litter of Dobermann Puppies. I was lucky enough to get to photograph them a few times before they went off to their new homes. Puppies are particularly hard to photograph cause they want to be beside you and jumping all over you. I...

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The Trixie Dog

Chopper was my first foster dog. When he turned into a foster failure it took a long time to convince Dave that it wouldn't happen again. About two years later we moved house and had dog runs set up and I got "permission" from him to try fostering again. I promised...

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Chopper Chops

We offered to foster Chopper about three months after we got Angel. He was 10 months old and he'd been living at the shelter for three months already. He'd been bought from a pet shop as a pure bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier [buyer beware!] and the reason he was...

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[No] Angel

We adopted Angel about three months after we got Ivan. I wasn't necessarily looking for a Stafford, but when she came bolting out of her run and jumped up and gave me a cuddle I knew she was exactly the kind of dog I wanted! She's very loving, more than a little...

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Ivan the Terrible

Ivan is our 10.5 year old Siberian Husky. He used to belong to my cousin, but he asked us to take him when he was 7. He's a pretty good dog. He keeps to himself and doesn't cause any trouble. You only really see him if he hears a leash coming off it's hook or if...

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My very first blog!

Welcome to my sooper dooper streamlined blog for all my photography and leather pursuits. My passion for both is inspired by my three brindle boofheads and the snow dog! I grew up always owning cats. The last dog we had ran away when I was very young ... so my parents...

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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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If you are an agency, publisher or pet business looking for stock imagery or custom photography please head over to my commercial pet photography site.

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