Keely and Gryffin | Sydney Dog Photographer

February 15, 2017 | Leave a reply

Back in 2013 I photographed a very beautiful and extremely well trained Border Collie named Kyna. Hers was my first ever shoot in Sydney city, she introduced me to areas I’d never seen before. She very sadly passed away the following year but one of my photos has been tattooed onto her owner’s leg so she’ll always be remembered.

Fast forward to 2016, I launched my Tails of Sydney book applications and received one from Kyna’s owner, a foster carer for one of the groups the project has supported, for her two Border Collies, Keely and Gryffin. I replied straight away with a resounding yes … please!

Much like with Kyna’s shoot we struggled with scheduling due to bad weather. The end of the project was drawing near and time was of the essence so we ended up having to shoot verrry early on a cold Spring morning. We met at Victoria Park, just as the rats were finished foraging for the night (GROSS) while the grass was still wet from the recent rainfall. The dogs didn’t care though, they were just happy to be out and about with their ball.

two border collies posing for camera

You can see the steam on Keely’s breath. I could have done with a big fur coat like hers that day.

tri-colour border collie lying on dew covered grass with cold breath

Gryffin knew the best way to keep warm.

merle border collie running with pink tennis ball

Are these not two of the most photogenic dogs you’ve ever seen? Behind them you can see the lake which is the centrepiece of the park. We did well to keep the water-loving dogs out of it that morning!

two smiling border collie smiling wide angle

tri-colour border collie backlit smiling headshot with cold breath

I wonder if Kyna taught Gryf how to head tilt like a pro?

merle border collie standing in bicycle rack in front of sandstone building

I love this image of them sitting on the bridge together. The steps behind them leads up to the quadrangle where the gorgeous jacaranda tree still stood. It fell down the night before my shoot at Sydney University, what were the odds?!

two smiling border collies standing on wet bridge with heads tilted at sydney uni

The morning commuters on City Road were very interested in who these “famous” dogs were. Apparently only famous dogs would be having their photos taken by a professional. Au contraire, all my subjects are made to feel like celebrities dahling!

cartoon-like caricature shot of two border collies

wide angle photo of two border collies at Victoria Park Sydney

When your big brother loses your favourite ball you’re well within your rights to make him your toy!

Two border collies playing at Victoria Park Sydney grabbing and biting fur

Keely and Gryffin’s people ordered a package that includes wall art, digital files and an album. The wall art will join the canvas of Kyna from the session I had with her in 2013. There’s a flip through of the album on my Instagram feed if you’d like to check it out.

If you’d like to read more about Victoria Park (and 84 other locations) you can pick yourself up a copy of Tails of Sydney from my online store or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington.

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Gus the Aussie Bulldog Puppy | Sydney Dog Photographer

February 5, 2017 | 1 Reply

The noise that came out of me when I first saw a photo of this chubby little baby was high pitched and loud. Thankfully it was done when no one else was within earshot!

australian aussie bulldog puppy big head

I’ve known Gus’ owner since the early days of Ruthless Photos (she’s even had the unenviable job of pet sitting for us a few times). When she agreed that her new Aussie Bulldog puppy should be in Tails of Sydney I was beyond excited. If you know me at all you’ll know that I love puppies but I particularly love squishy face puppies. WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT HIM!!

australian aussie bulldog puppy head tilt standing on rocks

Gus had his shoot at Bundeena after he’d had his final vaccination, at 14 weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more confident and well behaved puppy.

australian aussie bulldog puppy close up

If you present me with a bulldog puppy to photograph I will want to take running photos, fair warning. I just love to see all those chubby folds being pulled back by the wind.

australian aussie bulldog puppy running at beach

If your bulldog doesn’t head tilt send it back, it’s broken. Fact.

australian aussie bulldog puppy head tilt sitting on rocks

australian aussie bulldog puppy shot from above climbing on rock

It started to rain but I was enjoying our session so much, and Gus was enjoying my treats so much, we both decided to push on.

red and white australian aussie bulldog puppy leaning on driftwood log at Bundeena Beach in Sydney

I purposely sat Gus on the rock like this so I could capture those rolls. Don’t you just want to squeeze them? (That’s not weird to say, is it? I’m amongst friends here, right?!)

cute bulldog puppy sitting on rock at sunset with lots of wrinkles

Gus’ owner had her viewing session last weekend and after much deliberation chose these images for an acrylic wall collection (along with a digital collection). Gus is already about three times bigger than he was at his shoot so I’m really glad I got to record these memories when we did and they can always remember how stinkin’ cute he was as a puppy!

If you’d like to read more about Bundeena and Gus (and 84 other locations and 116 other dogs) you can pick yourself up a copy of Tails of Sydney from my online store or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington. Spoiler alert, Gus isn’t the only Bulldog puppy in it!

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Get one bajillion awesome partner points this Valentine’s Day

February 3, 2017 | Leave a reply

red dog with great expression and head tilt on beach at sunrise with off-camera flash

Are you looking for a gift that says I love you and your crazy dog loving ways? Research shows that partners who are gifted my Tails of Sydney book are 100% happier than partners who aren’t!

I guarantee delivery before Valentine’s Day for all orders finalised by 6pm on Monday 6th of Feb. This also applies to gift voucher purchases. (If you miss the deadline for online orders you can still pick one up in person from Rupert&Dora in Paddington, they’re open 7 days a week.)

I hope you all enjoy the day and remember it’s ok to eat too many chocolates and cake because winter is just around the corner! If you hate all things 14th of February related that’s ok too, but it’s no reason not to eat chocolates and cake.

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More Metropolis Vizsla puppies | Sydney Puppy Photographer

January 27, 2017 | Leave a reply

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.

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Ruthless Photos 2016 compilation

January 20, 2017 | Leave a reply

It’s not news to anyone that 2016 was widely considered to be godawful and most people couldn’t wait for it to end. I, on the other hand, got to meet all these (and many other) awesome furry creatures last year, so I have very little to complain about!

Click the HD button for a nicer viewing experience.

I’m really excited for what 2017 holds and I’m looking forward to my 8th year in business as a specialist pet photographer – creating memories, helping dogs find homes and fundraising … plus a whole heap of puppy cuddles if I can help it.

If you’d like your dog to appear in my 2017 round up let’s chat, I know how to make that dream a possibility 😀 If you enjoy this slideshow you’ll love my book, Tails of Sydney. You can buy a copy either from my website or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington. I’ve received lots of 5 star reviews from other buyers, so if you have any doubts go to the product page and have a read.

For file size reasons it wasn’t possible to include every dog that I photographed in this clip, so please don’t feel left out if your dog isn’t one of the few hundred that isn’t featured.

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