adopt me 10.16 | rescue dog photography

December 30, 2016 | Leave a reply

It’s definitely worth celebrating that all but one of these puppies spent Christmas with their new families. I got to see photos of those festivites too and it was very heartwarming. Little Sashi (second from the end) is still available and with a smile like that I’m sure she’ll have her own fairytale ending in no time as well.

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A few months ago I worked with Gap Marketing on the #WDpets campaign. They very kindly donated $200 worth of toys from Rupert&Dora in Paddington for me to give to Fetching Dogs. I did the handover at a shoot and afterwards the puppies got to have a play with some of the goodies. Much fun was had.

Fetching Dogs is completely self-funded. If you’d like to help support the work they do you can purchase a 2017 calendar and/or diary either from their website or from Rupert&Dora. They’re also a beneficiary of the Tails of Sydney project, so buying a book from either my website or Rupert&Dora will also help raise some much needed funds for them.

If you or anyone you know welcomed a new furry friend into the family over Christmas I’d love to hear from you.

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Tali, Peaches and Wilson | Sydney Pet Photos

December 1, 2016 | 2 Replies

Meet Tali, Wilson and Peaches!

pack of happy rescue dogs

I didn’t start the shoot with a group photo but I’m going to start the blog post with it. I began the session with about 15-20 minutes of getting the dogs to trust me. (While sitting in pee, this is such a glamorous job!) 13 year old Tali is blind and had just been diagnosed with onset heart failure. Wilson is also 13 but he’s quite a recent addition to the pack. He’s paralysed in his back legs so he has wheels to get around. Peaches is 3 and it was her that was most disgusted by me joining her circle. She really had a lot to say about it but food and patience won her over. She actually turned out to be a great little poser!

happy small white dog

smiling maltese rescue dog

happy running small white dog

Tali was supposed to be the easy one but being blind and mostly deaf in a park full of strange smells meant she was very distracted.

bling poodle sitting in park

male owner hugging senior dog

All it took were some cuddles before she was ready to work the camera.

elderly blind poodle sitting on bench

I believe Wilson is a bit of a celebrity and his many fans actually paid for his fancy wheels. He posed for photos with them on and off because he doesn’t wear them all the time at home.

cute rescue poodle lying in park

You wouldn’t know he’s 13, would you?

happy disabled poodle sydney dog

Even though this wasn’t a Tails of Sydney shoot I did end up using this photo in the book, on the intro spread for the Macarthur region. Wilson repping all the disabled dogs of Sydney! If you’d like to buy a copy it’s on sale in my online store. Use the code “xmascheer” for a $20 discount on each book purchased between now and Christmas Day.

disabled poodle with wheels

I received this lovely message from their owner yesterday …

“I am so sorry that I have taken this long to let you know how unbelievably happy I am with everything. I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything better, the images are fantastic and really show the kids just how they are. I will definitely be recommending you and have already started.”

I love creating memories like these for my clients. Get in touch with me today if you’d like to discuss booking a Portrait Session with your pets.

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Ava the Beagle mix | Sydney Dog Photographer

November 28, 2016 | Leave a reply

Some time ago Ava’s people entered a draw at the Vitapet stand at The Dog Lovers Show. The prize was a Ruthless Photos voucher and they were lucky enough to win it. Being a busy family it took a few attempts to schedule the shoot and when the time came I was in the middle of shooting my Tails of Sydney book. Since they requested a location that wasn’t scheduled to be included I decided that if Ava gave me the goods I’d feature her in the book. I didn’t tell her until afterwards though, in case she cracked under the pressure!

We met at Rushcutters Bay, which is their local park. I was warned that Ava’s Beagle nose could take over and she’d run away in search of food. Being a lovely warm weekend afternoon there were lots of people picnicing so, even though she was very interested in the food I had to offer, she needed to be tethered to create enough space for my lens to focus. A mere 2ft wasn’t a lot to ask.

beagle mix at rushcutters bay park in sydney

Having to exercise some patience was confusing for her …

beaglier lying down with funny lip

… and somewhat devastating.

sad dog on bench

So we unclipped her and let her be free to run around. She doesn’t have a perfect recall but she’s extremely food motivated so we were able to get her to run between two food-holding people to ensure no picnics were ruined in the making of these action shots!

running dog with big ears

dog running at rushcutters bay park in sydney

Rushcutters Bay Park has lots of lovely big paperbark trees, which is the natural habitat of the Beagle x Cavalier. I jest, but she did look pretty good amongst all that textured bark.

sad dog in tree

When she was finished in the tree we took her down to the waterfront for some sunset photos. There were so many dogs in that small space on the jetty I’m amazed that no one fell in (especially me) and even more amazed that devon can trump the amount of distractions that were going on behind me.

beaglier dog at water with boats in the background

These last two images are the ones they chose for wall art – a 16×20″ canvas and a 30×45″ metal print. I only included the drooling shot because I thought it was funny but the whole family loved it and it nearly got voted for the kitchen wall (which I was silently rooting for) but the other one won out in the end and drooly Ava is in the hallway instead.

drooling dog

dog sitting in front of sydney skyline

Here’s the finished piece hanging in their kitchen, it looks SO cool. With all the big windows in the space the metal is a great substrate as there are no reflections interfering with the image.

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If you’d like to read more about Rushcutters Bay and Ava (and 84 other locations and 116 other dogs) you can buy a copy of my book Tails of Sydney. It’s packed full of content that took a year to produce and every book that’s sold helps raise funds for three local dog rescue groups. You can order yours today from my online store: https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/shop/

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Sleepy puppies | Sydney Puppy Photographer

November 14, 2016 | Leave a reply

I was asked to do a pro-bono job for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home recently. The brief was to create minimal studio images which could be used on promotional material for an upcoming gala event. Since I love working with puppies I asked them to send a couple my way. I was in fact sent nine, so I had a variety to choose from! They had a bit of a drive to get to me so, when they arrived, I suggested we take them straight outside to go to the toilet. I sat down on the edge of the deck while I watched them enjoy a lawn for the first time (their carer has no grass) and before I knew it these five week old puppies had worn themselves out and were starting to fall asleep! I did have a sleepy puppy pile photo in mind but I was going to do that at the end, after the awake shots. With pet photography, especially baby animal jobs, you need to adapt, so I let the sleepy puppy theme run for the whole shoot. What choice did I have?!

yawning puppy on black background

tired puppies on black background

tired puppies on black background

tired puppies on black background

sleepy puppies on black background

sleepy puppies on black background

sleepy puppies on black background

sleeping puppies on black background

pile of sleeping puppies

I did manage to get at least one awake photo of each of them.

puppies on black background

All the puppies have since been adopted.

SDCH are one of the beneficiaries of the money raised by my Tails of Sydney project. Pre-order your copy today to support SDCH, Fetching Dogs and ABR.

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adopt me 09.16 | rescue dog photography

November 8, 2016 | Leave a reply

It’s high time I blogged all of these adoptables that I photographed in the last few weeks. This post is merely for you all to look at and enjoy though. No sharing is required because everyone has been adopted!! Hooray for being able to use my powers for good.

I’ve been so busy with my Tails of Sydney book that I never mentioned our foster puppies on the blog. They came and went so quickly, but that’s them at the start of the gallery. Not the Saints, I’m not that mad! The two brindle pups that were photographed on my deck (as well as in the park, on the day I stole them from Saving Staffies!).

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Since there are no homeless puppies for you to share this time around maybe you’d like to share this post instead? All money raised from their sale goes directly to Fetching Dogs to help them with the invaluable work that they do. I’m going to go there again … they make great Christmas presents!

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