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two cocker spaniels sitting between owner's legs at park

Benson and Milly | Sydney Dog Photographer

July 20, 2017 | Leave a reply

It’s been quiet around here while I was having some work done on my websites. Apologies if you subscribe by email and received old posts to your inbox multiple times, it wasn’t my doing! I’m back now and I’ve stockpiled a bunch of posts for you so get ready to be bombarded with dog photos again.

I first met Benson and Milly back in May. There was much texting back and forth trying to decide if the weather was suitable that day and eventually we chose to go ahead. Unfortunately the light was really average so I suggested we shoot again when it was nicer. It wasn’t a total waste of time though, this first image is the one they chose for a large acrylic wall art piece. (It arrived from my supplier today and looks soooooo good!)

two cocker spaniels standing on rocks with big sky

We got the last of the autumn leaves, which were exactly the same colour as Benson’s coat.

golden cocker spaniel dog sitting in autumn leaves smiling with head tilt

Milly looks pretty good amongst them too. Check out the length of her eyelashes! Much envy!

black and white cocker spaniel dog sitting in autumn leaves smiling

I wouldn’t say it was a bad choice to go ahead with the first shoot because having to meet up again meant I got to hang out with these lovely dogs and their even lovelier owners a second time. That pretty light was just the icing on the cake.

happy golden cocker spaniel dog with bokeh

black and white cocker spaniel dog sitting on a rock with bokeh

With the help of two people I managed to get a shot of them sitting together. It was no easy feat!

two dogs sitting on a metal picnic table at park

Winter in Sydney isn’t half bad.

golden cocker spaniel dog standing on wall against blue sky

black and white cocker spaniel dog sitting on wall against blue sky

I enlisted my helpers again (who also happen to be Benson and Milly’s owners) to get the dogs to sit together for a family photo. There was a third helper beside me with their ball. #teamwork

two cocker spaniels sitting between owner's legs at park

And finally they got to do their favourite thing, FETCH!

golden cocker spaniel dog running in park at sunset with ball in mouth

black and white cocker spaniel dog running in park at sunset with ball in mouth

The sunset was intense and as it filtered through the trees I was so happy that I’d invested the extra time to get the job done right.

If you’d like to check out Benson and Milly’s album you can see a digital flip through on my Instagram.

These two are the fifth matching pair of dogs that I’ve photographed this year and I have three more pairs booked in for sessions. Being slightly OCD that really pleases me! Do you have two dogs of the same breed that you’d like to have photographed? Get in touch, I’d love to create some memories for you to treasure.

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two black pugs making funny faces

Ref and Serina | Sydney Dog Photography

June 20, 2017 | Leave a reply

You know you have an awesome boss when they buy you a Ruthless Photos gift voucher for Christmas. Kristy has such a boss (who also happens to be a previous client of mine) and I got to photograph her gorgeous Pugs, Ref and Serina, a few weeks ago. It was the first weekend in Winter, so it was crisp but the light was beautiful.

When I leaned down to say my hellos Ref went the kind of crazy that I thought was reserved for Staffies – who knew Pugs could spin so fast?! (All the Pug owners are probably mouthing the word “me” at their screen right now!) So we started with Serina, while Ref composed himself.

Kristy said in her questionnaire that “she gets the snaggle tooth and sometimes her tongue just pokes out”, to my utter glee she actually did one or the other for every single photo!

black pug standing in flowerbed with angry face and snaggletooth

Serina is almost 6 years old. Kristy said “I adopted her in September 2016 and she was a very scared girl. She still gets very unsure in noisy and overwhelming situations”. But, like a good little Pug, she was all about the food and as long as I wasn’t trying to put her on any evil benches we got along just fine.

black pug with tongue sticking out

Yup. Adorable.

pug wearing pink collar with funny face and snaggletooth

Ref is almost 7 years old and has lived with Kristy’s family since he was a puppy. He’s no stranger to the camera and has perfected the wide-eyed puppy dog look.

happy smiling black pug standing in flowerbed

He can also touch his forehead with his tongue. Impressive.

black pug dog with tongue covering nose

black pug dog sitting in bushes with sun behind him

There wasn’t much faith in my ability to get a photograph of both dogs together (mostly from me) but thanks to a container of precious cheese, we got this.

two black pugs making funny faces

I don’t even know who we thank for this one. Some weird Pug god of derp!

two black pugs with whacky expressions

While Ref does some solid posing …

black pug headshot shallow depth of field with bokeh

… he also does disgruntled loaf of bread impersonations.

black pug lying on grass looking like a loaf of bread

Yeah, I don’t even know what was going on here. I guess her lead looked like fun or something.

black pug in a play bow

The face you make when you realise everyone’s laughing at you. (Or because it’s a day that ends in y.)

black pug dog standing in park with pink collar and lead

We went in search of Autumn leaves and weren’t disappointed. Ref was thrilled.

two black pugs sitting in autumn leaves

For a dog who was described as having no training, I think Serina did pretty awesome. She’s quite the little poser.

black pug standing under tree in park with snaggletooth

Monkey see, monkey do.

smiling black pug dog posing for the camera

It was cold so I brought some hats just in case. (Or maybe just in case I wasn’t the only one who thought Pugs in hats would be funny!)

black pug wearing blue winter hat

black pug wearing red winter hat sticking out tongue

I was surprised that Kristy didn’t use her voucher to book a spot in my #SquishyFaceCrew book. I asked her why and she said she wasn’t sure that the dogs would be confident in unfamiliar surroundings or would hold a stay. They were completely fine to work with, so if you’re reading this and had the same concerns but your dog loves food you should go ahead and apply! Ref and Serina will make an appearance in the book anyway – how could they not?!

If you’re a Pug lover you should check out Kristy’s website The Pug Diary. It’s a wealth of information about all things Pug.

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Albert and Penny | Canberra Pet Photography

June 8, 2017 | Leave a reply

Back at the end of April my Facebook memories told me that it was a year since my last trip to Canberra. I was reminded that I love that time of year there so I sent an email to my mailing list inviting people to book an Autumn Leaves of Canberra session. Three awesome people snapped up the spots and impressed me enormously with their quick decision making! As luck would have it the forecast for the coming weekend was good and I’d had a local client reschedule their shoot so off I went, mere days after coming up with the idea. I left Sydney on Saturday morning and arrived in time for some location scouting before my afternoon session with the lovely Albert and Penny.

It was a beautiful crisp day and the Autumn leaves were in full effect. I was quite the happy photographer. We set ourselves up in this first spot while I proceeded to OMG (probably a bit too much) about the pretty colours.

happy corgi sitting amongst autumn leaves

This head-tilt stopped me rattling-on about the leaves, momentarily at least. Seriously, I’m such a sucker, they get me every time. Lucky I managed to snap it because he denied me of another single one for the rest of the shoot!

corgi headshot big head tilt autumn colours in the trees

I narrowly avoided losing a finger to Albert in his over-enthusiasm for my treats. Penny was much more polite.

terrier type rescue dog sitting in park under autumn trees and leaves

She didn’t mind getting as close as possible to them though.

extreme close up of terrier type dog in park under autumn trees

Next we moved to a quiet spot where they could run around safely. They LURRRRRVE their Kong.

corgi running with kong in mouth

I tried some fake throws to get them running without the toy but this happened. Apparently the Kong serves an important purpose!

corgi running with giant tongue flapping

small terrier running with Kong in mouth

Altogether now – OMG look at those gorgeous colours!!

small terrier running with Kong in mouth autumn colours

Next we retired to the bench for a breather and to allow Albert time to get his giant tongue under control.

happy corgi sitting on park bench

Penny made me work hard for her shots so I especially love this one where she looks so happy and content.

happy jack russell type dog standing on green park bench with autumn leaves underneath

Daveless had to stay home with our four dogs so the wonderful Alyssa from Canine Compass assisted me. It’s a shame she lives so far away because she took direction really well and didn’t once complain about what a thankless job it is! (Only joking David, you’re still my favourite!)

small tri-colour terrier lying on rock wide angle

If corgi’s aren’t comical enough for you, try this on for size.

corgi on a rock wide angle extreme close-up

It would be wrong to go all the way to Canberra and not include a photo of “the lake”. We finished up the session as the sun went down behind the hills. Penny had had quite enough of my treats, noisemakers and stupid voices at this stage and Albert was still mistaking my fingers for food so we decided it was a good time to wrap things up.

corgi and terrier standing on wooden beam with sun behind and blue sky

Albert and Penny’s people chose my Platinum Collection, so they get “the lot” – a wall collection, a big album and the digital files. I’ve shared the album on Instagram and below is a composite of the wall collection.

Are you a Canberran reading this with envy and wishing you’d known I was coming to town? Sign up to my mailing list, I can assure you that you won’t be bombarded with spam. It’s altogether possible that I might do a Tails of Canberra book next year, so make sure you’re subscribed to avoid missing any important announcements. If you don’t want to wait until next year feel free to email me. If there’s enough interest I can come down again in Spring.

It’s also worth noting that a day trip to Sydney is another option, particularly for people who might be interested in taking part in one of my three current fundraising projects:
https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/squishyfacecrew-book/
https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/rescued-blockheads-2018-calendar/
https://www.ruthlessphotos.com/adorable-puppies-2018-diary/

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The Twins | Sydney Pet Portraits

May 22, 2017 | Leave a reply

Long time followers might remember when I shared the photos from Hamilton and Thumbelina’s first “Puppy’s First Year” session with me, last February. I’ve photographed them twice since then. The first time was for my my Tails of Sydney book, at Nurragingy Reserve. They were five months older and had forgotten everything I taught them about keeping the nice camera-lady happy. Many deep breaths were taken that afternoon!

standing outside a wooden cabin in the forest

We met up again recently for their final shoot. They’d had quite a few outings and training sessions since we’d last met but I still chose an extremely quiet location with almost no distractions to set us all up to win.

pretty red husky female lying in barn

pretty red husky female standing in barn

Ridiculous faces are a Hamilton specialty.

big red male husky in barn headshot

big red male husky in barn standing portrait

While taking those first photos I noticed a lovely spot where the sun was streaming through the bushes with a log in front for the dogs to sit on. I think I’ve gotten a bit used to photographing small dogs and puppies because there was no way these two were going to balance on there for me. We tried and failed and then decided to go with just paws up instead.

gorgeous red husky female posing with feet on log and backlight bokeh

smiling red husky male with backlit trees bokeh

Both dogs needed to be kept onlead for the whole shoot and didn’t like being tied to things so the logs became a good way for their owner to hold onto them while staying out of the shot. She got a good workout!

big red male siberian husky wide angle blue sky starburst sun and lens flare

pretty red female siberian husky wide angle blue sky starburst sun and lens flare

When I was doing a reccy for the shoot I saw all these beautiful yellow trees that were begging to be used as a backdrop. Autumn in Sydney is no Autumn in Canberra but we do get a little bit of colour, if you know where to look for it.

red husky x malamute male sitting in front of autumn colours

female husky headshot autumn colours

This image was chosen to be blown up and framed. It’s going to look awesome alongside the rest of the photos in Kirsten’s private Ruthless Photos gallery!

I shared a digital page-turn of the big album, with images from all their sessions, on my Instagram if you want to check it out.

Did you or someone you know just get a puppy? Please tell them about my Puppy’s First Year package. They grow up so fast. With this package you can record all that cuteness for posterity with gorgeous, archive quality products, that you can keep and look back on forever. Send me an email for more info.

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In the words of my client … | Pet Photos Sydney

May 20, 2017 | Leave a reply

… go big or go home!

small black oodle dog shot from above with head tilted

My brief was to get a photo like one on my website of a dog on a wooden deck with it’s head tilted – how’d I do?! Huge props to Bella for making my job really easy. I’ll have to pop another bag of treats in with this 30×45″ framed print of her when it’s ready, I owe her one for making me look good.

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