A couple weeks ago we visited 11 week old Cockapoo puppy, Oscar, and his mum at their house. Oscar had just come back from his first puppy class but he was still full of energy for his photoshoot. We spent some time in their beautiful house and then Oscar had a run around in the garden amongst the spring flowers.
I can't say we celebrate the occasion particularly but I decided it was a good start at bringing back something I've missed dearly...
Tortoise Tales is back baby!
I'm a little rusty but I assure you Terrence, our 4 year old tortoise, will start making more of an appearance with his little adventures. If you've never seen Tortoise Tales before, here is my gallery -
This year so far has been all about the felines! Noah is settling in great and is getting on superbly with Oliver although I won't be getting him into the studio just yet.
For now I'd like to share some images from a shoot that actually happened in June! This was one of the few personal rather than client photoshoots that I did last year, that because I was so busy with dog models, I never had time to edit them! I knew I'd be taking a break from shooting and doing more planning in the new year after the Christmas rush, so I saved them to share with you now.
This photoshoot has a little story attached to it. This young boy, about 8/9 weeks old in this photo is one of four. He has two brothers and a sister. My partner and I found him when he was just the tiniest ball of fluff cowering in the back garden, frightened for his life. A black and white female had made herself at home recently and we would see her lounging around most days. We had suspected she was pregnant, it was soon made definite when she'd suddenly slimmed down one day. Tragically the stray mother was run over but, thankfully a week later we found her roughly six week old kittens. The kittens were cared for and brought up with lots of fuss and food. Before they went to their new forever homes, I got them in the studio. One black and white kitten has actually become a family member and is very close friends with our Bengal Oliver. I plan to get him in the studio again soon and create a then and now post!
I love the beginning of a new year. I love getting myself organised and excited about making plans for the year ahead. I write down all my goals, projects I want to work on and think about the direction I want to take. How can I improve and become a better photographer?
Well, I'll tell you now, that's all been pushed aside!
This photo isn't of who you may think it is... this stunning boy is Noah. Noah is in fact our special boy Logan's dad. Can see where he got his good looks from right??
Last week we brought Noah into our home and introduced him to the rest of the family. That's right, Noah is now part of our pack! What's even more special, after looking at Noah and Oliver's pedigrees... Noah is actually Oliver's great Uncle! How crazy is that! That means our beloved Logan and Oliver are related! Thankfully after just a week, Oliver and Noah have already started to get along. Oliver even licked Noah's ear a couple times yesterday morning! It will take a few more weeks at least before everyone is settled and Noah is used to his new surroundings. I've been making sure I spend loads of time with them. Now that I know the boys are going to be fine together, I thought I'd take a quick snap of Noah and share our latest news.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was pretty jam packed but I finally feel like everything is back to normal and ready to kick start 2018!
Firstly though I'd like to say thank you to everyone for the support and also to all the people and pets I've worked with this last year for making it so memorable. I've photographed the most dogs I've ever photographed, including new breeds I hadn't done before. Not only did I win my first photography award but won two awards! Have been published in more magazines, I've been able to support a charity I love and finally, another successful year for Christmas Mini Sessions.
There are many more things I want to achieve this year. I've already written down my goals and resolutions and I'm pretty excited to get stuck in. Wishing everyone a glorious 2018!
Christmas 2017 is a wrap!
This winter was our second year for organising Christmas Mini Sessions. This year I decided to create a scene that was opposite from our 'Warm Winter Cabin' set up last year and I created 'White Winter'; which was rather convenient since we did have a snow spell the other week!
There are so many photos from all the gorgeous pooches we had in our studio and as much as I would like to share them all, I don't think you want to be here for hours so, I'm just going to show you a few of my favourites! Click to view gallery.
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I can't remember the time I had to get up to my alarm for a photoshoot, I do love my sleep! During the last days of October I met Monty the Springer and his brother, Zeus the Ridgeback, for a Autumnal walk along the canal first thing in the morning and it was just wonderful!
We are currently on our last day of Christmas Mini Sessions in the studio. Sorry I've not been able to post more on the blog, it get's pretty busy around here with several dogs to photograph over the weekends! There is always more information on the my Facebook page but I will create a post in December when all the sessions are finished and edited.
Yesterday was Oliver's second birthday!!
I wasn't able to post because it was also our second Christmas Mini Session date and we were very busy with our models! Although we did squeeze in some studio time for Oliver. However, we of course only had our Christmas themed studio up! So I guess this is Oliver's Birthday and Christmas photoshoot in one?! 🤔
Anyway, what ever it is, he's looking adorable as always!
A couple weeks ago I opened my bedroom window and all of a sudden I saw about 8 little ladybirds, one by one they started to scurry in. I have mentioned this a couple times but when I first started getting interested in photography (10 years ago now!) I loved macro. I would spend hours photographing bugs and flowers - ladybirds where one of my favourite subjects.
I had quite a lot to do that day, I still had some shoots to edit (sorry guys!) But I was also feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything I had to do. So I decided to take a couple hours out for myself and remind myself why I love photography. I grabbed my macro and placed on of the ladybirds on my recently sprayed succulent. I took a photo that I'd never got before, the ladybird started grooming his face, I think he'd walked into one of the water drops! I edited three favourite images though I'd like to edit a couple more. Perhaps I'll have time again after the Christmas Mini Sessions!
This also reminded me of the importance of remembering to take time out for yourself once in a while, it's amazing how much better you feel afterwards.
I first met Alfie the Cockapoo when he came to our Christmas mini session last year. He was fabulous in the studio so I knew this photoshoot was going to be good! Since then the family have added a new member, Oscar the Sprocker. Alfie must have taught him everything he knew because Oscar was a super star during the photoshoot too! We visited the local Lavender field and just about managed to catch the last of the summer flowers before they all wilted away for Autumn. The good thing about visiting the gardens late was that it was very quiet and there was only a couple people there when we arrived.
Some favourites, click to view gallery
Although I still loved this photoshoot, I'd really enjoy visiting this place again next year but maybe a few weeks earlier! There was a huge Sunflower patch but unfortunately most of them had already died and there was just the odd flower left (which Oscar enjoyed eating, sshh)
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