A FILM FOR ALL! Last night we went to the  VIP home town screening at Event Cinemas Innaloo and it was everything we hoped it would be, and then some.

Attended by 400+ guests, dignitaries, and cast members, including Producer Nelson Woss, Managing Director of Roadshow Films Joel Pearlman, Minister of Health, Culture and the Arts the Hon John Day, the US Consul General for WA Rachel Cooke, and the canine star himself Phoenix (AKA ‘Red Dog’), everyone was thoroughly entertained and brought the house down with applause at the end.

‘RED DOG : TRUE BLUE’ is an exceptional film for all ages, with everything you could possibly want from a prequel – drama, action, excellent acting, exquisite cinematography, a fantastic story, iconic Australiana, and an unbreakable bond between a boy and his dog. There’s even a cameo from a Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA puppy.

I was privileged to photograph the original Red Dog, Koko, several times before he passed away and loved that ‘RED DOG : TRUE BLUE’ was dedicated to his memory. Without giving away the storyline, I needed my tissues in the first few minutes, when flashbacks of Koko came up on screen. He was such a clever, beautiful boy and has been represented honorably in his early years by new pooch on the block, Phoenix.

It’s a 10/10 score from me and a bonus sense of pride that it was filmed in the Pilbara, and mentions Tom Price, my home town.

‘RED DOG : TRUE BLUE’ is officially released on Boxing Day. Put it on your MUST SEE list and tell your family and friends.

Thanks to the best event photographer in town, Julie K Photography for these pics.

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Red Dog himself (Phoenix) gave out a Houndstooth Studio prize valued at $1890 tonight. Love these pics of him holding our voucher and meeting the lucky winner. Oh, and I would like arms like his trainer for Xmas (at left in first image).

#RedDogTrueBlue #BoxingDay2016



Thanks to Event Cinemas Innaloo we have a family pass (admit 4) to giveaway to the Advanced Cinebuzz Crew screening of animation Sing starring a HUGE line up of talented musicians including Tori Kelly, Renee Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Seth MacFarlane on Sunday, 11th December at 10:30am.

To be in the running simply like our Facebook post tell us in the comments section below the post who is your favourite singer of all time.

WA Applicants only. Winner selected at random. Winner will be notified Thursday, 8th December at 4pm AWST. This promotion is not affiliated with Facebook.

Tickets are only $11 for Cinebuzz members and available here:

Houndstooth Studio endorses select family films for Event Cinemas Innaloo.



‘Orphaned Babies’

Oooh! Just found out my series ‘Orphaned Babies’ was named as a winner of the PDN FACES PORTRAIT competition in the Professional Animal Portrait category. The stars of the series are four adorable baby Australian natives, who were rescued and taken into the care of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (Max the wombat, Tassie Devil and Quoll) and Lyn Manuel of Wildlife Care WA inc (Calvin the Joey).

View all winning images here

Bless those who help our vulnerable wildlife and huge thanks to the PDN FACES judges for making these rescue babies international.




Dogster kindly gives ‘Zen Dogs’ the thumbs (paws??) up in their latest review, which includes what you need to know about achieving a zen dog state of mind.…/these-zen-dogs-will-help-you-reach…

‘Zen Dogs’ by Alex Cearns is available now at all good book retailers, including Dymocks, Target and dozens of independent book stores, and online through Booktopia and

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Free the Bears Fund 2017 Calendar

The 2017 Calendar, complete with several Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns images from our recent World Expeditions tour to the FTB Cambodia and Vietnam sanctuaries, is now available. Five of the people who travelled with us, who are all wonderful FTB supporters, make a cameo on the rear cover. #Legends

Buy online at…/ftb…/product/111-2016-calendar



AMRRIC – Animal Management in Rural & Remote Indigenous Communities.

One of my greatest privileges to date (both personally and in business) is photographing the work of not-for-profit organisation AMRRIC – Animal Management in Rural & Remote Indigenous Communities. throughout Australia. To see the contribution they make, not only to the animals they treat, but overall to our indigenous communities, hits you in the heart.

We have an incredible new AMRRIC project in the planning for next year, but in the meantime the 2015-2016 AMRRIC Annual Report has been released. During the last last 12 months, AMRRIC facilitated veterinary programs in 92 different remote communities and homelands, and safely and humanely surgically desexed 1015 dogs and cats, and administered 6907 anti-parasite treatments.

To compliment this, their education team completed 57 visits to 28 different communities and outstations, sharing AMRRIC’s message that ‘healthy dogs contribute to a healthy community’ with 790 adult community members and 1074 students.

Such amazing achievements, thanks in most to donations from the public.

If you would like to know more about AMRRIC, please take the time to read through their annual report (link below) and consider lending your financial support. Deb and I can attest first-hand to the way your dollars will be used to make a big difference.




As if seeing the star of ‘RED DOG : True Blue’ (canine star Phoenix) at Monday’s super advanced screening wasn’t enough…

We are excited to let you know anyone who purchases a ticket to see ‘RED DOG : True Blue’ for this Monday 5th December, 6.30pm at Event Cinemas Innaloo will go in the draw to win a Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns photo session.

The prize includes the shoot and a Simplicity Framed Collection (three 11in x 16in framed prints of your choice) with a total value of $1890.

See the movie first AND be in the running to win this fantastic prize.

To enter, grab your tickets now at

Promotion ends 6:30pm WST Monday 5th December and is open to WA residents only.




We have teamed up with Event Cinemas Innaloo and ‘Red Dog : True Blue’ to give away 5 family passes (four tickets per pass) to their super advanced screening this Monday 5th December at 6:30pm. Not only will you view ‘Red Dog : True Blue’ three weeks before it’s public release, as an added bonus canine star Phoenix will be making a guest appearance. Oh my dog!

Just post a pic of the special canine in your life in the comments on our facebook page before 12 noon on Sunday 4th December and you could WIN!

Winners will be notified on Sunday 4th December 12:30pm. Open to WA residents only.
This promotion is not affiliated with Facebook.

Good luck! #RedDog



March 2017 Beginners Outdoor Photography Workshop

4 PLACES LEFT! There are just four places available on our March 2017 Beginners Outdoor Photography Workshop.

DO YOU WANT TO MASTER YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ANIMALS? We can help! Our next workshop will be held on Wednesday 8th March 2017. Our workshops always fill fast, so don’t miss out.

WHAT: Photography CAN be easy and SHOULD be fun. Enjoy a relaxed, practical, full day of learning and photographic discovery with Alex Cearns, Houndstooth Studio’s multi-award winning, internationally renowned animal and wildlife photographer.

Learn Alex’s steps to stunning outdoor animal photography in the beautiful Woodlands Reserve Room at Whiteman Park, before finding prime photo locations for the incredible wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park. This is an excellent opportunity to discover how to bring out the best in your animal subjects.

Alex’s workshop is aimed at beginner to intermediate level photographers and consists of a combination of theory and practical instruction delivered by one of Australia’s most respected animal photographers.

We invite you to come along and learn how to get the best from your DSLR camera. It’s a fun day with like minded people, hosted in a beautiful environment perfect for learning.

You can check out the latest selection of Tamron Australia lenses and see the Spider Holster Pro Camera Holster in action.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 18 people, with bookings in advance essential to secure your spot.

WHO: Do you have a DSLR camera but struggle to use it? Want to improve your animal photography? Keen to learn how easy and jargon free photography can be? Alex can help you! We personally guarantee you will see an improvement in your photography on this workshop.

WHERE & WHEN: Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park on Wednesday 8th March  from 8:30am until 4:30pm

COST & INCLUSIONS: Cost is $495 per person and includes expert tuition, set of flash cards, meals, drinks, entry to Caversham Wildlife Park. Laughs are free.

TO BOOK OR FOR MORE INFO – Please email Colleen from our office on or call 0413 174 069.

Here’s what participants had to say:

“This was a great refresher course for me. Alex’s energy is infectious and she is a wonderful presenter. I loved her explanations about how to get the shot and the examples were excellent. Great day! Thank you.” Fran

“This is a fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone needing inspiration and confidence with their photography. Alex is a great teacher – down to earth and easy to understand. I have attended several photography courses in the past and left feeling confused about the technical details. I’ve already put into practice the things I’ve learnt, with great results! Thanks so much.”  Joanna

“Somehow Alex is able to explain and demonstrate how to use and control your camera much better than any other course I have attended before! Thank you so much for a fabulous day. I have learnt so much that I know I will be able to remember.” Liz

“It was great! I loved the anecdotes and examples. Was so relieved it wasn’t full of hard to understand technical stuff. Am recommending it to all my friends who have a DSLR.” Beth

“I had some real “Aha!” moments today. The practical session was excellent and the afternoon session was awesome. Thank you!” Anne

“What a joy! This course exceeded all my expectations! I finally understand aperture. Finally! Thank you so much.”

“A fantastic day. Thank you. It’s hard to single out a favourite part of the course, it was all fantastic! I think the shift in my understanding about the technical side of things was a huge help for me. Also loved the food, the jokes and above all the tips! I can’t wait to get out there to put everything into practice.” Steph

“Excellent value – worth more than the price!”  Todd




High Praise

One of my lovely clients, Fiona The Doggy Lady came to visit for photos of her retired Quarantine Detector Dog, Charlie Brown and today, she posted the message below on the wall of her business page.

Such high praise from a pet industry professional is a wonderful endorsement and I’m so thankful to Fiona for her generous words about Charlie Brown’s Houndstooth Studio experience. Fiona raises some valid points about who to trust with your beloved fur kids and has an important message about carefully choosing the pet professionals who fit your pooch the best. I wanted to share her comments with you as I think there’s something in there we can all take away from them. Thanks Fi! xx

“Choosing the right doggy professional for you and your dog is so important. Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity of having professional doggy photos taken. Most know Charlie Brown gets too easily aroused in new environments and with new people. I wish all doggy professionals were as awesome as Alex from Houndstooth Studio.

I couldn’t fault her interactions with Charlie B. She put us both at ease and had him posing and working that camera – I have never seen him so comfortable with new people or environments before. If you have a dog who is a bit more special, I really recommend Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns. I admit I did a lot of research beforehand and chose this studio not only for her photography skills but also for her doggy skills.

But as I drove off (thinking ‘I wish some vets and other professionals would learn from her’!) I realised we need to get the right match for all the doggy professionals in your life. It isn’t just about the right skills in their area, but also how they interact with BOTH you and your dog.

If your dog is shy, do they take time letting them settle in? How does your dog react to them? Do they use non adversive methods? Are they gentle and kind? Do they bring enough treats? (my Labrador made me type that!!!). That person might be the best professional for Rover up the road but it doesn’t mean they will be the best for your dog.

But don’t forget you! How do you feel? Do you feel comfortable asking questions? I know for me, I need a vet who respects my relationship with my dog and discusses options with me openly. With trainers, you need someone who suits your learning style too.

If you, or your dog, doesn’t feel comfortable, do some research and move on. Find the best match for you and your dog. And when you find awesome professionals like I did yesterday, spread the word. And yes, if you thought your dog couldn’t get studio pics because of their specialness, give Houndstooth a call – I think it might just be possible!

PS: Be prepared to be inundated with photos!!!”