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22.09.17

THE CRINKLES!

This divine little gal was one of the stars of the 2017 Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA Christmas Card photo shoot we did earlier this week. What a doll! She’ll be up for adoption soon (keep an eye on the DRH FB page for her info and for Christmas card details), but in the meantime, check out her crinkles. I  die!  #ChristmasCardsComingSoon #AdoptDontShop#PuppyLove

 

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22.09.17

LENS DUO!

When Andy from Blonde Robot & Tamron Australia was in Perth recently he personally delivered my new lenses – the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC Gen2 lens and the Tamron 18-400mm f3.5 VC lens. How’s that for service!

The 18-400mm lens will be going onto our office camera which has a crop sensor, and will be given a road test on a range of different subjects. It’s looking like a fantastic compact and light travel lens with excellent zoom.

Meanwhile, the 24-70mm Gen2 is about to be unleashed from its box for the first time today, during a big project shoot. We are filming behind the scenes, so you’ll soon get to see it in action. This will then become my main go-to studio lens. I’ve used the original version for 4 years solid and taken over a million images with it. It’s a beauty of a lens and I can’t wait to get snapping with its predecessor.

Photo thanks to Geoff Temple.

#TamronProTeam #TamronCreates

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22.09.17

WINGS AHOY!

Here’s an out-take of Bluey the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo in flight from today’s photo session held at Perth City Farm. We have another image to release soon, and something special is built around that one, but in the meantime I must shout out big thanks to Peta, Mitch and Bluey, Ben from Team Digital, Julian from Julian Masters PhotographerElinchrom LTDTamron AustraliaSpider HolsterLaCieSeagate and Ilford Imaging Australia. Oh and my new Tamron 24-70mm f 2.8 Gen2 lens worked like a dream. It was so smooth!

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22.09.17

PASSION, PURPOSE & GIVING BACK!

Thrilled to be the keynote speaker at the Master Builders Western Australia – Bankwest Women in Building and Construction (WinBaC) End of Year Lunch on November 17th at Crown Perth. I’ll share how I transitioned from law enforcer to pet photographer and how I found my purpose … and how you can find yours. And there will be cute pics galore!

Tickets are available for one and all (MBWA members and non members) at http://bit.ly/2w3LSe5.

#winbac

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11.09.17

NEW HORIZONS!

Last Wednesday Deb and I hosted our last Perth photography workshop. We ended on a high with 19 keen photographers and a day of perfect weather … and a few dozen delicious cruelty-free cakes. Bliss!

Our courses have run for the past 5 years and have been held in front of hundreds of attendees in Perth, Sydney, and Hobart – with one more pencilled in for Canberra in 2018. It will then be retired fully in its current form.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and helping enthusiasts understand that photography can be easy. A real highlight is seeing the moment it clicks for people and this is something I want to continue to nurture.

We are now exploring three amazing new opportunities in photography education – watch this space. Thanks to all of our past course participants, sponsors Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park, and supporters. We are looking forward to announcing our plans soon.

Image: Taken with 70-200mm f2.8 VC Gen 2 Tamron Australia lens and converted to B&W.

#TamronCreates #TamronProTeam Spider Holster

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11.09.17

JUDGE AND BE JUDGED!

Just helped select the winning photographs in the Perth National Photographic Competition’s Nature category with two esteemed colleagues Glen from Glen Moralee Photography and Wayne. Four weeks ago we selected the images accepted into the awards by scoring over 400 entries. Now we re-judged the best nature images on offer and chose the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and merit winners. Congrats to those who won! Selected and awarded Images can be viewed during the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia‘s Perth Royal Show, in the photography building.

On my own awards front, ‘Cat With Flower’ was awarded the FIAP Selectors Choice Ribbon in the South Devon Salon, with a top score of 15/15 from the three judges. Woohoo! Bear Apartment Six (our fundraising image captured for Free the Bears Fund) received an honourable mention in the Fine Art / Collage Category of the Px3 Paris Photography Prize competition, and Orangutan picked up an honourable mention in the Nature and Wildlife category of the MonoVisions International Black and White Photography Awards.

A good days work all ’round! 😀

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11.09.17

COUCHES NOT CAGES!

Eliza the Swan River Statue dressed up today to let everyone in Perth know about the Free the Hounds Hounds Day Out next Sunday 17th September. Come along and join the fun in support of rescued greyhounds. Full event details at http://bit.ly/2fbypKC

#HoundsDayOut2017 #CouchesNotCages

Photo credit: Anonymous

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11.09.17

NEW DIGS FOR RESCUE DOGS!

Last Friday the wonderful team at the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA officially opened their three new kennel blocks.

DRH patron and Wheels and Dollbaby fashionista Melanie Greensmith, kindly completed the ribbon cutting honours, supported by her partner Mark McEntee of the Divinyls and a host of other special guests including Red Dog producer, Nelson Woss, and DRH trustee and author Jennifer Skiff.

Mel and Mark are huge dog lovers and have been loyal supporters of the DRH for the past decade. They generously find time in their super busy schedules to lend their voices, and to speak up for dogs in need. They are both superstars in every sense of the word!

The kennels have been carefully designed to ensure maximum stress reduction for their canine residents. Everything has been meticulously considered. They are roomy, with improved sleeping areas, highly effective ventilation, and in-floor hearing and cooling. There’s even a built in audio system playing calming music all day long.

The new digs have now created the best environment possible for dogs waiting for their forever homes, and this will allow pooches to put their best paws forward when meeting potential adopters.

Call in and check out the new kennel blocks. And maybe you’ll find a new furry family member too!

#AdoptDontShop #ConsiderAdoptionAsYourFirstOption

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11.09.17

MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY!

I’ve met, photographed, and worked with many people over the years who have a bit (or a lot) of celebrity. Pleased to say that most have been lovely and 99% of the time I’m happy to be behind the camera and not in front of it when I’m shooting with them.

But rock royalty Mark McEntee from the greatest Aussie band ever, the Divinyls, and Wheels and Dollbaby founder and global fashion superstar, Melanie Greensmith, are next level with their kindness, generosity and how much they give of themselves to help dogs and the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA.

Yesterday when we all caught up to support the opening of the new DRH kennel blocks, I had to get a photograph with them – not the first time this has happened mind you, but you can never have enough pics with Mel and Mark. As a bonus we all kept our sunnies on, because it’s like all rocker and cool and stuff.

I always treasure my conversations with Mark about aeroplanes (he builds and flies replica aircraft) and about our mutual love of dogs, and yesterday he sang me part of a new song he’s been working on about dogs needing to go out to pee. It’s going to be a hit!

One of the best moments of my career was a few years back when Mark phoned me up to tell me he thought my photography was ” … (f-bomb) awesome”. I told him I thought his music was pretty up there too, and he replied “Oh! Do you know it?” What a legend.

Here’s my fave Divinyls song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AiCv9F_GRBA

Photos thanks to Debora Brown, taken at the Dogs Refuge Home of WA. Tshirt from Hangdog.

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05.09.17

ADORABLE ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA’S PROFESSIONAL PET PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS REVEALED!

The Daily Mail has written a round up of the 2017 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards (APPA) pet and animal category entries.

Whippet, Gracie and cats, Friday and Kewpie made the cut!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Adorable-animals-feature-anima…