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24.02.17

CAT PEOPLE!

You are invited to participate in a research project aiming to improve the health and welfare of pet cats in Australia.

Our friend Dr Lawson from Hobart is conducting a survey of cat owners in Australia investigating their cats’ lifestyle, environment and provision of resources.

If you live in WA and have a cat (or two or three or … ) please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey.

24.02.17

Spider Holster Ambassador

Sometimes I have to have my photo taken. It’s not something I’m ever that comfortable with and I’ve had to learn to just go with it over the years. It helps if I have an animal with me – but that can prove harder to shoot as the photographer then has to capture the relationship between both subjects.

Last week I needed a pic for my Spider Holster Ambassador gig and I enlisted the help of a colleague, the lovely Julie Wilken Kerbel from Julie K Photography. We had 10 minutes to get the shot, I had a virus and Pixel didn’t want to look.

Despite the time pressure and the challenging subjects Julie worked super fast and did what she does best, delivering the photo I wanted. And that’s exactly why you hire an industry professional. :) #AIPP

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24.02.17

AIPP WA Business Masterminds

Last night I had the privilege of speaking on a panel with esteemed and successful photographers David Ryall, Garry Sarre, and Russell Barton at the AIPP WA Business Masterminds event. It was so lovely to share some business tips and my lessons learnt with a room full of our peers and was a great night organised by dedicated the WA AIPP team.

Great timing too as my latest article for Photo Review Australia Magazine has just gone live. Read the basic photography business rules I live by (relevant to any business) at http://www.photoreview.com.au/…/basic-rules-of-a-photograph…
#WAAIPP #BusinessMasterminds #AIPP

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15.02.17

Gold award for ‘Zen Dogs’

A mind-blowing surprise to pick up a gold award for ‘Zen Dogs’ at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) ‘The Annual’ Print Awards held in Las Vegas last week. ‘Rainbow’ and ‘Orangutan’ also scored a silver award each and these results exceeded my expectations as a first time print award entrant. Huge congrats to all of the category winners and a big thanks to Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for the meticulous printing of my entries and to the WPPI organizing team. Much love to Tamron Lenses USA / Tamron Australia / Blonde Robot for their Tamron SP lenses, my tools of trade.

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15.02.17

International Photographer of the Year Awards 2016

Thrilled to pick up 4 Honourable Mentions in the IPOTY – International Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 for ‘Orangutan’, the ‘Orphaned Babies’ series and the ‘Winged’ series, all in the Professional Nature Wildlife category, and ‘Dogs Vs Cake’ in the Professional Fine Art Conceptual category.  https://iphotographeroftheyear.com/winners-gallery/ipoty-2016/professional/honorable-mentions

All images captured using #Tamron super performance series lenses.
Tamron Australia / Tamron Lenses USA / WD / Spider Holster

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15.02.17

Dogs Today Magazine

Thanks to Dogs Today Magazine for including Banjo the Rottie pup in their “Best Dog Photographs In The World” section, March 2017 issue. He’s such a handsome boy!

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15.02.17

‘Paws Up’ magazine

Honoured to be featured in the February issue of ‘Paws Up’ magazine, with Bali Pip on the cover. An opportunity to showcase my work is always appreciated, but even more importantly, this magazine has a big purpose. Not only is it filled from cover to cover with fab info for pet lovers, all proceeds from ‘Paws Up’ support the medical needs of ‘Even More Special’, a Cyprus based not for profit organization which provides loving homes to many senior and disabled animals. You can read a great mag AND help animals in need at the same time. Win win!

Download your copy at
https://sellfy.com/p/WHob

Even More Special Mini Home Sanctuary & ‘Paws Up’ Magazine

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07.02.17

MY DOG BEAR!

When I was 16 years old I was gifted my very first dog as a birthday present from my parents. She was a beautiful Rottweiler pup and ever since then I’ve always been partial to the breed. Fast forward to the year 2000 and I was volunteering at the RSPCA WA cattery on the weekends. Once I’d finished my 4 hour shift, I would head over to the dog kennels and walk dogs for an hour.

As fate would have it, a stunning 5 year old Rottie named Shadow caught my eye and I started to walk her regularly. After each walk I’d give her a hydro-bath, then take her back to her kennel. Eventually my whole hour of dog walking was spent with Shadow. When my shift ended I would think about her all week, secretly hoping she would’ve been adopted by the time I got there the following weekend.

Shadow was taken to the RSPCA by her female owner, who had escaped her violent partner. Fearing for Shadows safety if she left her behind, and unable to take her with her to her temporary accommodation, she made the heartbreaking decision to surrender her. She knew she’d never see her again, but had no alternative. I cannot even imagine what that must’ve felt like and how horrible and hard it must have been for her to walk away from her loyal best friend.

After 4 weeks, Shadow was still at the RSPCA and there hadn’t been any interest in her. There and then I decided I had to adopt her, and have her join my then fur family of Crazy Daisy the Cocker Spaniel x, and Kasey the Persian cat. And so Bear (as she was renamed) came home.

Bear was a gentle soul, who eventually lost sight in one eye and slowly became more unsteady on her back legs. When I moved in with Deb, Bear spent her days giving Deb moral support while she toiled away on her PhD, often lying by her desk for hours.

Initially she didn’t like men and would rush at them and bark, as if to protect us, but as she got older this slowly dissipated. She lived with us until she was 12. A sudden episode of bloat took her unexpectedly and we held her paw as she passed.

I’ve always been grateful for the time I had with Bear but still feel a pang of sadness for her owner who loved her so much and had to give her up. I think it’s such a sad shame they couldn’t find a way to stay together. So when I recently heard about a new plan to help people in the same situation, it warmed my heart.

The RSPCA has launched a Domestic Violence Scheme, which is being trialled by their Inspectorate. It will provide a pet fostering service for families seeking to escape domestic violence in Western Australia. Pets are often used by abusers as a tool to control, threaten, intimidate and frighten their victim, by harming or threatening to harm the animals.

The aim of the Scheme is to guarantee to victims that RSPCA WA will care for their pets whilst they are in a refuge or temporary accommodation until they are able to find a permanent home. By providing pet fostering facilities for families, they will be reassured that their beloved pets are safe while they make their arrangements.

The RSPCA is now seeking compassionate people to be considered as Foster Carers for the Domestic Violence Scheme.

If you can help, please fill in this electronic form:https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/…/resour…/foster-care-dvs-web.pdf and email it to education@rspcawa.asn.au or for additional info please email education@rspcawa.asn.au

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03.02.17

Koala Train Limited Edition Print – SOLD OUT

Together we did it! Our limited edition Koala Train prints have sold out – all 150 of them. That means a grand total of $7500 will be donated to Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc to help them care for sick and injured koalas.

We have to give a big thanks to all of you for your shares of our original post and for your print purchases. Huge thanks also heading out to News Talk 6PR 882 host Christina Morrissy for interviewing me on her radio show and to The Sunday Times and PerthNow who featured this article (http://bit.ly/2jl4TpQ) in print and online. Their collective promotion and support from everyone led to a rush of orders, taking us to our total.

We’ve also received incredible feedback about this print, and what that really means is, we’ve received incredible feedback about the koala stars in this print. Animals have a wonderful way of bringing people together and these 5 babies made people’s hearts smile.

One kind Houndstooth follower (let’s call her Lorraine, because that’s her name) purchased a print to gift to a lady she’d never met, who lives in the USA. The lady was keen to order a print for her grand child, but said she’d have to wait until she could afford one and was worried they might sell out by then.

Lorraine ordered two prints and ‘paid it forward’, gifting one to the lady’s granddaughter. And what a wonderful choice of recipient. The lady who will receive the print became her grand daughters carer after her daughter was brutally murdered. She knew the ‘Koala Train’’ would make her grand daughter smile, and so did Lorraine.

A soon-to-be father purchased two prints for his twins as a “Welcome to the world” gift for them both. I love that they get one each and don’t have to share.

Another lady reserved two copies and will be sending one to the UK to her friend who is undergoing cancer treatment, while the other is staying here in Perth. She said she wants to be able to look at her print and send healing love to her friend overseas while she does so, with her friend hopefully finding some comfort in the furry five.

A woman who lives in rural WA ordered a print in memory of her husband who recently passed. He loved photography and wildlife and sounded like man with a very kind soul, who was taken too soon.

And two generous friends snapped up ten prints to send to every corner of the world.

Such simple gestures with kind resonance. Thanks so much to our print sponsors Ilford Imaging Australia and Fitzgerald Photo Imaging and to everyone who got on board the ‘Koala Train.’

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03.02.17

READING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOG PEOPLE!

I shared my TOP 10 Dog Books with Better Reading. There’s something in there for every dog lover. Which dog books do you recommend? http://bit.ly/2keyiiP

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