Bay 38 – Pet Friendly Short Term Holiday Rental, Dunsborough

Do you enjoy going away? Love to take your dog with you? We like to escape the city with Pip the Black Beetle and Pixel at least twice a year, but it’s often hard to find decent holiday homes close to the beach that allow dogs. Until now!

Bay 38 – Short Term Holiday Rental in Dunsborough has a beach front location and is just 50 metres from the pristine white sands of Geographe Bay. The dog beach is just a few hundred metres walk away and the bustling Dunsborough town centre is a short 400 metre stroll. It’s perfect for that much needed, relaxing holiday with your family and furkids.

Apart from the amazing bay views from the living area, you can lie in the master bed and see the sun rise over the ocean. Bliss! This stunning coastal chic home has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets. It sleeps up to 10 people and there’s a large back yard and both the front and back yards are fully enclosed for everyone’s comfort and safety.

Our awesome Business Administrations Manager, Colleen is also the property manager for Bay 38. We can’t wait to stay there in 2017 and check it out for ourselves. In the meantime, we felt it was only fair to share it with you. :)

For bookings and enquiries please email Colleen direct on and check out Bay 38 at…/…/south-west/dunsborough/193122 or



9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award

Ecstatic to hear that ‘Bear Apartment Six’, my limited edition fundraising print for Free the Bears Fund, has won the ‘Alternative Processes’ category of the prestigious 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Andréa Holzherr, Director of Global Exhibitions for Magnum Photos, judged images submitted by 531 women photographers from 50 countries.

‘Bear Apartment Six’ will be exhibited at the Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 and 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography during the EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography in Berlin in October 2016.

I’m delighted that this print will be representing rescued bears, and the work of Free The Bears Fund, on a global stage in Berlin. Huge congrats to all of the other winning artists. Check out all their stunning images at



Western Digital (WD) 3TB My Passport Wireless Pro Hard Drive

Today I got my hands on the hotly anticipated Western Digital (WD) 3TB My Passport Wireless Pro Hard Drive. What does this mean? Well I now have a compact portable storage device to carry with me on off-site photo shoots and overseas travels, and I can use it to easily download and back up photos or high-definition videos when out in the field.

It’s designed to work seamlessly with mobile devices (and is easy to drive through the WD App), has a built-in SD card reader, plus a USB port for quick connection to a CF card reader or directly to your camera. With 10 hour battery life, you can even charge your mobile phone, ipad and DSLR on it. The WD Wireless Pro looks pretty slick too and comes with a tough case to prevent knocks.

Can’t wait to show it in action soon during a special project I’m working on with Western Digital. ‪#‎ItsAGameChanger‬ ‪#‎ForThePhotographers‬‪#‎WesternDigital‬




I’m so thrilled and proud to announce the biggest, most amazing collaboration of my business life – the ‘Because I’m Happy’ Collection with Peter Alexander Sleepwear. Peter has been Australia’s ‘King of Sleepwear’ for the past 25 years, and creates fun and fabulous sleepwear items, often with huge international brands like Disney, The Simpsons, Barbie, Sesame Street, and The Muppets to name a few. For his ‘Because I’m Happy’ Collection he approached Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns and invited us to be involved. JUMPING UP AND DOWN! It’s been such an honour to work with Peter and his team, and another beyond-my-wildest-dreams moment.

The ‘Because I’m Happy’ Collection is now in all Peter Alexander stores across Australia and online at

Additional items in the ‘Because I’m Happy’ Collection, featuring our images, are due out each month until Christmas, so be sure to sign up to Peter’s Sweet Dreams Mailing List to receive all the updates.

We have three Peter Alexander Sleepwear sets from the new ‘Because I’m Happy’ Collection to give away to Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns followers. Each set consists of:
* one Digi Puppy Tee (my personal fave!)
* one pair of Photo Dog Classic PJ Pants (my other fave!)
* one Dog Bowl (Pip the Black Beetle‘s fave!)
RRP for each set is $170.

To enter just post a photo of your dog on our facebook page at tell us why they make you happy, then add in the hashtag ‪#‎peteralexander‬ at the end and you are good to go.

The three winners will be selected on Monday 22nd August, 5pm WST by Alex and prizes in relevant sizes will be posted out. Entry is open to anyone, anywhere and this competition is not affiliated with Facebook.

Good luck!




Greener Pastures Sanctuary

One of my best little friends is Phoenix from Greener Pastures Sanctuary. She has lots of rescued animal buddies and we can’t wait to visit her this Friday to take more photos of her special bond with them.‪#‎ASpecialHuman‬ ‪#‎ThroughTheEyesOfAChild‬ ‪#‎Kindness‬

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Midland Camera House Photo Walk

JOIN ME on the Midland Camera House Photo Walk. Just under two weeks to go (21st August) and just 5 spots left. More details on the event page at Tamron Photo Walk with Alex Cearns – TAKE 2. Please contact Midland Camera House ASAP to register your interest in this exclusive one-off event.



A View from the Outside

Thanks to the RSPCA WA for this sweet piece in their latest “Great & Small” magazine, August issue. Read more at…/res…/greatandsmall-july-web.pdf




I’m currently in Sydney meeting with Tamron Japan, Tamron Australia and TNS Australia representatives to discuss all things Tamron. Great timing as the latest addition to the Tamron Super Performance Series lens range has recently been released. Introducing Model F017, the re-vamped 90mm f2.8 Macro lens with Vibration Compensation. An awesome piece of kit with 1:1 magnification. Check out the specs at




There are just four places available on our September 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 Thursday 1st of September. 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 Thursday 1st September 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




OMG! This is one of the biggest things to happen at Houndstooth Studio. I’ve been sitting on this amazing news for the past year and can finally let you all know. In a few short months ‘ZEN DOGS’ the book will be published globally by Harper Collins. HAPPY DANCE WITH A TWIRL!

People all over the world fell in love with the ‘ZEN DOGS’ photo series and it’s been my absolute privilege to see it develop into an uplifting, inspiring and of course, zen, book. It is described as “A gorgeous compendium for every dog lover, animal enthusiast and everyone looking to add some peace and joy to their day.  Zen Dogs reminds us of the power dogs have to enrich our lives – to make us happier, healthier, calmer and more loving.”

With Beagle pup Bailey starring on the cover, the release date in the USA and Australia is October 24th … just in time for Xmas. What a perfectly ‘zen’ gift. See what I did there?! 😉

Deb and I are thrilled to be heading to New York City for the international launch of ‘ZEN DOGS’ and to work with Harper Collins on book promotion and some exciting book store appearances. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Of course, we don’t want to forget our Perth friends, so on our return we’ll be hosting a launch party at FurBaby Boutique & Cafe and you’re invited. SAVE THE DATE of Saturday 12th November, 6pm – 8pm for this not-to-be-missed event. You can purchase books on the night or bring a copy in for signing. More details coming soon.

And as if that wasn’t all exciting enough, there’s more! ‘ZEN DOGS’ is now available for pre-order, with up to 20% off. Yahoo! Reserve your copy today at:

Barnes & Noble:
Harper Collins:

Spread the word. Be like dogs. Be ZEN! ‪#‎ZenDogs‬

All images in ‘Zen Dogs’ were taken using a 24-70mm lens by Tamron Australia / Tamron Lenses USA / Tamron