Over 200 people across Australia have participated in our workshops and due to popular demand, we are running one final Beginners Outdoor Photography Workshop in 2017.

DO YOU WANT TO MASTER YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ANIMALS? We can help! Our next workshop will be held on Wednesday 6th September 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 6th 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.

LIMITED TO 15 participants – 10 places still available.

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




We ordered two snuffle food mats from Fabulous Furrballs Jewellery and Pet Accessories for a Cause for our girls Pip the Black Beetle and Pixel … and they loved them. The mats slow down gutsy eaters and provide great mental enrichment. Plus all proceeds go to the animal welfare group of your choice. It’s win win! We opted for our purchase $$ to go to the WA Pet Project as that’s how we found out about this awesome product.

To order a snuffle food mat for your pooch (and to help animals in need) just message Lynne from Fabulous Furrballs or email her at




Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner in the Smithsonian Magazine Photography Awards.

Could we trouble you to take a second and VOTE for ‘Orangutan’ in the Altered Images category? To VOTE just click open this link and then click on the VOTE tab on the web page.

Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27th 2017.

Thank you so much! xx

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‘I ride with Chloe to fight dementia’

This is Chloe. Isn’t she the cutest sitting in her dads motorbike helmet! She is 13 years old and has a very special purpose in life – to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. It is such a big job for such a small gal, but Chloe takes it all in her stride.

Deb and I met Chloe and her wonderful dad, Ken last weekend and when I heard their heartbreaking but hopeful story, I knew I wanted to help them share their message. Ken and Chloe are an amazing team and they have such an incredible bond.

Here is Chloe’s story:

Born on the 14th December 2003 to Maltese and Poodle parents, Chloe was the smallest puppy in her litter and was picked on by her brothers and sisters. In 2004 she was adopted by Ken, Sue and their daughters Bindi, Kylee and Heidi.

It was unknown at the time, but Sue was developing early onset dementia. As Sue slowly forgot all the things she once knew, Ken was very happy that she now had her own little companion to love.

Sue would spend her time playing with Chloe, then walking with Ken and Chloe in the afternoons. Soon Sue’s dementia became critical and she was admitted to hospital. Chloe would go in with Ken to visit her each day and she would charm everyone who met her.

Sadly, Sue did not come home. At just 55 years of age, her life was cut short by her illness. She was a beautiful kind lady who brought joy and love to many people. Her whole family missed her very much. Ken was devastated, but the love from his daughters (including Chloe) kept him from feeling lonely. He spent lots of time with Chloe and found great comfort in her company.

When Ken was young he rode a motorbike and Sue would ride with him. After they got married and had a family, Ken and Sue stopped riding but always said that one day they would travel around Australia on a motorbike.

After Sue died, Ken decided to make their dream of riding around Australia a reality, and purchased a large road bike. Each Sunday he would go for rides but he always regretted leaving Chloe at home – so he devised a way to take her with him. Ken built a special seat for the back of his bike where Chloe now sits, complete with a seat belt, which protects her from the wind … though she does quite like it when her ears flap.

Ken and Chloe have now travelled over 150,000 kilometres together and have visited lots of places in Australia. Sometimes they ride alone and sometimes their friends from the Ulysses Club (an over 40’s motorbike group) ride with them.

After meeting lots of new friends and having them ask how they can assist people with dementia, Ken had the idea to start a charity called ‘I Ride With Chloe to Fight Dementia’. He designed badges, patches and stickers to sell, with the money raised going to Alzheimer’s Australia WA to help them continue their important work.

Please support Ken and Chloe if you can, even in a small way. You can purchase ‘I ride with Chloe to fight dementia’ patches and pins at and follow their adventures on Chloe’s blog




The fabulous HBF Run for a Reason is back again on Sunday 28th May. Last years event was so much fun and I’m honored to be the Guide Dogs WA ‘Jog For A Dog’ team leader for 2017. But this means I need your help. I would love for you to join me for the event and together we can raise funds for GDWA. Last year we raised enough to train a guide dog puppy!

To register just follow the steps below. The early bird registrations close on March 13th so don’t miss out.

1. Go to…/guide-dog…/get-started to set up your personal fundraising page

2. Register for the event and purchase your ticket at

Be sure to list the team name as ‘Jog For A Dog’ and I’m doing the 4km Walk (so select category D if you want to join me or other categories if you want to RUN the course)

3. Reserve your place for post-race refreshments and place your Guide Dogs WA t-shirt order by contacting Lauren at by 13 March

4. Get your friends together and start fundraising. You can also check out my fundraising page at

Lets make this the biggest and best team entry yet! #JogForADog



Peter Alexander Sleepwear

6th March is the 30th Anniversary of Peter Alexander Sleepwear. What an incredible achievement for our leading Australian sleepwear brand, started by Peter on his Mums dining table. We would like to wish everyone at PAS, especially our friend Peter, a very very happy birthday.

We are also thrilled to play a small part in the celebration of this milestone, by photographing two pages for the stunning 30th Birthday Catalogue. Such an honour! Thanks to pooch models Khan and George, and their humans Karen, Lee and Kim for their expert assistance.

View the 30th Birthday range online at




Earlier this week 22 gorgeous greyhounds were taken in by GreyhoundAngels of Western Australia. Twelve dogs have foster homes but ten of them still need a place to go where they can feel safe and loved.

All of the dogs need items like muzzles, collars, leads, old toys they can learn to play with, bowls, and decent dog kibble. Please contact GreyhoundAngels via private message if you can assist with any of these things. Alternatively, donations to Greyhound Angels will be warmly received to go towards helping the dogs in their care.

Please consider donating if you can. Every bit adds up and every bit helps. Greyhounds are the most maligned dog breed and they need our help and support now more than ever.

You can donate online via PC at or if on a mobile device or tablet via bank transfer at:

BSB 302162
Account Number 0452619

And because we would never ask you to donate without doing so ourselves, Deb and I have donated $200.

PICTURED: Our beautiful rescued Greyhound Pixel.




Bookings are now open for the biggest weekend of photographic education and fellowship in WA’s history.

From 23rd to 25th June, the WA Camera Club (WACC) is hosting the West Australian Photographic Federation Inc Nikon Centennial Event 2017 at the Government House Ballroom ballroom in central Perth.

The event, featuring seven top-shelf presenters and two nights of gourmet celebrations, is open to all members of camera clubs affiliated with the WA Photographic Federation.

The occasion acknowledges the host club’s centenary, marking 100 years of popular photography in WA, as represented by the WA camera club movement which has grown to almost 40 affiliated groups.

Major sponsor Nikon is also 100 years old this year and it’s Ambassador, Rocco Ancora, one of Australia’s leading photographers and educators, will be the headline speaker throughout the three-day convention. He has won much acclaim for his ability to capture emotional impact in his images.

Six outstanding Western Australian photographers are presenting a range of talks, workshops and photo excursions for delegates. The presenters, Leah Kennedy, Georgina Steytler, Stan Davies, Alex Cearns, Gerrie Cooney and Richard Harmer, are acclaimed practitioners as well as engaging educators.

The presenters’ panel and the organising committee have selected topics with a difference for the event, ensuring delegates gain new and interesting insights to improve their photographic pursuits.

The cost of attendance is $260 and country members can qualify for a travel subsidy of at least $150, courtesy of Lotterywest.

WACC President Ray Ross says there has never been such a comprehensive program for photographers to learn from experts, share interests and knowledge with others and celebrate what we all love doing over a three-day format.

“The majestic beauty of the heritage ballroom at Government House will be an unforgettable setting for the inter-club event. Simultaneous sessions will give participants multiple choices and the evening functions will deliver polish and class in due recognition of the 100th anniversary.”

Limited to just 200 tickets and booking fast.
For more info or to reserve your place please visit



Australian of the Year Awards 2017

This is a total stretch but I’m sending appreciative thanks to whoever took the time and effort to nominate me.




MADE THE FINALS! ‘Orangutan’ made it to the finals of the Smithsonian Magazine Photography Awards. The awards received over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. 70 images were selected as finalists, with ‘Orangutan’ being one of the 10 images up for contention in the Altered Images category. Winners are announced on 28th March but regardless, I’m thrilled to see this sweet face selected to sit in the top 70 images.

‘Orangutan’ also scored a finals placing in the One Eyeland Photography Awards last month in the Nature / Wildlife category.

Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner in the Smithsonian Magazine Photography Awards.

Could we trouble you to take a second and VOTE for ‘Orangutan’ in the Altered Images category? To VOTE just click open this link and then click on the VOTE tab on the web page.

Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27th 2017.

Thank you so much! xx