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




On Sunday 24th July from 9am Camera Electronic‘s Photo Live Expo 2016 returns to the Novotel Perth Langley.

Book your tickets now to one (or all) of the highly anticipated speaker sessions and hear form award-winning photographers who are passionate about their art form. In the 30 minute talks, the speakers will discuss their process and tricks of the trade to help you learn how to capture the perfect shot in their specialised areas in photography.

I‘ll be sharing my top 7 factors you need to take animal portraits, plus divulging some fun anecdotal stories from my 10 years in animal photography. Tickets are just $11 pre-purchased via

Then from 9:30am until close I’ll be on hand at the Tamron Australia display to answer any questions about lenses and photography. Come visit and don’t miss this event!




Today is our 7th birthday! Seven years ago, after months of meticulous planning, Alex moved from taking outdoor pet portraits to opening the doors of a newly branded indoor pet portrait photography studio called … yep, you guessed it … Houndstooth Studio. And to celebrate this milestone we are offering seven awesome pet photo session prizes to our lucky FB followers. Yeeharr!

The major prize is a studio portrait sitting in our North Perth studio for up to two pets from the same household and $750 worth of prints. The total value is $945.

Plus there are 6 runner up prizes of a studio pet photo session for up to two pets from the same household and a 5in x 7in print. The total value of each session is $345.

All you need to do to enter is tell us why your pet needs his or her very own photo portrait session with Alex. Feel free to add a pic if you think it helps your message. :)

The winners will be chosen by Alex on Friday 8th July at 3pm WST and will be contacted via PM.

Big thanks to puppy Jakk (pictured) from the WA Pet Project for helping us share our birthday joy.

**Open to Western Australian residents only**




We are very excited to team up with Teespring to launch a funky new fundraising t-shirt just for you.

Grab your “‘Consider Adoption As your First Option” t-shirt today and support the WA Pet Project, H.A.A.R.T (Homeless and Abused Animal Rescue Team) and GreyhoundAngels of Western Australia. Designed by our very own Alex Cearns, it comes in 9 cool colours … plus we have a matching sticker for sale as well. All proceeds go to animal rescue and YOU can help us spread the word about adopting a rescue pet.

Hurry! The tee is currently only available for 13 more days and there are only 100 for purchase.

Order yours at

Please share the love and let your rescue friends know! xx



The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation

These 4 month old puppies were recently rescued from a dog meat slaughterhouse in Cambodia by the brave and incredible Marc Ching, from The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. Marc took 16 of the dogs he saved (including these two) to the Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS), where they received vet checks and vaccinations from PPAWS vet Dr Chamnan. All of the dogs were young pups, and if they hadn’t been rescued by Marc, would’ve been killed in the most inhumane way, then sold off for $4 a kilo. None would still be alive today.

We met these two lucky cuties, Hero and Brucille with their amazing foster Mum Lucy at a Pup-Up Market event held at the Sofitel Hotel Phnom Penh. Thanks to Lucy’s love, they are learning to trust people and each day they discover more new joys, like playing. They loved lying on a big mound of sand in the Sofitel gardens, and Hero, the male tan puppy, thoroughly enjoyed sliding down it time and time again. Such a simple freedom.

The Sofitel has a community committee which gives back to different local charity organisations by hosting events and sharing the proceeds. Tisha from Edgar Allan Paw helped organise and run the event, and Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) will use the funds raised to assist them with the treatment of the 16 rescued dogs. We met some wonderful like minded people at the Pup-Up Market and it was an honour to meet Lucy, Dr Chamnan, and Tisha and to these pups.

Marc is currently in China working to save over 1000 dogs at the Yulin Festival. He is a man making a difference, standing before torture and death every day and putting his own safety on the line to save dogs. He cannot un-see the horrific sights he has witnessed, things you and I could not even comprehend – they are permanently burnt into his heart and soul. That takes a physical and emotional toll, but still he fights and pushes himself to do more. He is a hero.

If you support the shut down of the Yulin festival, please consider donating to Marc’s organisation





Look at that happy face. Beautiful Mya the Husky had her eyes removed after painful Glaucoma set in. Not that it bothers her. Her other senses are extremely acute and she can navigate her way around a room with ease from the very first time she enters it. To see her in action is amazing. Her nose and ears work together to help her plot a mind map and after just one lap around the studio she was familiar with the entire layout. ‪#‎MyaIsIncredible‬ ‪#‎WhatDisability‬ ‪#‎DogsRule‬




This is Jessie. She had a freak accident at the park and part of her spine sheared off and pierced a hole in her spinal column, causing instant paralysis to her back legs.

Her dedicated family wanted her to have the best chance at a normal life, so they started researching their options. They discovered in the USA and ordered Jessie a custom made Walking Wheels wheelchair. As quickly as her mobility was taken, her wheelchair gave it back. She now zooms around with precision and enthusiasm. Jessie doesn’t dwell on only having two functional legs. She has life filled with love, fun, adventrues and wonderful humans. She is my doggie hero. xx




Little bears can be very busy and the cub residents of Free the Bears Fund‘s enclosure number six in Cambodia are no exception.

‘Bear Apartment Six’ is a composite print made up of 16 photographs taken by long term FTB supporter Alex Cearns. The single images have been meticulously pieced together to form a visually enthralling scene of bustling bear activity, indicative of an apartment building.

Photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016, three sun bear cubs are the stars of the show as they climb in and out of their den entrance. Cheeky, joyful and adorable, sometimes they’re solo and sometimes they’re with their bear buddies. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old, and will now be in the care of Free The Bears for the rest of their lives.

We have 2 year old Bearzilla, seized from people keeping him as a pet in Phnom Penh; Pooh, aged just under 2 years, surrendered by developers building a hydro dam in the Stung Treng Provence; and 15 month old Soriya Sundance, handed over by a Government Official who obtained her from ethnic minority hunters in the Mondulkiri Province.

You can now have your very own copy of ‘Bear Apartment Six’ as part of a Limited Edition release of 100 signed and numbered prints. Each print is 16 inches x 16 inches in size and printed on Kodak archival paper. A Limited Edition certificate is also included to validate the authenticity of each print.

Prints sold within Australia are $100 each (AUD).
Prints sold overseas are $110 each (AUD).

Fitzgerald Photo Imaging are kindly sponsoring part of the printing cost and $10 from each sale will go towards postage and packaging ($20 for international orders).

That means $90 from each print sold goes directly to Free The Bears AND you will receive a stunning print in exchange. Once 100 prints are sold, the release ends and no further prints will be available.

Please share this message far and wide so we can reach our fundraising target of $9000 and help contribute to the forever care of sun and moon bears.

To place your print order please email your email address.





Accompanied by Deb, I’m currently leading a fundraising animal / photography tour with World Expeditions visiting Free the Bears Fund rescue sanctuaries in Vietnam and Cambodia. With us are 7 animal loving people who have big hearts – Angela, Dave, Di, Mary, Robert, Carmen, and Liesa.

Yesterday, this sweet 4 month old sun bear cub was known by her rescue number, “193”. She is the smallest bear in the Cambodian sanctuary, weighing in at 4.5 kilos. Today she was given her official name of “Arya Stark” by Angela who made a wonderful $3000 donation to Free the Bears Fund. This gave Angela the naming rights to bear 193 (or I should say, Arya Stark), plus sponsorship of her for the next 12 months. Being a Game of Thrones fan, Angela’s choice of name was the perfect fit for this little girl who will no doubt grow up to be strong and feisty.

A short time later Dave and Di fell in love with a 7 month old female moon bear, who was formerly known as “189”. They generously donated $3000 for her naming rights and sponsorship and 189 is now known as “Essee”, after Dave and Di’s beloved dog Essee who celebrated her tenth birthday back home in Australia a few days ago. Essee bear is black, furry and cute, so is the perfect namesake for Essee dog. Happy 10th birthday to Essee too.

The $6000 donated by Ange, Dave and Di will be wisely used by FTB and I would sincerely like to thank them so much for making such a substantial financial contribution to the on going care of these vulnerable and adorable cubs.

Long term FTB supporters, Mary and Robert have previously sponsored and named two bears, Jesus and Willow, and are on their 4th overseas sanctuary tour for FTB, after previously visiting bears in Cambodia, Laos and India. Mary is a FTB life member and is heavily involved in the Albany chapter of FTB.

Whilst in Vietnam, Dave and Di spent over $500 purchasing much needed protective clothing and equipment for the Vietnam FTB Sanctuary staff, along cleaning items and hammock making material. The latter was was made into a sturdy, comfortable hammock by our tour team, for a moon bear called Go, who was delighted with his new bed and proceeded to roll around it it with glee. Several members also chipped in to buy the bears dozens of coconuts and watermelons.

Carmen arranged for an article about the work of FTB to go out in the New Town and Kalamunda Toyota newsletter which is disseminated weekly to over 300 staff. Complete with some of her stunning images of the bears in Vietnam, it was an educational and informative piece.

Angela and Dave project managed the building of a climbing platform for the sun bears in Vietnam, complete with two ladders and an engineered design. The whole group also helped out with daily bear enclosure cleaning, enrichment management and food preparation, and Liesa has been conducting preliminary research for her pending PhD into the illegal wildlife trade.

We all still all found time to take a few gazillion photos in there too! There are some amazing shots coming out of the tour and the photo of the day competition is hotly contended.

Before we left home, FTB board member and Houndstooth’s very own Debora Brown coordinated the collection and delivery of 24 Aussie Dog Products treat balls, which were then carried over by Angela, Di, David, Robert and Mary in their luggage. The bears were overjoyed to receive the balls, playing with them endlessly and trying to dig out the treats inside. Watching them made our eyes leak.

On top of that, our tour group as a whole has donated $3500 to FTB. I think these wonderful people deserve a huge, grateful pat on the back for everything they have contributed on this trip to help rescued bears. They’ve given their time, money, blood, sweat and tears … well thankfully not their blood but I’m sure they would if they thought it could help bears in some small way. We are blessed to have spent time with them all on this adventure, and the bears are lucky to have them on their team.

PICTURED: Cub Arya Stark.