Archive for December, 2009

30.12.09

Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – Studio Session 1

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, the Houndstooth Studio Crew recently conducted two studio photo sessions featuring Kanyana’s native animal residents.

The first session, on 21st December 2009, was held  on-site at Kanyana and feeling that each animal is worthy of a special mention, we photographed:

Henry the red-tailed black cockatoo, who at age 16, is extremely intelligent and fun loving.  Acting as an ambassador for his endangered species’, he regularly visits schools as part of Kanyana’s education program. He loves nothing more than having a dance and was an absolute delight to photograph, showing lots of personality and running up to me constantly so I could tell him a joke.

Ulart and Yorna, the blind bobtail lizards. Both victims of dog attacks, they came to Kanyana for life-saving treatment and are now permanent residents, unable to be released back into the wild due to their poor eyesight.  

Jinda the Stimson’s Python, a beautiful, lithe snake who slithered into the most amazing shapes, when not fascinated by the red tracking-beam of my camera.

Aruba and Elle the echidnas, aged 5 years and 14 years respectively. They were bought to Kanyana as 8 week old ‘puggles’ – pink bundles of skin, devoid of spikes. They are curious and active creatures with plenty of character. On a previous photo shoot I did at Kanyana, Elle spent the entire time opening all the Velcro pockets on my camera bag and climbing all over it! 

Froggy the tawny frogmouth who sat so still and was a perfect subject to photograph.  He had magnificent eyes and cute tufts of feathers above his beak.

Mitika the burrowing bettong, also known as a boodie, a nocturnal marsupial and member of the kangaroo family.  Bettongs are currently listed as vulnerable and are being rehabilitated back into the wild in certain parts of WA.

And Nwiri the bilby, one of Australia’s endangered and rare native animals. Kanyana runs the most successful bilby breeding program in Australia and their work plays a vital role in the survival of the bilby. To be so close to a bilby was truly special, and photographing one in a studio set up has never been achieved before. It was a Kanyana first and a Houndstooth Studio first! Possibly even an Australian first!

Many thanks to June for lending a hand and giving us the “ok” to photograph the animals, to Suzie for her superb animal handling skills, and to Lindy for organizing the session! And to Debora, my photographers’ assistant. 

We are currently running a special photography promotion in support of the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. From now until 28 February 2010 every studio photo session and gift voucher purchased will include a 5 x 7 inch print, valued at $120. Plus, we will donate $25 from each session and voucher sold to Kanyana!

To view more of the images from our Kanayana Photo Session, click here.

(Details and images from our second Kanyana photo session are coming soon!)

 

 

 

 

 

29.12.09

Squishy

A recent visitor to the studio was the charismatic Squishy, the rainbow lorikeet. Hand-raised by Lauren since she was a tiny ball of feathers, she loves to bounce and play with her toys. She charms everyone she meets with her fun-loving personality. You can’t but smile when you’re around Squishy!

 

23.12.09

Boris the Pug

I was saddened to hear today that one of my first clients, Boris the pug, had gone on to the great doggy heaven in the sky. Boris was a happy, quirky little guy, who loved being pampered by his mum Paula.

I had the pleasure of first meeting Boris when he came to the studio in August 2009. He had been unwell on-and-off for some time, and was recovering from a life-threatening bout of poor health. He did so well to carry on, with Paula always there for him.

Rest now little buddy. You were much loved and will be missed.

Our deepest sympathies to Paula.

11.12.09

Houndstooth Studio in 2009

Welcome to the first blog entry on our new Houndstooth Studio website! This is where I will be posting all of the latest news straight off the Houndstooth Studio press, so be sure to check back in from time to time to see what we have been up to.

The magic team at Clever Starfish have been working hard on this site for the past few months, and I’m sure you will agree it looks fabulous. Thanks so much to Dave, Levi, Kay, Uli and the rest of the Clever Starfish team. Your hard work and patience is appreciated!

With the year about to draw to a close, I find it a fitting time to reflect on how wonderfully busy 2009 has been!

In January an opportunity presented itself for our photography business and as a result we began planning the July opening of Houndstooth Studio – Our specialist pet photography studio. I have to say another thank you at this point to Ken and Beck Drake of Zoo Studio. Ken and Beck packed-up and moved their animal art photography business and fur kids to Brisbane in April and were extremely supportive of my plans to open Houndstooth Studio. Since their move, Ken and Beck have forwarded all of their Perth gift voucher photo shoots over to us, and have passed on several referrals as well. A big thank you to you both! I know your business is going extremely well and I wish you continued success.

From January to July we renovated renovated renovated to get the studio space pet ready. We contracted a builder to take care of the finishing touches, and the studio began to take shape. During that time I entered the York Society Photography Awards, one of the biggest photography competitions in WA, and was awarded two Highly Commended prizes.

In May, the Houndstooth Studio team set up shop at the RSPCA WA Million Paws Walk. We had a fabulous display and it was the first time the pending studio opening was advertised. People responded favourably and we frantically recorded the details of interested pet owners. Ken of Zoo Studio returned from Queensland to run the pet photo booth, whilst I  (acting in capacity as their official photographer) documented the day for the RSPCA.

Finally in July the studio opened to a rush of pet clients. Since then we have had a steady stream of pets through the doors. But more on this later…

In August one of our images was featured on a billboard for Stop Live Exports. Members of the public were able to donate funds to Stop Live Exports and sponsor the placement of a billboard (below), which were then installed at prominent high-traffic areas throughout Perth.

Billboard concepts new 08

During October and November I took a brief break from the studio to travel to Victor Harbour in South Australia, Tasmania and then Christmas Island. Three of the highlights were the sweet dispositions of the little penguins, all of whom were being rehabilitated at the penguin centre; the wonderful array of native animals who visited our chalet in cradle Mountain, including Wombats, possums, echidnas, pademelons, currajongs; and the red crab migration which had just commenced when we arrived on Christmas Island.

Never one to pass up a wildlife photo opportunity, I took a series of stock images of the little penguins for the Victor Harbour Penguin Centre, and stock images of crabs and birds for the Christmas Island Tourist Centre.

In November we released the official 2009 RSPCA WA Calendar, which is filled with some of our favourite images from 2009 and is available online via Red Bubble. All proceeds go to the RSPCA WA.

And last but not least, this month one of our images was selected for the Animals Australia Christmas e-cards. You can check out the free e-cards here.

It’s been a hectic  year but we have an even bigger and busier year planned for 2010. We are working on photography projects with the WA Dingo Association, Animals Aid Abroad,  the Christmas Island Tourism Association and the National Trust of Australia (WA), plus our existing not for profit and charity organisations – the RSPCA WA, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Penguin Centre Victor Harbour (SA), Animals Australia, and Stop Live Exports.

We would like to say that we are most grateful to each and every one of our wonderful clients who took the time to visit our studio and who entrusted us to capture portraits of their beloved pets. Many of our clients have referred us on to friends and family and we can’t say a big enough thanks for your continued support and belief in what we do.

Whilst we are eagerly anticipating 2010, the studio is still open over the Christmas period, and we currently have a special offer available to celebrate the launch of this site. For all pet photo sessions and gift vouchers purchased from now until 28th February 2010, we will include a free 5 x 7inch print valued at $120. Plus we will donate $25 from each session and voucher to the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. This is a great last minute gift idea – treat yourself or a loved one to a studio pet photo session, and help the native animals of  Kanyana as well!

We wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010.

Alex