Archive for July, 2016



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