Cough up for the “Fur Ball” and support H.A.A.R.T (Homeless and Abused Animal Rescue Team)! Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 Fur Ball. Join MC Lisa Shaw from Mix 94.5, guest speakers Debra Tranter ( Oscar’s Law) and Alex Cearns Houndstooth Studio), and entertainment Murphy’s Law for a fab night out at the Duxton Hotel Perth. Check out the event page here and website at http://www.thefurball.com.au/#&panel1-1
AWARD NEWS! We are so proud of Alex! She has been named as one of 7 finalists in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, in the Private and Corporate Sector Award category. The awards are the most prestigious women’s business awards in Australia, and it’s so wonderful to see Alex recognised for all of the time, hard work, dedication and love she puts into Houndstooth Studio. Congrats to the other finalists as well. Read the press release here
Spent an afternoon with Steve from Steve Fraser Photography and the WA Photographic Federation committee judging the The Nikon WA Photographic Federation 2013 Awards. The standard was exceptional and we sure do have some talented photographers here in WA! Winners will be announced at The Event – Merredin http://
Thanks to the WAPF for their hospitality, to Thelma for the gorgeous animal cakes, and to my fellow judge Steve for being so fab to work with.
Wow, we had so many amazing entries in our “The Divinity of Dogs” by Jennifer Skiff giveaway. Thanks to everyone who told us why their dog was divine – you each wrote from the heart and made our decision so hard we decided to choose the winners randomly.
The winning submissions were by Bek, Jodie and Rach. Congrats to you all. xx
My dog is divine because……
He’s an amazing dog that is resilient and happy no matter what life throws at him. Contract cataracts it’s okay. Be attacked seriously and require surgery not once but twice. Have an eye removed at age 10 and come out on top. Have a slight luxating patella with horrible arthritis. Yet he is still happy and willing to do just about anything. Receiving him for my 9th birthday was amazing and he has been my constant companion since then, being the only constant in my life and helping me through some of the hardest times ever. I don’t remember him not being in my life and he is my inspiration to continue learning about dogs and why I dedicate every day to helping animals in need. Coming home to his face after a day at the shelter makes my days a thousand times better
Life is full of trials and tribulations and we can lose sight of the important things in life. My dog reminds me of what is important. Whether it be the pleasure of a walk and taking in nature, the joy of laughter and making new friends, cuddling on the couch, sharing adventures and being kind and tolerant to others. Despite any hardships, my dog is a constant reminder of the beauty and joy to be found in the world and the importance of remaining young at heart. I never lose sight of the wonders around me, and I thank my dog for showing me the divine in the simple things life has to offer.
My dogs are my life as they know when I’m ill, they will curl into me and around my sore spots.My Felix is a beautiful red smooth standard dachshund who is certainly his name; happy one. Though he dislikes mornings aand getting out of bed. Nacho despite no chiuahua in him, andhhaving spent his first few years eatting everything, has grown into a loveable wombat of a dog. Whose greatest joy other than visiting the vets is getting a soft serve ice cream, he savours every mouthful. He talks to me, and cuddles up and nudges for a pat. He is personality and my best friend who keeps me warm when cold, safe when scared, and company when alone.
My pic of a sea lion pup taking a bath of waves is in the Tamron “Shoot to Thrill” competition. Would love some votes if you feel so inclined.
My fave t-shirt ever! A kitten isn’t just for Christmas – it’s for life … http://www.redbubble.com/people/incognita/works/455463-incognita-had-received-one-inappropriate-present-after-another
WOW! As I look back over an amazing year, filled with so many different events, trips, people and pets, all I can say is “WOW!!!” It really was an incredible 12 months for Houndstooth Studio. We had the pleasure of meeting and photographing nearly 1000 animals, ranging from much loved family pets to RSPCA residents waiting for their new forever homes, rescued Australian wildlife in care at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and orphan penguins on the coast of South Australia. We photographed dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, bettongs, quokka, dingoes, kangaroos, frogs, bilbies, gold fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, goats, ducks, chickens, rats, possums, snakes, lizards and little penguins. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent with these wonderful animals and the people who care for, and love them - all passionately engaged in the welfare and happiness of animals.
It was an extremely busy year, resulting in lots of work and not so much play. Seventeen hour days, often seven days a week were common place, and whilst I apologise to my much neglected friends, I also know that the candle had to burn at both ends to grow both the business and our reputation. We exceeded our goals for 2010, which makes all the hard work totally worthwhile – it also means I aim to have a slightly more structured diary this year.
Here are some of the 2010 highlights:
Working to support local and interstate animal causes and charities
We provided fundraising items and sponsorship comprising cash, prizes of Houndstooth Studio sessions, calendar images and artwork, framed and mounted wildlife photographs or many hours of pro bono photography services to: the RSPCA WA, Dogs Refuge Home, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Protection Society, WSPA, Animals Australia, Stop Live Exports, WA Dingo Association, Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, SAVE (Rhino Rescue), Australian Orang-utan Project, Bali Animal Welfare Association, Halfway Home Animal Rescue in Melbourne, Cat Alliance Australia, Greyhounds As Pets, Victor Harbour Penguin Centre, Animal Rights Advocates, Assistance Dogs Australia, All Creatures Lost and Found, and Animal Aid Abroad.
Meeting Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson
We were invited to attend the Sea Shepherd’s October 2010 fundraising evening as VIP guests. We donated a Blue Clams canvas for the silent auction and were later seated right behind one of my personal heroes, the great Captain Paul Watson himself who graciously signed my copy of his book and inspired me to work harder to assist the Sea Shepherds on their mission. These men and women risk their lives in a selfless effort to stop the Japanese whale slaughter in the Great Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (something our Government incomprehensively fails to do). We were so taken with their cause, passion and determination we purchased $600 of vegan food and, along with several large bags of vegan groceries from Facebook Fans, delivered it to the appreciative crew of the Steve Irwin. I was thrilled to meet everyone on board and receive personal a tour of the ship. We are determined to do what we can to support the Sea Shepherd cause and I’ve applied as a volunteer on the 2012 Galapagos campaign.
Houndstooth Studio in media
We strengthened our partnerships in print media and regularly had our images published in the Sunday Times, Dogs Life Magazine, National Trust Magazine and featured on the ‘Some Pretty Things’ blog http://www.someprettythings.com/friday-inspiration/houndstooth-studio and several times on Perth based website WANGLE. We even ranked as one of the most popular galleries on WANGLE for 2010 – http://www.wangle.com.au/art-gallery/2010-most-popular-houndstooth-studio. An unexpected surprise!
Our image of Squishy the Rainbow Lorikeet was featured on the front cover of the national photography magazine Photo Review Australia, and was accompanied by a seven page full colour spread and interview in the Sept-Nov issue.
We became a contributing photographer to Solent News, one of the largest photo imaging agencies in the UK and Europe and signed on with For Arts Sake, the largest greeting card supplier in Australia and New Zealand. For Arts Sake will be featuring some of our wildlife images on a premium greeting card range.
To top it off we were privileged to be invited by Australia Post to provide wildlife images for a national stamp and first day cover to be released in July 2011.
Expanding our commercial profile
We enjoyed completing numerous commercial jobs throughout the year. One of our more unusual briefs involved very specific instructions to find and photograph the ‘perfect’ greyhound and horse for a new ‘Private Plates Queensland’ (PPQ) advertising campaign. Thanks to our broad network of animal loving Facebook Fans we found Stan, an elegant and handsome ex-racing greyhound and Puff, a magnificent champion stallion, also known in dressage circles as BBD Class Act. We photographed Stan at our North Perth studio and hired a larger space for Puff’s session. Our capable equine advisor Liesa came to oversee any OHS issues and to assist Puff’s owner Beatrix. Stan and Puff turned out to be outstanding ‘animal talent’ and the agency was delighted with the results. Consequently, our images for the PPQ campaign are featured widely in QLD print media, including billboards, busses and on the PPQ website.
Developing Houndstooth Pet Models (Official launch in Feb 2011)
‘Houndstooth Pet Models’ will be a rich source of new animal talent for our commercial and media photo sessions. We regularly meet so many beautiful, interesting and talented pets we decided to create a registry to meet the needs and requests of our commercial clients. Owners of animals on our register could be contacted to participate in a shoot and be paid either an hourly rate or with in-kind prints or products. The online concept is in development and we’re already accepting application forms from existing interested clients.
I was honoured to be invited to co-judge the York Society Photography Awards in March. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the awards, and was quite nostalgic remembering how much it boosted my confidence as a photographer when I won the event a few years ago.
I was also invited to judge and present at some of the Perth district camera clubs, including Swan Valley Camera Club, Workshop Camera Club, Belmont Camera Club, and Westside Photography Camera Club. These clubs are great source of inspiration to photographers of all ages and skills and are full of amazing people willing to share their photography knowledge and experience. Please consider joining a club if you are keen to further your photography hobby!
As our passion for our business grew so did demand. We increased the opening hours of Houndstooth to 6 days a week and commenced our renovation plans, which included a new pedestrian access to our studio courtyard and a purpose built storage room. Our new interior fit-out will be completed in February 2011 and will include new audio visual equipment, flooring and cupboards.
The great storm of March 2010 saw the demise of our vehicle and in its place we welcomed a black PT Cruiser. The car is everything I’ve ever wanted in a vehicle, and since PT cruisers have won awards for space and design there’s ample room for our mobile marquee, 2 metre long banners and marketing items. It’s a perfect fit!
We’ve incorporated our animal charity work in travel as much as possible and this year worked with organisations in Bali, Adelaide, and on Rottnest Island. Looking ahead, I was thrilled to be invited by U Design Photo Tours to act as lead photographer on a South African photography safari in Sept 2011. Combining travel and photography is one of the best ways to spend time and enables me get a fix of nature and to grow my wildlife image portfolio. I’m aiming to make time for more of both in the future.
And I couldn’t complete a 2010 round-up without sending a big shout out to our wonderful and loyal Facebook followers – all 2019 of them at last count. This online community of pet loving people is a special place to visit, and I thank all of our followers for commenting on our page and photographs. You are all generously engaged in pet ownership and I truly appreciate your support and time. Here’s the link to our page just incase you don’t know about our Facebook site yet – http://www.facebook.com/#!/HoundstoothStudio
Rounding up the round-up
Throughout 2010 I’ve met and learnt from many inspiring people. I’m proud to call dozens of my studio clients “friends” – some of these people are amongst the best I know! Looking back increases my enthusiasm for 2011! As always I’m committed to taking Houndstooth Studio even further in the realm of professional animal photography and to raising the bar for our clients by learning and growing.
On a personal note, I lost my beloved cat Kasey on 29th December. She was 17 years young and lived the best life a little cat could. Last week a client asked if I found it hard to photograph animals all day since Kasey’s passing. On the contrary, it makes me so very grateful that this is what I do…
I look forward to sharing the Houndstooth Studio journey with you all in 2011.
We are proud to announce we’re providing ongoing photography services and sponsorship to the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), as our priority overseas animal charity organisation. BAWA provide an animal ambulance service, operate a street feeding program, and run a shelter (the only rabies quarantine centre on the island) for the dogs and cats of Bali.
We’re visiting BAWA in Jan 2011 and asked for a list of items they need to help their animals. They are desperate for blankets, towels, collars, leads, dog chews, worm tabs, flea/tick medicine, injectable Ivermectin, antibiotic skin lotion, shampoo, broad spectrum antibiotics. Second hand bedding, etc is perfect. We’re looking at a way to ship these items over prior to our visit (and are negotiating free or discounted air freight) but in the meantime would love to start stockpiling goods.
If you are able to provide anything from the list (even a towel) and are Perth based we’d love to hear from you. We will be doing a bulk collection on 28th December for the Perth metro area, or goods can be delivered to us in North Perth prior to that date. We will also be compiling a list of every donor to pass on to BAWA.
Thanks to the dozens of individuals, families, businesses and even charities who have already pledged goods.
To donate items, or for further info, please email email@example.com
Recently one of our fab facebook fans posted a pic of an adorable dog named Ella. She currently resides at the Animal Protection Society (APS) in Southern River and needs a loving home. Something about Ella prompted me to ask about her circumstances, and request more photos. It turns out she is a very special little gal.
Ella is a small/medium sized female staffy, aged 2 years. She is an extremely friendly, affectionate and loving dog – smiling widely at everyone who passes by her kennel. She has a slightly deformed front leg (from birth) but this does not affect her ability to walk at all. She is enthusiastic and playful and loves to explore her surrounds.
Ella walks well on a lead and is more than happy to stop at intervals for cuddles. She would make a fabulous companion and would reward you each day with her loving nature.
The cost of adopting Ella is $300.00 which includes sterilisation, vaccination and micro-chipping. Ella would welcome a visit from anyone keen to consider making her part of the family. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Animal Protection Society on 93986616 if you would like further information on Ella.
The APS depends upon your generous donations. Do they have items on their wish list you may be able to provide? Click here to view their website.