Today this new piece of sleek kit arrived. No, not Macy the office Moggy, but her friend, the Synology Diskstation DS718+ NAS (Networked Attached Storage).

What does that all mean? Well, I now have a fast, reliable device that allows storage and retrieval of data from a centralised location. If I ever need additional storage, I can simply add it on and I can set up auto backups to keep my data safe. It’s like having a private cloud in the office and it gives me complete control of my pictorial library.

Protecting my client images is an absolute priority. None of us can stick our heads in the sand when it comes to preserving our visual memories, whether we run a business or just use a home PC. I’m a bit technologically challenged on occasion, but this easily takes care of my backups and gives me peace of mind.

Thanks to Synology for helping me keep my work safe. And to Macy for modelling.




Our friend at WIRES need our help. They have many orphaned joeys in care and with spring just around the corner, their volunteers have an urgent need for larger knitted pouches.

If you don’t knit, but can sew, they also need pouch liners to keep the joeys snug and warm. The instructions and sizes for the pouches and liners (including where to send them) can be found at http://bit.ly/2w4sUEg

If you have any questions about the pouches, please email support@wires.org.au

Lets help the rescue joeys!






Join the AIPP WA at their Social Media Marketing and Business Masterminds seminar with industry professionals. Members and non members are welcome.

This two part evening is designed to provide you with information to help with both marketing and running your photography business from some of the best.

Part one will showcase social media marketing with Emma Pointon APP, covering back to the basics for new players, through to ways you can improve your existing social media presence.

Part two is a panel of four successful business owners from varied parts of the industry – Russell Barton APP.L M.Photog, Garry Sarre APP.L M.Photog III, Alex Cearns APP and David Ryall APP, who’ll create discussion on what it takes to have a successful photography business, and participate in a candid Q&A session with the audience.

TIME: Registration at 5.30pm for 6pm start
DATE: Wednesday 22nd Feb
WHERE: North Metropolitan TAFE Lecture Theatre
TICKETS: https://forms.aipp.com.au/eventregistration/event/WA1706

MORE INFO: Available on the event page Social Media Marketing and Business Masterminds

Light refreshments provided.




Thanks to your incredible support, we’ve sold 50% of our limited edition ‘Koala Train’ prints in just over 2 days. That’s $3,750 going to koalas so far which is awesome!!!

If you haven’t ordered yet, there’s still time. You’ll receive this adorable one-of-a-kind, smile-inducing image and help Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc provide their valuable koala rescue and care services to koalas in need. Win win!

Info on how to order is detailed here http://bit.ly/2jSk1aO

Big thanks to our print sponsors Ilford Imaging Australia and Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their generous assistance. #KoalaRescue#KoalaTrain




My latest article for Photo Review Magazine is now in print (Issue 70). It outlines they way we run fundraising projects for animal charity organisations and focuses on our work with Free the Bears Fund in South East Asia. Read it online or in hard copy at http://bit.ly/2gxYOAF

#Tamron #SpiderHolster #WD #PhotoReviewAustralia




Presented by Tamron Lenses USA, join me at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio Superstore in New York City for my seminar “Animal Portrait Photography: The Art of Working with Animals and Succeeding in a Niche Market”.

DETAILS: I’ll share my journey from law maker to image maker, that saw me leave behind a 19 year career with the Australian Government in policing and airport counter-terrorism, to pursue my love of animal photography. In addition to presenting the top seven factors I believe are essential to taking remarkable animal portraiture, I’ll discuss how I select relevant lenses for each subject and environment, and will introduce my ideas on how to find your own niche in photography and succeed in the competitive photographic industry.

WHERE: Second Floor, B&H SuperStore 420 9th Avenue, NYC
WHEN: Thursday 3rd November 2016 1pm to 3pm
RSVP: For further details and to RSVP please visit http://bhpho.to/2dLm3cf

Limited seats available.
Flyer posted in comments on https://www.facebook.com/HoundstoothStudio/.

Huge thanks to B&H and Tamron USA for their support in bringing this event together. #TamronAmbassador #Tamron



Bay 38 – Pet Friendly Short Term Holiday Rental, Dunsborough

Do you enjoy going away? Love to take your dog with you? We like to escape the city with Pip the Black Beetle and Pixel at least twice a year, but it’s often hard to find decent holiday homes close to the beach that allow dogs. Until now!

Bay 38 – Short Term Holiday Rental in Dunsborough has a beach front location and is just 50 metres from the pristine white sands of Geographe Bay. The dog beach is just a few hundred metres walk away and the bustling Dunsborough town centre is a short 400 metre stroll. It’s perfect for that much needed, relaxing holiday with your family and furkids.

Apart from the amazing bay views from the living area, you can lie in the master bed and see the sun rise over the ocean. Bliss! This stunning coastal chic home has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets. It sleeps up to 10 people and there’s a large back yard and both the front and back yards are fully enclosed for everyone’s comfort and safety.

Our awesome Business Administrations Manager, Colleen is also the property manager for Bay 38. We can’t wait to stay there in 2017 and check it out for ourselves. In the meantime, we felt it was only fair to share it with you. 🙂

For bookings and enquiries please email Colleen direct on cshanhun@bigpond.net.au and check out Bay 38 at https://www.stayz.com.au/ac…/…/south-west/dunsborough/193122 or https://www.airbnb.com.au




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 info@houndstoothstudio.com.au 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




For the past week we’ve been in Vietnam leading a World Expeditions tour group of fabulous animal loving people. Most of our time was spent photographing and working at the Free the Bears Fund Sanctuary in the Nam Cat Tien National Park (more on that soon).

It was a wonderful surprise when we returned from lunch one day to see a wild female yellow cheeked gibbon and her young son swinging through the trees above sanctuary. They then returned each day and were gentle and curious, often sitting within metres of us, watching down intently from the jungle canopy. What a privilege it was to observe them. A real life highlight!

Yellow cheeked gibbons are only found in South Vietnam and Cambodia. The wild population is estimated to be less than 25,000 as a result of forest destruction and hunting. An organization called the Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST) operates a purpose built primate rescue centre located on a 56 hectare island on the edge of the Nam Cat Tien National Park, and a short boat ride from the bear sanctuary. There they rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce endangered primates, improve conservation education and community engagement, and encourage responsible tourism.

On our first day in the park we visited the EAST centre to see the rescued gibbons. It was heartwarming to meet dedicated people doing all they can to help these sweet creatures. We only have the privilege of seeing animals like this in the wild thanks to organizations like EAST.

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How to Take Professional Quality Pet Photos at Home

Taking photos of your pet can be a fun way for the two of you to spend time together. With a little practice, you’ll have some great shots to share with your friends and family.

Each pet has its own unique personality, and you want that to come through in your images. If your pup is rambunctious, don’t try to force him into sitting up all prim and proper. Instead, capture him rolling around on the floor with his favourite toy or chasing his tail in your backyard. Your images will be more engaging and will show your fur baby in his natural state. Action shots can sometimes be a bit tricky, so use a fast shutter speed to reduce blur or use the burst shot mode on your smartphone to give you several images to choose from.

Houndstooth Studio was delighted to be recently included in Bupa Pet Insurance’s feature, ‘Top Pet Photographers Share Their Secrets’. As we mention in the article, you need to create ‘an environment where your dog can relax and feel safe. Their happiness shines through in their facial expressions and body language when they’re at ease.’

Nobody knows their quirks and mannerisms as well as you do, so watch for patterns in their behaviour so that you can have your camera handy when the time is right. If your kitty always lounges on top of your kitchen cabinets in the early evening, have your camera ready. Likewise, if you’re favourite moments are when your dog covers his nose with his paws after he sneezes, these are the moments to snap away. The key is to be patient. Don’t try to force your pet to do anything, as this will only result in frustration for both of you.

We also recommend  you try to resist the urge to randomly photograph your pet every time they look cute (we know this is a big ask!). The best approach is to develop a story or a message through your photos. For example, a kitten with her head stuck in a Christmas stocking makes for a fun Christmas card idea. Plan out the shots you’d like to take and the props you plan to use before you start shooting, but keep in mind  your pet is still an animal and may not want to cooperate with your fabulous vision. If your pup refuses to wear that adorable Akubra you picked out for him, take a break and try again later when they’re in a more cooperative mood.

With these simple tips, you should be on your way to taking great pet photos at home in no time. Be sure to reward your four-legged companion for cooperating during the shoot with a good belly scratch.