Studio Pet Photo Sessions



Last Saturday an array of eleven amazing subjects visited the studio. I photographed Moo Moo the 2 week old emu chick, two Wood Duck ducklings (emu’s ‘crew’), and Big Friendly Guy the White Striped Free Tail Bat, all from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre; 20 week old Golden Retriever puppy Willow; 5 year old ginger cat Ninja with 11 year old Border Collie x Labrador Deni; and Thelma and Louise the Marbled Velvet Geckos, Bart the Stimsons Python, and Fluffy the Carpet Python, from Roaming Reptile Education. At the end of the day I had a well deserved nap!

Thanks to my clients who took these BTS pics.


Dogs Today Magazine

Big thanks to Dogs Today Magazine for including best buddies Kimba and Jessie in their “Best Dog Photos In The World” Section, August issue. This is the 29th consecutive month they have been so kind, and featured our beautiful pooch clients.




Today we are releasing our Christmas In July photo session special. Contact us before 31st July 2017 to book your beloved pets in for a studio session with the WA AIPP Professional Pet / Animal Photographer of the Year, Alex Cearns (the session can be booked for anytime in the future) and you will save $100 off our RRP. Bargain!!!

Each session is just $95 and includes;
* a photo shoot for up to 2 pets in our North Perth studio
* a 5in x 7in print of your choice
* a sneak peek preview of pics on Facebook
* a viewing session in our client lounge to see all images

Call our office manager Colleen on 0413174069 or email her at to book your session and receive this special rate.

Hurry! This offer is limited to the first 20 photo shoot bookings.
Offer ends midnight WST 31st July 2017 and excludes for gift voucher purchases.




Our hotly anticipated 2016 Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns Christmas Gift Voucher Special is now available. Priced at $95, you’ll save $100 off our usual price for exceptional images of your furred, feathered, fanged, or finned friends.

Each voucher includes:
* A studio pet photo session in our North Perth studio for up to 2 pets from the same household
* Photographs taken by our very own International Professional Pet Photographer of the Year Alex Cearns
* A 5in x 7in print of your choice
* A sneak peek preview on Facebook
* An in person viewing session in our client lounge

Vouchers can be redeemed for a weekday or Saturday session in 2017. Buy one for yourself, or as a gift for someone who is mad about their pet. Don’t forget to tell your friends! 😃


To order a voucher please email Colleen at or call 0413 174 069 during our business hours.

Offer available until 12 noon Friday 23rd December 2016.

Merry advance Christmas! 🎄🎄🎄🐾🐾🐾




Thanks to the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper in Brazil and Bom pra Cachorro blog for sharing the Perfect Imperfection stories and images, in print and online. These inspirational animals are still shining a global light on animals with disabilities, 12 months after this series first went viral. I really appreciate the support and help in sharing the message that animals who are perceived as different really aren’t that different at all.…/serie-mostra-beleza-de-animais-com-deficiencia-veja/…/46468-animais-deficientes




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**



2 year old German Shepherd x, Sammy

Rebecca says “We really wanted a German Shepherd but didn’t have the time to get a puppy. So we put the word out to our animal shelter volunteers friends and also went on the lookout ourselves.

We didn’t have much luck until a dear friend of mine suggested a 1 year old dog who was with SAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from Euthanasia in the kennels. She’d come from a remote community and hadn’t had any training or time put into her. They sent us a photo of Sammy going for a car ride and her tongue was out and on the front seat of the car – she looked like she was happy to be out of the kennels.

We decided to go and meet her and learnt she was deaf and was quite the character. We took her for a walk and my fiancé accidentally lost hold of her lead and fell on the rocks on the road. Sammy ran forwards for a bit, then stopped, looked back at him and ran over to see if he was ok. When given the opportunity to make a run for it, she instead chose us.

We went home to think about what to do next and wanted to take her on as a foster to get her out of the kennels. As soon as she came home with us we fell in love with her and knew we would be her forever family.

We discovered Sammy didn’t care much for tennis balls and were about to give up on buying her balls all together when we tried a bouncy ball. It became her favourite thing.

Sammy has many funny moments but the one we love is when the sun is out and she decides to sunbathe. She rolls on her back with her paws up in the air to some rays. It’s the funniest thing to see when you’ve come home from a hard day at work.

Deaf or not, we love our girl to bits. We are home to her and she knows that she is our furry child.”


Having a Zen moment!




During her shoot, Bel the Guinea Pig she said she wanted to put on her favourite red lipstick. I told her she was beautiful without it and didn’t think it was necessary. But Bel insisted. She whipped out a red capsicum, had a few chews, and voilà … she had created a natural, vibrant lippy and finally felt photo ready.



16 week old Labrador puppy, Benson

Kaysey says “As soon as I saw Benson I thought he looked like the cutest of his litter. On our first meeting he was the only one who ran over to us, so we knew he was the one. Plus I think he chose us!

Benson is such a happy little man. When we take him for a walk he loves to talk to everyone, even if they don’t want to talk to him. (How could you not want to talk to this little face!). He thinks people are awesome and gets such joy out of life.

I just love watching the bond he has formed with our 4 year old son. Already they are the best of friends. They play together all the time and are always rolling around on the floor and playing tug of war. I’m looking forward to watching them grow up together.”


When four month old Lab puppy Benson visited he gave us a tiny high 5. Well done Benson!



2 year old Boxer, Shelby

Sandy says “Shelby was a “Let’s just go see” pup. We’d been talking about getting a dog for a while and decided on the Boxer breed to help us be active. When we went to see her litter, her Mum and Dad were extremely loud and boisterous so we nearly walked away. But once we saw the puppies and little Shelby, who was the last one left, we were hooked.

We noticed she was timid, and stood away from the others in play. She was pretty much a loner but we didn’t really mind as we thought it meant she’d be a quiet dog. It’s only now when we have ongoing separation anxiety issues, we understand why she was basically the last puppy left. In saying that, we were totally committed from day one she was part of the family and not just a pet.

My partner works away so its now mostly Shelby and I together at home. I used to feel so bad leaving her, so Shelby has been accustomed to doggy daycare and constant socialisation with other dogs. I started training her as soon as she came home as she really enjoyed the interaction and learning new things.

One big thing about Shelby, she LOVES to play and because I made training play she was a great student. To this day we are always getting comments and praise about how she is one of the most well behaved Boxers they have seen. Don’t be fooled though, she is still a Boxer, so most of the time I think she just likes to show off in public.

Last December I got a phone call at work telling me not to panic but Shelby had managed to jump onto a star picket at a friends house while she was there having a play day, and it had punctured her chest. The initial prognosis was that the picket had just missed her lungs, and the wound was very deep. Once my vet stitched her up he told me that we would have to wait and see how she went. I was out of my mind with worry.

Shelby is such a trouper. She never cried and didn’t flinch during her examinations, not even after many vet visits. She astounded us all with her recovery and I was told later she was a case study for the vets as they couldn’t believe she survived – it was that touch and go at the beginning.

For 3 days and nights I didn’t leave her sight and through it all she still wanted to comfort me. She is doing so much better now and the scar is only now beginning to heal.”


PAW DAY! Two year old Boxer Shelby came in for photos and put her best foot forward