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.



Our good friend Kathy Kopellis McLeod from Kathy’s Dog Training & Behaviour Consulting McLeod is running her popular Canine Communication Seminar on Saturday 11th November.

Kathy is a highly experienced and credentialed a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, who has worked with hundreds of dogs on a variety of issues. She recently helped Deb and I to understand Pixel better when Pixel was going through a lead reactivity phase. I cannot personally recommend Kathy highly enough – we went from worrying that we had an angry, confrontational pooch on our hands, to realising the part we played in Pixels responses to other dogs, and how to rectify it calmly and consistently. We saw an immediate improvement and rediscovered the joy in taking Pixel out on her walks.

Kathy loves sharing her knowledge on dog body language and behaviour so dog owners can better understand their dogs. Her seminars often book out so be quick to secure your place and to further strengthen your bond with your dog.

Check out the flyer below for full info and visit to book. And please let your like minded friends know. 😀



Join me and Bali Animal Welfare Association West Australia Inc. for BALI NIGHTS PERTH, and help raise funds for the Bali Animal Welfare Association.

Come along and share a drink, some delicious finger food, and bid on a silent auction item, while learning more about the wonderful work of BAWA and of the support provided to them by BAWA WA.

Many of us have travelled to Bali and have seen the state of the animals who live there. Feelings of helplessness and despair come from witnessing such sad suffering, and it can be hard to know how to seek assistance when dealing with a sick or injured animal on foreign shores. On a positive note, help is available … thanks to BAWA.

The BAWA team will respond to alerts of any animal in distress, from snakes to dolphins. They are funded entirely by donations and rely heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers.

BAWA works every day to save the lives of animals in Bali and to relieve their suffering. They provide emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption to animals in need, and run intensive animal education and advocacy programs.

As a long term supporter of BAWA, I have worked first hand with street animals in Bali, and conducted the largest photography fundraising project featuring Bali’s remarkable street dogs and other animals.

I’m thrilled to host this inaugural event and to share a presentation on my experiences with BAWA.

WHERE: rochelle adonis Highgate WA

WHEN: Friday 27th October 6pm to 9pm

COST: $85 per ticket

INCLUSIONS: Beer, wine, bubbles, finger food, vegetarian and vegan options, great company and a fab evening



NOTE: No graphic images will be shown

ALL PROFITS from this event will support the following BAWA programs:

– Bali’s only free 24/7 animal ambulance service
– Animal rehabilitation
– Free sterilisation & vaccination programs
– Daily street feeding
– Foster and adoption programs
– Education in schools & communities
– Advocacy for better animal welfare

Hope to see you there! ❤️



TOP DOG FILM FESTIVAL! Be sure to grab your tickets to the Perth screening of the Top Dog Film Festival on 16th October. This two hour cinematic celebration honours the bond between dogs and their people. It features eight short canine-themed films from independent global film makers, and showcases the most inspirational, heart warming, hilarious and entertaining stories about dogs and their companions. You don’t want to miss it!

We are proud to be a local Top Dog film partner and one lucky attendee will win a Houndstooth Studio pet photo session valued at $695.

Order your tickets at and hope to see you there.

We have two highly sought after double passes up for grabs to see the paw-some Top Dog Film Festival in Perth. It screens for one night only at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia on Monday 16th October and is a must-see for all dog lovers. Watch the trailer at

To be in the running, just comment on our Facebook page post (Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns) telling us why your dog is a Top Dog and tag the friend you’d take along with you.

Winners will be selected at random at 5pm WST on Monday 9th October and will be notified. 

Good luck!



This divine little gal was one of the stars of the 2017 Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA Christmas Card photo shoot we did earlier this week. What a doll! She’ll be up for adoption soon (keep an eye on the DRH FB page for her info and for Christmas card details), but in the meantime, check out her crinkles. I  die!  #ChristmasCardsComingSoon #AdoptDontShop#PuppyLove





When Andy from Blonde Robot & Tamron Australia was in Perth recently he personally delivered my new lenses – the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC Gen2 lens and the Tamron 18-400mm f3.5 VC lens. How’s that for service!

The 18-400mm lens will be going onto our office camera which has a crop sensor, and will be given a road test on a range of different subjects. It’s looking like a fantastic compact and light travel lens with excellent zoom.

Meanwhile, the 24-70mm Gen2 is about to be unleashed from its box for the first time today, during a big project shoot. We are filming behind the scenes, so you’ll soon get to see it in action. This will then become my main go-to studio lens. I’ve used the original version for 4 years solid and taken over a million images with it. It’s a beauty of a lens and I can’t wait to get snapping with its predecessor.

Photo thanks to Geoff Temple.

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Here’s an out-take of Bluey the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo in flight from today’s photo session held at Perth City Farm. We have another image to release soon, and something special is built around that one, but in the meantime I must shout out big thanks to Peta, Mitch and Bluey, Ben from Team Digital, Julian from Julian Masters PhotographerElinchrom LTDTamron AustraliaSpider HolsterLaCieSeagate and Ilford Imaging Australia. Oh and my new Tamron 24-70mm f 2.8 Gen2 lens worked like a dream. It was so smooth!




Thrilled to be the keynote speaker at the Master Builders Western Australia – Bankwest Women in Building and Construction (WinBaC) End of Year Lunch on November 17th at Crown Perth. I’ll share how I transitioned from law enforcer to pet photographer and how I found my purpose … and how you can find yours. And there will be cute pics galore!

Tickets are available for one and all (MBWA members and non members) at





Last Wednesday Deb and I hosted our last Perth photography workshop. We ended on a high with 19 keen photographers and a day of perfect weather … and a few dozen delicious cruelty-free cakes. Bliss!

Our courses have run for the past 5 years and have been held in front of hundreds of attendees in Perth, Sydney, and Hobart – with one more pencilled in for Canberra in 2018. It will then be retired fully in its current form.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and helping enthusiasts understand that photography can be easy. A real highlight is seeing the moment it clicks for people and this is something I want to continue to nurture.

We are now exploring three amazing new opportunities in photography education – watch this space. Thanks to all of our past course participants, sponsors Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park, and supporters. We are looking forward to announcing our plans soon.

Image: Taken with 70-200mm f2.8 VC Gen 2 Tamron Australia lens and converted to B&W.

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Just helped select the winning photographs in the Perth National Photographic Competition’s Nature category with two esteemed colleagues Glen from Glen Moralee Photography and Wayne. Four weeks ago we selected the images accepted into the awards by scoring over 400 entries. Now we re-judged the best nature images on offer and chose the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and merit winners. Congrats to those who won! Selected and awarded Images can be viewed during the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia‘s Perth Royal Show, in the photography building.

On my own awards front, ‘Cat With Flower’ was awarded the FIAP Selectors Choice Ribbon in the South Devon Salon, with a top score of 15/15 from the three judges. Woohoo! Bear Apartment Six (our fundraising image captured for Free the Bears Fund) received an honourable mention in the Fine Art / Collage Category of the Px3 Paris Photography Prize competition, and Orangutan picked up an honourable mention in the Nature and Wildlife category of the MonoVisions International Black and White Photography Awards.

A good days work all ’round! 😀