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11.09.17

COUCHES NOT CAGES!

Eliza the Swan River Statue dressed up today to let everyone in Perth know about the Free the Hounds Hounds Day Out next Sunday 17th September. Come along and join the fun in support of rescued greyhounds. Full event details at http://bit.ly/2fbypKC

#HoundsDayOut2017 #CouchesNotCages

Photo credit: Anonymous

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11.09.17

NEW DIGS FOR RESCUE DOGS!

Last Friday the wonderful team at the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA officially opened their three new kennel blocks.

DRH patron and Wheels and Dollbaby fashionista Melanie Greensmith, kindly completed the ribbon cutting honours, supported by her partner Mark McEntee of the Divinyls and a host of other special guests including Red Dog producer, Nelson Woss, and DRH trustee and author Jennifer Skiff.

Mel and Mark are huge dog lovers and have been loyal supporters of the DRH for the past decade. They generously find time in their super busy schedules to lend their voices, and to speak up for dogs in need. They are both superstars in every sense of the word!

The kennels have been carefully designed to ensure maximum stress reduction for their canine residents. Everything has been meticulously considered. They are roomy, with improved sleeping areas, highly effective ventilation, and in-floor hearing and cooling. There’s even a built in audio system playing calming music all day long.

The new digs have now created the best environment possible for dogs waiting for their forever homes, and this will allow pooches to put their best paws forward when meeting potential adopters.

Call in and check out the new kennel blocks. And maybe you’ll find a new furry family member too!

#AdoptDontShop #ConsiderAdoptionAsYourFirstOption

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11.09.17

MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY!

I’ve met, photographed, and worked with many people over the years who have a bit (or a lot) of celebrity. Pleased to say that most have been lovely and 99% of the time I’m happy to be behind the camera and not in front of it when I’m shooting with them.

But rock royalty Mark McEntee from the greatest Aussie band ever, the Divinyls, and Wheels and Dollbaby founder and global fashion superstar, Melanie Greensmith, are next level with their kindness, generosity and how much they give of themselves to help dogs and the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA.

Yesterday when we all caught up to support the opening of the new DRH kennel blocks, I had to get a photograph with them – not the first time this has happened mind you, but you can never have enough pics with Mel and Mark. As a bonus we all kept our sunnies on, because it’s like all rocker and cool and stuff.

I always treasure my conversations with Mark about aeroplanes (he builds and flies replica aircraft) and about our mutual love of dogs, and yesterday he sang me part of a new song he’s been working on about dogs needing to go out to pee. It’s going to be a hit!

One of the best moments of my career was a few years back when Mark phoned me up to tell me he thought my photography was ” … (f-bomb) awesome”. I told him I thought his music was pretty up there too, and he replied “Oh! Do you know it?” What a legend.

Here’s my fave Divinyls song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AiCv9F_GRBA

Photos thanks to Debora Brown, taken at the Dogs Refuge Home of WA. Tshirt from Hangdog.

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05.09.17

ADORABLE ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA’S PROFESSIONAL PET PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS REVEALED!

The Daily Mail has written a round up of the 2017 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards (APPA) pet and animal category entries.

Whippet, Gracie and cats, Friday and Kewpie made the cut!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Adorable-animals-feature-anima…

30.08.17

THE NATIONALS!

Last weekend the  (AIPP) Awards, the APPAS, were held in Melbourne. The APPAS showcase the best of Australian photography and there were many incredible, creative, inspirational, masterful images entered.

It can be nerve wracking watching your own work being judged by (and in front of) your peers, but it’s invaluable for feedback and growth and to ensure you are producing photographs of a consistent professional standard.

Huge congratulations to AIPP Photographer of the year, Keren Dobia of Keren Dobia Photography, to Pet and Animal category winner Angie Connell of Angie Connell Photography, and to my awesome friend Leah Kennedy of Leah Kennedy Photography who took out the Creative category.

A big pat on the back to the rest of the WA crew who were deemed the best in their respective genres (Barbara Brown for Emerging; Yane Sotiroski for Landscape; James Simmons for wedding; and the North Metropolitan TAFE Photography for Tertiary Institute of the Year 2017) and to all of the category winners and finalists, who produced world class portfolios. We really do have some insanely talented photographers on our fine shores. View all winning images here http://bit.ly/2x0bImf

I entered the Pet / Animal category and was thrilled all my images were deemed to be of professional standard, and to receive one Silver Distinction Award for “Gracie and the bug” and two Silver Awards for “The Gift” and “Reptilian” respectively. Each photograph was captured using a Tamron Australia 24-70mm f 2.8 VC lens, and was taken in my studio. I’ve attached the judges feedback (transcribed from the live judging feed) on each individual pic for those who are keen.

I’ve been an Accredited Member of the AIPP for several years, and this was the third time I’ve entered the APPA Awards. My next challenge is to work hard to gain the remaining points I require to reach the heights of “Master” photographer.

Big thanks to Paul Maietta, PJ, and crew from Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their attention to detail and meticulous printing of my images on Ilford Imaging Australia fine art paper. Each print is judged on its quality, as well as on the actual image itself, and receiving judging feedback of “It’s so beautifully handled in the printing, not just in the composition. That brought it home.” (Pet / Animal judge Andrew speaking on ‘Gracie and the bug’) is just magic to hear.

Thank to the APPA team members and volunteers who put together a fabulous awards event and worked tirelessly for the past week to make it happen.

And last but not least, thank you to Debora Brown for putting up with my APPA stress, incessant image selection banter and doubt, and for always being a measured voice when I’m sometimes too close to my own work. This year she picked the pics of mine which would do the best, so she knows her stuff.

APPA success is always a team effort. Bring on 2018!
#APPA2017 #APPA17 #TamronProTeam #TamronCreates

 

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28.08.17

DOG CUFF COLLAR!

DOG CUFF COLLAR! I’m always on the lookout for funky new pooch products. Check out this stunning, handmade, embroidered dog cuff collar from BETOLLI. A small Latvian company founded by Liga Krause, Betolli produce custom made apparel and accessories and recently launched their new dog collar range.

Liga’s concept for the collars was to deliver something classy for dogs. “From the very first day, our company has been devoted to providing our customers a one-of-a-kind experience. We now want to deliver the same things to our best 4-legged friends.”

Keen to order one up for Pixel, I found the online process very simple; I visited the Betolli website, chose the fabric colour I liked best, entered Pixels neck measurements and name info, and selected the colour for the embroidery.

The collar arrived last week in a sweet presentation box, and it is beautifully made. As a decorative dress item it oozes quality and is definitely something Pixel could style around town in. She is intending to model it at the Free the Hounds Hounds Day Out on 17th September. Now to get one for Pip the Black Beetle!

Order your dog cuff collar here http://betolli.com/en/dog-collars/

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15.08.17

EVENT FOR DOGS!

Perth people and pooches, come along to the Free the Hounds ‘Hounds Day Out’ and help rescued greyhounds. We are proud to be supporting this event and will be selling our ‘Consider Adoption as Your First Option’ range of fridge magnets and stickers to help raise funds for Greyhound Adoptions WA. Visit us at the Houndstooth Studio marquee to check them out!

WHEN: Sunday September 17th
WHAT TIME: 10am – 1pm
WHERE: Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Drive, Perth
WHAT: A group dog walk, stalls, dog treats, fresh coffee, prizes, and much more.

Please tell your friends, and your dogs, and your dog friends.

#CouchesNotCages

 

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14.08.17

COCKTAIL PARTY TO HELP ANIMALS!

Be quick to grab one of the remaining tickets for the WIMWA – Women in Mining and Resources Western Australia 2017 fundraiser, supporting the valuable work of AMRRIC. Special guests Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb will be in attendance, and there’s a fab silent auction filled with items from WA artists, individuals and businesses – including us! Help a good cause and have a great night out. Tickets available at http://bit.ly/2uPBVzq

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09.08.17

10,000 BEARS!

Join Animals Asia for their Animals Asia presents: Jill Robinson’s 10,000 Bears Tour – Perth on Saturday 2nd September at the Pagoda Resort & Spa. Over 10,000 moon bears are currently trapped in tiny cages on bear bile ‘farms’ throughout Asia. You can join the 10,000 bears project to share the Animals Asia message, and to help fold the entire bear bile industry.

Tickets (and further details) are available online at www.10000bears.org

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09.08.17

COMPETITIONS

I enter competitions to challenge myself personally and I use them to measure the relevance of my work, to see if I’m maintaining a consistent standard, and if I can rate well across a number of different photography categories on an international playing field. It’s always hard putting yourself out there and handing your work over to be judged.

Every competition has a different “feel” to it, and you have to enter images relevant to the tone of each respective competition. What does well in one competition won’t necessarily rate in another … then there are images that kill it no matter what they are entered into.

As the bar in photography is raised higher and higher, I love the nerve wracking wait to see if I’ve sunk or swum, and whether my take on the vibe of the comp matched what the judges were looking for. I find it the best way to grow and learn, as it flows into all aspects of my photography.

I was very happy with some results just in.

The Australian Photographic Society recently participated in the FOUR NATIONS competition between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Canada took out the overall 1st place (congrats Canada), with Australia coming in second. I entered ‘Orangutan’ into the Monochrome category and the image was selected to represent Australia, placing 5th in the Australian submissions (out of 35 images selected to represent Oz) and 11th overall (against all international entries), helping Australia claim 1st in the Mono section. Aussie Aussie Aussie … !

Described as the “Super Bowl” of photography awards, the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) International Print Competition was held last week. As a first time entrant, three of my images were awarded merits (meaning they all received a combined scored over 80/100 from a panel of esteemed judges) and were accepted as part of the PPA General Exhibition. It was an interesting experience watching the live judging online and seeing the work of many of my US photog friends do well.

And winners of the Moscow Foto Awards were recently announced. I picked up a 2nd place (silver) and 3rd place (bronze) in the Nature – Pets category for my series ‘Bird Face’ and composite image ‘Dogs Vs Cake’, an equal 3rd place with myself in the Nature – Wildlife category with my series ‘Orphaned Babies’ and image ‘Orangutan’ (both bronze), and two Honourable Mentions in the Nature – Pets and Nature – Underwater category for ‘Zen Dogs’ and ‘Blue Clams’. That totally exceeded my expectations!

It was the icing on the cake to see my best selling limited edition print ‘Blue Clams’ receive acknowledgement. Taken in 2008, this image is still kicking goals. It’s the image that started my photography career and latest sale (just last month) was to my dear friend Sorrel Wilby, TV presenter and adventurer, who ordered a 40in x 60in canvas version for her new abode. Go big or go home!

#TamronProTeam#TamronCreates

 

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