‘Paws Up’ magazine

Honoured to be featured in the February issue of ‘Paws Up’ magazine, with Bali Pip on the cover. An opportunity to showcase my work is always appreciated, but even more importantly, this magazine has a big purpose. Not only is it filled from cover to cover with fab info for pet lovers, all proceeds from ‘Paws Up’ support the medical needs of ‘Even More Special’, a Cyprus based not for profit organization which provides loving homes to many senior and disabled animals. You can read a great mag AND help animals in need at the same time. Win win!

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Even More Special Mini Home Sanctuary & ‘Paws Up’ Magazine




When I was 16 years old I was gifted my very first dog as a birthday present from my parents. She was a beautiful Rottweiler pup and ever since then I’ve always been partial to the breed. Fast forward to the year 2000 and I was volunteering at the RSPCA WA cattery on the weekends. Once I’d finished my 4 hour shift, I would head over to the dog kennels and walk dogs for an hour.

As fate would have it, a stunning 5 year old Rottie named Shadow caught my eye and I started to walk her regularly. After each walk I’d give her a hydro-bath, then take her back to her kennel. Eventually my whole hour of dog walking was spent with Shadow. When my shift ended I would think about her all week, secretly hoping she would’ve been adopted by the time I got there the following weekend.

Shadow was taken to the RSPCA by her female owner, who had escaped her violent partner. Fearing for Shadows safety if she left her behind, and unable to take her with her to her temporary accommodation, she made the heartbreaking decision to surrender her. She knew she’d never see her again, but had no alternative. I cannot even imagine what that must’ve felt like and how horrible and hard it must have been for her to walk away from her loyal best friend.

After 4 weeks, Shadow was still at the RSPCA and there hadn’t been any interest in her. There and then I decided I had to adopt her, and have her join my then fur family of Crazy Daisy the Cocker Spaniel x, and Kasey the Persian cat. And so Bear (as she was renamed) came home.

Bear was a gentle soul, who eventually lost sight in one eye and slowly became more unsteady on her back legs. When I moved in with Deb, Bear spent her days giving Deb moral support while she toiled away on her PhD, often lying by her desk for hours.

Initially she didn’t like men and would rush at them and bark, as if to protect us, but as she got older this slowly dissipated. She lived with us until she was 12. A sudden episode of bloat took her unexpectedly and we held her paw as she passed.

I’ve always been grateful for the time I had with Bear but still feel a pang of sadness for her owner who loved her so much and had to give her up. I think it’s such a sad shame they couldn’t find a way to stay together. So when I recently heard about a new plan to help people in the same situation, it warmed my heart.

The RSPCA has launched a Domestic Violence Scheme, which is being trialled by their Inspectorate. It will provide a pet fostering service for families seeking to escape domestic violence in Western Australia. Pets are often used by abusers as a tool to control, threaten, intimidate and frighten their victim, by harming or threatening to harm the animals.

The aim of the Scheme is to guarantee to victims that RSPCA WA will care for their pets whilst they are in a refuge or temporary accommodation until they are able to find a permanent home. By providing pet fostering facilities for families, they will be reassured that their beloved pets are safe while they make their arrangements.

The RSPCA is now seeking compassionate people to be considered as Foster Carers for the Domestic Violence Scheme.

If you can help, please fill in this electronic form:…/resour…/foster-care-dvs-web.pdf and email it to or for additional info please email



Koala Train Limited Edition Print – SOLD OUT

Together we did it! Our limited edition Koala Train prints have sold out – all 150 of them. That means a grand total of $7500 will be donated to Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc to help them care for sick and injured koalas.

We have to give a big thanks to all of you for your shares of our original post and for your print purchases. Huge thanks also heading out to News Talk 6PR 882 host Christina Morrissy for interviewing me on her radio show and to The Sunday Times and PerthNow who featured this article ( in print and online. Their collective promotion and support from everyone led to a rush of orders, taking us to our total.

We’ve also received incredible feedback about this print, and what that really means is, we’ve received incredible feedback about the koala stars in this print. Animals have a wonderful way of bringing people together and these 5 babies made people’s hearts smile.

One kind Houndstooth follower (let’s call her Lorraine, because that’s her name) purchased a print to gift to a lady she’d never met, who lives in the USA. The lady was keen to order a print for her grand child, but said she’d have to wait until she could afford one and was worried they might sell out by then.

Lorraine ordered two prints and ‘paid it forward’, gifting one to the lady’s granddaughter. And what a wonderful choice of recipient. The lady who will receive the print became her grand daughters carer after her daughter was brutally murdered. She knew the ‘Koala Train’’ would make her grand daughter smile, and so did Lorraine.

A soon-to-be father purchased two prints for his twins as a “Welcome to the world” gift for them both. I love that they get one each and don’t have to share.

Another lady reserved two copies and will be sending one to the UK to her friend who is undergoing cancer treatment, while the other is staying here in Perth. She said she wants to be able to look at her print and send healing love to her friend overseas while she does so, with her friend hopefully finding some comfort in the furry five.

A woman who lives in rural WA ordered a print in memory of her husband who recently passed. He loved photography and wildlife and sounded like man with a very kind soul, who was taken too soon.

And two generous friends snapped up ten prints to send to every corner of the world.

Such simple gestures with kind resonance. Thanks so much to our print sponsors Ilford Imaging Australia and Fitzgerald Photo Imaging and to everyone who got on board the ‘Koala Train.’




I shared my TOP 10 Dog Books with Better Reading. There’s something in there for every dog lover. Which dog books do you recommend?




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

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

Light refreshments provided.




We’ve teamed up Sony Pictures Australia to celebrate the release of the uplifting, feel-good movie “A Street Cat Named Bob” by giving away 5 x double passes.

Our very own Macy cat, who is such a huge Bob fan that she even dresses like him, gives it two paws up and says it’s a “Meow meow!” … translated to “Must see!”. The movie stars Bob himself, who is the most googled cat in the world. And right now we could all do with a touching story about two souls who rescued each other in their time of need. Love wins!

To be in the running to score a double pass, on our Facebook page simply tag the person you would take along with you and give this post a SHARE.

Five winners will be selected at random at 5pm on Friday 3rd February 2017, when this promotion ends. Passes can be used at any participating cinema screening ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ in Perth, after its release on 9th February 2017. WA residents only.

Want to know more about ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’? Based on the internationally bestselling book of the same name, ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ tells the moving story of James Bowen who found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation. James had no idea just how much his life was about to change. He was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse and comic adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

This promotion is not affiliated with Facebook.

Huge thanks to Naomi for crafting Macy’s scarf.




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

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




We also have another fantastic Jakk update. Thanks to the support of SavourLife, Jakk received his custom built wheelchair from Eddie’s Wheels for Pets in the USA. He’s now seeking a special home, and human, to transition him into the next phase of his life. Yep, he is up for adoption through WA Pet Project! We hope to reach as many people as we can with this news, with the view to finding the right forever home for Jakk. If you know anyone who might be suitable, please be sure to share this post with them.


CLICK TO VIEW LARGE! Look how much Jakk from the WA Pet Project has grown since April. This special boy is now available for adoption. Check out his profile on PetRescue at #AdoptDontShop #AnimalsAreNotTrash #JustJakk





American Photographic Artists ‘Something Personal’ exhibition

The top 200 judged images in the American Photographic Artists ‘Something Personal’ exhibition are now online at

Thrilled to have three photos included among such an incredible collection of varied works – ‘Bear Apartment Six’, ‘Orangutan’ and ‘Blue Clams’. ‘Orangutan’ was also exhibited as one of the top 100 images at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, USA.




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! 🎄🎄🎄🐾🐾🐾