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As always, the studio has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks. Apologies for taking so long to upload our recent client pics! There are more to come in another post soon too.
Behind the scenes I’ve been working with our draftsman on the new design of the studio renovation, and arranging the contractors so that we can get started ASAP! So excited to be creating a bigger and better space for my clients to visit! It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done and I can’t wait for you all to see it!
We’ve had a rush of ‘dog duos” in lately, meaning two pooches from the same family coming in for photos together. Shoots with two dogs are lots of fun and there’s always great pooch energy flying around! Plus it’s always the best feeling to nail the shot of both dogs in the one pic!
Some of the fantastic four legged friends we photographed are: Charli and Monty, Bender and Bogan, Millie and Max, Benny and Bart, Ash and Mohini, Pooh and Ruby, and Molly and Tasha. Plus a trifecta in Fluke and his cat brothers George and Porridge. And not forgetting individual visitors Stan, Bella and Cindy.
Charli was a beautiful boxer gal, yet at just 14 months old she is a seasoned member of the All Breeds Dog Club and each weekend she struts her stuff in the show ring. Her brother Monty the Montenegro, a 9 year old griffon bruxellios was a total charmer, filled with awesome attitude! Such a smooth operator with the “ladiiiiies”, stealing the hearts of everyone he meets.
Bender and Bogan came to the studio with their mum’s, who happened to be sisters. Bender did some ball acrobatics for me, whilst Bogan had a downright fab time jumping on and off the couch! Bender’s gold coat looked amazing on our black backdrop, whist Bogan had such rich, orange coloured eyes!
Millie and Max, a standard poodle and bichon frise respectively, were elegant and graceful during their shoot! Millie had red painted nails and at one point wore some pearls. Gentleman Max settled for a bow tie. Such grace!
Benny and Bart are two much loved rescue dogs who both shone in front of the camera. Their laughing shot of them together can’t but make you smile and has many people asking what the joke was, haha! What happens in the studio, stays in the studio…
Ash and Mohini, also much loved rescue dogs, were a delight to work with. I was told that Ash is wary of strangers and always growls, but we hit it off right away and were friends from the get-go. Could have been the liver treats? Nah, I’m sure it’s my natural dog charm, haha ! Mohini had a beautiful white cross across her chest,which jumped out in her pics. She rocked out the head tilt in shot after shot!
I first met Pooh and Ruby at this year’s Million Paws Walk, and like Bender and Bogan, their mum’s are also sisters! They had their photos taken in the Houndstooth Studio pet photo booth and came back for more! Pooh the collie was soooo pretty, with lovely lines and perfectly groomed fur. Ruby the leonberger was a gentle giant, and both dogs helped me capture some assigned shots for the Nov/Dec issue of Dogs Life Magazine! Several clients have since told me that after seeing pics of Ruby they now want a leonberger! Can’t blame them! They are a magnificent breed. Deriving their name from Leonberg in Germany, according to legend the leonberger was bred as a symbolic dog, to mimic the lion in the town crest. They are related to St Bernard’s and Pyrenean Mountain dogs and have a beautiful nature. Ruby weighs in at 45 kilos (sorry Rubes!) and even has her own Facebook page!
Molly and Tasha, a lovely rottie and border collie pair, were well mannered during their shoot – usually they aren’t fussed with each other, but they put their differences aside for their ‘together’ shot. I was devastated to hear that young Molly has a heart condition. She is such a lively and beautiful gal and I really wonder sometimes why our beloved pets have to have to face such trials and tribulations. It’s just not fair. Thinking of you Mol!
Fluke , the 12 year old golden cocker spaniel with the best up-do hair ever, came to the studio with cats George (aged 16) and Porridge (aged 14). All three spent several months in quarantine earlier this year, after moving to Australia from South Africa. They had wonderful ‘plus ten in age” energy, and weren’t fussed by the goings-on in the studio. George and Porridge were almost too chilled as they just wanted to sleep and not be woken up constantly to have their photo taken. Fluke was a delight to work with and took some adorable shots.
The magnificent greyhound known as Stan visited us again – his first shoot with us was for a commercial client from Queensland back in May. This time ’round, we were able to do some pics of him infront of the black backdrop and I could be more creative. He was beautiful as always, and is one of my fave dogs!
Bella came to the studio at just 12 weeks old. A tiny maltese shih tzu cross puppy, she was cute beyond words. I made the mistake of jumping my hand towards her and saying “Hand spider”…which of course was then the only thing she wanted to chew on and bite! I couldn’t stop laughing, trying to take a photo with one hand whilst she constantly attacked the ‘hand spider’.
And last but not least, we met graceful 14 year old greyhound Cindy. An ex-racer, Cindy was one of the original 50 dogs re-homed by Greyhounds As Pets around 9 years ago. She was gentle old gal, who is battling on valiantly in her twilight years. Her mum told me every photo she has of Cindy shows her looking “terrified”. So I was very happy to capture pics of her smiling and looking like the regal greyhound she is.
Here are some of our fave pics from the photo sessions.
Monty and Charli
Bender and Bogan
Millie and Max
Benny and Bart
Ash and Mohini
Pooh and Ruby
Molly and Tasha
Fluke, George and Porridge
The 4th of July 2010 was our first anniversary operating from our North Perth fixed base studio. Although I have been photographing animals exclusively since 2006, the fixed base studio has really enabled me to consistently achieve a high standard for my clients. I love working in the studio – it’s familiar and comfortable and always a happy place filled with cute creatures of every variety. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting amazing people, and amazing animals, and captured some wonderful ‘one off’ moments.
I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the wonderful pet owners and pets who have visited us during the last year, for your support. And a special thanks too for our loyal Facebook fans who have followed us along the way.
We have exciting times in store with the extension of our studio area commencing this month (it’s doubling in size!) and with some new national partnerships and media features soon to be announced. Here’s to the next 12 months and beyond!
…that’s around 7,000 dogs who attended this years RSPCA Million Paws Walk in Perth. Every year the walk seems to get bigger and better – and this year was no exception! We got up bright and early for our 7am set-up on site, and went about readying our display marquee and studio pet photo booth for the event. The display marquee was designed by Debora and manned by Debora and Rachael. It was a visual masterpiece, with lots of beautiful prints to look at! Every time I peered out of the photo booth I marvelled at the constant stream of people checking out our products and making enquiries at our stall. Thanks to everyone who came by! We had a record number of entries for our “Guess the dog treats” competition, and Elliot of Booragoon took home the big prize of a $500 photo session at Houndstooth Studio! Congrats to Elliot!
To cover off on the rest of the Million Paws Walk arena, Suzie, Em, Daniel, and Di (with puppy Jack in tow) were on foot patrol, handing out our flyer’s and answering enquiries.
I took pooch pics in the studio pet photo booth for three hours and there was a 20 metre long queue lined up at the door for most of that time! It was great to see so many of our clients and Facebook fans participating in the photo booth too! We raised a stack of money from print sales on the day, all of which went straight back to the RSPCA. Online orders are now available too until 19th of June. Our three volunteers (one on “security” and two on the “till”) did a fantastic job and really got into the spirit of the day with us – we are going to request them again next year! As always, Clare assisted with the animal wrangling, positioning the dogs for their photos. She worked harder than ever, giving 110%!
As the official photography partner for the RSPCA in WA, we can’t wait for next year’s Million Paws Walk. Enjoy the selection of pics from the pet photo booth!
Above: The Houndstooth Studio MPW display marquee. Image courtesy of Richard Barry Photography.
The studio has been buzzing with activity lately! Some canine clients from one of our recent Saturday sessions included Ollie the Schnoodle and his little sister Gracie, also a Schnoodle. Ollie first visited us in mid-2009 for a photo session with his feline friend Bella. For his second visit, he bought Gracie along to meet us. The pups were simply adorable and they could do the synchronised head tilt to perfection! Cuteness plus!
The same morning we also met Taj, an eleven year old German shepherd cross. Taj was one of the youngest “over 10’s” we have had the pleasure of photographing. He had a lovely shiny coat, white teeth and clear, cataract free eyes! His ‘parents’ Jeanette and Brad put it down to his all natural diet, and believe he has grown younger over the past few years! Taj has a lovely nature and was a natural in front of the lens.
And rounding up a fab day in the studio, Inspector Ruth from the RSPCA WA bought in her beautiful two year old pooch Leyla for a portrait sitting. Leyla had so many varied poses, each one full of poise and grace, synonymous with the German Shepherd breed. The photo of Leyla with her head on her paws is one of my new personal favourites! How can you not melt at the sight of those big brown eyes!?!
More images from each studio session can be found on our Gallery page.
Last night I had the pleasure of judging the “Pets & Animals” photography competition at the Swan Valley Camera Club. Overall the standard was very high, which made my decisions so difficult! It’s always easy to be subjective and instantly know if you do or don’t like an image, but it’s a lot more difficult to say “why” you like one shot over another, especially when the photographer is sitting right in front of you!
I wish I could award everyone a prize just for taking the time to choose the images they consider their best, then putting them out there in front of their camera-club peers to be judged – It’s so brave and I really appreciated the time and care people took in presenting their photographs perfectly. Well done to all the winners – there were some fab photos in amongst them all. And you have such a nice club too! I enjoyed chatting with members after the judging and discussing images one-on-one. This was my third visit and I’m always made to feel so welcome!
I also received this lovely email from the club today, and wanted to share it with you all. Thanks so much SVCC!
“Hi Alex , On behalf of the Swan Valley Camera Club, I would like to thank you very much for kindly offering to come and judge our April competition “PETS & ANIMALS”. Our members have expressed they enjoyed the evening very much and I do hope they will take note of any constructive comments made on the evening and put it to good use. When looking through our camera lenses each time, we will be thinking about those comments and improving our photography techniques. We look forward to your next visit. Thanks once again Alex. Take Care!
Kindest Regards, Helen Gullotti
Competition Director SVCC
P.S. On behalf of the SVCC committee I would like to thank you for your generosity in donating the petrol funds back into our club. Very much appreciated.”
We’ve kept some marvellous news under wraps until it was finalised, but now we can let you all know! We are thrilled to announce a new photography partnership with Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital! The Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital is the teaching hospital of Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and it’s where WA’s internationally respected veterinarians are crafted. The hospital aims to provide professional specialist level treatment and comprehensive care to their animal patients, through cutting edge technology and groundbreaking research.
Over the next few weeks we will be providing a series of aluminium mounted studio photographs to be displayed in the clinic, as well as copies of our new 7in x 7in coffee table book. Also keep your eye out for our images appearing on promotional material for the hospital in the near future.
Earlier this week we fulfilled part of our new agreement by attending on site at the Murdoch Equine Centre and captured some studio and natural light images of Wienna, a 14 year old, Hanoverian Warmbood Mare, imported from Holland. Jet black, and 17 hands high, Wienna is one of the most stunning horses i’ve ever laid eyes on and the intention is that she will become a pivotal part of the centre’s breeding program. Taking photographs of a horse 17 hands high in a studio set-up is no mean feat – it’s ambitious and difficult – but with the help of Dr Brogan and two fabulous staff members, the team effort ensured we got the ‘shot”.
This is an exciting new partnership for Houndstooth Studio and we thank Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital for the opportunity to work together to promote both Houndstooth Studio and the Veterinary Hospital through quality images.