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Yesterday Deb and I visited Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary with a group of lovely friends, to meet and photograph (and cuddle) the resident animals. The sanctuary is run by Chris and Mark, two dedicated humans who have created a haven for rescued farm animals and native wildlife. From alpacas to chickens, pheasants to possums, cows to goats, peacocks to donkeys, the animals now have a safe and happy place to live out the rest of their lives.

This pic of Francine the sheep was my fave of the day. I felt it did more justice to her watchful gaze to change the image to black and white. This is only my 4th B&W conversion and it’s a treatment that’s definitely growing on me. Some photos, and subjects, are just made for it.

Thanks so much for a lovely day out Chris, Mark, Deb, Dave, Di, Angie, Lorri, Linda, and Cath. And Francine.

Taken with Tamron Australia 70-200mm f 2,8 Gen 2 lens. #TamronProTeam#TamronCreates



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!




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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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

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!
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Over 200 people across Australia have participated in our workshops and due to popular demand, we are running one final Beginners Outdoor Photography Workshop in 2017.

DO YOU WANT TO MASTER YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ANIMALS? We can help! Our next workshop will be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Our workshops always fill fast, so don’t miss out.

WHAT: Photography CAN be easy and SHOULD be fun. Enjoy a relaxed, practical, full day of learning and photographic discovery with Alex Cearns, Houndstooth Studio’s multi-award winning, internationally renowned animal and wildlife photographer.

Learn Alex’s steps to stunning outdoor animal photography in the beautiful Woodlands Reserve Room at Whiteman Park, before finding prime photo locations for the incredible wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park. This is an excellent opportunity to discover how to bring out the best in your animal subjects.

Alex’s workshop is aimed at beginner to intermediate level photographers and consists of a combination of theory and practical instruction delivered by one of Australia’s most respected animal photographers.

We invite you to come along and learn how to get the best from your DSLR camera. It’s a fun day with like minded people, hosted in a beautiful environment perfect for learning.

You can check out the latest selection of Tamron Australia lenses and see the Spider Holster Pro Camera Holster in action.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 18 people, with bookings in advance essential to secure your spot.

WHO: Do you have a DSLR camera but struggle to use it? Want to improve your animal photography? Keen to learn how easy and jargon free photography can be? Alex can help you! We personally guarantee you will see an improvement in your photography on this workshop.

WHERE & WHEN: Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park on Wednesday 6th September from 8:30am until 4:30pm

COST & INCLUSIONS: Cost is $495 per person and includes expert tuition, set of flash cards, meals, drinks, entry to Caversham Wildlife Park. Laughs are free.

LIMITED TO 15 participants – 10 places still available.

TO BOOK OR FOR MORE INFO – Please email Colleen from our office on or call 0413 174 069.

Here’s what participants had to say:

“This was a great refresher course for me. Alex’s energy is infectious and she is a wonderful presenter. I loved her explanations about how to get the shot and the examples were excellent. Great day! Thank you.” Fran

“This is a fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone needing inspiration and confidence with their photography. Alex is a great teacher – down to earth and easy to understand. I have attended several photography courses in the past and left feeling confused about the technical details. I’ve already put into practice the things I’ve learnt, with great results! Thanks so much.” Joanna

“Somehow Alex is able to explain and demonstrate how to use and control your camera much better than any other course I have attended before! Thank you so much for a fabulous day. I have learnt so much that I know I will be able to remember.” Liz

“It was great! I loved the anecdotes and examples. Was so relieved it wasn’t full of hard to understand technical stuff. Am recommending it to all my friends who have a DSLR.” Beth

“I had some real “Aha!” moments today. The practical session was excellent and the afternoon session was awesome. Thank you!” Anne

“What a joy! This course exceeded all my expectations! I finally understand aperture. Finally! Thank you so much.”

“A fantastic day. Thank you. It’s hard to single out a favourite part of the course, it was all fantastic! I think the shift in my understanding about the technical side of things was a huge help for me. Also loved the food, the jokes and above all the tips! I can’t wait to get out there to put everything into practice.” Steph

“Excellent value – worth more than the price!” Todd




Tamron Australia has released details of their new 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. This is the first ultra-telephoto zoom lens to reach an 18-400mm extended range for APS-C DSLR’s (crop sensors).

Priced at $999, it’s compact, light, and has Vibration Compensation to assist in capturing sharp shots. It’s perfect for travelling, when you need an all encompassing kit but don’t want to change lenses. Can’t wait to trial this on our office camera!

It hits stores mid July and you can find additional info, including specs, at

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In the lead up to working with Tamron Lenses USA in New York very soon, I had a fun and informative chat with them about my two great passions, animals and photography.

Looking forward to sharing the Tamron ❤️ in the big apple.

Read the full interview at
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Beyond thrilled to hear my photo series BIRD FACE took out the Professional PETS category of the International Photography Awards. Just can’t believe it!

Also picked up 5 x Highly Commended Professional Awards for Bear Apartment Six (Special – Other Category), Zen Dogs Photo Series (Pets Category), Wild Antarctic Series (Nature – Wildlife Category), Orang (Fine Art – Portrait Category and Digitally Enhanced Category).

The International Photography Awards 2016 received 17,040 of submissions from over 162 countries. Could not be happier with this result – it’s way beyond what I expected and I’m still in shock. 🙂

Congrats to Russell Ord of Russell Ord – Photography for bringing it home in the Sports Category and to Brett Canet-Gibson from Twine – Ideas That Bind for his 3rd place in Fine Art – Still Life Category. Legends!

View all winning images at

All images were taken using Tamron Australia / Tamron Lenses USA lenses and backed up with WD storage solutions.

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I’m currently in Sydney meeting with Tamron Japan, Tamron Australia and TNS Australia representatives to discuss all things Tamron. Great timing as the latest addition to the Tamron Super Performance Series lens range has recently been released. Introducing Model F017, the re-vamped 90mm f2.8 Macro lens with Vibration Compensation. An awesome piece of kit with 1:1 magnification. Check out the specs at