We love to give back – it’s a large part of what we do and is something we feel very strongly about.

Alex has received countless accolades for her philanthropic work with animal rescue organisations across Australia and overseas including being a finalist in the Pride of Australia Medal 2013 (Environment Category). She is  considered to be one of Australia’s most passionate champions of, and voices for, rescue animals.

Through Houndstooth Studio, Alex provides pro-bono photography services, products, cash and sponsorships to the value of around $500,000 per annum (calculated by cost per image provided, time and production). See our Animal Charity Organisations page for a full list of our wonderful state, national and international animal charities, farm and wildlife sanctuaries and shelters.

 “We are proud that our images help make a difference to the lives and welfare of rescued animals. The right image viewed by the right person can mean a dog is re-homed, a donation is made,or that media will run with a story that increases awareness or raises public concern for a cause that directly affects the welfare of the animal.”

Alex Cearns, Houndstooth Studio

“Watching Alex in action with native wildlife revealed her exceptional ability to work with animals.  Most animals, especially native animals, can be extremely unpredictable to work with. It requires more than knowledge of animal behaviour, it also requires being able to emit the right “feeling” or energy to help the animal relax.  Alex’s ability to work calmly and amazingly quickly with our native animals made the incredible shots she obtained entirely possible. Her obvious passion for endangered wildlife shines through so truthfully in her photography, and the ease of working with such a bubbly and passionate soul made the photographic days spent with her an absolute breeze.  We at Bonorong were first attracted to Alex because of her generous support for other animal organisations in need. After seeing her work, we knew instinctively she could achieve so much at our sanctuary and that her personality would shine through in her photography. She is an amazing talent and a true artist.  The results of the project she recently worked on with us simply would not have been possible without the passion and pride she displays in her work.  We would welcome Alex back ANY time. No amount of money could buy the emotions she captured forever in her beautiful images of our precious wildlife. “

Greg Ions, owner and conservationist Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania

“Alex is a true philanthropist – she does not simply make a donation to Bali Animal Welfare Association, she truly immerses herself in our work, she understands what we do, the challenges we face and she offers her support in a myriad of ways. When Alex travels to Bali to work with us, she stands alongside myself and our staff in the field rescuing puppies and kittens from trash dumps, taking part in informal animal welfare education sessions with local people and she sheds tears with us when one of our animals doesn’t make it. The way in which Alex truly understands our work and the world in which we operate speaks volumes, for her integrity both as a human being and as a business woman. Alex does not choose to adopt an animal charity in order to promote the social conscience of her business – she is the social conscience of her business. Her actions are living proof of this.

To all of us at BAWA Alex’s support is invaluable, she has taken remarkable photographic images of the animals of Bali which she then freely provides us to use as we wish for marketing and promotional purposes.  As a not for profit struggling to survive in a developing country we would never be able to obtain images of such quality, that tell the true story of the animals of Bali without Alex and Houndstooth Studio.”

Janice Girardi, founder Bali Animal Welfare Association, Bali 

Alex Cearns, and the Houndstooth Studio team have been an incredible partner donating their professional services to help us with our calendars, cards, bookmarks and other merchandises. We are incredibly humbled as we have never had to approach Alex. She offered to help us raise money through calendars and merchandise; with the photos donated by Houndstooth Studio. She was also the first business to pledge support of our first Quiz Night by donating  photography session vouchers and a huge print canvas. The items helped us raise hundreds of dollars, which went  towards saving neglected and abandoned animals in Perth and the surrounding areas. Saving Animals From Euthanasia Perth are incredibly grateful, and acknowledge that through Alex’s dedication to our foster animals, many more lives have been saved. Alex also often links pictures and posts to our Facebook page, an important tool in our networking to save more lives, creating more awareness of our fosters and animals needing care or homes.”

Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) Perth committee