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Joy: A celebration of the animal kingdom

‘My passion for animals is as wide as the immense diversity of animal life on this planet.’

Animals have the ability to lift our spirits and bring smiles to our faces and in Joy, expert animal photographer Alex Cearns has captured these special moments with a menagerie of beautiful images. From the deep beauty of an elephant’s eye to the cheeky stare of a puppy at play, Alex’s photographs encapsulate the joy animals bring to our lives.

She also shares some of the funny, heartwarming and joyful stories of animals she has met along the way, from the wild pig that just wanted a cuddle to the rescue dog that beat the odds. These stories are also inspiring as we meet some beautiful creatures who have overcome adversity or been rescued and discovered new lives.

Focusing on several themes including innocence, intricate details, play, moments of calm and humour, Joy is full of heartwarming photographs and is a must have for every ‘animal‘ person.




Mother Knows Best: Life lessons from the animal world


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It’s one of the hardest things to accept in life: mothers know a thing or two. Award-winning Australian photographer Alex Cearns has captured the special relationship between many mother and baby animals over the years, and finds them uncannily like humans. There are puppies and kittens who are more interested in playing up than playing nicely; baby birds who squawk for more food when they’ve just been fed and adorable bunnies and ducklings who are on the lookout for trouble. These arresting and entertaining images reveal and celebrate the love, patience and guidance of all mothers, great and small. The perfect gift for Mothers Day, a birthday, or just because.

About the Author: Alex Cearns

Passionate animal lover Alex Cearns is a pet and wildlife photographer who specialises in crafting exquisite animal portraits under her brand Houndstooth Studio. She has won more than fifty Australian and international photographic awards and her images have appeared in press and online media, books, magazines, cards, calendars and advertising campaigns. Inspired by the joy of working with animals and her endless fascination with their individuality, Alex strives to capture each subject’s character and spirit in every portrait. She photographs around 1300 animals per year. Alex lives in Western Australia with her partner and their beloved cats and dogs.

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Joy (hardback): $21.99
Mother Knows Best (paperback): $19.95

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