Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.

 

The theme for week 16, chosen by Natalia & Bill from Petaluma, California, USA is “Bloopers” and their brief to us was…

“Working with animals, really anything can happen and to me, there is nothing more fun than something unexpected caught on camera such as a blooper or a funny outtake. So this week, go out and shoot something for yourself, it can be whatever you want, and your challenge will be to share that oh so imperfect yet perfectly timed mishap. Don’t aim for it, just let it happen. Have fun with it!”

hmmm, bloopers – just let it happen – ok, I can do that :)

I was photographing two very special rescue dogs over the weekend and lo-and-behold we had a wardrobe malfunction!! Perfect for this weeks theme…

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You have to love a dog – especially a rescue dog – who can not only hold pose but hold eye contact as her sunglasses are sliding off her face!!

This beautiful girl is Pepper and I asked her Foster Mum – Colleen – from Puppy Love Rescue to share some of Pepper’s story so far, in Colleen’s words…

” Pepper was first seen by Puppy Love Rescue (PLR) when we did an adoptathon at Gosford Dog Paws (GDP) in December 2012. She was then 4 months old and suffering a terrible case of mange. He skin was hot and itchy, there were open infected scabs all over her body and as much as GDP wanted to help her they weren’t equipped for such a case that needed to have one on one care in a stress free environment.

So Pepper came home with me :-) First stop was Dr Vicki Onus for medications and check up then off home for her first of many daily medicated baths.

Pepper fit instantly into the PLR pack of the Clark household. In fact, just after her first bath, Todd had put her into the crate to dry whilst he had a shower with the intention of introducing her to the dogs one by one when he was finished to limit the stress of new meet and greets. 

Imagine his surprise then when he came out to find Pepper sitting on the lounge between the pack, flanked by Kari and Shadow who would prove to be Pepper’s best friends in the months to come.  Turns out that between the pack of 5 they had managed to undo Pepper’s crate!

As the months passed, and Pepper’s skin did the dramatic change from mangy sore and bright red to this fabulous thick coat she sports now, Pepper gained confidence and started to be taught basic training, where she would sit for any treat or reward, even whilst distractions surrounded her in the form of the rest of the pack grabbing for attention. She learnt to walk on a lead and toilet trained easily. But the most impressive skill of Pepper’s is her ability to read the emotions of the people around her and react accordingly.

On the night we lost our big horse Hamish, I was rather distraught and came up to the house once the vet had left. All the dogs were doing their usual game of chase and tug-o-war. Todd made me a cuppa and I sat quietly on the lounge to drink it. Pepper came bounding into the house, sized up the situation and then very gently manoeuvred herself up onto the lounge next to me, sinking in between the side of the lounge and myself, and put her paws around me (much in a pose a child would do). She lifted her head up and started to gently lick my tears away. We always knew this little girl was special but in that moment alone she showed just how ‘In tune’ with humans she would become. (At this point it should be pointed out that the rest of my pack continued to play their chasings game!)

So now Pepper is looking for her forever home. She will need to be rehomed with another doggie friend as Pepper’s bursts of energy require another canine to keep up with her! She’s super sensitive to people and animals and will tailor her play to suit the energy levels of the other. She will need to be an indoor outdoor doggie and get loads of opportunity to play with others to keep her the wonderfully doggie friendly dog she is.

This is one little chunk of love I’m going to miss. “

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It is truly amazing what some special loving care can mean to a dog’s health and wellbeing.

Now, don’t forget, this is a blog ring, so head over to Brentwood Pet Photographer, Kelly Coyle’s page to start this weeks ‘Blooper’ roll, I hope you enjoy 😉

S.

Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.

Week 15’s theme of ‘Spotlight’ was chosen by Tara Lynn from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and her brief to us was – ” let’s do SPOTLIGHT!

Try to use light to direct the focus of your photo.  Like “leading lines,” think “leading light.”

Well, with a very busy week here, Aimilee was accepted into a trial with the Central Coast Elite Gymnastics Academy and it being the last week of the school term, time really got away from me!

I had some very grand plans for this theme that included a darkened studio with a black backdrop and a single studio light…..but that was not to be….instead you get Skarla at 10pm in the kids cubby-house with me holding a camping head-lamp :)

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Lucky for me Skarla is a very co-operative Girl!

Now lets go and follow the links, starting with – Blue Amrich’s Dog Sports Photography in Massachusetts and see what the rest of the photographers in our blog ring have come up with this week.

S.

Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.

This week it was my turn to pick a theme, so I chose ‘Triptych” which in photography terms is – ” a common style used in modern commercial artwork. The photographs usually arranged with a plain border between them. The work may consist of separate images that are variants on a theme, or may be one larger image split into three. ”

So with that in mind I went out shooting, and came home with this…

 

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Two sweet little ‘Girls’ playing dress up.

Don’t forget this is a blog ring, so head over to Chase & Snap Pet Photography, New Jersey to start this weeks journey, follow all the links untill you get back here.

S.

After woking in some way, shape or form in the pet industry since before I left school (about 25 years now), it is unusual for me to come across a breed of dog that I have never had an encounter with before, but just recently I had the great pleasure to get to know and photograph 3 of the tiniest, most delightful dogs – Hamish, Bella & Ruby.

Hamish, Bella & Ruby are Prague Ratters, a breed this is quite rare in Australia but has a very long history in the Czech Republic dating back at least to Polish King Boleslav II The Brave (1058 -1080) and probably much earlier. You can find more history on the bred at the Prague Ratters Club of America.

Now let me start with Hamish – a true little Gentleman, Hamish is 4 years old …

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Next up is Bella who is also 4 years old, Bella was the most reserved of the 3 during our photo-shoot…

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And, little Ruby, who at only 18 months old is such a sweetie, for me, Ruby stole the show and I could not get enough of her!!

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Just look at those ears!

Finally – Bella & Ruby together (because Bella had just come into season Hamish was being kept apart from the girls)…

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I want to say a big thank you to Renee for welcoming me into her home and giving me my first experience with this wonderful little breed of dog. Hopefully there will be Prague Ratter puppy photos to be taken one day :)

S.