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 13, chosen by Alicia, is Back lighting – our ‘brief’ reads ” Try lighting your “Beautiful Beasties” from behind. Have fun and good luck! ”

This is awesome, as soon as I read the theme, I had my ‘shot’ in mind (but I have to be honest – this week was crazy busy and I ran out of time – these two shots are just what I wanted, it’s just that they were taken a few weeks ago; not this week)….

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Now, don’t forget to follow the links, starting with Barking Lab Studio, Princeton New Jersey dog photography and keep following the links until you end up back here.

See you all next week xo

S. 

Now just bear with me while, I settle my ‘Proud Mumma Hat’ firmly on my head…..

Last weekend saw both my kids setting new personal records in their sporting lives and I could not be prouder of them!

1st up, The Mini Gymnast –

Saturday saw the Family head north to Doyalson for the Raw Challenge, so Aimilee and her Buritz Gymnastics team mates could have a go at the Mud Run, to say they were excited is an understatement, to say they loved every minute of it is a HUGE understatement!!

Here are some of my favourite images from the day…

The Buritz Team ready to go…

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On their way – but still clean…

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Oh, now we see why it is called a ‘Mud-Run’…

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There were plenty of obstacles and some more mud…

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This next one was easy for the Gymnasts…

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Oh, look, more MUD…

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And some climbing…

 

 

 

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In the end, apart from all the obstacles, the mud and the fun, the day was ultimately about teamwork (and why some of the Dad’s were roped into the team)

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Crossing the finish line, cold, wet but elated!

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And finally posing all together before a shower (cold), some dry clothes and a well earned drink and a snack…

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So proud of Aimilee and all the girls, they did an awesome job and their teamwork was inspiring!

2nd up, The Pocket Rocket –

Sunday, saw us closer to home, back at the Terrigal BMX track, with Ash entering his first State Series Race – after only joining the club and starting to race 1 week before – with over 600 riders entered for the days racing it was very chaotic and a bit overwhelming, Ash was worried that he had the wrong bike, so the club very generously lent him a race bike for the day – so not only was my teeny-tiny little racer surrounded by hundreds of other racers – he was also on a bike he had never ridden before!

Did any of that deter him? Why, no of course not! On went his helmet and off he went!!

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I have never seen this kid as focussed as when he has his helmet on!

 

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Now Ash is still in what they call the ‘Sprocket’ bracket, which is an encouragement bracket for the younger kids and as long as they finish all their races they get rewarded with a trophy, Ash was pretty happy about that!

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So after a very big weekend, we were hoping for a quiet one next weekend…..not to be, of course, Ash is back to racing on Saturday afternoon and Aimilee is helping me out at a horse show on Sunday!

Keep them fit, keep them tired is my parenting motto!

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.

 

The theme for week 12 – chosen by Jayme from Oregon, USA – is Something New and our brief read… ” The options are endless. :) A new dog toy, a new collar, shooting at a new location, shooting with a new piece of equipment (lens, lights, backdrops, etc.) a new shooting or editing technique. Doesn’t matter what it is, just show us something “new”. ”

So this week I was going to introduce you all to my Friends ‘new’ Puppy, Baxter…. But what happened this week included, builder troubles a 4 day migraine, car troubles and storms.

So instead I am going to show you something ‘new’ that my Girl Skarla got this week…

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Over the past 6-8 months Skarla has been increasingly agitated during storms, plus we have had continuous building going on and she has been rather wound up and not her usual self, it came to a bit of a head earlier this week when she growled and lifted her lip at someone – something she NEVER does! This showed me just how stressed she was becoming. After doing some research and asking around my FaceBook Friends, I decided to give the Thunder Shirt a try.

Well, I will admit to being skeptical about how effective it would be, but let me tell you I AM IMPRESSED!!!

The first day Skarla wore her new Thunder Shirt – the builders didn’t even realise she was here – she has been doing A LOT of barking at them – but Thusrday when she wore her new shirt – instead of barking all day she lazed around and slept instead!

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Now this afternoon, Friday, with a storm rolling in, on went her new Thunder shirt and out we went for some pictures. Usually once the thunder starts she is well and truly showing stress signs, like panting, crying and salivating, but just look at her now!!!

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I don’t usually do product reviews or rave about what I do/feed my dog etc… But I really am so impressed with this shirt that I just had to share.

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There was one big clap of thunder and this was all Skarla did….

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I am so proud os her and I am SO impressed with the Thunder Shirt!

And right now only 2 hours later while the storm is still around, Skarla is asleep on her bed and I am one happy Dog-Mum.

While things are still peaceful here, lets see what the other Beautiful Beastie Photographers captured this week, starting with – Denver pet photographer, StinkDog Photos and continuing around the blog ring until you get back here.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks theme, see you all next week.

S.

Well, My youngest child, Ash, who is 6 has had a change of sports, last year he trained, competed and loved gymnastics, but as 6 year olds are want to do, this year he has changed his mind, dropped out of gymnastics and taken up BMX racing!

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But that is fine with me, anything that makes this kid burn energy is fine by me!!

So last week we joined Terrigal BMX Club, and after Wednesday night gate training Ash entered his first club race on the Saturday, he had an absolute ball! And I could not have been prouder of him.

While I am busy getting horse show orders ready, here are some BMX racing images for you all to enjoy….

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Ash is entered this weekend for his first State Series Open race meet – so be warned, there will be more BMX images coming next week!

 

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 11 is “Something Silly” chosen by Cahlean from St Cloud, Minnesota, her brief to us was – ” Something silly is the next theme! Be it googly eyes, a costume, or a silly pose, capture the silly antics of your pups, cats or any other critter! ”

Now with last weekend being a double-header horse show weekend which then means a very, very full week of editing, there was never going to be time to go out for another shoot, but luckily plenty of horses do plenty of silly things while in the show ring!

So this week, I give you – “Silly things horses do when they are supposed to be on their best behaviour”…….

Firstly on Saturday we had a Hack show, so this is what the ‘hacking’ horses got up to –

you could stop in the middle of your work out to scratch an itch…

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Or you could ‘spook’ at a scary piece of sand…

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You could try to be a mini giraffe…

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Or you could try to be a big giraffe…

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Then on Sunday it was the Western Horses turn to show what silly antics they could come up with…

You could start by being a bully and trying to run over your mini handler…

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Or you could pretend to be a rodeo horse…

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There is always the option of sticking your tongue out at the photographer – how rude!

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You could ‘spook’ simply because, well just because…

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You could have heard that the Hacks played at being giraffes and see if you can do a better giraffe impersonation…

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You could even try pulling the same trick twice!…

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And when under saddle you could try being a giraffe as well… I think there is a pattern forming here!!

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I do have to say that ALL of these horses did redeem themselves during the shows and all went on to do very well. Big congratulations to all their handlers/riders for dealing with an animal who is way way bigger than them!

Now don’t forget this is a blog ring, so follow the links, starting with Denver pet photographer, StinkDog Photos, then keep following the links until you get back here to my Silly horses.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks theme. See you all next week

S.