With Summer almost over, I thought time was running out to get this theme in (ok, honestly, most dogs I know swim all year long, but it’s a good excuse, right?)

The very beautiful Ocean (who featured last week as well) and the very Dashing Diesel, who are both looking for their forever homes but are both lucky enough to be fostered with staff at the Pet Resorts Australia – Terrigal complex – were having an absolute blast in this weeks hot weather!

What better way to cool down than swimming, running, jumping and splashing in the resorts pool!









It is always so wonderful watching dogs play – even better when they are dogs in foster care who are obviously having the time of their lives! Here’s to hoping these two find Forever Families really soon xox

Sharon Stokes ~ APP

Central Coast Pet Photography

Wow, Friday already! I almost forgot to take this weeks images!

This week I chose details, and a dog who needed adoption profile images – now there are some breeds of dog that have ‘details’ that are fairly unique, lucky for me this weeks model has some very beautiful ‘details’…..

Like her fluffy ears….sharonstokes_centralcoastpetphotography_8458

And her ‘boofy’ tail…..


And her piercing eyes….


Now let me introduce “Ocean” a 15 month old Siberian Husky who would love a Family to call her own….


Isn’t she just beautiful!?!

Ocean is a private rehoming and if anyone would like to meet Ocean, her foster carer – Shanai – can be contacted through me.

I hope you all liked my look at the ‘details’ of a Husky, see you next week.

Sharon Stokes ~ APP

Central Coast Pet Photography



For week 5 of my Project 52, I chose ‘Books’ as my theme.

I had a few ideas in mind, but when I realised I had young Miss Arlia and her new kitten Olaf coming into the studio today, I knew what image I wanted.


Aren’t they just the cutest pair!?


I will share more of their studio session soon, but for now I hope you have enjoyed this weeks instalment of my project 52.

See you next week.

Sharon Stokes ~ APP

Central Coast Pet Photography

For week 4 my theme is Adventure, this worked well as it tied in nicely with the last weekend of school holidays, Australia Day and a Family weekend away – which is always an adventure!

We are blessed with very close Friends who own a very beautiful property north east of Gloucester, NSW. We had 4 wonderful days away where the kids and dogs got to run wild, the Dad’s got to enjoy some work-free time and us Mum’s got to relax and enjoy the scenery!

As the theme is adventure – I am going to base my images and storyline around the kids – they had a new adventure every day!

The weekend started off with an ominous looking storm moving in and it was a race to get the bikes off the trailer and grab a 1st ride before the storm hit….




No – Ash does not ride the big bike – thats Dad’s bike! Ash got his 1st ride in and was happy then, to watch the storms roll over.

Next morning dawned foggy and a bit wet, but that never stops Ash! 1st ride before breakfast…


After some breakfast the fog lifted and the little boys changed 2 wheels for 4 and took off exploring the front paddock…


Now I put the camera down for a while (ok, for a day) and put my feet up while the kids radiated between, motor bikes, mowers, swimming in the creek and archery, meanwhile the Dad’s were ‘out the back’ cutting a new bike track through the paddocks and wooded hills.

Australia Day was a beautiful sunny day, Ash even managed to get his bike bogged in a very convenient photo spot!


Happy Australia Day!

Next it was time for me to drive out to photograph the boys riding the new track, the little boys were very excited as this new track had some seriously long, steep hill climbs that they had not tried before! Aimilee tagged along for the 1st section then jumped in the car with me…


Dad, gave safety instructions and directions then it was time to tackle the biggest hill….






Everyone safely at the top! I could not believe just how steep that hill was and how easily the little boys tackled it!! Little super-stars!

Then it was along the ridgetop to the next set of hills (can you spot Skarla? She ran the entire track as well!)…



While I got into position at the top of the next hillclimb, I took the chance to grab a few images of Skarla in the long grass – because you can never have too many pictures of your dog!


The boys were taking a bit of time and I was starting to worry, there had been a fall and while no-one was injured one of the bikes needed to go back for repairs – that’s adventure for you! So it was up to Ash to ride the hill on his own!!





I really am so proud of this kid, I can not tell you the guts it takes to jump on a motorbike, ride steep hills with your Dad then go and ride those hills on your own at 7 years old!!!

It was about now that I realised I had lost my glasses somewhere on the track!! Ash headed back to the shed and Aimilee, Skarla and I spent the next 40 minutes scouring the long grass and scrub along the track before I finally found them – a little bit twisted but ok, at the spot where I had taken photos of Skarla!

Told you this was an adventure!!

Finally I drove Aimilee back to her bike and she rode back to the shed where it was time to pack up and head home after an awesome Family adventure!




I hope you all enjoyed this weeks project 52 instalment and our Family adventure xo

Sharon Stokes ~ APP

Central Coast Photographer.

For this weeks theme – week 3 – I have chosen Black & white.

I love black & white images, it’s hard to explain why, sometimes I find colour distracting, sometimes I ‘feel’ more with a black & white image.

I like this quote about black & white photography…

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant

So with this in mind, I set out to see which images from a recent sunrise shoot would make the best black & white conversions – now a note here, personally, I don’t think any and every image can or should be black & white, some images do work best in colour.

Tell me, do you think these images ‘work’ in black & white?




I like the way I can see the different quality and intensity of the rising sun from 3 different perspectives on the beach.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Project 52 instalment, see you all next week.

Sharon Stokes ~ APP

Central Coast Photographer