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2018 Round Up!

2018 Round Up!

As we approach Christmas and the New Year, I thought I would write a little ‘end of year’ blog.

The biggest news of this year was the addition of Spud, my personal model! He’s a Lab x Collie with no tail but bags of personality. He turned 1 on December 1st and is loving the spotlight!

He’s grown so much and can only stick his head out of the cat flap now!

I was lucky enough to meet some lovely dogs throughout the year, and all did a brilliant job in front of the camera – even when their owners weren’t sure they would! It’s always so rewarding to be able to show people what their photos turned out like.


Every few months I got to attend puppy socialisation classes held by Marion Yates Dog Behaviour Consultant, who doesn’t love puppies? It’s amazing to see them grow both in size and confidence over the 4 weeks!

In Summer, we had the villages annual Gala, and for the first time since I’ve been photographing the Bay Vets Dog Show, we had brilliant weather – maybe a bit too hot though! It was a brilliant turn out, and each dog deserved to win! You can see the write up here, or for all photos head on to my Facebook page

I met up with Ghost and his owners. He is one half of Amber and Ghost – a brother and sister duo who are on Instagram – check them out!

I’m going to include some of my favourite photos from the year, but before I do, 2019 has some exciting things coming up. I have been working on a website for Riding in the Balance, so I will be heading down to Derbyshire to take some photos for that! I will also be updating the website images for Gemma Woolley Veterinary Physiotherapist whilst down there so once a date is confirmed I will announce it on my Facebook Page if anyone would be interested in a session!

I would like to thank each one of you who supported The Hoof & Hound Photographer throughout 2018! Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New year.

Project 52 – Week 35 – Brown

Project 52 – Week 35 – Brown

Welcome to the blog circle! This week we focus on brown and luckily, I have a brown dog and ferret :). However, I didn’t just take photos of them in any environment, I found brown to use with them, Spud almost blends into the sofa!

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Project 52 – Week 28 – Head Tilt

Project 52 – Week 28 – Head Tilt

This week we are looking at head tilts.

Spud used to do a good head tilt when he was younger and I tried to give it a cue, which he gets, but it’s usually a half effort! His best ones usually are when I don’t have a camera handy!

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Project 52 – Week 27: By a Nose

Project 52 – Week 27: By a Nose

Happy Friday!

If you have not read one of my blogs before, this is a weekly blog circle for professional pet photographers. Each week we are given a theme, and we take photos of the theme. I usually use my puppy, Spud, but this week I can take advantage of most of my animals!

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Bay Vets Dog Show at Caton Gala 2018

Bay Vets Dog Show at Caton Gala 2018

A few favourite images from 2018’s Bay Vets Dog Show at Caton Gala on 9th June

This is the third year I have had the pleasure of attending the show to take photos.

In 2016, it rained, rained, and rained some more. So much in fact that my camera broke and I ended up with nothing. I was hugely disappointed.

In 2017, it rained, rained, and…yep, rained some more! I had a dog walking client just before heading down so I was already soaked. Armed with a plastic bag over my camera I sat there taking photos, admiring the people who didn’t let the weather stop them from having a good time!



This year we have had only a few days of rain since the start of May, and I think everyone was waiting with baited breath to see if it Gala day would bring the rain back as usual. The night before checking the weather it had forecast rain.. at 1. The show started at 2. Then as the day came, the rain seemed to be getting forecast for later on in the day – we were treated to more blue skies! Finally!

I had decided to have a stall this year, and I was pleased to meet those who came by and said hello!

Onto the show.

The dogs were spoiled by having a huge pool to play and cool down in – some were a bit wary but soon got into the swing of things!

The classes were full, and all the dogs were so nice! I enjoyed editing the photos and seeing all the faces properly!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did – well done to all!


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Let’s hope 2019 is just as sunny! If you would like to view all images from this year head on over to my Facebook Page!


Project 52 – Week 13: A Day in the Life

Project 52 – Week 13: A Day in the Life

Another fun blog post this week. Capturing ‘ a day in the life’

At the moment, a daily routine with Spud consists of getting him used to lots of different things and training.

We usually start the day on average at 6/7am, sometimes earlier. He has his breakfast, and after he’s finished goes back to sleep until Bailey comes down.


The day before I had taken these photos we did our first off lead walking and had puppy socialisation in the evening, so lots for him to take in. Knowing he doesn’t go too crazy off lead I let him ‘off ‘as soon as it was safe (I have a long line trailing behind just in case on the cycle track but in fields he’s completely free as I know he’s ok)



Being off lead does of course mean he can get himself muddy!

The track is a great place for him to meet new dogs and people and he was introduced to two 18month Boxers who were bigger than he expected but he handled it really well after initially trying to hide. I’m always appreciative of people stopping to talk to him, with or without dogs.

Next I went to do some recall training, and a few ‘leave it’s’. He’s doing really well and even found a tennis ball, so win – win for him! IMG_2319


One thing he didn’t expect was the noise Geese make.. A tractor had crossed the river and sent two Geese who were resting flying. I thought they were going to come and get us, and I think Spud did too! IMG_2367


Once home, he had a rest and time for lunch. Another great opportunity for training as he is learning to wait after his bowl is placed.


My niece was here so I expected him to be hyped up, but he was good and took himself off to sleep when he wanted to. Afternoons I make sure he gets as much sleep as he can if he’s had a busy morning, and if needed, we play games or learn tricks in the evening to keep his mind busy.


After that it’s bed time for a well deserved proper sleep!

Next up we have Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD

Project 52 – Week 12: Revisit & Re-Edit

Quite a fitting theme this week. We get to re-edit photos or try out different editing techniques. Last week I took our old boy out to test my 70-200 2.8 and hadn’t bothered editing it too much. It was suggested to warm it up and push the colours by fellow photographers!

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This then gave me the confidence to have a play with this next image. There was something I really liked about the photo and as the colours were pretty much already there, I just went a bit further with them!



Revisiting old photos that I had edited and to how I would edit them with the above in mind, I’ve gone back to 2016 and a lovely boy called Merlin.


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So, which do you prefer? The warmer or originals?

Next up is Central MN based About A Dog Photography

Project 52  – Week 11: Favourite Song

Project 52 – Week 11: Favourite Song

What a difficult theme this week!

I almost backed out of this one, but with some encouragement from fellow circle members I decided to give it a go. These are in no way brilliant as I was completely stumped. I don’t really have a favourite song, and if I did I wouldn’t know where to start in combining it into pet photography!

Stuck, I decided to look at my Spotify playlist and picked some songs that may work. After editing, I’m left with just the two; ‘Teach Me Tonight’ and ‘Funhouse’.

Teach Me Tonight is an ‘oldie’, but covered by loads of different artists. It was published in 1953, 41 years before I was born. I have a trick book, and thought teaching.. that will do! Spud is learning that the desk is where he sits and looks pretty which is good!



This is definitely my favourite. It either looks like he’s written it, or signed it.

Obviously learning is tiring work.. here’s a little outtake – you can see I had Prince to battle with too as he thinks it’s his job to be a model!dfsfs.jpg

The ‘Funhouse’ song by P!nk is one that’s fun – especially live – but the reason I chose this song is because of the lyrics, ‘Oh, I’m crawling through the doggy door
My key don’t fit my lock no more’ and Spud has an obsession with the cat flap.. so not exactly a ‘doggy door’ but he’s crawling through it!


Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD might have a better interpretation of the theme – check it out!





A little bonus – look at his expression, I think he found a trick that was a bit too adventurous for him! fre



Project 52 – Week 10: Minimalist

Project 52 – Week 10: Minimalist

Welcome back to the weekly blog.

The theme is minimalist, and whilst I initially thought it would be quite a challenge. I did remember that I had grey walls and a white desk which might help!

I love outdoor images and was wondering how to do a minimalist photo in our garden.. I think it’d probably looked nice on a dock or wide bridge – neither of which I have in the garden! Spud sat down in the shadows on the path, so I over exposed the background which helps! webb


Still not as clean as I had wanted though, so I took him back in and used the desk and wall.


Then to be even more minimalistic, off came the collar.





To see more minimalism visit Linda from VP Shoots Photography servicing the Tampa Bay area

Until next week!

Project 52 – Week 9: Wide Angle

Project 52 – Week 9: Wide Angle

A fun theme this week as we explore wide angle, I can’t wait to see what people have come up with as there are so many possibilities. Most of my ideas went out the window but I have a few!

We were told to use the widest length we had to hand – the widest focal length I can use is at 18mm so all photos have been shot at that length.

We’ve had sun all week, with snow, and very cold temperatures! Apart from the cold, these are brilliant shooting conditions!

Here’s my model in training, Spud. He’s a Lab x Collie and a complete natural in front of the camera! We can’t go out properly yet, as he has had his injections late but I can’t wait  to get him out and about. For now though we can use the garden.

I found it very hard to shoot wide angle in landscape when shooting blind so I opted for portrait with them as it was much easier. Also being low to the ground makes him look quite bigger, a good way to change the perspective when using wide angle. I did imagine being on the beach and getting lovely photos there.



Using wide angles allows more of the environment to be captured, however I don’t particularly think the garden is as nice as it is in summer! If we were out on location it would be a different story! For this next image the background was the house, and I really didn’t want to leave this image out but didnt like the house. I borrowed a background from here and found it much better, it was still with the 18mm!


One landscape example shows how much of the scene you can fit in, can you spot the hidden friend? web d

Going wide also gives you more chance to capture a sequence of shots too!





Of course going wide means you can get fun shots like this!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog from me. Head on to our next contributor, Nancy Kieffer Photography serving Central New York, the Adirondacks and beyond