Animals are often our best friends. They're funky, brave, fashionable ... sometimes muddy, salty, wet and smelly.
At other times, they're pampered, groomed, have a belly full of treats and are hanging out in a doggy photography studio. They are loved, adored, admired and fun. They bring smiles, giggles, cackles, and jaw-drops into our worlds. Dogs are great listeners and often they "just know". They are our treasured companions, little rascals, guard dogs, and fur babies ...They are all humble givers of unconditional love and laughter!
These sessions are unique and tailored to you and your pets, with no limits on the number of animals, and just my undivided attention throughout, so it's relaxed and fun.
This includes a 1 hour session at the location(s) of your choice. Hi-res images can be purchased from your online gallery for $25 each. The session fee must be paid in order to secure a booking with me and is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. In the case of adverse weather and/or sickness of either party I am always happy to reschedule!
We will meet for about 1-2 hours before sunset.
It includes a personal online gallery, displaying all of your edited images, ready to download directly to screens near you.
Here's an example gallery. Please enquire for any other details.
Yes! You and your family can jump into most of the photos. I love photographing natural connections and the feelings of love and happiness between people and their pets.
Afterwards, you'll receive a link from me with all your photos ready to be downloaded by you. And there is the option of ordering prints, designing an album, purchasing a frame, etc, directly from that online gallery.
Near Echuca in Victoria, Australia. But I do sessions all around the world, I've travelled as far as Malta to photograph a dog. Mostly I work around regional Victoria, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast.
Studio sessions can be arranged to take place in Melbourne and Maroochydore.
For outdoor photography, early morning and late afternoons provide the best light, but if the day is overcast, then any time of day will do. Taking photos mid-day on bright and sunny days is not fantastic, unless some shade is available. Indoor studio photo shoots are fine any time of day or night.
Not entirely. While knowing the basic commands, such as sit and stay, will be a big advantage! However, it is not a requirement. I work with rescue dogs who have limited or no knowledge of basic commands. Even if your dog won’t sit on command, he or she will eventually sit on their own, and that’s when I’ll get the shot. I also bring some tasty treats and a squeaky toy with me, which helps get the dog's attention. If need be, leash removal can be done in post processing.
Our pets are in our lives for only a short while, but they take up such a huge place in our hearts.
How excited do they get when you arrive home?
How much do you enjoy their cuddles and crazy quirks?
Who listens to you all the time, regardless of how many times you're telling the same tail?
They are a huge part of your family.
You won’t regret having something fun to look upon your time together and remind you of the love you shared. Not only will these memories be captured for a lifetime, but it’s an investment in cheerful artwork and a great bonding experience.
Providing a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is my priority, for both you and your dog. The process is informal and non-judgemental. It can be a bit intimidating ... taking your dog to get professionally photographed, but you do not have to worry about a thing. If Mojo pees or poos in the studio, we'll just clean it up. And if your husband falls asleep on the sofa, it's a sign of how relaxed things can be. There is no pressure on you or your dog. Some dogs may act differently when placed in the spotlight, but it’s all about patience, and when it comes to pets, I have plenty to spare.
I do recommend taking your dogs for a walk before the shoot though, keeping them hungry so they'll work for the treats, and letting them pee before entering the studio building. This will help them to be relaxed and content at the start.
I will try my best, please call me.
Yes. Please click here and let me know who you would like to gift it to. I recommend putting some credit on the voucher so they can choose digital images, or put it towards some artwork. It's a nice touch and generous.
There is a lot goes on behind the scenes when being a professional photographer. I don't just show up with a normal DSLR and take photos. First up, there are 11 years of experience, many expensive workshops I've attended and some hard lessons I've learnt too.
Then, there's the marketing budget that's reached you and brought you to read this. The website design and hosting. The expensive professional cameras, flashes and SD cards that I tow around with me, in a big unbreakable camera case. There's the car I've bought, so when I arrive in your driveway, your first impression is that I am reliable. Seriously. Plus petrol, and a mobile phone. Oh and internet too.
After that, we get to the powerful computer need to edit lots of high-quality images on, and many hard-drives. And this take a lot of time. The numerous software subscriptions and online program fees, a CRM, an accountant, etc. And I haven't even touched on paying my taxes and Super yet, office furniture, studio samples, feeding myself and my dogs, plus giving a donation to charity to help other animals. You're getting the gist of it now, right?
Held only a few times during the year, these exclusive sessions take place at a chosen location for a fun reason. They are perfect for those who are after just one hero photo... And at the same time, you'll be a hero as you'll be supporting a local animal rescue charity by attending.
One of the best bits of my job is knowing that what we do will help other animals who are less fortunate. All rescue dogs have free photo shoots to help boost their chances of faster adoption. And 15% of all profits are donated to charities helping those animals. This is using business for the force of Good!
“Shirlz is an amazing photographer! I’ve ended up with some fantastic shots of my two little puppies which I’m going to get blown up and put on my wall. She was really patient with them and took her time to get the best shots. She was relaxed, fun and talented. I recommend her as a photographer.” — Megan Evans