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!
“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
Yes! In the bigger shoot, you can. You and your family jump into most of the photos, but my main focus will be on your furry friends.
Near Rochester, Victoria. But I do sessions all around the world. Mostly on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, in Melbourne, and around regional Victoria. The studio I use most is in Maroochydore on the Sunny Coast.
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.
That's completely up to you, though you can ask about a few favourite locations which I can recommend. This is especially important if you would like some action shots of you running around with your pet. Think about what you want to get out of your shots... Do you want to wear an evening gown with your dog? Well then, you should wear that beautiful dress! If we're going to the beach, come prepared for anything.
Yes. I would love the opportunity to photograph all kinds of pets, from little kittens to camels and emus, but no snakes please ... they scare me. Dogs are my speciality though.
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.