Dogs & Pet Photography

Dogs of the Sunshine Coast are 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 Maroochydore 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!

Your Pet Photography Session

  • Your pet is unique… so are my photo sessions. Each session is carefully designed to suit your amazing pet – we’ll discuss the details before the shoot to ensure we’re on the right track.
  • If your dog is a crazy ball of energy, we’ll go to a quiet field and photograph it in its element whilst running around a full speed, and then take it to the studio.
  • I will take all the time needed to get to know your wonderful pet before we start the session, to ensure you and your pet both enjoy the photo session experience.
  • The session fee of $175 includes my time and talent to create a lasting memory of your furbaby, professional digital enhancement of your images, and a personal viewing and ordering session of your photos.
staffy and owners and on beach on the sunshine coast

What will I get for my investment?

All Sessions include:

  •  A uniquely designed session for unlimited amount of pets on the Sunshine Coast, and for other locations, an additional charge of 48c per km will be added for the round trip).
  •  Around 2hours of shooting time.
  •  Delicious treats.
  •  Professional digital enhancement.
  • A personal reveal of your images at my studio, or an online gallery.

Please note: There are no digital files or products included in the Session Fee, but they are available to purchase. Have a look at our wall art info here.

Valid reasons to have your best furry friend photographed.

  • Birthdays
  • Insta-love
  • Gotcha Day
  • Puppy moments
  • Family memories
  • The Bucket list
  • Good-byes
  • No real reason other than fun!

“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


Can my whole family be in the photos?

Yes! You and your family can be included some of the photos, but my main focus will be on your furry friends.

How do I order what I want?

I offer different packages which include digital images.  Or, if it's art you've got your heart set on, at your photo shoot I will arrange a time for you to view and choose your portraits at your ordering session. This is done in the studio and can take up to 90 minutes, or through an online gallery. Your photos will be displayed to you on a big screen, or on my laptop ...carefully chosen images are checked for focus, natural character, and beautiful light. You will be guided through the whole process of how to decide which portraits to purchase, and you'll be shown examples of how your portraits can be displayed in your home.

Accepted payment methods are bank transfer, cash, or credit card.  Payment plans are available. 

Where are you located?

The photography studio is on Newspaper Place in Maroochydore, off Dalton Drive. It’s only a few kilometres from the Plaza. Specific directions and address will be given upon inquiry. Outdoor photo sessions are restricted to within the Sunshine Coast & Noosa area, or a travel fee can be agreed upon for other areas.

What time of day is best for a photo session?

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.

My dog is not very well-behaved, does it matter?

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.

Where will my photo shoot take place? And what should I wear?

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.

Do you shoot other animals, aside from dogs?

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.

Why should I get my pets professionally photographed?

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.

Will my dog be able to handle fame?

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.

My dog is terminally ill, can you fit us in?

I will try my best, please call me.

Do you offer gift vouchers?

Yes. Please click here.