Four years ago, I made a life-changing decision. I flew my border collie, Loki, with me from Australia to Europe, bought a van, and traveled for two years. A year ago, my puppy Journey joined us. I’ve been working on my photography for the past two years and now create dramatic, intense, captivating images of dogs – especially my two boys.
I have a real dream to make art with pet photography. Not cutesy pictures of dogs, but something bold, rich, wonderful. Something which tells stories, asks questions or clearly speaks from the dog’s soul. This year has been hard for all of us, but diving headfirst into photography, finding light, editing until my hands and wrists ache, trying poses and expressions, and new techniques have kept me sane.
These are a minimal selection of my photos from the past 12 months. I took all photos outside with natural light.
#1 Faith, Trust, And Fairy Dust
#3 Who’s In There?
#4 Keeping Cosy
#5 I Brought You This!
#6 Dark On Dark
#8 Amongst The Ferns
#9 A Little Forest Creature
#10 Look To The Light
#11 Border Collie’s Stare
#12 His Favourite Pose
#13 Brothers (From Another Mother… And Father)
#14 You Are My Light In The Dark
I have been training Journey as an ESA to help with my ADHD and related anxiety and emotional regulation issues. I had been having an awful afternoon here and had given up on taking photos. Nothing was working. I sat down in my mud, and Journey came over, climbed into my lap, and waited for me to be alright. With my phone on my knee, I took three photos of this moment.
#15 Dreaming Of Spring
#16 Embrace The Night
#18 Autumn Mood
#19 Like A Hammock, But Mossier
#21 The Three Of Us
#23 A Glow-Up?
#24 When We Were Young