Sunday, 5 April 2015

April 2015

Well,it is now April, so theoretically we are in Spring.  The clocks have gone forward, I have lost an hours sleep, but gained an extra couple of hours shooting time. The last month has seen another random selection of canines crossing my path, and a number of willing volunteers for outdoor shoots.

I think the most memorable was meeting up with Spud.  This gentle giant is 7 years old and is so relaxed. He really is graceful in his movement and takes everyone and everything in his stride. Very much a gentle giant.  He has had such an impact that when the time is right, a Leonberger will be joining the household.

As well Spud, we have also had the privilege of meeting both ends of the age spectrum with Nelson and Amara.  Two Great Danes who are full of character and charm.  Nelson and his enthusiasm, always leading the way, with Amara taking a more restrained approach, along with their venerable sidekick Abbey the mini Dachshund.

Not to miss out on the working dogs, along came a Springer, still young but learning the ways of the world.

We have also had the opportunity to reunite Cooper with his former carers who worked so hard to look after him when times were hard. This was a chance for them to meet him before he went off to his new forever home. Thanks to Chrissy, Stu and Lorraine (Rottweiler Rescue Trust) for looking after him and giving him a future life full of happiness.  

Last month saw 3 entries into the Guild of Photographers Image of the month competition.  Only submitting 3 was a bit daunting, but to achieve Bronze in all 3 was a nice surprise, and is always giving more ideas of how to push harder.  The level of  competition is fierce and it is a national competition of pro photographers, just to make it harder.  Now the hard work comes with working to Qualified status.

To top the last 4 weeks off today we ran the second of our Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey Dachshund owners group photography classes with these 4 willing volunteers.  Absolute pandemonium and mayhem ensued with some very charachterful and amusing Daxies.  A good learning session on a reasonably pleasant day.

Thanks once again for all those that give us the opportunity to capture these amazing dogs and letting us bring their character out for everyone to see.