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Pet Shots Photography - Look Alikes

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, October 21, 2014


They say that people and their pets can look alike. With their striking green eyes and vibrant coloured hair these two certainly share some similarities.

This pretty Domestic Shorthair was originally known as Lenny Penny. However, once she came into Jessica’s care, the Lenny was dropped and she became known by the more feminine and suitable name of Penny.

Jessica volunteers with Animal Aid as a foster carer for kittens and rabbits in need of a loving environment until they find their forever homes. She got to know Penny as one of her wards.

Penny’s sisters were adopted quickly as kittens but Penny was never so lucky and she remained at Animal Aid for quite some time as she grew into an adult cat. People were attracted to her beautiful tortoiseshell markings but were not able to bond with her as she always nervously ran away when anyone tried to pat her or pick her up. 

Luckily, Jessica fell for her and decided to adopt Penny herself. Once the decision was made Jessica walked straight in to the cat enclosure, picked her up and placed her in a box to take her home. That surprised everyone at the shelter. As Jessica put her into the car, she looked through the holes of the box and Penny looked back and gave her a little thank you meow.

Although not “snuggle buddies” Penny instantly settled in with Toby, the family’s other cat. They enjoy playing together and just hanging out.

After four years of living with her family, Penny is still nervous of new people and doesn’t enjoy being picked up. However, she is very clever and responds to many word commands including “down stairs” “ into bed” and “time to come in”. Penny does love spending time with family members and indulging in their affection. However, she has particularly bonded with Jessica and looks to her to feel secure and protected.


Penny was very interested in meeting the three little green tree frogs who also live in her house (see previous blog) although it appears that one of them was a little unsure of meeting her.

If you would like to star with Jessica and Penny in the next edition of our fund raising book “Connected Tales III” please register here. We would love to feature images of you and your pets and tell your unique story. Entries are closing soon.


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Melbourne Pet Photography - Pets In The City

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A beautiful setting for a portrait of a beautiful family

These three pooches are all gorgeous, gentle souls who recently enjoyed an outing in the city to have their photos taken with their mum and dad, Susan and Steven.

Charlie and Oscar are both Moodles but have totally different personalities and play different roles within the family. Oscar, pictured here with his favourite treat ball is the boss of the trio or perhaps even all five family members.

Cuddly Charlie, whom I am told, loves to suck on the feet of his stuffed hippo showed no interest in it on the day. Too many other interesting things going on - new things to watch, new smells to sniff and new nooks and crannies to explore.

Holly was rescued and has become a vital member of this family. She runs everyday with Steven and like most Border Collies is very smart and happy. She is obsessed with balls but won’t pick one up until she is given the command to do so. I adore this photo of her patiently waiting and keeping her eyes squarely on her desired prize. She also loves to affectionately share kisses with her human companions.

This family will feature in the second edition of Connected Tales, a coffee table book celebrating the relationships between people and their pets. If you would like to feature in this book with your pets, your $95 participation fee will be donated to Animal Aid to assist them with the wonderful work they do rescuing and re-homing dogs and cats. Register here to be part of this worthy project.


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Pet Photography Melbourne - Easter Bunny

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, March 23, 2012

 Archie enjoying some affection

Archie, a Dwarf Lop Eared Rabbit, is rather fond of a cuddle. Katrina loves to read. When she is lying on the couch, bed or lawn with a book Archie sees this as an invitation to share some intimate time and enjoy a few pats. Archie’s coat is so soft to touch it would be hard for Katrina to resist indulging him.

He also has a penchant for strawberries and Katrina said he will stand erect on his hind legs to reach them. After eating several he looks like he is wearing lipstick. Sounds soooo cute but I wasn’t to see him with red lips on the day I photographed him. Although we had three punnets as a treat for him, Archie decided not to eat more than a few of the leaves. He did however treat himself to several pansies, his other favourite food.

Archie will feature in the next edition of our fund raising book Connected Tales. If you would like to be included with your pet, please register here. We would love to have you on board.


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Melbourne Pet Photography - Behind the Scenes

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, February 03, 2012

Tink keeps a focused eye on the prize


She performs her best tricks, certain her stunts will earn her a rather large treat

When she thinks no-one is watching she seizes the opportunity to help herself

Tink's perseverance is rewarded

Sometimes amusing antics go on when you have your back turned. If you are quick enough to respond you can capture the humour of the moment.

Mini Poodle Schnauzer cross, Tink, just couldn’t resist the bread Michaela had brought along as a prop. It was such an overwhelming temptation for her. At every moment when the bread was unattended, and she was not the model of the moment, she would come up with a ploy to sneak a roll. Eventually, much to our amusement, she got her prize and kept herself just out of our reach long enough to demolish it. 

One happy dog!

Annie commented on 03-Feb-2012 05:09 PM
Wow what pics, you must have quick reflexes to be able to capture that as I know she would be moving very quickly. Well done and what a lovely little dog as well but one can't blame her for helping herself, there for the taking and she "took"

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Pet Photography - Model Dog

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cindii taking centre stage

I have to admit that I could easily have taken this little dog home to live with me. She is super affectionate and has personality plus. It is easy to see why Stephen and Carole adore her so much. Unexpectedly she spent time with other families before coming to live with them and I just can’t imagine why others didn’t want to keep her forever.

Cindii, a Shih Tzu Poodle cross, is just a delight. She smiles all the time and is so eager to please and pose for the camera. It could help that Stephen is studying photography and Cindii is one of his favourite subjects so she has had a great deal of practice in front of the camera. 

I just loved working with her and bearing witness to all the fine tricks she can do such as jumping through hoops, standing on her hind legs and shaking hands. She seems to get such joy out of doing all these things.

Cindii featured in our first coffee table book Connected Tales. If you would like to star with your pet in our next edition please register here.


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Pet Photography - Horsing Around

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Marita with Muffin and Shadow

One of the things that I just love about the work I do is meeting new people who introduce me to places I have never been before. On the spot I have to make decisions about where and how to photograph them. I need to see the light and pose them in a flattering way while at the same time getting their attention or capturing a magic fleeting moment of connection. The more subjects in the photo the more challenging this can be. 

Last week I headed out of the city to a beautiful horse agistment property in Upper Beaconsfield to photograph a 32 year old Appaloosa named Shadow with his 20 year old thoroughbred companion Muffin and their owner Marita. We were blessed with a warm, calm day and I loved every minute of being in the country setting. It made me feel so content and carefree and I welcomed the break from my usual inner city environment.

Marita's mum joined us on the property and was an invaluable assistant. Photographing two or more animals together is not the easiest task. Horse owners prefer their charges to have their ears forward so that they look alert and handsome. If they don’t they can look like donkeys. Coaxing two horses to be alert at the same time is a challenge and I am sure that Muffin saw it as a game. He caused us much laughter as he seemed to deliberately put them back or have each one facing in a different direction.

Annie commented on 12-Aug-2011 09:49 AM
What a lovely pair they are and how did you get them to prick up their ears both at the same time? Wouldn't think Shadow was an old horse from that pic. Wish I carried my age as well.Keep it going.

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Animal Aid

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pet Shots Photography is currently looking for people and pets of all kinds to feature in a limited edition coffee table book to raise funds for Animal Aid. The focus of the book is about the relationships between humans and their beloved pets and indeed between pets themselves.

You can see by the photo above that animals of different species often share great bonds and can be protective of and affectionate with each other.

Both Luca the domestic rat and Amy the Anotolian (Turkish Herding Dog) were rescued from situations where they were no longer desired by previous owners. Kerry, their doting owner can’t resist an animal in need and currently has three large dogs and five rats in her care. She even brought a dog in need back from a holiday in Port Douglas to re-home it with her Mum and Dad in Melbourne. That’s what I call devotion! 

If only everyone had a heart so ready to love and the ability to care unconditionally. 

Sadly this is not the case and many animals need to desperately find new homes. Animal Aid is one such organisation doing it’s best to find suitable accommodation for dogs and cats in need. They run a wonderful shelter in Coldstream, Victoria but are always looking for funds to support their noble work.

Through the book project Pet Shots Photography is aiming to raise at least $10,000 to donate to Animal Aid. 

If you and your pets can help this worthy cause and animals less fortunate please register here and we will contact you to discuss the details of project.

Thank you.


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It's Raining Cats and Cats

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, October 05, 2010

                              Missy enjoying a snuggle

Missy is a very pretty cat who was found abandoned on the roadside in rural Victoria. When surrendered to the Bairnsdale Animal Aid shelter in 2009 she was 5 months old and a real little character. She was lucky enough to be adopted and now resides in Box Hill with her loving owner. 

She travelled into the studio to have her portrait taken but t she is a cat who loves to go on adventures. She takes the occasional car trip to visit elderly friends and their pet dog in her stride. No point in being house bound.

Missy delights in playing hide and seek and fetch ... and yes she is a cat!  She just loves games and delights everyone with her playful and cheeky antics. I am sure you will agree she could win over anyone with half a liking for cats.

If you would like to give a cat like Missy a new chance in life go to Animal Aid and see who is looking for a new family and home.

Anne commented on 13-Oct-2010 01:27 PM
I could keep her too,and what a lovely photo she, and her owner, take. You take great photos Lesley, keep it going. Your photos make for many happy people I'm sure.
Lesley Humphreys commented on 28-Oct-2010 05:55 PM
Lesley .. this was such a great day for me and Missy and Fraser. Your obvious delight in working with people and their pets made this a real fun and 'moving' session. I think the cats were most amused when they saw you outstretched on the floor to get that special shot! You certainly capture the essence of that special relationship ... thanks and well done ...

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Bello Bella

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, September 10, 2010

Bella keeping Caitlin within paws reach during her photography session

Caitlin first booked me to photograph her with her beautiful English Springer Spaniel Bella back in July. We carefully planned to take the photos at the beach. However each day we arranged the shoot we were met with inclement weather. Infact we had to postpone the date four times. Most frustrating all round but we weren’t intending photos of a wet bedraggled dog. Maybe a couple at the end if she leapt into the bay but certainly not a whole collection of them.

Last Saturday we were again scheduled to head for the beach but, if you recall, Melbourne was beset with a miserable wet day. I thought we would have to put the photography forward to a future date yet again. However Caitlin decided she didn’t want to wait any longer as she is eager to redecorate her room around the photos.

So I found a sheltered, dry location that, as it turned out, perfectly suited Bella’s colouring. A completely different look to what we first discussed and planned but one that I think worked out to be just perfect. 

Caitlin and Bella are participants in the limited edition coffee table book Pet Shots is currently working on to raise money for Animal Aid. If you would like to be part of this project please go to the registration form.

Caitlin commented on 10-Sep-2010 10:44 PM
There's my gorgeous baby! An absolutely fantastic morning! I was worried I would find the whole thing pretty stressful- (As they say never work with animals and children and I'm convinced Bella is a hybrid of both!)but Lesley was totally relaxed from the start and that helped both Bella and I calm down and just have fun =)
Anne commented on 11-Sep-2010 10:05 AM
Bella looks so contented and happy. Good work as she may not have liked the seaside so much! I wouldn't !!
Sean commented on 22-Jun-2011 01:33 AM
Awww thats beautifull. I have an English Springer Spaniel and would love to get shots of me & her done... How much would this cost?

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