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Pet Photography - Moments To Treasure

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This is a story about love in all it’s many forms; the binding connections between people and their pets and how children learn about life through their relationships with them.

The first chapter is of a self-effacing mother and grandmother offering her pet photography gift voucher to her daughter and her family to be photographed with their variety of pets. I decided to extend the voucher to include everyone and every pet, including Val’s cat Leo.

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Val thought that because of her advancing age Bella, the smaller and feistier of her daughter’s two dogs, may be the first beloved pet to cross the Rainbow Bridge so her desire was for me to capture some great images to honour her.

Pet Shots Photography, Boys with Dog


Bella, a cream-coloured Labradoodle, came into Amanda and Matt’s lives fourteen years ago when Amanda was expecting their first child. As a young pup she would snuggle up to Amanda’s pregnant tummy and it seemed that right from those early moments she and Spencer formed an inseparable bond. Even now she is always by his side.

Pet Shots Photography,Labrador Boxer Cross


Betty, the black Labrador-Boxer cross, joined the family 6 years later. She immediately became attached to Bella, followed her faithfully and was very protective of her. Bella liked being the top dog and was not averse to leading her playmate astray.

These two dogs are able to roam off-lead on their Queensland hinterland property, but not with each other. If both were untethered at the same time or found the door ajar at night they would embark on adventures to explore the undergrowth of the surrounding bushland. With all the enticing new scents to follow it was surely great fun when they set off from their rural sanctuary but alarming for them and their human companions when they became lost for several days on end and were unable to find their way back to the safety of their home. 

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Spooky and Molly are the two cats in the family.


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Impressively Olley, the younger son, bought Molly with his pocket money from the RSPCA 2 years ago. Aware that she was an old cat and probably wouldn’t live much longer he decided he could give her a loving home for the remainder of her life. She doesn’t often venture outside but loves his company and sleeps curled up on his bed with him every night.


Pet Shots Photography,Boy with Chicken


Spencer is more drawn to his nine chickens and is pictured here with Jet. Not only are they his pets but also an income earner as he sells their free range eggs to the teachers at his school. Pets with benefits you might say.

Pet Shots Photography,Family with Dogs


Unexpectedly Betty recently became ill and passed away. Bella is a little lost without her canine companion and, as you might expect, searches every nook and cranny trying to find her. I am so glad I was able to photograph this dearly loved dog with her family snuggling into her and showering her with their love.


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My Puppy Valentine

Lesley O'Donnell - Saturday, February 13, 2016

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I can't quite picture Archie as his fully grown self. When he came to the studio for his pet photography session he had only lived with his family for a week. A little ball of dark chocolate fluff, he was almost brand new. I found it thrilling to dive my fingers into his velvety coat of curls and delight in his pure puppy-ness. 

As you can imagine Archie has instantly stolen the hearts of Lynda, John and their two adult daughters. It therefore seemed only appropriate to incorporate a valentine theme into his photographs. 

Puppies are often full of boisterous energy but this Miniature Labradoodle was very placid and incredibly co-operative as a canine model. Perhaps a star in the making?

Sharing a short time with Archie left me smiling for the rest of the day. 

If you would like me to design something special of your puppy please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Dog Portraits Reward Melbourne Pet Photographer

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Woo Hoo! I am smiling from ear to ear as I just enjoyed a great weekend at the Australian Professional Photography Awards with two of my entries winning Silver Awards! How good is that!


I photographed this very regal Labradoodle, Max, as part of a commercial pet photography assignment for Balwyn dog groomers Roll Over Beethoven. I have always loved the humour in this image with the paintings of the imposing characters overseeing from above.




And who doesn't love a pug puppy with their pleading eyes and curling tails? I think Emmi-Rose has a name that is just as cute as she is. I took this striking image of her on the night that she graduated with flying colours from Puppy School at the Swan Street Vet in Richmond.

Thanks to Max and Emmi-Rose for being such stunning models.



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