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Dog Portraits Reward Melbourne Pet Photographer

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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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Pug Love - Pet Photography Melbourne

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, August 15, 2014


People who love pugs ABSOLUTELY LOVE pugs! There is something about their cute little wrinkly faces, their curling tongues, corkscrew tails and pleading eyes that draw you into their souls.

Christel is no exception and after her previous two sadly died she adopted Abby and Lexi from Pug Rescue. She now volunteers with the organisation to help find loving families for other pugs needing caring homes.


She doesn’t mind that they shed copious amounts of hair requiring her to vacuum every day or that they require much of her time to keep them clean and healthy. For Christel the companionship they provide far outweighs their inconveniences. They just love to be with her and she, in turn, just loves to be with them. This is ideal as pugs are a breed who thrive on close human company.

At 5 years old, Abby is the older of the pugs and has a quiet and calm manner that matches her maturity. Lexi is only a year old and, as you might expect with a puppy, is much more lively in nature and can sometimes be described as playfully naughty.

Also part of this family is Chloe who is a 2 year old Chihuahua cross. She is a clever little dog and likes to stand up on her hind legs as if to prove it.


These three little rescued dogs have all found their slice of heaven with Christel and her husband Alec.


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Melbourne Pet Photography - Puppy Love

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, July 19, 2013

I first set eyes on Alfie at a local cafe where he was attracting the attention of everyone who walked by. It was no different for me and I was immediately drawn to meet him. It was, without a doubt, a case of love at first sight. He is just sooooo CUTE!

Sisters Elizabeth and Rose told me their Pug puppy was really hard to photograph because he was so active so I was expecting a challenge. But he gave me his best and I actually think he understood his role as a model puppy. I had so much fun during my time with him and his amusing antics caused me much laughter.

This dear little soul left me feeling elated for the rest of the day. What a gift!


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Pet Photography - Golden Days

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mylee and Beau soaking up the late afternoon sun and a bit of loving from their doting parents

Independent, talkative, playful and alert. You would never know that Mylee, the pug, was undergoing chemotherapy when I took these photos. She seemed so unbothered by her treatment and just went about her life as she always had done. Most inspirational. She has been given the all clear which is a joyous thing to hear.

Beau, the French bulldog liked to stay close, lap up affection and steal the odd kiss. He also liked to explore the reeds beside the dam and in his last shots of the day he was quite wet which gave his coat a lovely textured look.

Anne commented on 01-Jul-2011 09:33 AM
Lucky dogs and, owners too, a lovable lot. The photographer made a good job too and I bet it was a fun time doing it too. Keep it up!

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