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Melbourne Pet Photographer in New Zealand

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, February 15, 2016

Sometimes it is when you have been away from your home district and return to it much later that you see all the fabulousness that it offers. 

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Helen is a fellow photographer in New Zealand so it was a great pleasure to photograph her with her dearly loved companion Taffy and discover the wonderful historic buildings her small town had to offer as backgrounds for these photographs. In the middle of last century New Zealanders didn’t value these buildings so I think it is especially valuable that these ones have survived and can be appreciated now.

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Helen’s sense of styling with her colourful floral dress, Taffy’s matching rose and her vintage props made this a very enjoyable assignment.

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With her long black fringe hiding Taffy’s dark, deep-set eyes she still managed to reveal her character and features and the close bond she shares with Helen.

Spoodles are gun dogs and, typical of her breed, Taffy’s favourite thing to do is to chase wild life. She doesn’t catch it but enjoys the sport of trying. She adores the freedom of running at the beach and local parks but also loves surveying her surroundings while riding around town in Helen's bicycle basket. She attracts lots of attention from locals while doing so which suits Taffy well as she is a social creature and loves meeting other dogs and people; especially children.

Taffy is quite particular when it comes to grooming. She is not drawn to water and therefore doesn’t like having a shower or swimming but she does love being dried by the hair dryer after these activities. She hates getting her nails filed and having her face and feet shaved. However, she doesn’t object to having a haircut. Perhaps this is because she loves the peanut butter treats she is given while being groomed.

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I am coming to New Zealand again soon so if you would like special photos that show the love you have for your dog while I am there please contact me.


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Pet Photography Melbourne - Family Affair

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rod and Janine relaxing in the garden with Junior, Timmy, Harley and Willow

Junior, a friendly and handsome Spoodle, and Timmy, a cuddly King Charles Caviler Shih Tzu cross, are experienced photographic models. 

I first photographed these best of buddies back in 2010 when they featured in the first edition of Connected Tales, an exclusive coffee table book about people and their pets.

Surprisingly Junior is actually the older of the two and way more active and adventurous than his younger sibling. Timmy follows Junior’s lead in everything and loves to snuggle up beside, behind or even on top of Junior. If Junior is not available as his pillow he sleeps with the comfort of a cushion under his head.

Referred to affectionately as “the boys” by Rod and Janine, they have again put themselves forward as fundraisers for the next edition of the book, the proceeds of which will be donated to Animal Aid.

This time they had two new kitty cats to be photographed with and did a stirling job of showing the two younger family members just how to pose.

Harley and Willow are two striking cats who rarely venture outside without their harnesses on so were rather excited at the prospect of being unrestrained in the garden. Living on a bush block that is full of birds and other native wildlife I was impressed at how responsible Janine and Rod are as cat owners. Harley and Willow have a palatial outdoor cat run but being so close to the birds chattering in the trees was super exciting for them.

As well as taking individual portraits I was thrilled to capture the whole family together.


If you would like to feature in our next book and join this family in raising funds for animals in need please register here.



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Oodles of Love

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, August 29, 2011

Zac and Sky take a moment out to relax in the shade with pet parents Leia and Anthony

Active games make life fun for Cavoodle Zac and younger Spoodle Sky. For them nothing beats a visit to the park and the opportunity to chase the ball around or fetch their favourite toys as they are repeatedly thrown into the open grasslands.

These two pooches are both very obedient and a credit to Leia and Anthony who have trained them to do a number of tricks such as shaking hands, spinning on the spot and jumping high. Both attend agility classes where they have learnt a range of skills that make their parents very proud.

Very fond of cuddles and being close, Zac is the quieter of the two. Sky has an enthusiastic, friendly approach to life and causes much laughter with her antics. Undoubtedly both of these dogs bring oodles of love and joy into their home. You just can’t beat that!


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Leia commented on 31-Aug-2011 12:29 PM
Our photograpghy session was a blast, the dogs look great in their photos and enjoyed their time alot. We are pleased with our photos and they are displayed for all to see 'our fur family'. Thanks Lesley. Leia
Anonymous commented on 01-Sep-2011 08:52 AM
Glad you enjoyed the session and resulting photos. Lesley
Annie commented on 01-Sep-2011 12:58 PM
Lovely photo. Obvious that a lot of time and effort has been put into the training of these lovely pets. Really an untrained dog isn't that nice to know as a rule as they jump up on everyone and not everyone likes that, including me!

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