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