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Pet Photographer Photographs Daylesford Dogs

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pet Shots Photography, Whippet, Jack Russell, Autumn


This is a story about two country-town dogs I photographed a season ago when Victoria was painted in splendid autumnal colour. 

They live in the beautiful historical town of Daylesford, a couple of hours drive from Melbourne. It was a joy to photograph these two rescue dogs both at home and in the magnificent Wombat Hill Gardens making the most of the picturesque scenery afforded in both. The late autumn conditions were cold but calm and it was not hard to find stunning locations to use as the backgrounds for the photos. Apparently just one week later all the trees were bare and winter had arrived so we were so lucky with the timing.


Pet Shots Photography, Whippet, Jack Russell, People

I had photographed Bert, the Jack Russell cross, along with four other small dogs with whom he shared his home at the time in my photography studio when he was a younger pup. Sadly the others have all crossed the Rainbow Bridge and although Bert has lost some of his teeth and has had a chunk bitten out of his ear he still has a spring in his step and is keen for an outing where he can sniff out new smells and, with the odd bark, draw the attention of strangers walking by.

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This time though the focus was on the new canine addition to the family. She is a Whippet/Kelpie cross who loves chasing feathered creatures and consequently was named Tippi in reference to Tippi Hedron who starred in the movie “The Birds”.


Pet Shots Photography, Whippet, Autumn, Close Up Dog

Her brindle markings and bright pink collar were beautifully complimented by the yellow, orange and pink hues of the autumn leaves. They seemed to be the perfect backdrop to enhance this feminine dog’s features.

Apparently Bert is not fond of being touched so it was a most happy conclusion to my day when he snuggled right into me as we sat on the couch with his human family while they selected the images to adorn the walls in their home.


Pet Shots Photography, Jack Russell, Autumn

To have this darling wee dog choose my company and seek my affection topped off my perfect day out in the country!



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Family Photographed with Their Whippet in Malvern East Park

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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Isn't this dog a little darling!  Just one look at her and you can see why it didn’t take long for the newest member of this family to win over the hearts of her four human guardians.

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Testimony to that is when I recently photographed Mark, Karen, Katie and Rachel in Hedgeley Dene Gardens, East Malvern. All were happy to be photographed together but they also each wanted their own individual photo with Lily.  

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This dear little Whippet is gentle and cuddly and doesn’t seem to mind which one of them is sharing their affection with her. She realises she is on to a good thing and will happily embrace the attention from any one of them.

Lily definitely distributes much love to those in her new home. She makes everyone in it feel just that little bit happier.




Read stories about other pets I have photographed.


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Never Too Old To Model

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Recently I was honoured to photograph the oldest dog I am likely to meet. Aussie the Wire Haired Jack Russell pictured here with Samm (his sister in the family unit) is an admirable 21 years old!

I looked up several sites on the web and it seems that equates to 97 human years so he is definitely a granddaddy of dogs.

I had to wait until late afternoon before I could photograph him because he doesn’t usually wake each day until 4.00pm. But, hey at his age, I think he is entitled to a bit of a lie in.

Blind and deaf as the elderly often become, he had the physique of a much younger healthy dog and it was hard to comprehend how old he actually was. I was thrilled with how he posed for his photos as he put on such a good face and looks alert and proud.

Samm, the beautiful two year old Whippet sitting beside Aussie, just loved posing for the camera and I am sure she is convinced she is a model.



Samm and Aussie - the first models photographed for the Pet Shots limited edition coffee table book. We are looking for other pets to join them in raising funds for Animal Aid.

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Anne commented on 05-Aug-2010 07:09 PM
He sure doesn't look that old but quite sprightly and I hope I look that good when I am 97, that is if I am lucky enough to get that far! Wish it could be said of us humans that we were never too old to model! Might then be hope for me!! Well done and all the best.

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