Lifestyle Portraits

The Smits. Now With A Ginny Monster

Remember this beautiful summer shoot?  The Smits got a gorgeous new Border Collie named Ginnie, so they scheduled another family shoot for the newbie.  But did we battle to get the scheduling right?  First, Dori had to reschedule due to work.  Then it rained. And rained and rained and rained.  Then little Stoffel fell ill, and we needed to wait for him to recover.  Then lockdown happened.  We finally managed to wrangle everyone together on a freezing winter’s day,… Continue reading

The Ferocious Zeus

Meet the BIGGEST, most FEROCIOUS….erm….cotton puff ball?  This is Zeus, a 4 month old Pomeranian puppy.  We used the beautiful and safe grounds of McKaynine Honeydew where he attended puppy socialisation classes.  We chose sunset for soft, pretty light.  Zeus thought this posing thing was EXHAUSTING!  What an amazingly good little dog!  Photography and editing by Leanne Williams.

Renee’s Pulse

Remember Renee and her pack?  Pulse is her newest puppy.   He’s a cutie.  We played with some agility equipment at Canine Performance Centre to get some sweet puppy pawtraits before he grows up, as they do far too quickly.  He was an absolute rock star at his ‘stays’ on and in the equipment, and his session ended with a reward game of tug with big brother Savvy.  Photography and editing by Leanne Williams.

Great Danes, Great Love

Shannon McKay is the owner of McKaynine.  We met her many years ago when we wanted to spend more quality time with and have more control over our Siberian Huskies.  She and her team have been hugely helpful, and have made training really fun.  Shannon also breeds beautiful, goofy Grate Danes.  We did this Pawtrait Shoot at McKaynine Honeydew, Shannon’s home with two of her special girls.  Smooch and Joanie were the canine models.  They were so excited and… Continue reading

Five AM Family Fun

Two weird things happened on this shoot.  The first is that my very old friend from primary school, Rela, was awake and beautified at 5 am!  The second is that Keegan, who I first met when he was about 10 years old, is now taller than his dad.  We met at the family home way too early, downed a quick but delicious cup of caffeine, and then headed into the family’s neighborhood to take advantage of the soft, flattering morning… Continue reading

The Staessens Clean Up with Coastal Ghost

 The Staessens shoots are always mini adventures.  But this year’s resulted in the weirdest, most out-of-character client brief I have ever given.  It read something like: “Dear Staessen Family, Let’s meet at a dirty, busy, public park, mid-afternoon while the sun is still high (and the light is harsh), at the end of winter (while it is still dry and cold).   Dress in very old clothing and shoes and bring rubber gloves and old buckets.”  In true Staessen style, they… Continue reading