Category Archives: Pets

Casper the Cat

Photographing cats in the studio is never easy.  The sudden flash of the lights seems to hurt their sensitive eyes, and after one shot they flee, terrified into some nook or cranny, in the hope of hiding away.  Sometimes, even when they are being held by their owner, they will become so agitated that they will claw and bite their way to freedom.

Casper the English Long Hair Cat arrived at the studio yesterday with his human servant, and like any aristocratic cat would do, calmly settled down to pose for the camera, simoly aware that a celebrity cat of his position in life must sometimes nod at the paperazzi, and yield to the demand for publicity.  Here’s a shot of him on his servant’s shoulder…

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NPA Studio Winners.

Studio Winners.

Our studio winners for 2017 have just been announced and here they are:

The Pet Portrait Awards

1st Meeko the Tibetan Terrier

2nd Sheepdog (I can’t figure out which of the family it was – there’s four of them!)

3rd Bentley the Lab-cross.

The Child Portrait Awards

1st Cianan

2nd Alby

3rd Olivia.

Last year our combined group of 74 studios UK-wide raised a grand total of £21690 for our three charities. A massive thank you to everyone who joined in. If you didn’t win this year – why not try again in 2018?

2017 PPA FINALISTS!

Our three finalists for the 2017 Pet Portrait Awards have been announced by the national judges, and here they are! On Feb 5th we’ll find out who is in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and each will win a studio prize of a fabulous Art Print! One of these three will go forward into the national competition with a chance of winning the BIG £1K prize!

The 2018 PET PORTRAIT COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

Top prize is £1000, and runner up prizes. Entry is by way of a £10 donation to DogsTrust. We have limited free sessions for this competition, if you are interested please click https://wp.me/P6sr71-nM for full details.

New Year, New Gear!

It is 2018, and work has begun again after the Christmas break.  2017 was a whirlwind year, with studio appointments peaking to 50 portrait sessions and 10 commercial sessions in November. My New Year Resolution is to slow down, take life a lot easier, and get out into the streets more with a camera.

And there’s the point.  After Christmas I decided to invest in a new camera, and logically it should have been a Nikon D850, after all, I’ve been shooting with Nikons for around 30 years, my lens system is all Nikon, and the D850 is getting rave reviews.

But wandering around the streets with a huge Nikon DSLR,  and a lens to match, = it’s hardly unintrusive.  Some of my wedding photographer friends have been turning to mirrorless cameras.  I was sceptical at first, but I decided that before I’d buy my new Nikon I’d weigh up the pros and cons of buying a Fujifilm X-T2:  Continue reading New Year, New Gear!

Casper

Casper the friendly dog made his way up to Dundonald, (battling through the wrong kind of snow) to reach our studio for his photoshoot.  At 12 years old, there’s hardly a grey hair on his head (unlike your ancient photographer!).  He took the whole session completely in his stride!  Here he is in one of our popular doggy props…

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Fancy giving it a go?  If you’ve got a dog who just tugs on your heartstrings every time you see those big eyes pleading with you, get him booked in for a professional studio visit, – you’ll not regret it!

Book appointments online here: https://directory.bookedin.com/portraits2gocouk