A Day in the Life of Lyra

A day in the life of my best gal, bubba and soul dog - Lyra. One of my favourite things about being self-employed is that I get to spend most of every day with this girl by my side!

Next in the blog ring is Trina Bauer Photography, State College, Pennsylvania

 

About Lyra’s Project:

Lyra’s Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone’s blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer’s image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here – enjoy!

Summer

The theme this week is JANUARY - since the Beautiful Beasties Project 52 group has members from all around the world, we thought it would be cool to create photographs that show what this time of year means to us. Poor Johnny (1/3 of the musketeers) is not made for the heat, but Lyra and I have loved soaking up the summer sunshine! dog and girl in summer

 

Behind the scenes vlogging from this photo  . . .

Click your way through the blog ring to see Januarys around the world - first stop is 100 Loyal Faces Photography from Perth, Australia.

About Lyra’s Project:

Lyra’s Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone’s blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer’s image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here – enjoy!

The House with the Red Fence

Hello lovely! If we haven't internet-met before, my name is Caitlin and I'm the photographer behind Ragamuffin Pet Photography in Melbourne, Australia. I started out photographing mostly fashion, but then my life changed completely when I adopted my scruffy gal, Lyra. Before she was even one year old, I had quit fashion, written up my business plan and launched Ragamuffin. That was is 2011 - Ragamuffin is now my full-time career and I couldn't be happier. Pet photographers are a pretty lucky bunch, aren't we?? :) 2014 was a wee bit epic - between moving house, planning our wedding, renovating our new home, raising our foster pup Paddy, dealing with the loss of my Misty, publishing my first book (Tails of Melbourne) and just the general craziness that is running your own business, I feel like I've barely had a breather. I always clear the first two weeks of January from sessions, so I have a good fortnight to re-calibrate (#photogeek) and look at my goals for the upcoming year.

One of my biggest, personal goals is to further improve my work-life balance. For a while after Misty passed, I attempted to bury myself in Ragamuffin. For a workaholic, it's an easy thing to do, and I quickly slipped back into all-nighters and anxiety. But then I remembered everything that my little grey monkey had taught me.

So in an attempt to do more for fun in 2015, I have three resolutions:

1) Shoot more personal work (this means making time for Lyra's Project again) 2) Go on weekly dates with my fiancé (teehee. still not used to calling him that.) 3) Get some non-work related hobbies. One of my least favourite questions is "What hobbies do you have?" (closely followed by "Where is your home town?" #expatchild. Why do you want to upset me, Facebook?!)

To encourage myself on all three of these resolutions, I've started a little personal side project called The House with the Red Fence. At the moment, it's full of short daily vlogs and randomness like my favourite vegetarian recipes, crafty diy type things, behind the scenes peeks at Ragamuffin, and just general giggles. If that sort of thing floats your boat, you can subscribe to the youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWysYb5yAvRPS2xjXDcM8Tw and hit the good ol' "like" button on facey here: https://www.facebook.com/TheRedFence. It feels really vulnerable having something so new out in the big, wide world and the temptation is not to tell anyone about it, but there you go!

Anyway, sorry that seems like quite a ramble. Guess it's New-Year-Reflectionitis. But I'm so very happy to be back on the Project 52 train and can't wait to see everyone else's introductions for 2015!

The House with the Red Fence

Head on over to the blog of Kelly Wolfe Photography, Morrinsville, New Zealand to see her take on Week One of 2015 (Introductions).

 

About Lyra’s Project:

Lyra’s Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone’s blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer’s image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here – enjoy!

Circles ~ Vintage Pet Photography

"He who knows does not speak He who speaks does not know And I go round in circles"

The Beatles, Circles (1968)

Vintage Pet Photography

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The theme this week is Circles and this photograph was inspired by Friday nights spent drinking whiskey and watching the record spin.

Head on over to Bonnie Grower Photography, Maryland to see her take on Circles this week.

 

About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

Where the Wild Things Are ~ Lyra's Project

They were frightened and called him the most wild thing of alland made him king of all wild things.

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"

Where the Wild Things Are

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My all time favourite book - my parents read this to me when I was a little girl. Years later, Johnny and I discovered a joint nostalgic affection for Maurice Sendak's Classic. The storybook now sits on a table by our front door and artwork from the tale decorates our hallway. Lyra is our Wild Thing - I'll eat her up, I love her so.

Lyra's Project is part of a blog ring, so to keep clicking through the links to see each different pet photographer's take on this week's theme: Favourite Book. First up is Massachusetts pet photographer, Blue Amrich.

 

About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

 

My Shadow ~ Lyra's Project

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head; And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

~ Verse from "My Shadow", by Robert Louis Stevenson

dog and girl at sunset

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Lyra's Project is part of a blog ring, so to keep clicking through the links to see each different pet photographer's take on this week's theme: Shadow. First up is Cahlean of Central Minnesota based About A Dog Photography.

 

About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

 

Joy ~ Lyra's Project

Allow me to officially introduce (for those who do not follow Ragamuffin on Facebook) - Paddy! Paddy is our 12 week old foster puppy and he is sure to be making plenty of guest appearances in Lyra's project over the next 12 months.

Paddy is training to be an assistance or companion dog for Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, a fantastic organisation that I work with frequently. When they asked if I would consider fostering a puppy, I agreed because I had seen first hand what an amazing difference these dogs make to lives of the children that they are eventually paired with. I had no idea what an amazing difference Paddy would bring to our own life!

Lyra is not a dog's dog. Oh, most of the time she would tolerate other dogs (sometimes she won't, which made us sad and worried). She would happily let any human take away her food or toys, with her big goofy grin plastered to her face. But heaven forbid another dog even sniff near a ball that she had decided was hers.

This unfriendly possessiveness had grown gradually worse over time. She no longer had any interest in playing with other dogs at the park (once a beloved past time). We sighed and vowed never to bring any of her toys out of the house.

Then along came Paddy.

We told them it would never work - our dear Lyra was just not a dog's dog. But this fluffy, funny, floppy furball has achieved the impossible. He has taught Lyra that it is okay to play and run and tug and wrestle and love. He looks up to her and she cares for him with a maternal streak that makes my chest hurt and my eyes well. I am so proud of her and so grateful to him.

He has brought such complete and utter JOY into her life.

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Lyra's Project is part of a blog ring, so to keep clicking through the links to see each different pet photographer's take on this week's theme: Joy. First up is Pup & Co, Brisbane Pet Photography.

 

About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

Dog Party ~ Lyra's Project

The theme for this photograph is Groups, so Lyra and I gathered all her best friends and invited them to her furry pawty! We've got Ava, Misty Moo, Sabaka and Otis (Pan was invited, but it was all a bit exciting for my smallest fluffball). Props were supplied by a new online company, Party Pup - more pics and info about them coming soon! Don't forget Lyra's Project is part of a blog ring - the next in line is Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos. Keep clicking through the links until you arrive back at Ragamuffin and enjoy the furry group fun!

 

Dog Party

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About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

Depth of Field ~ Lyra's Project

The theme for this photograph is Depth of Field. I found myself thinking about Brooke Shaden (an amazing fine art photographer) who uses a peculiar technique to create a depth of field within her photographs. Rather than shoot with a wide lens to capture an entire scene (thus increasing the depth of field), Shaden shoots on a long lens, capturing multiple frames and stitches them all together later in photoshop. This allows her to retain the narrow depth of field resultant from a longer lens, whilst also allowing her to show a wider scene. When I read this week's theme, I immediately knew that it was time for me to pay homage to one of the finest conceptual artists of our generation (and try out a new technique at the same time!). Don't forget that Lyra's Project is part of a pet photographer blog ring - next up is Laura Mclean Photography. Keep on clicking through the links until you arrive back here!

 

Dramatic photo of woman and dog

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About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

 

Pretty Fluffy Feature: Lyra's Project

Have you checked out the beautiful website relaunch of Pretty Fluffy, the ultimate resource for stylish, pet friendly living yet? If you love spoiling your pet yourself with sweet, unique pet brands, gorgeous pet photography and inspirational stories then you will thoroughly enjoy browsing the Pretty Fluffy website (I personally have been loving it for years!) I'm super excited and proud to announce that the lovely Serena Faber Nelson (founder and editor) chose to feature Lyra's Project with the relaunch of Pretty Fluffy. Click here to read the feature and be sure to leave a comment if you enjoyed it!

Pretty Fluffy Pet Photography Feature

Silhouette ~ Pet Photography ~ Lyra's Project

The theme for this week's photo is Silhouette, so we took the Lyra bear out at sunset for some awesome games of catch (her favourite - she fancies herself a bit of an acrobat). Lyra's Project is part of the Beautiful Beasties blog ring, so next visit the blog of Unleashed! pet portraits in Victoria BC to see her interpretation of the theme and keep on clicking through the links. 

Silhouette Dog in Australia

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About Lyra's Project:

Lyra's Project is an ongoing personal series, and part of Project 52 from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers). Project 52 exists so that we may collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link above to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

 

Lyra's Project ~ Pet Photographer ~ Style

Hi there! My name is Caitlin and I am a Melbourne Pet Photographer. This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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Photo of a dog wearing a tie in Melbourne

Thanks to some frustrating web issues, I've been MIA from the Beautiful Beasties Project 52 for a little over a month now. I have to say I've really missed the project - and I've especially missed my weekly quality time with my gorgeous girl. Back at it now, and this week's theme was style. Lyra bear sneaked her way into her Grandad's closet and picked out her very favourite old tie. Stylish, no? Ok - don't judge her taste in fashion. When you're that damn cute, you don't need to look fashionable :)

 

Now head on over to the blog of Kathryn Schauer, Westbrook CT Photographer, to see her stylish take on this week's theme. Don't forget to keep on clicking through the links to see everyone in the blog ring.

Negative Space ~ Pet Photography ~ Lyra's Project

Hi there! My name is Caitlin and I am a Melbourne Pet Photographer. This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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Girl sitting in a field with her dog in Melbourne, Australia at sunset

The theme for this week is Negative SpaceI am a huge fan of using negative space compositionally - for my non-photographer readers, negative space refers to the "empty" space around your subject (e.g. all the sky and field around Lyra and I in this photo).

We were lucky enough to catch 5 minutes this afternoon when it wasn't pouring down with rain. We found a little clearing on the side of the road about a 15 minute drive from our house, plonked ourselves down and gazed at the sunset (feeling mighty silly while lots of cars drove past us). I felt even sillier because I forgot my remote, which meant I had to keep leaping up to press the shutter again, then running back like a crazy person to where Lyra was waiting for me. So no - the taking of this photo was not as peaceful as I hope the final image seems, but I like it because it captures something of the calm that I feel whenever I am with my girl.

This is a blog ring, so make sure you go ahead and check out the other photos for this theme. First up is Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos.

 

 

Melbourne Pet Photographer ~ Lyra's Project ~ Week 22

Hi there! My name is Caitlin and I am a Melbourne Pet Photographer. This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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 Meet Melbourne's Superdog!

Superdog by Melbourne Pet Photographer

The theme this week is Big Sky. I think that my girl is always pretty patient with the pet photography concepts we do together, but she really pulled out all the stops this week! She climbed up to the top of the roof so I could see the skyline of Melbourne behind her (with a bit of help from her Poppa - thanks Dad!). Then she posed like the absolute SUPERDOG that she is! I shot from below so I could frame Lyra with the cloudy, stormy sky. Melbourne has notoriously unpredictable weather - this morning it was bright and sunny and then by the time I got home from my sessions it was dark and dramatic. Works for this though - a superhero's life isn't always peachy!

I went for a different look in the post production of my photography to suit the grey skies - it's bluer and darker than I usually do but I love how her red cape and brown hair pops against the blue sky and Melbourne cityscape.

Now head on over to the blog of Spotty Nose Pet Photography, Los Angeles, California to see her take on Big Sky.

Lyra's Project ~ Week 21 ~ Reflection

This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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Photo of Dog in Window in Melbourne

The theme for this week is Reflection, so I decided to create a portrait of Lyra waiting for her Dad to come home. I think she spends every minute that we're away just hoping we will come home, because she cries and cries with excitement every time we return. It kinda breaks my heart.

Next up in the blog ring is Barking Lab Studio, NJ dog photography. Don't forget to keep on clicking through so you can see everyone's take on the theme.

Lyra's Project ~ Week 19 ~ Street Art ~ Hosier Lane

This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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The theme for this week is Street Art - handy, because Melbourne is known as one of the world's great street art capitals. Our city is full of amazing, colourful and creative street art including stencils, paste-ups, murals and graffiti - a colour obssessed girl's heaven.  Lyra, her Grandma and I headed to Hosier Lane, the bluestone cobbled laneway that is one of Melbourne's most famous street art locations. We had to head there after dark, what with daylight savings ending (sigh) but Lyra was sufficiently lit up by the nearby light of Movida.

Head on over Barking Lab Studio, NJ dog photography to see her take on the theme.

Lyra's Project ~ Week 18 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers

This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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Rainy Dog Photo Melbourne

This week's theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers a backwards theme for those of us in the southern hemisphere. I've been very busy this week preparing for the Dog Lovers Show at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, but I kept waiting for some of Melbourne's trademark rain since there definitely aren't any flowers still around! Wouldn't you know it, the one week I was hoping for rain we hardly had any! So here is Lyra playing in some sprinklers at sunset - our next best thing!

Head over to the blog of Middle Tennessee Pet Photographer, Kelly Coyle to see her take on the theme and keep clicking through the blog ring so you see everyone's photos.