I first photographed Rosie back in 2016, when she was a young little girl (and only child!) Fast forward a few years and Rosie now has herself her very own hooman brother - with gorgeous red hair just like hers (you can tell they’re related haha!) ”I fell in love with Rosie instantly. She was so tiny, I could hold her in one hand. An excited little ball of fluff, she ran laps around me, licking my face - there was no way she wasn’t going to be joining our family!
Rosie has a contagious personality. Everywhere we take her there are people praising her for her cuteness and bubbly personality, petting her, taking photos of her and even picking her up and cuddling her. We count our lucky stars every day that she chose us!”
Ranger, Gus and Donny
Ranger - Loyal and protective. Head of security at home. He is a bit of a sook and loves a good cuddle. He is my soul dog.
Gus - The worker. Tough nut and will never tire. Dave's bestie.
Donny - Was born in the pound and spent the first 17 months of his life there due to ongoing court proceedings in a puppy farm case. Sometimes timid in new situations, but an absolute sweetheart.
“Since I adopted him, Simba has been by my side through the highs and all the lows. While I have battled with mental illness, he has got me through my darkest days.
He knew how I felt, he lived through it too. He never judged though, every time he would be by my side purring his little head off, letting me know everything would be okay. Every time I was ready to give up, he was my reason to keep going.
There was no one in this world I trusted to love and care for him as much as I did. I couldn't bear the thought of leaving him, the cat that loved me unconditionally.
His soft four and gentle purrs ground me and almost instantly my anxiety eases when he's around. Simba doesn't just bring love, happiness and white fur into my life - he saved it.” ~Simba’s Mum, Sarah
Nelson has been by his Mum’s said since she was just nine years old. This little, old man loves the sun, doing his own things and above all else - his Mum!
His photoshoot(s!) were really special to me, an experience that I will recall and treasure in the future on the days that this job gets tough. See, for all the exciteable zoomies and adorable puppies that I have the pleasure of photographing, my job also involves the heartbreaking art of capturing the bond between pets and their people as they near their goodbyes.
It doesn’t get any easier. I’ve been doing this for 8 years and I still bawl my eyes out when I learn that an animal I’ve photographed has crossed the rainbow bridge.
I believe that to be a good animal photographer, you need to be highly empathetic. You need to be able to see and love that pet through their human’s eyes, to be able to capture their bond together and allow their personality to shine.
While this means that I quickly fall in love with (and would totally dognap) every furry soul that graces my lens, it also means that the sad sessions are HARD. But this time is not about me, so I blink back tears and desperately try to compose myself behind the lens, while I watch my clients cuddle, kiss and love their old souls. We all know that probably, within weeks or months, they’ll be gone. It’s not easy, but it’s an honour and one that I am proud to do.
On the day of Nelson’s first shoot, he was not well. He was diagnosed with renal failure when he was ten years old (he’s now 18!) and it looked like these were his final days. Photographing him snuggled tightly in his Mum’s arms, tired and small, was a beautiful but sad experience. I said my goodbyes at the end of our afternoon together, expecting that Nelson would be gone by the time we had our Session Reveal two weeks later.
Imagine my complete shock and utter joy, when into the showroom walked a pleased-as-punch couple of furparents and one tail-wagging, bright eyed, happy, little Nelson! A change of medication had given the old man a new lease of life. Never have I seen such a transformation in a dog I’ve photographed! His Mum has been given the gift of more time with her life-long pal and we promptly organised a reshoot to capture happy Nelson (sans medical boot!)
So thank you Nelson, for teaching and reminding me that you never know what gifts and sunshine life might have waiting for you. You little champ!
KORBEN AND LEELOO
“Korben is an outgoing, energetic, super-friendly boy. That being said - he’s also independent to the point of frustration! He’s extremely clever and basically refuses to stop exploring until he’s ready to return (one of the reasons we love holidaying at @CountrywideCottages, because of their enclosed paddocks!)
Leeloo is as cautious as Korben is brave, and she startles easily. She is very affectionate with us, but doesn’t feel the need to greet everyone and their dog like Korben. Leeloo is absolutely ball crazy and will play fetch or tug all day if you’re willing!”
~ Nicole, Korben and Leeloo’s Mum
“Kira has an interesting personality. She is reserved and a bit of a couch potato (and has the world’s best resting bitch face haha!) but she’s also a sweetheart and it’s hard to put into words exactly what she means to me. I can’t imagine life without her - she means the world.
Her favourite things are curling up under a blanket (and food!) and we love spending time outdoors together.” ~ Briony, Kira’s Mum
HERBIE AND KODA
I have been photographing these gorgeous boys since back in 2013 and it has been such a pleasure and joy to watch them grow up over the years!
When I first met them, nervous little Herbie had only just been adopted. Before being rescued, Herbie had never been properly socialized with other dogs. His fur was matted and dreadlocked, and he was extremely thin and flea-ridden. Thankfully, AWDRI stepped in and before long he was in his furever home with Natasha, his brother Koda and their feline siblings.
These days, the boys are totally inseparable. Koda is a big sook who loves belly rubs and back scratches (and isn’t shy in asking for them) and Herbie will happily sit in your lap all day long (in fact, whenever we have a photoshoot, I inevitably end up trying to photograph Koda with Herbie in my lap!)
CINDY AND BELLA
'The Girls' were your typical odd couple. Often referred to as the kangaroo and a wombat; tall and lean, short and stout. Belly is an in-your-face, lick-you-to-death kinda girl and Cindy was more held back, gently nudging you if the pats ever stopped. But despite their differences in both looks and personality, they were inseparable.
Cindy battled with health issues throughout 2018, but stayed happy and bright, living her best life on three legs until, sadly, she passed away. She was a gorgeous girl and it was an honour to help her family celebrate their bond with sweet Cin-dogs.
“Cindy was a birthday gift from my parents when I turned 15. She was my first love and stuck by my side since the day we met. Life wouldn’t be the same without The Girls - they are our whole heart.” ~ Cindy and Bella’s Mum, Jodie
MAISEY AND MOLLY MACLEOD
"Molly is the eternal licker. When she gets excited, her anxiety comes out and she licks EVERYTHING - you, your shoes, the floor, the furniture, the air . . . She's a bundle of energy, who just loves to love you.
Maisey is a quieter child (although she loves to jump on her rear legs and bare her teeth at you like a human grin when you get home). My girl are my children, they are my life and they bring me nothing but laughter and unconditional love every single day."
~Molly and Maisey’s Mum, Vaneise
WOMBAT AND JACKSON
"Wombat and Jackson might not be human, but they are definitely the start of our little family. Jackson was there when I needed him most - my reason to get up in the mornings.
When Wombat and Jackson sleep on my feet at night, not only are they awesome heat packs - they give me such a sense of security and love.
Having the boys has forced me to roll with the punches and become much more relaxed about the cleanliness of our house. I love the little pawprints on our floors, because I know how much love is here!
Our dogs mean unconditional love, laughter and just the right amount of madness - they mean more than the world to us!"
~Jackson and Wombat's Mum, Emily
THE LENNOX FOUR
"Summer was adopted first. She is my rock and the one I find it easiest to communicate with.
Molly was adopted with severe skin issues - now her fur is beautiful and white and thick! She is my princess - everybody loves Molly!
We fostered Tippy, but she fell so in love with Summer that she ended up staying for life. She is a racker and loves fun! She thinks she's a puppy, when really she's 10!
Calvin was completely broken and scared when he came to us from outback NSW. He was so frightened that tt took months just to get him on a leash, but you'd never guess that now! He's a cheeky boy who loves exploring and having fun.
My dogs are my furkids and I'd do anything for them. I've learned so much about helping other dogs and pets with their health, and that's now my passion!"
~ Mum of the Lennox Four, Sharyn
"Putney is the light of our lives, our first born baby! He is extremely loving and playful - a German shredder, shedder and shadow!
He has a beautiful calm, loving nature and has to say hello to every dog he meets.
He loves the beach, water, chasing balls and his human baby, Archie."
~Putney's Mum, Helen
"Rooey was a tradie's dog, who was left at home all the time while her human worked. When we adopted her she was shy and timid.
These days she's a confident lady who loves to play with dogs and isn't scared of people! She's our baby, centre of our world and we love her to bits!"
~ Rooey's Mum, Michelle
RUDIE AND AVA
"We rescued Rudie when he was 9 months old. It took him a long time before he could fully trust Jordan and I, but he's come so far. His favourite things are doing zoomies around the backyard, barking through our window and stealing toys from his little sister, Ava.
Ava is a crazy ball of energy who is determined to get whatever she wants. She has lots of confidence and enjoys a cuddle when she gets sleepy. Ava's favourite things are stealing shoes, chasing the cat and playing with Rudie in the backyard.
My furbabies bring me so much happiness, I can't wait to get home to them every day! They are always there for a cuddle or a laugh."
~ Rudie and Ava's mum, Kristin
STELLA AND OLIVE
"Stella is the crazy, full of beans one. Olive is an easy going, Mumma's girl.
They both LOVE treats, snuggles on the lounge and going for walks. They live like queens :)
My girls are my entire world. They bring so much love and happiness to my life. I feel so incredibly lucky to have them!"
~ Stella and Olive's Mum, Camilla
"Taffy is a very happy, high energy dog who is known to jump the fence (or anything) if left alone outside. He was surrendered at least twice before I fostered him through Forever Friends Animal Rescue (and failed!)
These days, he's not nearly as anxious as he once was. He is much calmed and can be left alone at home. He loves his routine and coming to work with me to see all his doggy friends.
Taffy has made me so happy and I am so proud of how much he has grown and how confident he has become."
~Taffy's Mum, Holly
CHLOE AND CHARLIE
"Charlie is a big softy who lives for belly rubs and adventures. He's a bit timid, but he always has Chloe, his protector!
Chloe is a small, but energetic and playful girl. She loves to be anywhere that Kim is!"
~ Chloe and Charlie's people, Thierry and Kim
"Harvey is my furbaby and according to my family, I spoil him! I work from home, so we spend all of our time together (he even has his own seat in my office. He means the world to me.
He has such a personality and cheeky side. Even though he's a little white fluffy boy, he loves to go camping so that he can explore and get dirty!"
~Harvey's Mum, Stacey
"Sunny was only four months old when I adopted her. The day that I picked her up, she was such a bouncy, energetic pup! She's still super active and will play ALL day long (and then collapse in a cuddly ball at the end of it).
I have been lucky to watch Sunny grow and change as she learns new things.
She brings so much to my life and gives me so much to be grateful for. She's always at my heels and I wouldn't have it any other way!"
~Sunny's Mum, Demi
LOLA AND TYRONE
"Before adopting Lola, we were a little apprehensive. We desperately wanted to adopt, but we were worried that we could not love her as much as our boy Tyrone - or that they would not get along together.
I also secretly worried that to love an animal as much as we did Tyrone, you needed to raise them from puppyhood. I thought that you needed to grow together.
I could not have been more wrong.
Lola melted our hearts the moment we met her. Owen and I are extremely protective of our little miss, and would do anything to keep her safe and happy.
We are constantly amazed that someone who was treated so badly for so long can still find joy in the little things and provide us both such unconditional love. Through her many health battles, Lola has been a constant reminder to be grateful for the moment, and to let go of pain and focus on the good." ~ Lola’s Mum, Jessica
"Kyeus had a rough start to life, which almost ended when he was just five months old and his owner wanted to put him to sleep. Fortunately, a vet nurse saved him, and he was surrendered to Forever Friends Animal Rescue, where I foster-failed him.
He is much more relaxed these days. He makes me so happy and he has taught me so much about dog behaviour.
He has quite a few tricks under his paws and he has made me who I am today."
~ Kyeus's Mum, Nhu
KIT, CHICO, LOLA & TESSA
"Chico was dumped on the streets at 10 weeks old. He was rescued from the pound by Pets Haven, where I was volunteering. We fell in love and I adopted him the very next day.
Now he is the same bouncy little man (but much chubbier!). He is very smart 0 he can sit, talk and shake and he knew I was pregnant before I did. He is always by my side.
Lola was bought for $5,000 by people who wanted to breed from her. When she could not be bred from they left her outside with no food or water. A kind neighbour convinced them to surrender her - I took her home from the shelter to "foster" and she never left.
She went from being so petrified that we had to handfeed her and carry her in a blanket, to being the sassiest diva on the block! She loves her family.
Tessa was kept in a chicken coop at a puppy factory for the first 9-ish years of her life, pumping out puppies. She came to Pets Haven covered in fleas, with severe dry eye and a back leg so damaged that it had to be amputated.
She has morphed from a dog who had no idea about affection, to a giant cuddly sloth. If you pat her, you may as well get comfortable because she will demand snuggles until she is done!
Kit is another puppy factory rescue. She has made a huge recovery - she spent the first few months in our home hiding under our bed. Now, she will pounce us the minute we sit down, dancing and smiling when we come home."
CHARLIE AND SAMARA
"Charlie was a puppy farm rescue with a broken tail and Samara was a little girl who grew too big, so her original humans no longer wanted her.
Now they are our family. Along with their four feline siblings, Charlie and Samara bring us immense joy every day!"
~Charlie and Samara's parents, Nic and Paul
BUSTER AND GEORGE
"Buster had a rough start to his life, but that all changed the day 1.2kgs of him landed at our house. We fostered him and five of his siblings, and Buster never left.
Buster loves George (and carrots), and our old man is very tolerant of his puppy mayhem!"
~ Buster and George's people, Danielle
"B dog is a monster! She makes me hand feed her twice a day, she snores like an old man, yells at me to throw her ball, and hates airplanes, helicopters, magpies and possums. But she's also my everything. I can be anxious or stressed but just one look into those big brown eyes and everything else falls away. I would do anything for her, she is my best friend, and there will never be a love like the love I have for her." ~ Bella's mum, Rachel
Nellie was adopted from Pet's Haven Animal Shelter - a gorgeous old soul who was dumped at the pound, matted and severely overweight. She has advanced arthritis, but she doesn't let that stop her from running and playing like a young pup when she's excited!
"Nellie brings so much joy to our lives. We LOVE coming home to her at the end of the day and waking up to her sleeping next to our bed. She is absolutely our first born and being her pawrents is our favourite role yet! We always say to each other that since adopting Nellie, our house has become a home."
Nelson is soaking up spoilt city lyf with his sister, Jemima, and their loving humans in Melbourne. He's a dog stuck in a cat's body -a happy-go-lucky boy who loves everyone and enjoys chasing ping pong balls!
Bert is a big sook who loves cuddles, tennis balls, water and most of all his people. He loves to be wherever his mama <3
Ruby was rescued from a puppy farm - she's an adorable little staffy with no sense or personal space who will always try to sneak in a sloppy kiss (or three!)
Her mission in life is to become best friends with every human she meets and her hobbies include tummy rubs and plotting revenge against all cats.
SCOUT AND CHIEF
"Scout is the most sweetest and smartest dog and is definitely a 'mummas boy'. Scout works with me as a therapy dog and helps support homeless kids with his cuddles and his unconditional positive regard. Scout and I love doing tricks together as well as agility training and comps together.
Chief is the ying to Scouts yang! He is mister attitude and definitely rules the roost at home. While he enjoys 'booping' Scout on the butt while he sleeps, Chief also has a sweet snuggle side and is a marshmallow underneath all of his big talk. They are the most fantastic family members and we love them so much." ~ Scout & Chief's human, Cassie
WILLIAM, MILO, MOLLY AND LILAH
One big rescued-pets loving family who I photographed for the Tails of Adoption book - from left to right, we've got Milo, William, Edwina, their hooman bro Sam, Lilah, Edward and Molly!
These animals have come from all walks of life and each have their own unique story, but they've got one thing in common - they all help fill their home with happiness and love!
"Summer is THE best thing that ever happened to me. I got her as a puppy and my mum and I both look after her (we're equally obsessed!). She is very timid, but at the same time inquisitive. She's my angel!" ~ Summer's human, Bianca
ZSA ZSA AND ROMEO
Zsa Zsa and Romeo are two adorable little pups with big personalities in their teeny bodies!
Hamish is a cheeky little rescued cat with a face that is impossible to resist!
Bella, aka Belly, was a beautiful soul who spent 15 happy years by the side of her beloved person. She patiently watched over her two human kids and loved her entire family dearly. She will be very, very missed.
Alfie is a cheeky, funny boy is has become his Mum’s sidekick. He was rescued from neglect and has since thrived with love.
Basil was adopted from Onyx Pet Rescue and is now living his best life as a little dog in the big city!
Durin was adopted from Best Friends Pet Rescue with a passion for swimming, ducks and climbing trees. He likes to pretend that he has all the energy in the world, but tends to conk out after a couple of hours of craziness.
Arlo is a 14 month old Beagle X who was found dumped in the middle of a dirt road as a tiny puppy. He's now all grown up and runs the house! Part dog, part mountain goat, Arlo enjoys climbing tables and eating anything he's not supposed to eat!
Clyde is a 13 year old Kelpie x Labrador. He is smitten with his furmum, and follows her all around the house. He prefers people over other dogs, love attention, cuddles and adventuring in the caravan with his Mum and Dad.
Polly didn't have the best start to life - if cats have nine lives, she has definitely already used up three! Abandoned in a box in a laneway, she was nursed back to health by Lort Smith. These days she has settled in beautifully with her new family - her important jobs include Traffic Supervisor of Camberwell Road, Manager of Strict 6AM Wake Up Calls and Keeper of all things squeaky.
CHRISTI, BOO AND ELIJAH
This trio of cuteness are all rescued pets; Boo (left) was found wandering the streets by the Lost Dogs Home. Christi (middle) was rescued from a backyard breeder and rehomed thanks to Pugs SOS. Elijah (right) was found by Pets Haven, trying to keep warm on an old fire: matted, starced and unable to walk due to severe malnutrition. These days all three furkids are spoilt, loved and happy.
Mallee was a stray doggo, adopted from SARG after being found wandering around a caravan park in NSW. She loves catching a frisbee and running with her Dad while he rides his bike.
Kelly, Delphine, Tauriel, Sadie and Gene
This big furry family love chasing, digging and being silly!
Seymour and Albus
Seymour and Albus are two rescued brothers thriving in their new animal-loving home. Seymour was adopted as a nervous wreck from Geelong Animal Rescue - he has since improved tremendously and loves a cheeky cuddle. Albus is a gorgeous big boy who was rescue by Pets Haven and became a foster failure, winning over his humans with his sweet soul and gentle nature.
Schnitzel embodies all the major characteristics of a part pug/part jack russell gal - she's totally psycho with endless energy, but at the same time loves nothing more than snuggling on the couch with her people while they watch TV. She's a total trooper, and has battled through cancer and muscular deterioration - neither has slowed down her lust for life!
Jax is a 3 year old Japanese Spitz, whose favourite thing to do is go on walks and sniff EVERYTHING. He has a cheeky personality and an adorable smile that brings so much happiness to his Mum's life.
BLANCO AND LOGAN
Blanco (right) is a a 9 year old Chihuahua who loves cuddling up on the couch with his hoomans and his new adopted brother, Logan. Logan (left) is a 4 year old Tibetan Spaniel who was rescued from a puppy farm, where he used to sleep in a yard with 63 other dogs. Now he's slowly getting used to sleeping on comfy surfaces, gaining more confidence and his funny, quirky little personality is starting to shine.
Lola is a sassy, funny, loving 2 year old chocolate lab. She loves to chase the ball and cuddle up with her furmama.
Mollie is a 10 year old miniature poodle who is absolutely adored by her people. She loves cuddles and when her Dad's pet chickens lay eggs, Mollie collects them and brings them inside to swap for a treat!
PEPPER AND CINDY
Cindy (right) is a typical Beagle - food driven, cheeky and smart as hell! She's an independent lady, but she loves a Sunday morning snuggle. Sadly, her sister Pepper (left) has passed away since our session. Pepper was a gorgeous girl who thought she was people. She was happy to lounge around on the couch, but also loved the chance to run and run at the park.
WINSTON, DUDLEY AND MURRAY
Winston, Dudley and Murray are three very loved and very adorable little boys (men!) with buckets of personality! They share their home with their feline sisters Molly, Audrey and Lily, plus the birds Fenton and Peaches AND their large chicken family who live in the backyard (their mums fit in there somewhere too!)
Xander is a 9 month old Great Dane cross who loves EVERY dog, big or small. He was adopted from Jedimals Animal Rescue, after being found on the side of the road with his mum in NSW. He was moved around between different foster families until he was finally adopted by his furmama, who loves him like crazy! He has become his shadow and the two are now inseparable.
ABBIE + TEISHA
Abbie and Teisha started life on puppy farms as breeders. They were handed over to Labrador Rescue at four years old and since then it's been a long, but hopeful journey for the girls as they gain confidence. They've become the best of friends and mean the absolute world to their Mum, who makes sure they get their beach walk everyday - rain, hail or shine!
GUS, BELLA + BRONSON
The trio of adorable pugginess were all adopted from Pug Rescue Victoria. Bella is a bossy, cheeky gal, crazy Gus is totally adored and Mr Bronson is the calm teddy bear of the family. They bring joy, love and laughter to their humans every single day!
Buddy is as stubborn as he is fluffy, but that floof is pretty darn cute so he gets forgiven! He's a happy little Corgi and what he lacks in leg length, he makes up in love (and ears!)
Frankie is a cheeky Whippet who loves to chase anything that moves (especially balls and birds - oops!) She's a curious little lady who runs the household.
MILO AND MIA
Milo is a 6 year old spoodle who lives with Mia, his 5 year old Havanese dog. They are totally adored by all the humans in their lives.
Mocha is a clever little lady who loves to sit in the passenger seat with the wind in her long black fur. She enjoys playing with balls and demanding that her Mum scratches her belly (at all times of the day and night!)
ROXIE AND ROOBARB
These sisters were adopted together from the Cat Protection Society, after being abandoned and left at the shelter. They've grown into sweet, confident girls - Roxie loves to jump on shoulders (leaping from the bed or a table!) and Roobarb adores her sister, kissing and cleaning her at every chance (but also enjoys polishing off Roxie's dinner!).
Saydee was adopted from the RSPCA at 9 months old. She's been blessed with irresistible puppy dog eyes that let her get away with almost anything (how could you say no?!)
Despite battling cancer, her happy smile never fades. She loves going for walks, anything that squeaks, being the centre of attention and just generally running amok!
LUNA AND SPIDER
Luna and Spider are two rescue puppers who live out in gorgeous Gippsland with their five chickens, five cats, blue tongue lizard, rainbow lorikeet and fish (oh, and their humans presumably fit in there somewhere too!)
Spider was a crazy boy in his youth, but he's settled beautifully into his senior years. His sister Luna has been working on her social anxieties since being adopted and has come leaps and bounds!
YOSHI, KOOPA, MAPLE AND KIRA
What a family! Yoshi, Koopa, Maple and Kira (from right to left) are all totally adored by the humans. Yoshi, the Japanese Spitz, is the spoilt one who would rather hang with people than pets. Koopa, the Border Collie, is the energetic smart boy with a brain full of tricks. Maple the chilled out bunny, wears a little bell around his neck so he can play with the others without getting stepped on. And finally the newest addition, rescue kitten Kira, is the snuggly one - she loves to get right up in your face and she adores her bunny brother.
Ollie and Major
Ollie and Major are two easy going brothers who love exploring, the beach and tumbling around with each other. They can be both super smart and super goofy at the same time - and that's what makes them so loveable!
Suzie is a 9 year old gal who is totally adored by her family.
STANLEY, MAGGIE, PEANUT AND LOUIS
This ragtag bunch of gorgeous, crazy weirdos bring so much happiness to their furparents lives!
From left to right; we’ve got Maggie, who was dumped pregnant in a pound, contracted parvo and lost all her babies - nearly dying herself. But she’s a tough girl and fought her way back to health!
Next there’s Peanut, the new kid on the block! He’s a teeny little boy who was rescued at just 2 weeks old - what he lacks in size he makes up for in personality (and ears!).
Then there’s Louis, the eldest of the lot and ruler of the roost! He’s a stubborn man who loves to chat, sniff and bark at magpies!
And finally there’s Stanley. Don’t be fooled by the cool-as-a-cucumber, sly little look he’s giving us in this portrait - Stanley is a silly boy who is all legs, ears and goofy grin!