Cotton Candy…………Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

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I am in Hong Kong again this week and I am finally be able to share a sneak peak from Cotton Candy’s latest collection.
I shot this look book for her back in April and now we are delighted to be seeing it on the catwalks at Hong Kong’s fashion week.
From simple inspired head wear, to really pushing the boundaries and totally metamorphosing into whole other species, Cotton Candy’s new collection does not disappoint. Even though some critics said they were hoping to see more updated styles from her eye wear collection, most dogs agree that her classic simple frames are timeless and love that she has stayed true to her brand. In this latests ready to wear collection, Cotton Candy insists on modeling each outfit herself. To show that even with extra fur than most, the garments still look chic and is totally on trend.

#lifeistooshorttobeserious #justforlaughs #fun #fashion #photography

Mason

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Above: Mason and Bonnie back in 2001

This beautiful old boy is Mason, he and his sister Bonnie were the first ever dog portrait session I was asked to do, back in 2001.
13 years has passed and sadly we lost Bonnie to cancer, but Mason is still going strong. He may be a bit slower and sleep a lot more than before, but he is still just as handsome, plus sweet, patient, loving and cuddly. It is an honour and I feel extremely blessed to have captured Mason’s youth on film all those years ago and now again as he matures and slows down, his face may be grey, but his heart is pure gold, there is no shame in growing old!

Dogue Dogs

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I have been doing a special project with Dogue “Manly” for the last few weeks and every time I am there I fall in love with every single one of the pups.
They all have a unique story and come from different backgrounds. There is Bella, the black puggle, who looks like quite a mature lady, with a salt and pepper coat.
Though she is only 5 years old and actually turned almost grey over night from a traumatic experience. There is baby Beau the 5 month old French bulldog who can not control his booty wiggling, it has a mind of it’s own and is ridiculously gorgeous. I could go on and on about each of these fur babies and the wonderful people at Dogue,
but for now I just want to share some images of the sweet furry faces that belong to the Dogue family at Manly. Enjoy!

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Angus

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I first met Gussy and Oliver 2 years ago when the whole family came into the studio for a portrait shoot. Oliver was only 6 months old and Gussy had a partner in crime called “Penny”. Penny who was also a Boston Terrier was a quiet a bit older than Gussy and unfortunately passed away a few weeks before we got to update their family portraits this year. Of corse Penny is terribly missed by everyone and we all felt her absence on the day of the shoot, but thankfully we captured some amazing images of her, Oliver and Gussy the time before. The bond between Oliver and Gussy is stronger than ever. As you can see from these images, they are best of buds. Oliver’s first word was not Mummy, but Gussy. They love Chasing each other around the yard, playing tug”o”war with toys.
As always, my heart just melts when I see how much love there is between a child and their dog.

Me & My precious old pals

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Photo credits: Sandy Ferris aka my Mum….

This week I wanted to share my precious pet portraits from childhood and show how important these images are to me.
Being home in Sydney this month has given me the chance to go through all my old photo albums and remember how much I loved and treasure each one of these furry friends. Being an only child, Sally & Gemma and Tiger were my playmates and my confidants at times. Looking at all of these beautiful images caught on film forever, it fills my heart with love and joy as I remember the special connection I had with each one of them. This makes me even more passionate about wanting to capture and document the unique relationships we have with our pets. I don’t remember them as just animals, I remember them as living beings, I remember them as friends, I remember their soul and the gift of unconditional love they gave to me.

Cookie

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Miss Cookie Bryce, was always going to be one of the most photographed puppies around. Between her Mother and several of her Aunties being photographers, she has one of the most extensive portfolios at the age of 5 months. I really wanted to be able to capture all the different personalities Cookie has and the relationship her and Sue have. I think it is obvious in these images how much joy she has bought to Sue’s life, just by being her.

There really are 3 different Cookie’s…

There is the sweet smoochie, moochie, loving Cookie, that can’t get enough cuddles.
There is the little old lady pug, who potters around the house, helping Mummy with all her jobs. Very busy pug!
Then there is the completely crazy, relentless, mental were-rabbit that appears every evening from 6pm onwards, who runs around the place at top speed, only stopping if she manages to catch her little curly piglet tail or passes out from exhaustion.

Yes, I might be slightly obsessed with this little pug, but she really does have an amazing presence and just brings love and laughter to anyone she meets.

Sue & Cookie Bryce

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As I pack up and get ready to leave Los Angeles, I am so thankful for the time I have had here in LA, visiting and photographing my dear friend Sue and her beautiful little baby girl Cookie. I can’t believe it was only last Christmas, in Seattle when Sue said to me, “I need a fur baby to love” and me being the crazy dog lover I am, got super excited and with in 2 minutes I had found a litter of 6 beautiful black pugs ready to go to loving homes in the new year.
This little girl was definitely the pick of the litter, half the size of her big boofy brothers, she is not only ridiculously cute, but incredibly smart, loving and just the right amount of crazy too. This is just one of the images I took here in LA, on Hollywood Boulevard of the girls.
I can’t wait to blog the rest of the images next week, with Cookie’s personal profile of likes, loves and cheeky habits etc….
I am going miss the morning cuddles with this little squishy faced love pug the most.

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