Stuck for ideas for Christmas presents? Get a madaboutgreys photography Gift Voucher for the dog lover in your life. Available for all amounts. More details here.
I cover London, Surrey and the South East. And photograph cats, horses and all kinds of other pets as well as greyhound and lurchers and all kinds of dog. Any pet owner would be pleased to get a voucher to a studio or outdoor photoshoot with me.
Last ordering dates are Wednesday 18 December for your voucher to be sent by post, ready gift-wrapped and ribboned, all you have to do is give with love!
Or for the ultimate last minute Christmas present, you can contact me as late as noon on Tuesday 24 December and I’ll email you voucher to you. But you’re not going to leave it that late are you?!
I recently visited one of the main galgo and animal rescue centres in Spain, and to take some photographs of the beautiful dogs in their care. The Scooby Medina sanctuary was built virtually from scratch by volunteers and with donations, built from a simple empty shed on a piece of industrial wasteland into the huge centre it is today, with kennels and running areas and even their own in-house vet surgery. In the 20 years since the sanctuary was founded, the local helpers and volunteers from around Europe have established the largest animal shelter in Spain, offering a safe haven for galgos and other animals in need. They rehome dogs across Europe (though not very much to the UK while there are so many dogs cast off from the greyhound industry in need of a home).
Those of you who admire Spain greyhounds may enjoy seeing some of the photographs I took. Don’t feel sorry for the dogs behind wire fences. These were in holding kennels, about to leave the sanctuary, and they will by now be safely ensconced in homes in France and Italy.
Do you know the work of the animal portraitist, Tim Flach? His images are always beautiful and thought-provoking, sometimes quite disturbing too. Since I first saw his famous portrait of a bedlington terrier, I’ve always wanted to photograph a bedlington in the studio, though not, I hasten to add, to replicate the controversial grooming that Tim’s bedlington sported for the shot!
When Tiger’s mum approached me about a photoshoot I was very excited about the possibilities. These dogs are very different from the hounds I normally photograph and I had decided that I wanted to concentrate on body shape and angles for this shoot. I love the shape of the nose of this breed, those beautiful ears and the terrier attitude. What also surprised me is that bedlingtons can do soulful eyes just as well as any sighthound. Here’s Tiger.
Kerry Greyhounds UK is an independent rehoming charity, based in Norfolk, dedicated to finding the very best forever homes for unwanted racing greyhounds.
When Bronwen contacted me to ask if I’d do some studio photography for the KGUK 2014 calendar and their Christmas cards for this year, I wondered how on earth we’d manage it. My studio is in Richmond and their dogs for rehoming are mostly in Norfolk. But they had already worked that one out…
And so it was that the wonderful Pete, transport manager for KGUK arrived at my studio one May morning with a precious consignment of dogs in the care of Kerry Greyhounds UK, all ready and raring to go on their first modelling assignment. Of course, none of these dogs had ever done anything like this before, in fact most of them had yet to see much of life beyond the kennel walls, though a lucky few had already found their way to foster homes with Kerry Greyhounds. But they all did us proud that day. Spirit/Harbow and Kirwan/Derry were up for any amount of silliness in the prop department. Tazz and Shay knew they’d be just perfect for the job with their stunning good looks. Everyone said Noakes (now Dave) might be nervous but he was nothing of the sort. Gideon was the trouper who smiled through the Christmas wreath; he smiled as he got trampled and squeezed by the others in the group shots; he smiled at just about everything in fact. Senne was frankly disappointed: she’d been told this was a modelling job and was appalled to discover she was going to be wearing Easter bunny ears, not that classy little collar from Holly and Lil she’d heard about. And TJ (now Ty) stole my heart with his sheer chutzpah and the intelligence and good humour with which he approached it all.
Kerry Greyhounds calendars and Christmas cards are now on sale from their website. At £6 a calendar and £4 for a pack of 6 cards they are a great deal and all proceeds go to a great cause. So please click on the links to pop along and do some Christmas shopping.
All the Kerry hounds from the madaboutgreys studio shoot are now happily homed and looking forward to their first Christmases in their forever homes. All except one. Handsome Jacko is unaccountably still waiting for someone to see the potential in him and make him an offer of a home. He was one of the most handsome and easy dogs at the shoot and is going to make a fantastic pet. If you’ve a space in your home and your heart, pick up the phone and help Jacko get home for Christmas.
Senne thought she would be modelling designer collars – she was not amused.
Kirwan (now Derry) was up for all sorts of nonsense
Jacko is still waiting – he would love to be home for Christmas…
I’m planning to get an extra wide seamless background roll for my studio dog photography and know I want to go for grey. It works beautifully with almost every colour of dog, strong neutrals make for wonderful canvases and it can be lit in so many different ways. But the question is, which grey? I have two that I use regularly in the smaller sizes.
Dark grey (Roll A) is the one I currently use most often. It can be lit any colour from mid grey to almost black.
But I’ve recently started using a lighter grey too (Roll B) This is somewhat lighter and warmer, but can be make darker too through lighting and processing.
Lots of people have been asking me to do studio photography for their horses. Until recently I’ve shied away from the idea, daunted by the idea of carrying my precious studio gear across the country and concerned about how a horse might react under studio strobes. But when a friend approached me with her lovely calm Spanish horse (who is as beautiful as he is mild-mannered) the temptation was too great. And one thing had led to another. So, I’ve decided to offer studio photography for horses. I’m offering a limited number of equine studio minishoots at a very special price, available till 31 December 2013. More details are on my website. Do contact me if you’re interested and we can discuss whether this might be suitable for your horse.
I love photographing whippets and I love black and white photography. So when Jemma wanted me to do a birthday photoshoot of her two gorgeous whippets and asked me to do lots of black and white conversions, I did a little happy dance. She wanted to use her favourite stables for the location – safe for the dogs though “it’s not very photogenic” she said. So when I arrived at the place my jaw dropped. Did I mention, I love photographing at stables too? Sometimes, all your Christmases come at once.