This week is one busy week, I've been in a bit of pain from my Arthritis and on top of that came down with Flu last week and still not fully recovered, but having missed last week at the RSPCA felt compelled to catch up as it's a never ending conveyor belt of animals into the shelter and new faces to photograph all the time. So, I took an extra trip in on Tuesday to see what I could do about any cats in need of updates and any other animals that didn't require a lot of supervision so I could get on without having to take up staff time and along with 2 cats there were some rabbits and guinea pigs in need which you can check out under the read more cut! Dinkie, the front image for this post is a 7yr old lad who's a little nervous and a lot shy. He could do with a loving family who are quiet and will allow him to come out of his shell in his own time. If that's you, don't hesitate, give this gorgeous man a home to call his own!
Annmarie and Tom are a lovely couple and what better way to shoot an engagement session but on a gloriously bright, sunny spring morning in the most beautiful church garden and grounds I've ever seen! The blossom trees in full bloom, bright tulips lined the paths and squirrels hopped through the grass and up trees as we worked. This engagement session is part of their Wedding Package deal which they booked with me early this year on a very, VERY bitterly cold night. My Half Day Wedding Package and Full Day Wedding Package both include a pre-wedding/engagement session as it allows the couple to get acquainted with the camera before their big day and allows us all to get to know one and other better as well. We had a lot of fun exploring the grounds to find interesting areas to pose in and try out different angles and poses to see what worked for them and afterwards it's always really lovely to hear that you've made a couple comfortable, but even better to hear that they feel totally confident having hired you to share their wedding day with them - I feel very honored by every client who books me to shoot their wedding, it is such a privilege! Check out some more of the images from the shoot beneath the cut, we had loads of fun!
The weather has been outstanding these last few weeks, I really hope it continues! At the weekend I spent a few hours photographing this lovely girly Labradoodle called Daisy and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. We did a few indoor shots then spent the remainder of our session basking in the glorious sunshine in her beautiful back garden where she was happy and content. Daisy's mum and dad had said they'd tried some studio work with Daisy before but she didn't enjoy it and was more interested in exploring than posing for photos. We did a relaxed and natural lifestyle session where Daisy called the shots, sat, ran, barked and played as she liked and I followed her around at a distance with the camera. When she wasn't elsewhere, she was right beside me being very curious in my bag, equipment and giving excellent kisses. An absolute gem of a girl, very well behaved and beautiful as well. I really do love pet sessions, no two are ever the same and doggy slobber kisses are what I live for! Check out soe more images from Daisy's shoot under the "read more" cut!
I was given a key at the RSPCA shelter today and was working in the Cattery, the key was to allow me to open and close the pods so I could go in and out to gather the photos and must say the shelter is bursting at the seams with cats and kittens in need of new homes. These guys were the sweetest - Sophie the Ginger Girl is one helluva cuddler, she is a real snuggly lap cat and super affectionate, she will make someone incredibly happy! Bandit ,who you will see under the cut, broke my heart as he was the complete opposite. He hid in his blanket for a long time, trembling so hard and trying to hide as much as he could, but with some patience and perseverance, some quiet gentle chatter and finally gentle petting the quaking subsided and he relaxed just a little. The other cats were all very friendly and had their own personalities from being playful to skittish, lazy and adventurous! If you think your new furry family member could be one of these guys, please get in touch with RSPCA Radcliffe Shelter to make an inquiry! Let them know where you saw the cats too :D
Gorgeous sunshine with a cool breeze, perfect conditions for a long walk, paddle and lots of free running in a secure location for this Husky girl! This is Pixie and she is a rescue dog who competes in dog sporting events like Canicross, Bikejore, Scootering and Rig Rallies around the UK and trains with her mum and doggy pals in Sherwood Forest. Delightful girl with typical husky traits like ignoring everything you say, recall of a deaf hippo, zoomie madness when the lead comes off (note: ALWAYS in a secure enclosed area), rolling in poop (much to her mother's frustration!) and hunting birds and squirrels. It was a great afternoon down at Valley Park and Vernon Park with these guys, sharing in their routine exercise regime in their down time - what would be really great would be catching up with there guys training or even at an event!
Last Thursday afternoon was my first day working along-side RSPCA Radcliffe Shelter aiding in the shelter's re-homing efforts by providing professional quality images of their animals looking for their forever homes. This is work I undertake in my own time free of charge. Good quality images that highlight the animals personalities and features are proven to increase interest in an animal and help find them homes. All of the dogs pictured here are looking for their forever family and have been in the shelter for months in kennels so if you are interested in possibly adopting one of them, please do get in touch with RSPCA Radcliffe for more information.
I will be going back this week to continue my work. I was there from 1pm - 4pm and we walked and played with 11 of the most desperate in need of homes dogs - the elderly and the long-termers who could really use that second chance and squishy sofa and loving family. I will also be photographing cats, birds and other small animals they have at the shelter in need of homes and will post them on facebook and here on the blog.
It's not an easy job when you're an animal lover, working with animal shelters, you do see the abuse, hear the horror stories and neglect and heart-wrenching tales of how the animals come to be there in some cases, however, the reward of helping them rehabilitate and see them progress and get adopted makes it very worthwhile! Please pop through the "Read More" section to see all 11 dogs I photographed on Thursday and share this blog post around - you never know who it might reach - your friend of a friend of a friend might find their furry soul-mate <3
Here they are, though looks like some have gone to new homes already! Great news :D http://www.rspca-radcliffe.org.uk/results-dogs
Emma Osborne is a Photographer from Glasgow who now lives in Nottingham with her husband, daughter and 3 Siberian Huskies.