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Three Eager Beavers

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

As Barney and I came back from our walk in the woods yesterday, we met Fern, Ruby and Tigga. They were excited to see Barney, but what these three eager beavers really wanted was to get to the woods.

They could smell it. They were nearly there. Why the hell are these two annoying people chatting when the woods are just around the corner?

Portrait of three dogs

(from left) Fern, Ruby and Tigga

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Lucky the Chihuahua

October 17, 2012 3 comments

Yesterday, I photographed a doggy TV star! Yes, this is THE Lucky the Chihuahua, as seen on ITV2s Top Dog Model program. Lucky made it all the way to the final three but was sadly runner-up to the overall winner Simba the Leonberger.

Lucky the Chihuahua

I first met Lucky at Discover Dogs last year; on that occasion I got a quick snap and blogged it (Discover Dogs blog post) along with lots of others. Lucky’s owner Isa, saw the post and liked The Dog Snapper Facebook page and has been liking the pictures I put up there ever since. In fact, the cover picture on Lucky’s Facebook page is the one I took at Discover Dogs. (I can also see that Lucky’s got double the amount of FB likes compared to me, but then again, he is a TV star).

Anyway, Isa got in touch as she needs some pics for a piece that Dogs Today magazine are going to run. They suggested supplying some of her own iPhone pics for the article, but wanting to see her dog looking his best, she thought she’d get in touch to get a dog photo session done. Great idea and he was fantastic to photograph in the Autumn light. So here he is, in lots of lovely warm light, autumnal colours and the odd silhouette thrown in for good measure. I’ll put the rest up on my Facebook page soon.

Lucky the Chihuahua

Lucky the Chihuahua

Lucky the Chihuahua

Lucky the Chihuahua

Lucky the Chihuahua

The Dog Snapper’s Dog

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Thought it was about time my own dog Barney featured on the dog photography blog. He does get photographed quite a bit but like lots of the family-related stuff, tends to get left on a hard drive, sometimes edited, sometimes untouched. I’ll probably be old and grey and the kids will be long gone when I finally get around to doing something ‘proper’ with them like putting them in an album or a book.

Unfortunately, life has a habit of just getting in the way of everything.

dog photographer Kent

dog photographer Tunbridge Wells

Boot Fair Pug

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Normal service is resumed after photographing those crazy dogs in their tutus and hats the other week.

Here’s Sidney, a Pug, who was busy pulling in the punters at the Longfield Road Boot Fair last weekend. We love boot fairs; there’s nothing like getting up at the crack of dawn and walking around a field looking at other people’s tat (and then buying it). There’s always lots of dogs too, usually looking very bored as their owners shuffle along, sifting through the junk. So, this week as I reached the end and waited for the others to finish, I made the owner get poor Sidney out of the car so I could get a snap of him on my phone. In fact, all the pics here were taken on my phone instead of my camera and with a little tweaking, have come out just fine.

Sidney the Pug

Sidney the Pug

Sidney the Pug

Look how many people are crowded around this stall – they must have made a killing on the day!

Sidney the Pug

Sidney the Pug

Sidney the Pug

Diva Dogs Day Photos 5

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s the last lot of photos from Diva Dogs Day that I’m going to blog. The rest are on my Facebook page and I’m uploading all of them to the Online Shop part of my site in case anyone would like to buy prints or other items.

Tinkerbell, Chihuahua

Tinkerbell, Chihuahua

Diva Dogs Day

waiting in the queue for Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Euro (at front in blue) and Bo (in red), Chinese Crested

Euro (at front) and Bo (behind), Chinese Crested

Chica, Afghan Hound

Chica, Afghan Hound

Dillian, Lurcher

Dillian, Lurcher

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Minnie, Yorkshire Terrier (teacup)

Minnie, Yorkshire Terrier (teacup)

Morticia, Miniature Pinscher

Morticia, Miniature Pinscher

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Tilly, Maltese

Tilly, Maltese

Tiffany, Chihuahua

Tiffany, Chihuahua

Nancy (at front) and Ned, Yorkshire Terriers

Nancy (right) and Ned, Yorkshire Terriers

Dog show categories

Dog show categories

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Gracie (left) and Angel, Bulldogs

Gracie (left) and Angel, Bulldogs

(left to right) Pippachoo, Boo and Chi Chi, Chihuahua

(left to right) Pippachoo, Boo and Chi Chi, Chihuahua

David Van Day with Alfie, Yorkshire Terrier

David Van Day with Alfie, Yorkshire Terrier

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Butler, Bulldog

Butler, Bulldog

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Binkels, Jack Russell/Chihuahua X

Binkels, Jack Russell/Chihuahua X

Flora (left) and Bella, Maltese

Flora (left) and Bella, Maltese

Rodney, Chihuahua

Rodney, Chihuahua

Papillon at Diva Dogs Day

Papillon at Diva Dogs Day

Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier X

Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier X

Taco, Chihuahua/Jack Russell X

Taco, Chihuahua/Jack Russell X

Billy Bum Bum, Poodle

Billy Bum Bum, Poodle

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Thanks to you all for looking, commenting and liking The Dog Snapper Facebook Page

Don’t forget you can see all the pics on the Facebook page and they have all been uploaded to the Online Shop in case anyone would like to buy prints etc.

Diva Dogs Day Photos 4

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Well it seems as though the backlash has started about various things that did or did not happen at Diva Dogs Day.

At least two Facebook pages have been set up, Leave Your Diva Dogs Day Complaints Here and Diva Dogs Day Opinions That Can’t Be Deleted. Gripes are coming thick and fast from stallholders and disgruntled attendees. Whether the outside bit was an indoor shopping village is a matter of opinion. It had a roof of some sorts, but no walls, so was open to the elements. It’s a good job it remained dry on the day as I feel a lot of the expensive stock could have got wet if it had rained. A lot of complaints seem to be from those who had bought the £50 VIP tickets. I don’t know if this was worth it or not; I’ve seen the response from the organisers on how the VIP area worked and what was on offer. Reading posts from people on the FB pages would tell you that all was not well with this. If you’re going to charge £50 for a VIP ticket, you need to make sure they have a good experience. I’m sure some people did have a good time but they won’t be the ones coming on to these FB pages. On the other hand, complaints of broken glass being left on the floor and no water bowls left out for the dogs is just unacceptable.

Whether you consider TOWIE/Gladiator type celebrities as something to get excited about is a personal taste. I wouldn’t know them from Adam – not my thing. However, I did recognise David Van Day and I did have a brief chat with actress Rebecca Ferdinando (who was lovely); I didn’t know who she was but got chatting after I had photographed her with her dog Jackson (the pic is below).

On the plus side, there were experts to offer advice on dog training, dog welfare, puppy farms, dog fashion shows and the agility stuff going on outside, but all of this is standard stuff at a dog show or country fair. The Guiness World Record couldn’t be verified officially which was a bit of an anti-climax.

The way I see it, the whole event was a big promotional oppotunity for Louise Harris and her business. With TV cameras there to film the proceedings, even a purple Lhasa Apso was not going to be upstaged by a grown woman in a pink tutu with a book to sell.

It’s seems as though the organisers have over promised and under delivered, leaving the paying public feeling short-changed. So, the fight goes on and reading some of the posts, there’s a lot of unhappy people out there. Demands for refunds and threats to get Trading Standards involved, will carry on. I do believe that Louise Harris has offered some recompense to disgruntled punters – a 40% discount on any purchase from her store. Oh dear.

On a lighter note, I hope you like the pics. Comments always welcome.

Rocky, Chihuahua

Rocky, Chihuahua

Honey (right) and Tinkerbell, Chihuahuas

Honey (right) and Tinkerbell, Chihuahuas

Elvis (left) and Blue, Chihuahua

Elvis (left) and Blue, Chihuahua

Hero, Chihuahua

Hero, Chihuahua

Mia, Chihuahua (teacup)

Mia, Chihuahua (teacup)

Louis (left) and Oscar, Maltese

Louis (left) and Oscar, Maltese

Bulldog

Bulldog

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs

Dillian, Lurcher

Dillian, Lurcher (and still my favourite dog from the day)

Millie, Jack Russell/ Yorkshire Terrier X

Millie, Jack Russell/ Yorkshire Terrier X

Lady, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Snowy, Bichon Frise

Lady, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Snowy, Bichon Frise

Smudge, Whippet

Smudge, Whippet

Coco, Greyhound

Coco, Greyhound

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Sparkle, Maltese

Sparkle, Maltese

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Kirby, Miniature Doberman (left) and Shilo, Chihuahua

Kirby, Miniature Doberman (left) and Shilo, Chihuahua

Lola, Chihuahua/Matese X

Lola, Chihuahua/Matese X

Bluebelle, Chihuahua

Bluebelle, Chihuahua

Scarlett, Rottweiler

Scarlett, Rottweiler

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Louise Harris, Diva Dogs Day

Louise Harris, Diva Dogs Day

Kandi

Kandi

Bonnie, Cockerpoo

Bonnie, Cockerpoo

Bella, Maltese

Bella, Maltese

Rebecca Ferdinando with her dog Jackson the German Shepherd

Rebecca Ferdinando with her dog Jackson the German Shepherd

Gem Allen of Gempire Ltd with Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier

Gem Allen of Gempire Ltd with Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier

Chi Chi, Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua X

Chi Chi, Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua X

Cocker Spaniel on the Fit Fur Life treadmill

Cocker Spaniel on the Fit Fur Life treadmill

Dillon, French Bulldog

Dillon, French Bulldog

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

More to come tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you like what you see, please ‘like’ my Facebook page. I’ll be adding all the pics from the day to an album on the FB page very soon.

Diva Dogs Day Photos 3

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s the next installment of dog photographs from the Diva Dogs Show event at the weekend.

Rocky, Chihuahua

Rocky, Chihuahua

Honey, Chihuahua

Honey, Chihuahua

George (left) and Bella, Pugs

George (left) and Bella, Pugs

Diva, Shih Tzu

Diva, Shih Tzu

(left to right) Prada, Coco Chanel and Gucci, Chihuahua

(left to right) Prada, Coco Chanel and Gucci, Chihuahua

Chica, Afghan Hound

Chica, Afghan Hound

Daisy, Lhasa Apso

Daisy, Lhasa Apso

Mr Cuddles, Daschund

Mr Cuddles, Daschund

Daisybell and Tallulah, Chihuahua

Daisybell and Tallulah, Chihuahua

Rodney, Chihuahua

Rodney, Chihuahua

Miley, Jack Russell

Miley, Jack Russell

Poodle with pink fairy wings

Poodle with pink fairy wings

Henry, Bulldog

Henry, Bulldog

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Olly, Papillon

Olly, Papillon

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Sara Abbott, Animal Portraits

Sara Abbott, Animal Portraits

Odin, Bulldog

Odin, Bulldog

Star, English Pointer

Star, English Pointer

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Boo, Chihuahua

Boo, Chihuahua

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Scooby Doo, Mastiff/Labrador X

Scooby Doo, Mastiff/Labrador X

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Sonny, Yorkshire Terrier

Sonny, Yorkshire Terrier

There’ll be more coming tomorrow and at the end of the week I shall upload all the pics to my Online Shop where you’ll be able to buy prints etc.

Please leave your comments about the pictures and like my Facebook page if you’d like regular updates of what I’m up to. I shall also be added all the pics to my Facebook page at the end of the week.

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