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Networking Neighs with Graeme Green

Becci Godfrey of HorseSense UK says:

“The Dragons Lie Sleeping Within the Horse” was the talk title for this month’s Networking Neighs, and it set the scene for a magical event.

Guest speaker Graeme Green shared how mythology was a way of passing down through the generations important information, in a way that would be remembered and shared. Dragons were often used to represent the forces of nature that the stories were centered around, warning of fiery mountains (volcanoes), seas withdrawing and returning with gusto (tsunamis) and deep underground passageways (caves).

Their connection to horses is because horses appear in many of these stories too; wielding chariots across the sky, representing mythical beasts such as the centaur, or the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Horses are our connection to that mythical dragon energy that resides in all of us.

And what better place to connect to that dragon energy when we are meeting people for the first time?  Nine incredible people met on Wednesday to exchange ways in how we might enhance each others services and support one another.

Ranging from educational psychologists, to a psycho-sexual therapist, finance provider and tree surgeon, a diverse group connected and bonded in the environment of the horse.

The next Networking Neighs is on 3rd October 2019, with guest speaker and psychotherapist Victoria David sharing her top tips on Self-care for the 21st Century. We’d love to see you.

You can get your tickets here: www.networkingneighs.eventbrite.co.uk.

Lost and Happily Reunited

Did you hear the news today about a the lost and happily reunited pet? A Sprocker Spaniel went missing in Chessington, Kingston-upon-Thames about 6 years ago and because the dog was microchipped the owners were alerted by a Vets close to Reading. I love a happy ending, don’t you?

I recently photographed a lovely cat who is now 18 years old and still going strong who had a similar story. Buster went missing in July 2006 when his owners were still living in the Pantiles. This was before social media where you can quickly post a search post in Facebook! Do you remember those times? Emma, the owner, put posters up, put leaflets through doors and put an ad in the Courier! When I asked Emma what particular action had the most results, she said placing the ad in the Courier, sadly this also led her to many wild goose chases and crushed hopes!

After a year they moved house having accepted to never see Buster again. Buster was never forgotten, but as time passed they took in two rescue cats.

Fast forward to January 2012 and Emma receives a phone call from a Vet about 15 miles away who found Buster, identified by his Microchip. Yeah! Another lost and happily reunited furry friend!

Here is Emma’s top tip: Keep your Microchip details up to date and don’t give up looking!

As Busters story was published in a local paper, Emma was contacted by the family Buster lived with for 5 years. They loved him dearly and looked after him very well.

Busters story was also published in Pettales in the Telegraph in January 2012.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Buster the Newspaper Celebrity!

 

 

If you would like to have portraits of your pet taken, feel free to contact me to chat through your requirements.

Sneak Peek

In order to photography this gorgeous lady, I traveled to a small sleepy town in West Sussex last week when the weather was a lot better!

This lovely Welsh Springer Spaniel has the luxury of living close to fantastic fields. Every opportunity she gets, she loves to roam them with her owners.

We found this great pile of logs and I just knew I had to take some images here. My super model was looking forward to some treats and licked her lips in anticipation I think, … .
I had the camera ready just at the right time to catch this cute moment.

When going through all the portraits taken on the day to narrow down my clients choices, I always look for images that work well together. If you would only have seen one of the three images, you might discard them as your possible selection.

I use my expertise and experience to guide you to images that complement each other.

In order for you to get a better feel for what it looks like I have put a digital frame around the 3 portraits instead of leaving them on their own.

What do you think, does it work?

 

Equine Sneak Peek

Last weekend saw me visiting my clients home near Ashford. It was a very sunny day with a slight breeze. I adored my clients wardrobe and we had great difficulty deciding on which outfits to choose for the shoot. For this particular image, we made use of the dappled shade under the big oak in one of her paddocks. In these lighting conditions it is always difficult to retain light colours, especially in this instance photographing a Spanish horse.

Today, I had to postpone a family portrait shoot with their dog as the weather turned on us. Making the most of my time and to spend it wisely I sat in my dry office editing instead.

I just had to share this beautiful image with you!

Feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange a photo shoot with your pet.

 

Bluebell pet photo shoot

Remember my last post with the lovely review from my client with their scrumptious puppy?  Guess what? My clients and their dog had so much fun, they came back for more!

This time we arranged a photo shoot in a nearby bluebell wood. With the puppy being a little older and therefore better trained, we were able to do some shots without the lead. The owners were at hand at all times to make sure their puppy was safe and didn’t run off.

Before and during the photo shoot I always stress with my clients, that if they feel unsure or not safe during the shoot for whatever reason that they can stop me at anytime. This is very important to me. More than anything I want my clients to enjoy the photo shoot experience and do not want them to be stressed out. If at any point I see it is getting to much for the animal or their owner I am quite happy to finish the current session and try another day.

Here is a quick Sneak Peek image of this Labrador/Cocker Spaniel mix puppy. I believe this is called a “Cockador”. Please correct me if I am wrong.

 

 

Sneak Peek – Equine Photo Shoot

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing this lovely lady with her Arab. He is a young one and I have to admit he was a bit flighty at times. Regardless, I am sure you would agree the Sneak Peek image of their portrait session truly conveys their deep connection. Don’t they look gorgeous!

If you would like to see more of my work check out my Instagram account.

 

 

Client review

I have been a bit lax in updating my “Kind Word” section recently. Thankfully that does not mean that I don’t receive nice reviews for my portraits, … Please keep them coming!

As with every business, especially small ones, these reviews mean the world. It makes working with my clients so much more rewarding.

 

I don’t think I ever appreciated how quickly our little puppy would grow going from a puppy faced cutie to a very little man in the space of a few months, being able to have these memories forever of him with the puppy charm is something I’ll always be glad off.  When Barbara suggested a photo shoot with the daffodils we realised this was our one opportunity – as next year he would be double the size, still cute but a grown up cute.  Watching Barbara with our dog was something else, the care, attention and how he was fixated with her made for a wonderful experience for both puppy and owners alike.

Many thanks

 

 

Networking Neighs with Lee Baker

As always it is great to be part of Networking Neighs at HorseSenseUK. It was a fabulous meeting were meaningful connections were made. Luckily the weather held as well that morning. As a result we were able to network in the field with the horses. This to me, is always a bonus. Below you will find some images I took on the day.

 

Becci Godfrey of HorseSense UK says:

Each Networking Neighs is different and unique. On Fri 26th April the theme was very much one of women taking the leadership role in their own lives through choosing careers, work environments and life circumstances that work for them. It was inspiring to hear the breadth and depth of commitment to making the world a better place through people’s chosen careers.
The group welcomed an accounting technician, several from a local family law firm, a psycho-sexual therapist, intuitive healers, a representative from Sussex Horse Rescue, an equine marketing specialist from Wales (I was particularly impressed by that!) and our guest speaker Lee Baker, a pioneering voice for more compassion in business to benefit the bottom line.
As usual, the horses brought their magic, bringing out the best in the attendees, facilitating warm and honest conversations.
The next Networking Neighs is on Weds 17th July, with guest speaker Graeme Green of The Mindful Horse .

Sneak Peek in the Bluebells

I love Spring! The greens of the trees and grass are all so lush and to top it off you get rewarded with this gorgeous splash of blue colour.

Here are some images from a recent dog portrait photography shoot. Labradors are so photogenic, don’t you agree?

 

Lost and happily reunited

“Lost and happily reunited”

As mentioned in my last blog, here is the missing pet story of Claire Witz who runs MIB Network, a successful local Networking Group for mums in business for Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks (www.mibnetwork.org.uk)  and Qalbi   (www.qalbi.co.uk) making personalised vintage map gifts.

Their dog is a previous stray rescue from Romania and was very used to taking himself for a walk. It is not unusual for her neighbours to text Claire to tell her that they saw her dog running around in their garden and Claire had to chase after him.

I asked her:

Q: “What was the longest your dog went missing?”

Claire: “One day, but that was long enough! It’s incredibly stressful, particularly the first time, as we were waiting for his microchip to be transferred from Romania to us. My kids were beside themselves and we’re all still worried that he will go missing again.”

 

Q: “Were there any particular actions you took that produced results?”

Claire: “Being part of a neighbourhood and school community where a lot of people know your dog helps! Do ask for help, be patient and use social media.”

 

Q: “Have you got any top tips for people in the same situation?”

Claire: “Yes, I didn’t have any clear pictures of my dog in order to post them on FB, it felt like I was wasting time looking for pictures that showed him clearly when I could spend this time to go actively looking for him. I wish I had some professional pictures of him ready to hand.”

 

Thank you for your time Claire sharing this experience with us. It was a pleasure to take pictures of you with your beloved dog. He is such a character! Love him!

Contact me if you would like to have professional pictures of your beloved pet commissioned.