About me

Charlotte with Fletcher and Opal

I’ve been talking to the animals since I was a little tyke and have always been happiest when I have been surrounded by family pets. These days our furry family consists of two cheeky and super smart Australian Shepherds called Fletcher and Opal but in the not-too-distant past, I was blessed with the company of my beloved Great Danes.

I’m most inspired by the amazing bond I’ve had with my canine friends and I use my photographic expertise and eye for design to create beautiful photographic portraits of dogs that truly tell their story.

When not adventuring outdoors with the dogs and my husband, I love curling up with a good historical fantasy novel and a glass of red on the back deck, enjoying the peace and quiet of my bushland home. Getting physical outdoors with hiking, dirt biking and mountain biking keeps me fit and makes life interesting and challenging.

A self-confessed techno geek, I also thrive on finding time to disconnect from technology and spend time with my amazing husband, friends and family as often as possible.

As you’ll quickly discover, I have a genuine interest in you and your pet. I love hearing funny stories about your experiences with your best mate – how you met – whether it was love at first sight – stories about those first months of puppy behaviour – all about your dog’s best friends – anything you want to tell me to give me a deeper insight into what makes them tick!

I look forward to meeting you and your best friend soon.

My inspiration – Kaya and Luna

In our lives, there will always be those special pets who take a piece of our hearts with them when they go.

Kaya was my first Great Dane and the reason I set off down the road of pet photography. Starting a photo blog to document her rapid growth seemed the most obvious thing to do – it soon developed into long photo-essays featuring Kaya and her friends, adventures, and later her little sister Luna. You can read Kaya’s Story here.

I was blessed with Luna’s unconditional love and easy companionship in my life until September 2015, when she departed suddenly and unexpectedly for the big dog park in the sky. Her loss is still fresh and I miss her more than words can describe.

Inspired by Kaya and Luna, it’s my goal to provide as many pet owners as I can the chance to have what I was fortunate enough to have - beautiful images to remind you of fun times, make you laugh and love, and conjure happy memories long after paw prints fade from the earth.

Image credits – Banner: Lyndal Carmichael Photography.  Top middle: Yolanda van Kimmenade.  Bottom middle: JJ Halans. Bottom: Catherine Lowe.

Why choose me as your pet photographer?

Pet photography is my life

Not just a weekend hobby or part time diversion, pet photography is my chosen profession and full time job.

Even on my days off, whenever I visit new places my mind constantly churns – evaluating the light and assessing if it would be suitable for dogs. At every photo session, I discover a new trick or technique to use next time.

When you book a session, you’re guaranteed to recieve amazing service from start to finish from a truly experienced and dedicated professional.

I have years of experience

As one of the first specialised on-location pet photographers in Australia, I started photographing dogs professionally in 2007.

Nearly 10 years earlier you’d find me fumbling in the dark loading black & white film, fiddling with enlarger dials in dim red light, printing endless test strips and up to my elbows mixing developing chemicals.

The knowledge I gained while learning the craft of shooting, developing and printing black & white and colour film while completing a Diploma of Photography has enabled me to better understand the most advanced concepts in this modern digital age of photography.

I'm a true animal lover

Animals are ideal companions and a welcome and refreshing change from the crazy human world we live in.

Throughout my life, I’ve been continually been drawn to nurture, interact with and record the lives of our furry friends. I’ve had dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chickens, sheep, geese, horses and even a green tree frog with an underbite called Zena!

Through owning and training my own dogs and constant exposure to our canine friends on a daily basis through my work, I have gained a solid understanding of doggy behaviour. By reading their body language and connecting with them on a level and in a language they understand, every dog I meet teaches me more.

I'm ridiculously patient

Working with animals is never straightforward and even the best laid plans frequently go completely out the window!

In fact, sometimes it’s better not to plan at all. The key to working with animals, dogs in particular, is to be continually adapable, improvise endlessly and be incredibly patient.

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of practice at this and have developed heaps of tricks and techniques to get the shot regardless of your dog’s behaviour. I always strive to make your session fun and low-pressure.

I'm a perfectionist

A combination of professional quality gear and years of expertise allows me to achieve the best possible shots for you.

While shooting, I continually make fine manual adjustments to achieve perfect exposure on every shot. Before you see your images for the first time, they’re meticulously and lovingly crafted into works of art in my digital darkroom. I spend hours editing – removing leads and distracting objects, deleting eye gunk, colour correcting, tone balancing and fine tuning each image individually.

I worked as a graphic and website designer for many years and love throwing on my design hat for photography projects. I have a great eye for layout and composition and this shines through in the beautiful products I present and the expert advice I offer about displaying your images at their very best.

I give back to society

Right from the beginning, I’ve always set aside time in my busy schedule to volunteer at pet rescue organisations.

I’m a Service Professional Member of HeARTspeak, a fantastic worldwide organisation dedicated to uniting artists with shelters and animal relief organizations. I’ve worked with a number of rescue organisations, donating my time to photograph adoptable dogs and cats, creating calendars, donating sessions to raffles and even the odd bit of website design work.

You can read more about my volunteer work on my dedicated Giving Back page.