To celebrate 10 years of business in late 2017, I thought it was high time to join the ranks of Australia’s professional photographers. I was honoured to be quickly approved as an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and in March 2018, I entered my first state-level professional photography awards with four of my favourite outdoor, natural light dog photos.
All four of my images were awarded – one Silver and three Silver Distinctions. I was pretty happy with this achievement alone, but at the awards night I was surprised and delighted to be awarded the 2018 AIPP Queensland Epson Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year!
I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few images published in US-based dog and cat magazines – Dogster and Catster – over the last few years. Here’s some of my favourite full-pagers, including three covers which I am very proud of! I was also chosen as the feature photographer for their 2019 calendar, which was a huge honour.
All the awards, articles and features in the world can’t match the feeling I get when I hear amazing feedback from my clients. My number one aim is to give my clients an outstanding experience that they’ll remember and treasure for all time – along with all those beautiful photos of course!
“We came to Charlotte to capture photos of our Great Dane puppy in the fleeting moments where he was still small. The results were better than we could have imagined. She captured his personality and various moods in absolutely stunning photographs. Even if he wasn’t my dog I’d hang those photos on my wall, they are just that good! “
– April Gynther
“The day we found out Shadow had advanced and incurable Lymphoma cancer, we contacted Charlotte explaining our very abused, rescue dog’s situation and now very much loved and needed member of our family was to pass shortly after only 2 years of loving him. Charlotte understood our situation and worked over time to get us some time with her. The results exceeded all expectations! Perfection. A word never to be used lightly. Charlotte Reeves Photography and Charlotte, herself, now resonates deeply in our family. Charlotte is worth every word, minute, moment and money if you value your fur baby. “
– Jodi Noone
“Charlotte is such a talented pet photographer, she captured our Eevee exactly as we see her. Our photos were perfect and the session was unbelievable, and the reason why is because it all came down to her incredible understanding of animals! She spent so much time and energy engaging with our dog, and she was committed to getting to know us during the session and made us feel like we were just chatting to an old friend. We adore the finished products, and I can’t thank her enough.”
– Chynna Martin
“Charlotte does lovely work and can capture the true essence of your pet in a way that us amateurs can only dream of. It was worth the effort and money to do these photos of my elderly dogs.”
– Belinda Daniel
“Thank you for a really fantastic experience right from the start answering our initial enquiries through to the end being so flexible and working with my indecisiveness. It’s clearly evident how passionate and talented you are – this is personally inspiring to me as I’m slowly moving towards a goal of working in an area that’s deeply meaningful to me. To come across individuals like yourself, engaged in something that you’re passionate about and fantastic at, is really wonderful!”
“The session with Charlotte was great. She took every opportunity to get some beautiful shots of my old dog, Gidyea, even though she wasn’t very co-operative!! She captured Gidyea’s character. I love the end products, the book especially. The layout is meticulously thought out and the photos on each page compliment each other perfectly. The acrylic block and wall art are also stunning. I’m so glad I’ll have these picture memories of my girl forever.”
– Anja Schmidt
“This was our second photo session Charlotte and just like the first one the entire process was fun-filled and stress-free and of course resulted in stunning images of our two dogs at the end of it. Charlotte is great with both dogs and people and was once again extremely helpful with selecting a fantastic location, interacting with our two dogs during the session and helping us make decisions about which products to purchase at the end.
“Our new canvases look amazing in our house – it’s difficult to describe in words just how good they look but we seriously can’t stop looking at them every time we’re in the lounge room! The gorgeous photo album is filled with beautiful photos that capture our two dogs’ personalities perfectly.
“Thank you so much Charlotte, we consider you to be not just an incredible photographer but also a good friend to us and our dogs.”
– Ula & John Muir
“Charlotte’s photos are absolutely stunning and I couldn’t be happier! When I first saw the photos they brought tears to my eyes, to see my puppies in a way I had never seen them before. Would highly recommend her to anyone!”
– Kim Smith
“I just wanted to take the opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU! My parents are of few words, but they both loved the photos, as did I. You were able to capture Josie and Ollie’s personalities so accurately in your photos, and the way you were able to interact with them and myself during the photo shoot made us all at ease.
“You are fantastic at what you do!”
– Melissa Johnson
“Charlotte achieved so much more than just producing beautiful photographs of Mina and Benjamin. Somehow, magically, she captured that inexplicable connection between them and me and I will forevermore be grateful for images that will be a lasting testament to how dearly I treasure them both.”
– Lisa Hulcombe
“Ben, my GSD and myself had a great afternoon session with Charlotte at her Mitchelton location. We got some amazing shots in the park and in the creek nearby! I don’t think we could get any more amazing shots if we tried. 🙂
“I feel like Charlotte explains exactly what to expect and what’s needed for the photo shoot down to last detail, and I loved that! Straight away she makes you feel and your pet feel comfortable and the pictures turn out just so amazing!
“I am so so happy with my shots of Ben I wish I could of had them all haha. I would recommend Charlotte Reeves to every pet owner I know! Thanks again Charlotte.”
– Rachael Moore
“We were so very lucky to have received a gift certificate for Charlotte to photograph our beloved pooch Archie. Charlotte worked quickly and with such skill to capture the very essence that is Archie. Charlotte knew to perfection, the best spots to have Archie pose in the area our session was held.
“When we received our photos, we were gobsmacked at just how clear they were, not a detail missing. Our photos show exactly what we know our beautiful fur baby to be – happy, carefree, inquisitive and full of life experience.
“Overall we are extremely impressed with our session and our photos and one day will definitely be back again :)”
– Trent and Emma Powell
“Charlotte was beyond a pleasure to deal with! I love all of the products I have received, they are all beautiful, and go beyond the quality you would expect from a professional photographer. Charlotte captured my best friend perfectly, and I will forever have beautiful, bright, and fun filled photos of him that will last a life time! Highly recommend Charlotte Reeves Photography to anyone looking to get a shoot done of their best friend, she really does go above and beyond.”
– Jacqui Faulkner
“While the photos that Charlotte took are breathtaking, for me, the best thing is that she ensured that my dogs’ personalities shines through. I look at the canvases and the photos and my pups look back at me.”
– Michelle Blackmore
“I am so happy with my photos! The more I look at them the more I love them! Charlotte is an absolute pleasure to work with and my dogs loved her 🙂 Highly recommended, we will be certainly be shooting with her again in the future.”
– Samantha King
“WOW Charlotte. You have done an amazing job. Not just with the photography session but also the photos themselves and the presentation. You are brilliant. Thanks very much. The photo session was so much fun and brilliantly executed. We are so excited with the photos and really love the book and framed art as well. We show them off to our friends and they all comment how fantastic the photos are. “
– Mike and Barb
“We have four huskies and was not sure how our session would go or how Charlotte would get the shots we wanted. But she was great with the dogs and managed to get some absolutely gorgeous photos of our fur family. The wall art and album we got are exceptionally special to us as one of our fur babies unexpectedly passed away only a couple of weeks after our photo session. We now have these beautiful pictures as a lasting memory of all our wonderful fur family. We will always be grateful to Charlotte for this experience and for doing such a beautiful job with our fur family photos. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough for what these photos mean to us.”
“Charlotte has an amazing knack for capturing your fur baby and telling their story. Her services are professional, prompt and priced perfectly for the quality images and products she provides. We are happy to recommend her services and will definitely be using them again!”
“I have been a big fan of Charlotte’s photography style for some years now, so when I found out she was coming to Perth I knew I had to book a session! The photo shoot was professional yet very relaxed and fun. Charlotte has a real way with animals and Bonnie took to her straight away. The end result were some absolutely amazing photos which I will cherish for a long time to come!”
“Charlotte is an exceptional photographer with a great eye for creating amazing photos. I am absolutely thrilled with my photo album of Mickey, it is so much better than I thought it would be especially since he didn’t want to put his ears forward easily. I love the way Charlotte captured the special bond between Mickey and myself, as well as Mickey and Ruby.”
“I have four dogs and had a feeling that my special and most loved baby Rosa may be on the decline. I organise the photo shoot for my husbands 50th birthday present and sadly Rosa has passed on since then. Charlotte is a quiet achiever, she has amazing talent and instinctively knew what I wanted. The dogs loved her and by mid morning I did too. She had an uncanny rapport with the dogs and brought out a lot of fun in them. She also captured some very special tender moments that will be forever in my heart.
When I first saw the photos they blew me away, my husband had them on his computer screen at work and everyone just loved them, he says they are what kept him going after our Rosa passed away. I am someone that likes excellent quality products and the album, the wall art and the picture frames all exceeded my expectations. The photos make us quite emotional and that is because of how life like they are.
Charlotte is incredibly talented and knows exactly how to shoot. The light in the background is so beautiful. This was an amazing opportunity to capture the spirit of my dogs and always see them as I did on that magical photo shoot. Rosa really lives on in those photos and I will cherish those memories of her for the rest of my life. I cannot put a price on the value of this gift. If there was a fire in my home and I could only take one thing it would be those wonderful photos. Many thanks.”
– Heidi & Tony
“Charlotte brought out in Bella’s photos what I see every day at home! The devilish look in her eyes when she has only one thing on her mind – HER BALL!!!! Absolutely love the photos and my family love them too, thanks again Charlotte, would not hesitate recommending you to family and friends!”
“The photo session with Charlotte was just lovely. We do not have the best behaved boy but Charlotte managed to work so well with him with some really beautiful results! Getting the photos back was so exciting! Thrilled with the results! Would happily do again and recommend to others.”
“Charlotte is such a fantastic photographer! Been admiring her work for many years, such stunning photos she captures, I was so glad I got her to capture my dog’s personalities and share their story in the Storybook Album – such a great product. She is very professional and super fun and our dogs loved the session. It was fun for them! Getting the album is best thing I have done and I now have ALL those great photos in such a precious book that I will have for the rest of my life. Cannot recommend Charlotte’s services enough! Everything about the whole experience was just fantastic!”
“The booking process was so easy, and Charlotte was there to answer any questions I had along the way, even helping me to choose a suitable location for our travel session. Charlotte is so warm and friendly, but also incredibly professional. She shot non-stop during our two-hour session, even lying in the mud and wet grass to capture the perfect photo.
I got a little teary when I saw Archie’s photos for the first time… they were more amazing than I ever could have imagined! Charlotte captured Archie exactly how I see him when I close my eyes and picture him in my heart. She captured all of his sweet little expressions and little details, like how his fur gets a little bit “crimpy” when it is wet. Archie’s personality shines through in all of the photos and that is something other photographers have completely missed in the past.
The photos from our session with Charlotte are simply beautiful and I will cherish them forever.”
“Charlotte was amazing throughout the entire process from booking the appointment, to the photo session itself and the ordering session at the end. She was incredibly patient and helped us choose the perfect location for the photo shoot. During the photo shoot she was really professional and friendly and immediately got the trust of our 6 month old pup. She knew exactly how to get him to pose for her in the cutest positions and she also got a lot of un-posed ‘action’ shots of him running around and playing on the beach. The photos captured his playful puppy personality perfectly.
“During the ordering session, Charlotte provided a very comfortable and personal environment for photo selection and supplied many physical print samples to aid in the decision making process. We initially only wanted to buy some wall art but loved our photos so much that we decided to get an album as well. The quality of the products exceeded our expectations and we are so happy and excited that we got them!”
– Urszula & John
“We absolutely love our photos and the storybook album. I am so glad I made the decision to hire Charlotte. Charlotte managed to capture each dog’s personalities perfectly, even when we expected Sam to be less than enthusiastic. Jessie and Sam won’t always be with us, but we now have photos and a beautiful album that we can treasure forever.”
“Charlotte provided beautiful, professional photos of our dog and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. The friendly and flexible service made the process easy and pleasant and I would recommend her work to anyone!”
“I found the overall experience to be fantastic. Charlotte really took the time to get to know my dogs and understand the unique personalities which showed through in the range and quality of the photos she took. I absolutely love my big canvas prints and got some excellent presents to give to other people as well.”
“It was a pleasure to meet Charlotte, she was so relaxed and calm. Buddy instantly wanted pats and attention from her. It was a great morning and you turned Buddy into the perfect model! There are some shots of Buddy that are just so adorable and cute and there are a couple of beautiful ones of us together that I will treasure forever. The photos are exactly what I wanted, I will definately be getting some wall art organised for my bare walls. I will be booking in for another shoot next time she comes to Melbourne!”
– Kim and Buddy Boy xoxo
“The whole experience was stress free and highly enjoyable. Charlotte knew how to get the best out of Bentley and the photos turned out great! His canvas now takes pride of place in our foyer!”
“Charlotte, thank you so much for the beautiful photos of Hector you took last year! Every time I look at the photos you took of him I’m reminded of every aspect of his personality which you captured so well and they always make me smile! I adore the photos – and would recommend you to anyone in a heartbeat! You didn’t miss a stride and had Hector doing all sorts of fantastic poses for you in no time at all!
“Thank you so much for the beautiful photos – they are a great comfort while I’m away and will make a fabulous shrine to him when I get home! Keep it up Charlotte! There is no doubt that you have an incredible gift both with the camera and with animals and I’ll always admire your work!”
“Charlotte was amazing from the very start. She was incredibly professional, organised, creative and caring. I cannot recommend her enough. It is so important to capture precious moments with loved ones and Charlotte understands this and is the best for the job.”
“Jake had a fabulous time on his shoot with Charlotte. Being an old boy, we had not seen him run around like a young pup for quite some time, he had so much fun and so did we watching him. We are so happy with the resulting shots, and can’t thank Charlotte enough. Don’t delay, you won’t regret it!”
“I picked up the album this morning, it is absolutely awesome, everyone in the office loves it – most of all me, the photos are beautiful and I think the black frame sets the colours off beautifully, am absolutely delighted – it is such a quality product.
“You have captured her essence and then put it all together in such a way that is presented with such finesse, that I will be showing this off to my family and friends forever. This photo album is something that will be treasured in our family for all time.”
“Right from the start Charlotte was very approachable and friendly and made Roy and myself very comfortable. Charlotte is not only professional in every aspect of her work but genuinely loves what she does and it really shows in the finished products. A big thank you from Roy and Carmen.”
“After initially being frightened of the machine that went ‘whir-click-flash’, Charlotte put Maddie at ease and was soon getting great shots of her. Charlotte did an amazing job capturing Maddie in action at one of her favourite places – a beautiful tree-lined dirt track out in the country – Border Collie Heaven! They were both in their element. It is obvious that Charlotte is an animal lover as she was patient and took the time to get the right shots.
“The session was arranged as a surprise birthday present and Charlotte was very accommodating (and deceptively sneaky!) in making the whole experience a success! We are delighted with the photos and images of Maddie now hang proudly on our wall. Thanks!”
“Charlotte did a professional and amazing job with our fur babies Angus & Rocky. The photos capture their personality to the fullest & I’m beyond happy with the final result. I was so impressed with Charlotte’s interaction with Angus & Rocky & her patience! I highly recommend a photoshoot to anyone who loves their pets just as much as I do.”
“We couldn’t have asked for anyone more professional, lovely and talented to take our photos. Not to mention having a really fun time at the photo shoot. Charlotte has such a natural and amazing style to her photographs that definitely make them stand out. If you are looking or thinking about having some beautiful photographs taken of you and your pets that you will cherish forever, you should definitely get in touch with Charlotte Reeves Photography, you will be so happy with the results.”
“My boys Yoyo and Blackie got on really well with Charlotte. Which is great as Blackie is a nervous dog. Love the photos and the book the pictures came in.”
“The thing we loved most about your photos was they are so natural and free. The dogs are running and playing and doing as they wish, not being forced to sit and stay all the time in a boring setting.”
– Christabelle & Andrew
“Charlotte was very understanding and took the time to give me the results I wanted. They were very special circumstances. She has done a fabulous job and I would recommend her to, well, everyone. She loves animals and it shows. My dog Albert loved her. The photos are fabulous, and I found her to be understanding, patient, and took the time to find out about me, my dog and our connection, which showed in the photos. Nothing was to much trouble. She is great!”
“I had been admiring Charlottes work via her blog for quite some time and quickly booked a session when I heard she was coming to Adelaide. Charlotte had a great rapport with our dogs and I loved that she took the time to play and get to know them then made sure they were relaxed before the work began. Work? Gus loved playing and posing for Charlotte and she managed to get the best out of him with some amazing shots as a result. Ollie just loved Charlotte and while he wasn’t keen on posing, Charlotte calmly persisted and Ollie looked gorgeous in the end.
“We are thrilled with the final photos and will forever treasure the memories that Charlotte captured. The end products Charlotte offers are fabulous and I cannot wait to order more.”
“Charlotte, you gave us the ultimate gift – our puppies the way we see and love them captured forever. You were fantastic to work with and went the extra mile to ensure that we were truly satisfied with the pictures. THANK YOU!”
– T, J, E & F
“Those who are close to me know that I’m a perfectionist to the point of being almost impossible to please. However, Charlotte manages to do just that! Even though one of my dogs in particular was a real challenge to work with, Charlotte found a way to bring out the best in him. We couldn’t be happier with the final images. I can honestly say that all three of my dogs came up PERFECT!”
“Charlotte did an amazing job getting Zoey to perform for the camera as she’s normally quite a laid back old sook. The photos are absolutely gorgeous and I know that my brother will cherish them long after our baby has gone. We both just want to say a huge thankyou to Charlotte for making the afternoon so fun and relaxing!”
“I was extremely impressed with the effort that Charlotte put in in order to get good photos. She was happy to climb around furniture, get down in the grass, and lay on the balcony etc. She also had a few tricks to get the attention of two very inattentive dogs! I would gladly use her services again, and definitey recommend her to others.”
“We stumbled across Charlotte’s website by accident but immediately fell in love with her work and quickly booked a session for Macca and Baxter. Our expectations of the photo shoot were very high due to Charlotte’s magnificent website and we can assure you that we were not disappointed. Our expectations were not only met but greatly exceeded. Charlotte is an amazing talent.
“The photo session at the beach was great fun and we just love our photos of Macca and Baxter. Charlotte is so much more than a photographer. She ia an artist. If you love your pet a photo shoot with Charlotte is a must. Thanks Charlotte.”
– Jeff, Janelle, Harrison and Savannah
“Thanks Charlotte for providing unique photos of Sparkles when you visited Sydney. On the day she was number ONE and her safety and enjoyment were your priority not once did you show any frustration with Sparkles when she did what she pleased rather than what was wanted. You allowed her to be herself, as a result I would have no hesitation recommending you to other people for their pets photos. In a new environment for all of us I think you did a wonderful job. Thank you.”
“I went online to find a photographer who would capture the relationship I have with my horses and found many unimaginative options. It was only when I saw Charlotte’s website that I knew I’d found the perfect photographer for the job & had to convince her to shoot me and my horses.
“The day of the shoot Charlotte instantly put us all at ease and made the session a lot of fun, the horses were comfortable and it was obvious that Charlotte has an affinity with animals. Charlotte’s photos are works of art which capture the spirit of your pet on film, so narrowing the choice down is not an easy task! Charlotte’s prints hang proudly in our home and they will remind me forever of the unique bond my horses and I share and for that I’m so grateful.”
“I couldn’t believe that we were lucky enough to score a session with you in Melbourne, we were so over the moon about the photos and how they turned out. We will certainly be getting LOTS of prints made to hang up we can’t just choose one! Thanks again for everything Charlotte, and hopefully you come back to Melbourne really soon!!!”
– Amanda and Josh
“Have dogs?? Then you need Charlotte!! She has a real connection with our four legged friends. You can see them responding to her instantly, she has good doggy energy that instantly puts the dogs at ease, the patience of a Saint and a true understanding of what we doggy owners want. She captures personalities through the lens!!”
– Tracey (proud owner of 4 Great Danes!)
“My two labs loved the session with Charlotte and so did I. We had lots of fun playing in the park to get candid shots and some great poses at home too. I think it was a wonderful experience for all who were involved and I love the finished product. Again, thanks Charlotte for a fantastic photo session.”
“My session was a gift from my daughters for Mothers Day and I was thrilled with it. Charlotte is a lovely person and my dog Mali got on famously with her. I really enjoyed my session with her, she chose a lovely location and time of day and I was excited to see the photos. She took LOTS and there was plenty to choose from! It took me ages to choose which ones to get printed as they were ALL fabulous! I just love the finished product and I ended up choosing a canvas and some larger prints and am so happy with them all! Thank you Charlotte.”