Charlotte Reeves Photography Blog
This was my first official session of the year here – meet Lulu! Only 5 months old, Lulu is a Dogue de Bordeaux cross and is Briana’s pride and joy. Her family has always had Mastiffs and when she saw Lulu’s litter she knew instantly Lulu was the one for her.
Though most of my sessions take place in the afternoon - in that magical hour or so before sunset - I do occasionally drag myself out of bed before sunrise and shoot mornings sessions as well. And by morning, I mean - the crack 'o dawn!
About a month after losing their family dog - a Mastiff / Bull Arab cross - Connie took her family to visit their local pet rescue shelter. Just for a look, of course! They ended up bringing home two 6 week old sibling foster pups. Benji’s sweet, happy and fun-loving temperament (along with his fat little roly-poly body and cute face) meant foster failure was inevitable.
It was third time lucky for my shoot with Mia and Ella who had come all the way from Eidsvold (about 5 hours from Brisbane) for their session with their mum and dad – Sarah and Daniel. Our first session was rained out, then on the second try the skies were shrouded in heavy cloud. On the third attempt we were blessed with clear blue skies and sunshine – the absolute perfect weather for me to create my sunlit style!
Let’s get this out of the way first – isn’t Dynamo just the perfect name for an active Dalmatian? I love it! It comes from the Greek word for “power” and is associated with activity and energy – which this guy certainly had a great deal of as you’ll discover later on.
Years ago I received a golden nugget of advice – when drawing something at random – you should always choose the one that “sticks to your fingers”. The original advice was actually in relation to rune stones, but whenever I need to draw a winner out of a bunch of entries, I always have this in the back of my mind.
Golden Retrievers would have to be one of my favourite dog breeds. Every single one I meet is an absolute sweetheart, and one year old Monte here was no exception!
Full of beans and with confidence to spare, Yagmur high-stepped towards the water. As his paws came into contact with the soft, waterlogged sand and it gave away slightly underfoot, I could see the change in his bearing as his forward movement wavered slightly.
This lucky boy gets to spend almost all day with his beloved mum, and their resulting bond is really obvious from the moment you meet them! Marley is a one year old Border Collie who lives on the Gold Coast.
Riot is a Bernese Mountain Dog who, although just a youngster, is beautifully trained by his very proud mum and dad. We met up at his local park (which has now found it’s way into my Location Guide I loved it so much) and spent an hour or so encouraging Riot to run around madly for some hilarious slobber-laden action photos…
When I received Layla’s application for my dog model database, I just knew I had to meet her. Although still a puppy at the time of applying, her mum Lisa assured me she already met all the criteria.
Bonnie could quite possibly be the happiest dog I have ever photographed. She clearly loves life, her mum, the beach, and well… everything and everyone! Abandoned at eight years old and ending up at the RSPCA shelter in Alice Springs, Peta discovered her there and after a couple of visits, adopted her.
Golden Retrievers – every one I meet makes me fall in love with the breed even more – and these two were no exception! Meet Daisy Mai and her foster-brother-turned-actual-brother Ollie B.
You may remember the rather epic shoot I had with a pack of four stunning Siberian Huskies – Amber, Alaska, Dakoda and Kiah. Just a few weeks after our shoot in the pine forest, I received the news that beautiful Kiah had unexpectedly passed away after returning from a trip down to the snow. As the much loved original member of the pack, I know that she must have left a huge hole in the household.
Pepper the Westie is a popular kinda gal, in fact, if you mix in dog circles you might already be a member of her fan club! Pepper shot to fame a couple of years ago when she won the Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer Official Pet Ambassador (how’s that for a long title!) competition.
When a love for big dogs and a love of running combined, the obvious breed of choice for Karla was a Cane Corso. Closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff, the Cane Corso is well muscled and athletic, but not as bulky as some of the other mastiff breeds.
I spent a lovely afternoon at the beach with Marjorie and Malcolm and their two Miniature Schnauzers, Heidi and Millie. We nearly postponed the session due to the cloud hanging around but in the end went ahead anyway and were rewarded with a beautiful sunset!
These four beautiful Siberian Huskies aren’t just incredibly good looking, they also do dry land gig racing with Northern Exposure Gig Racing Club Inc. Soon after our session, they all headed off down south to the snow where they had a ball sled racing at the annual Sled Dog Challenge – enjoying the cold white stuff, totally in their element.
Meet Holly, Lola, Rosa and Sophie. All rescues and all very much loved by their devoted mum Heidi and dad Tony.
When deciding on the breed of dog to add to my family years ago, I very nearly settled on a Greyhound. I met some at a Gold Coast pet event who were doing their bit to help promote Greyhound adoption through a rescue organisation called Friends of the Hound. I fell in love with their gentleness and sensitivity – these dogs have the most amazing soft temperaments and contrary to what some might assume, make excellent pets.
At the grand opening of Auchenflower pet supply store Chew Chomp and Chill, we held a lucky door prize draw and Trish was the winner of the Bare Bones Session I offered up as a prize. Choosing just one of her many pets, which include 5 dogs, 2 cats, 3 rats, 6 chooks and 2 fish (!!) was hard, but she settled on her special little Beagle boy Humphrey as it was soon to be his first birthday. What a great birthday present!
You’d never guess that Grace, Albert and Ruby are all well into their senior years – they have so much poise and not a smidgen of their age shows! Though Grace and Albert have been blessed with a life of luxury, Ruby was rescued from a puppy farm just a few years ago. I had a fantastic afternoon in the company of these lovely dogs (and their even lovelier mummy Kimbra).
Staffies would have to be one of the most popular breeds in Australia, so as you’d expect I’ve photographed quite a few of them. Bella would have to be one of the most active though. This girl was ALL about her ball – or whatever toy you have on hand to throw for her, including her colour-coordinated purple Kong!
One of my favourite places to shoot is the pine forests around the Glass House Mountains, north of Brisbane. I have a few other pine forest locations around south east Queensland in my location guide, but this one is by far the most beautiful!
This one has been a long time in the planning with lots of re-scheduling due to weather, but we finally got it together and Mooky had his Bare Bones session at the Spit on the Gold Coast. As often happens after rescheduling numerous times due to weather, we were treated to absolutely perfect weather on the day, almost as a reward for our patience!
Another consolation prize winner from my 4000 fans promotion on Facebook in late 2013, Mikayla decided to use her $100 credit voucher towards a Bare Bones session for her special boy Diesel. Here’s what she had to say about Diesel in the questionnaire: “Diesel was one of the last puppies left in his litter and no one wanted him because he did not have a tail. When we first saw him we loved him and knew he had to be ours.”
Downy soft hair, needle sharp teeth and the softest ears ever can only mean one thing…. pupppyyyy!!! After Mollie’s Bare Bones Session (the perfect length for puppies), I was lucky enough to get cuddles and nearly bundled her into my car and took off with her! Such a sweetie but with lots of spunk too, the perfect puppy package.
Pappy is a super adorable Corgi cross, much loved by his mum Louise. We met at a lovely park in south east Brisbane with lots of space for Pappy to explore – he spent much time sniffing around! Lucky we had some liver treats on hand (his absolute favourite) to lure him back into posing nicely for us.
I’d known the owner of JayJay for a number of years, so when he contacted me to book a session with his and his sister’s Border Collies, I was delighted! JayJay and Milo are brothers from the same litter and the best of friends, both living on the Gold Coast, and just about to turn four years old.
Just before Christmas in 2013, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the lovely Alyssa and her two pups at her beautiful Gold Coast hinterland home. I had the best time with lots of laughs! I swear that dogs have a sense of humour, and Yogi the Golden Retriever is quite the comedian!