Baby Chloe | Newborn Photos Geelong

Baby Chloe had her session a couple of weeks ago, and was just the teeniest, sweetest little girl. 

If you scroll down to her beautiful images, you'll see she has a rather large hairy big brother, who also tried his hand at being in front of the camera!    

Need to book your own newborn session?  Booking a few months in advance is the way to go! 

Mothers in Business | Kate Robinson of Sandy Paws

Back to my Mothers in Business series this year, and this time I caught up with Kate Robinson from Sandy Paws.

Having been part of it once myself,  I can tell you that the dog world is filled with people with lots of different ideas on how to treat and train dogs.   But for those of us with busy family lives, most of us just want a happy, contented dog that is easy to live with and include in family life and activities.


This is where Kate comes in.   She runs a dog training and walking business around the Bellarine called Sandy Paws.

"I started my own business to enable me to do the job that I love and help people and dogs, whilst being able to fit my work around my children and family life"

Fully trained and certified by the NDTF (National Dog Trainers Federation), Kate takes a balanced approach to dog training - using positive reinforcement where appropriate while still making sure the dogs know who is boss.    The goal is to have happy, well adjusted family dogs so that kids, parents and pooches can all live comfortably together.  With a focus  on working with dogs and their families together - whether it be taking the dogs for regular walks,  socialising puppies,  working to improve dog aggression, lead pulling, and recalls - it's the kind of service that every dog lover might need at some point.

Kate lives with two of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met - Djindi the staffy cross and Illy the cattle dog cross.    Lets just say I got plenty of sloppy doggie kisses in the making of this blog.  Both are rescues and are perfect for dispelling any lingering myths that rescues can’t make wonderful family dogs.

As the mum of two school aged kids kids as well (Sophie and Max) many of Kate’s clients are the same - trying to juggle the demands of family life with the demands of caring for their furry family members as well.       They need a dog trainer who understands not just dogs, but families and their needs too.



Having been a professional trainer since 2011, Kate has had experience in helping hundreds of dogs and families with every issue you can imagine.  Take for example, Leroy.
I followed Kate to see one of her regular clients - an adorable (and huge!) lab called Leroy.   Leroy is scared of walking up stairs, so he, Kate and his dedicated owner have been working on his reluctance, using treats along the way so that Leroy can associate the scary stairs with something a lot nicer - yummy treats.
If you have a dog that could do with some Sandy Paws love, you can reach Kate's website by clicking here or facebook by clicking here.
If you’re a mum in business and would love your own session, just email me  .   Go beyond the headshot and show your real selves to your clients!

Couples Session | The Etwells and Their Puppies

The Etwells came to me about organising a couples session for their one year wedding anniversary.    As you can see, the extra fun bit was that they bought their two adorable puppies with them.These two wanted some very relaxed, casual images to celebrate their relationship, so that's what they got!

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Ben & Brett's Session in Geelong | Couples, Pets photography Geelong

Brett & Ben's session was actually a very cool gift idea from one of their best friends, a lovely idea for a Christmas gift.   Sometimes these can go a bit wrong - if the recipients of the gift are only getting the session done because it's paid for, and not because they want to.  But I could tell these guys were interested, just worried about being in front of the camera (as most of us are!). But add in a big friendly dog, a dog loving photographer and some dog loving clients and well, of course it's going to go well!  After quite a few reschedules because of the weather, we FINALLY got to do this session almost a year after they were gifted!  We got some lovely weather down at Balyang Sanctuary in Geelong and there were not too many dogs or people around to distract Mason.

Ben & Brett were pretty open about not being huge fans of being in front of the camera, so I think they were just a bit surprised how well everything turned out.     I'm always telling everyone that it's never as bad or awkward as you think it's going to be, but I guess the proof is in the pudding, and some nice words!

"As we are not people who like the 'limelight', we were intimidated about not being comfortable with a stranger taking our pictures. But we had nothing to worry about, you really helped us feel completely comfortable and relaxed.  

We were not worried about Natalie's ability to take a beautiful photo, but more worried that we would not be relaxed enough to look good in it! Natalie made us feel comfortable and because of that, caught some really great moments! We couldn't be happier with the results!"

Enjoy!  (I hope your friend  was also happy with the result!!)



Geelong Family Dog Portrait Photographer | Ryan & Laura

Ryan is an old dog.    He's looking weathered, his back legs aren't doing the best job at keeping him steady, and he sleeps most of the day now, but his enthusiasm for food and cuddles definitely hasn't waned one bit.  He will try and walk straight through furniture in order to get to where he thinks some food may be, leaving a dog shaped trail of destruction in his wake. As we keep being told by a certain someone, we think Ryan is over 70 years old in doggie/human years (that means he's around 10/11 in real years!).  We only think, because Ryan is a rescue dog.

While he is 'technically' her dad's dog,  Laura has claimed him as her own for years.   There are plenty of photos floating around with Ryan dressed up in a dress, or wearing a hat, or having had a blankie and pillow carefully placed around him while he slept.

So, as dogs unfortunately don't live forever, we thought we'd get Ryan all groomed up and take him and Laura out for their own session.     There's nothing quite like growing up with  a dog you love, and just like a first love, they'll be the dog that you'll always measure all other dogs against.  No other dog will be as loyal, or as perfect as that one dog that spent your childhood with you.

I offer special "The Family Dog" sessions, contact me :)






A Girl & Her Dog | Family, Children & Pet Photographer Geelong

I thought I would change the pace a little and show everyone this series of images I took the other day of my step daughter and the big hairy collie we 'share' called Rainer (yep, 50/50 doggie custody here). I grew up desperately wanting a Collie Rough (yep this is the same breed as Lassie) but my parents were German Shepherd lovers and it wasn't until I was an adult that I was able to finally have my own Collie.  Until then I had to make do with watching the original Lassie Come Home movie on repeat.    Now I live with four Collies and occasional fosters but I still get excited every time I see one on the street!

A boy and his dog is such a common sentiment, but girls have doggie best friends too.   So here is my little post celebrating just how awesome it is for kids to grow up with their own special dog (or four).

If your child has a special furry friend I'm happy to put together a little "Best Friends" mini shoot.  Contact me :)