The life of Luna {story of a Tibetan Terrier}

Luna

As some of you may know, we already have a strikingly handsome and good looking two year old Tibetan Terrier called Alfie. He has recently been diagnosed with quite a rare illness called Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy which is an auto-immune disease where the body rejects the claws, resulting in painful and infected feet and means that the claws have to be removed and he is rattling with tablets. But it doesn’t affect his quality of life and he will be much more comfortable when his new, stronger claws grow through.

We hadn’t realised that he was quite so ill … we visited a breeder to think about reserving a puppy … and came home with Luna, a 15 month old Tibetan with a big attitude. She is too small to be a viable breeding dog and now she is sharing her life and adventures with us. At the beginning, because Alfie was poorly, they didn’t really get on too well but now that he is regaining his strength and we are going for walks together, things are settling down.

So I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front but have been busy with family photoshoots, newborn shoots, surprise birthday parties, both for 40th and 80th celebrations, some beautiful vintage jewellery photography and wedding consultations too.

And, of course, photographing our new addition … can you see her hugely long eyelashes? One flutter of those and we were smitten. Tibetans have such long eyelashes to keep their hair out of their eyes.

Luna

How could you resist? We couldn’t …

Luna

And so our house is expanding … and becoming an exceptionally happy and fun place to be. If you are thinking of having an addition of the furry kind, do drop me an email sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk. Pets take such a great part of our hearts and are often overlooked when it comes to portrait shoots. Don’t “paws” for thought, drop me a line! I’ll also donate a percentage of the price of each photoshoot to a local animal rehoming centre based on the outskirts of Faversham which gives many animals a chance of a better life.

Fast and furious … and not just the shutter speeds!

With this little bit of good weather, it was great to be outside today. I was introduced to a group of ladies who are training their puppies (who are all under a year old) by my good friend Rachel from JustSo Clothing and was allowed along to take some photographs! The morning started with some running and chasing (and having a puppy myself, I know that he would have enjoyed himself so much …) and then they got down to the training part. Here are just a couple of montages from today!

Photographing black dogs can sometimes be quite challenging and there were two black labs there today so I got plenty of practice!

But I think the images came out just fine!

For those of you who have met my Tibetan Terrier, Alfie, know that he isn’t always the most obedient of dogs (but undeniably cute …) and I was really impressed with the owners and how their dogs listened and reacted. Alfie, it’s time to start training again!

Thank you to everyone who let me coming along today and gave me permission to photograph them and their dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Something a little bit different from my “normal” photography … no people!

Well, I guess that’s not strictly true. There were people driving the tractors. Alfie (my Tibetan Terrier) and I went out for an early morning stroll, enjoying this delightful weather that the UK has at the moment – temperatures topping at 28.5 degrees, believe it or not! Anyway, we were walking through some woodland, when we came across the preparations for the East Kent Ploughing Match. I didn’t want to get too close … those things look sharp … but here’s a couple of images to show that, five minutes away from the town where I live, there is gorgeous countryside … and ploughing!

Tents had been put up and I could see a traction engine smoking in the distance. And shire horses too. Alfie and I decided not to hang around too long … and wandered back through the woods where the light (always so important for photographers) was perfect … enjoy the autumn colours!

And if you want to see Alfie in action (not taken today … but in the same field), here he is …

Family photoshoot with wellies and new puppy {cute alert}!

It’s always lovely to be invited back to photograph a new addition to the family … and this time the new addition is the cutest puppy in the world! I first met this fabulous family when their littlest girl was only a baby herself … how she has grown … and how different are the two girls! Add mummy and daddy’s wellies and the puppy into the mix and check out their sneak peek …

We really had wanted to get out into the garden but unfortunately the weather didn’t agree – although by the time I left, the sun was starting to peek through the clouds. We set up a studio indoors instead, and created a fun set of images using both studio lights and natural light …

And, of course, mummy and daddy had to have some cute pictures with the star of the show!

Thanks to everyone for making it all such fun … and maybe next time the sun will shine for us! If you are expecting a new addition to your family or just want some updated images of your children as they grow, do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and check out my website here.

I have a new man in my life – meet {Alfie}

For those of you who know me personally, or who follow my updates on Facebook and Twitter, you may have seen that we have a new addition to the household … Alfie is a Tibetan Terrier who was born on 18 December 2010. He is growing by the day and has the hugest feet – good for walking on snow, apparently, as Tibetan Terriers were given to travellers as a good luck charm and for safety when they were traversing the snowy valleys.

Bringing a puppy into a household can be a fraught time – I’ve never had a dog before so I need to train myself as much as I need to train Alfie. He has already come with me on some photoshoots and is meeting lots of new people. He is an excitable little one, who loves to show his affection by biting … which worried me at first but now I realise that he is just saying “hello” and that it is normal for puppies. We will be going to puppy training because we all want to have a dog of whom we can be proud and not scared.

Anyway, here’s a pic of our new little man, who has already found his way into our hearts …

If you book a shoot with me or we arrange a meeting, do let me know if you like dogs … as Alfie may well be joining us!

Faversham photographer Samantha Jones photographs {Tricky and Dicky}

I have recently been asked whether I photograph family pets and other types of animals – and the answer is yes! I thought I would show you a few images from a shoot recently with Tricky and Dicky, residents at Home Choice Carpets (www.homechoicecarpets.com) who are based in Whitstable. Take a look …

As to which one is Tricky, and which one is Dicky, well, I will let you guess! Thanks to Debbie for making me feel so welcome and thanks to Dicky, in particular, for being so well behaved!

Pet Portrait Photography … something a little different

On Saturday, I got the opportunity to shoot my neighbours dogs … this may sound slightly worse than it really was …

Murphy and Charlie were absolutely great fun – and their owners were prepared with treats to keep them both in check.

Murphy is a delight to photograph:

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Charlie was a little more skittish: but just as cute …

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Last night I downloaded the images across for their owners who are going to use them in their Christmas newsletter – such a compliment and praise indeed!

Thanks again Steve and Rosie for letting us visit and photograph your lovely dogs and also for having some great set-up ideas. 

Now I just have to get the dog hairs out of my background before the next shoot …!