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.

Two Labradoodles and a Tibetan Terrier – fun in a little bit of sun at Perry Wood!

How do I spend a morning off? By grabbing a camera and meeting up with one of my clients for a walk in the woods with our dogs. This was the first time that Alfie, my Tibetan Terrier, had met Kitty and Dougall, but they seemed to hit it off. In search of sunshine (which was sadly a bit hit and miss), we enjoyed strolling through this historic wood, enjoying the beautiful autumnal colours and getting one or two pictures …

Using a little bit of off camera lighting …

A little bit of posing …

And charging through the leaves …

Some general milling around (apparently, Dougall always likes to be in the front of the frame for family portraits …)

And a rather regal looking Dougall …

And yes, Alfie does need a hair cut …

It really was great fun and so enjoyable to be outside enjoying the last of the autumn sunshine. So, if you fancy a stroll on the beach or your favourite park and have a relatively obedient dog, drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk!

What a difference a day makes … {personal}

Those of you who know me or who follow my blog may know that we have a Tibetan Terrier called Alfie. You may have met him or just heard me talk about what a perfect puppy he is (at 18 months, can we still call him a puppy?).

Anyway, today was haircut day. So, of course, I photographed him yesterday … and then just now. Top left was yesterday …

He can see! We’ve decided to have his “top knot” cut off … and he’s running around like a crazy thing, probably because he can see! And, naturally, whilst he was off at the groomer’s, Ginge decided to bring in a mouse … which was nice …

A walk by the seaside and a chance for some {time out}

It’s been super busy lately. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all! Taking beautiful and memorable images is part of my daily life and I decided, on this wonderful day full of sunshine, to take some time out … just for me. Alfie, my little Tibetan Terrier (boy has he changed since that picture …) joined me on the beach, just five miles from where we live.

And here’s what I saw …

As we walked along, it amazed me how much detritus there is on just a short section of the beach … but beautiful shapes and shadows and textures too.

And yes, that is a skull in the top left hand of the next montage …

I just took one lens with me, my lovely 85mm f1.8 … it makes you think more about setting up the shot rather than just clicking away …

And here’s an up-to-date pic of our little one …

He’s almost fully grown now and celebrates his first birthday in December. What a year it’s been … and it’s not over yet! Enjoy the sunshine wherever you are – it’s back to work for me now!

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 …

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!

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