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A colour-coordinated spaniel called Brin

Brin is possibly the loudest dog photography client we’ve ever had. Apparently he barks wherever he goes and he certainly brought his big personality to this photoshoot.

Brin is exuberant with a huge personality

Brin is exuberant with a huge personality
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

He also looked superb against the scrub on the moors, coordinating beautifully! As a result, most of the shoot was in colour with just a couple of black and white images.

Brin looked fantastic against a red moor Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Brin looked fantastic against a red moor
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

As we’ve mentioned in previous pic of the shoot posts, light is our number one concern out on a shoot. Running through the heather, for example, has to be done into the light, in order to catch it in our subject’s eyes. See how Brin’s eyes shine in the shots and there are no displeasing shadows on his face – it’s all about direction of light, as well as the quality of it.

Brin ran towards the light - and the camera - thanks to a narrow path with bush to either side Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Brin ran towards the light – and the camera – thanks to a narrow path
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

When we were photographing his action shots, Brin was quite unpredictable in terms of the direction he would run in. We had to choose narrow paths with high bush to either side to steer him on the path we wanted him to go, while we waited with the camera focused ready to capture an awesome shot.

The big puddle - it had to be done! Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

The big puddle – it had to be done!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

We managed to steer Brin away from the dirty puddles at the start of the shoot but, as we came to the end of the session, he enjoyed a good paddle and we captured a great image as a result. Look how happy he is!

Most of the shoot was in colour, with a couple of black and whites Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Most of the shoot was in colour, with a couple of black and whites
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

What a handsome chap Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

What a handsome chap
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

More running!Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

More running!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Words: Aislinn Kelly. Photographs: Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson at The Mighty pooch.

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some more of our shoots.

Meet Millie and Jake – Leeds Dogs Trust sponsor dogs

For the last three years, Michael has enjoyed the lovely job of photographing the Leeds Dogs Trust sponsor dogs Millie and Jake, whom The Mighty Pooch also now sponsors. Both long-term residents at the centre, Millie and Jake are wonderful dogs who had a tough start in life.

 

Jake (left) and Millie Photograph by The Mighty Pooch

Jake (left) and Millie
Photograph by The Mighty Pooch

Jake is a tan-coloured beagle cross who was born in March 2009. Aged just one, he came to live at Dogs Trust Leeds in March 2010, where he enjoys paddling in the pond and playing with his squeaky toys. He’s also quite the drooler, which could be down to his love of food! Although Jake has been with Dogs Trust since 2010, it is possible that he could find an adoptive home, should the right people come along. He’s certainly a happy chappy with a lot of sunshine in his doggy smile.

Millie is a Heinz 57 – she is her own unique breed. She was born in October 2000 and, aged two, she arrived at Dogs Trust in September 2002. Millie’s favourite things are her toys, grub and trips out in the car. She is mistrustful, however, of strangers, and dislikes those she doesn’t know. Luckily, she has some wonderful carers who she allows in for cuddles – and plenty of canine chums to play with at the centre. She’s a refined lady who offers her paw for treats and, at 12 years old, she still enjoys a walk and a chew on a big stick.

Dogs Trust vows never to destroy a healthy dog – and that’s why they have their sponsorship scheme, as they explain: “For those dogs finding it difficult to be rehomed, whether it’s due to behavioural or medical issues they may have, supporters are able to sponsor them whilst they are in our care. Sponsorship goes towards food, medical care and training for all the dogs in our care. It also covers the costs of running the rehoming centres, ensuring our dogs stay safe and warm until we can reach our ultimate goal of finding each dog a loving home.”

If you want to find out more, or sponsor Jake or Millie yourself, head to www.sponsoradog.org.uk for more information.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

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Wrapping up a hectic April on The Mighty Pooch blog

The sun finally made an appearance this month, bringing with it glorious daffodils, crocus and, right outside our house, some beautiful blossom. We’ve had a busy month at The Mighty Pooch HQ with photoshoots and we also managed to get away for the weekend with the pooch to Crake Trees Manor in Cumbria, where we spent three nights in a shepherd’s hut and managed to photograph the resident dogs while we were there.

 

The gorgeous view from the shepherd's hut at Crake Trees Manor

The gorgeous view from the shepherd’s hut at Crake Trees Manor

In Cool Canine Kit we checked out some bulldog-inspired pieces for dog lovers’ interiors, plus the hottest dog-inspired arm candy for spring summer ‘13. After much research, we also picked out our top 5 dog-inspired gifts for guys who love their four-legged friends and aren’t afraid to show it!

We visited the guys at Dogs Trust Leeds to photograph sponsor dogs, Millie, Jake and Elvis, three gorgeous dogs who were down on their luck till the wonderful folks at Dogs Trust came along to take care of them. Now they are the faces of the charity – and what lovely little faces they are. If you fancy sponsoring one of them, head to www.sponsoradog.org.uk for more info. Take it from us – it feels good.

We also checked out GPS collars after we found a wandering dog – let us know if you use one and what you think – and learnt something interesting about the sniffing powers of detection dogs. And we chatted to Nicole Welch, a 17-year-old with a huge ambition to open her own dog-friendly café in London.

Dexter the boxer - one of our pic of the shoot stars

Dexter the boxer – one of our pic of the shoot stars

Dexter the boxer and Lucy the spaniel were our pic of the shoot stars this month. And finally, in Crazy Dog Lady, we shared with you super Sam the dachshund’s incredible thieving ways. We’re still searching for that cape!

Phew, I don’t know how we fitted all that in.

And so May is upon us, bringing more Crazy Dog Lady shenanigans to The Mighty Pooch blog – are the clever things Bruce does really clever or just a coincidence? We’ll have more Cool Canine Kit, plus we’ll meet the Dogs Trust sponsor dogs in pic of the shoot, and lots more! So please stay tuned – and get in touch if you’ve anything to share with us or would like to be featured as a Pooch Profile.

Have a great month!

Aislinn Kelly

hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Cool canine kit for guys

When I told Michael I was going to find some designer dog wear and unearth some cool canine kit for guys, he pulled a sceptical face, while visions of Granny’s favourite appliqued jumpers sprung to mind. And, with all the – frankly dreadful – t-shirts, socks and other cheesy items I found clogging up the internet, he wasn’t wrong when he predicted it would be tricky to hone in on the good stuff. But I trawled through the dirge so you don’t have to and here’s my top 5 dog-inspired gifts for guys.

 

General Cornelius Fuzzington tee by Maiden Voyage Clothing

General Cornelius Fuzzington tee by Maiden Voyage Clothing

1. I had to subject my eyes to hundreds of tedious “This guy loves dogs” and “Pugs not drugs” t-shirts to unearth a cool General Cornelius Fuzzington tee by Maiden Voyage Clothing. Love it teamed with jeans and a pair of converse for a lazy day. Approx £19

2. Remember Rude Dog and the Dweebs? Well, these English bull terrier cufflinks from the Dog and Dobbin really remind me of that old-school cartoon. Worn with a cool suit, they give a sneaky nod to canine couture. £27.95

3. This LostDog iPhone cover is arty and fun. Approx £15

4. There are plenty of mugs to be mulled over, but I chose this Goggles Dog mug by Nadia Sparham as a fun gift for a guy who likes scruffy terriers and a decent cuppa. For the more refined chaps, it even comes with a saucer. £12

English bull terrier cufflinks by Dog and Dobbin

English bull terrier cufflinks by Dog and Dobbin

5. We could have done with one of these dog collar cams when Sam was in his prime to discover how he got up to all his thieving! A great gift for a gadget lover who owns a mischievous and adventurous dog – a quick Google search is all that’s required to enter another world of technological possibilities! Various ££

Words: Aislinn Kelly

hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Meet the 17-year-old dog lover with a huge ambition

I’m a sucker for a dog-friendly café. If I can take Bruce with me for a nice brew and piece of cake after a good walk, I’m happy. So when I heard about 17-year-old Nicole Welch’s dream to open a Paws for Coffee café, where people can go for coffee plus a cuddle with a canine, I was intrigued.

 

Nicole got her initial idea for her dog-friendly café, Paws for Coffee, from the cat cafés in Japan, which give punters somewhere to go for a cuppa and the option to stroke a resident cat while they’re enjoying their refreshments. Nicole’s plan is to open a doggy version in London, where dog lovers can congregate and non-dog owners can visit and feel the benefit of a cuddle with a four-legged friend.

Nicole and Millie Image supplied by Nicole Welch

Nicole and Millie
Image supplied by Nicole Welch

“I realise how much dogs can bring people together,” Nicole tells The Mighty Pooch. “Whether you have a dog or not, just talking about dogs can make you smile. That’s where I came up with the idea of a dog café, a place where you can meet puppies and other dog owners, and bring along your furry friend, all while enjoying yourself.”

Nicole is certainly a determined teenager, as she spent 10 years trying to persuade her mum, who suffers from a skin condition, to get a dog. “After extreme researching I managed to convince my mum that a hypoallergenic breed shouldn’t trigger her and we’ve now had Millie, a cockapoo, since the day she turned eight weeks old. The one thing that annoyed me though was not being able to take her out with us for a coffee or some lunch!”

Millie will be one of the resident dogs at the café when it eventually opens and will come to work with Nicole every day. “I intend to rescue another dog as soon as I can who will also be a resident pooch, while people with friendly, healthy dogs will be more than welcome to come in for tea and cake. Later down the line we’ll organise puppy parties and other events. I want to hold fundraising events to raise awareness with animal charities too.”

Far from simply a café where dogs are petted and cooed over, Nicole intends to use her enterprise to “make the world (well, maybe just London for now) a place that accepts dogs and looks after them, loves them and treats them as we would wish to be treated.” She hopes to work with people with disabilities, anxiety and depression, too, believing that dogs can really make a difference to people’s well-being.

“Dogs do wonders for people’s emotions. They can lower blood pressure, stop anxiety and just talking about them can put a smile on your face. My dream has always been to work with animals and, this way, I will also be encouraging others to love dogs the way I do!” She tells me.

Currently, Paws for Coffee is at the planning and funding stage. Nicole intends to use crowdfunding to finance the opening of the café, which uses donations to get ventures up and running. “The plan so far is to ensure we can secure all the right licences and insurances to make this possible and, from what we can see, it’s all green lights! A dog-friendly café is something that will really involve the community, so why not ask them to get behind it and contribute? I want the café to be as sincere as possible and to be a lovely, family-orientated place.”

So far, Nicole has had a good response to her enterprise, with many people pledging to donate money to get the venture off the ground. “In general, everyone has taken to this idea so well, that I can’t wait to open and meet them all! I know I can make this happen with everybody’s support.”

If you want to drop Nicole a line, she can be contacted at pawsforcoffeecafe@live.com or you can follow her on Twitter @PawsForCoffee.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Lucy sprints for the camera: pic of the shoot four

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.

 

We seem to be photographing a lot of spaniels at the moment and, when you meet several dogs of the same breed in the space of a couple of weeks, it reminds you just how much personality each individual dog has. They may all be spaniels but they certainly aren’t all the same! Lucy was super cute – in her own little world most of the time, enjoying a good sniff, but really engaging with us when we took her action shots.

Lucy's pic of the shoot - the girl can move! Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Lucy’s pic of the shoot – the girl can move!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

As we were preparing to take Lucy’s action shots, a passing man called out: “Good luck with that! I’ve tried to take loads of running shots of my dog and never get one in focus!” We didn’t have time to reply that, really, if we didn’t manage to get one in focus we’d be out of a job! 😉

Michael took this image. What you can’t see here is me crouching behind the bush to the left of the frame. I had to walk Lucy into the undergrowth and wait for the signal from Michael that he was ready to take the shot. Then I encouraged Lucy to run to her mum, who was calling energetically to persuade Lucy to run towards the camera.

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

You can see from Lucy’s face how much she was enjoying this. She’s almost smiling, knowing that she’s going to get heaps of praise and a nice treat when she reaches her mum’s side. She’s got light in her eyes, which is vital, as she’s heading towards the light source, and she’s leaning as she moves, giving an indication of her speed.

With Lucy being both black and white, she presents more of a challenge exposure-wise. It’s possible to lose detail in the whites of her fur in order to pick out detail in the blacks. This is where the balance of light and the correct exposure are really important to obtain a good photograph. We want to see those happy eyes clearly.

It’s not difficult to say that we adore our job!

Next on pic of the shoot: Milo the jack russell brings us to our knees (literally!)

Get in touch: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Sam the Super Dog strikes again!

Ever wondered what the most tenacious breed of dog is? Well, I’m here to lay it on the line people. It has to be the miniature dachshund, with Super Dog Sam at the helm. He may be tiny in stature but he sure makes up for it in sheer determination.

 

Last time on Crazy Dog Lady, I relayed the story of Sam and his little super dog cape. But that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Sam aged 13 years old

Sam aged 13 years old

Sam began his light-pawed ways as a puppy, when he broke into an unopened chocolate biscuit tin that was sitting on top of a chest. The family returned home to find a tiny puppy in the centre of biscuit carnage, having polished off a few of the choicest biscuits.

Later, when a tin of Quality Street went missing, everyone blamed Sam but no one had the foggiest idea where the tin was. Months later, it was found under a sideboard with teeth marks around the lid. It seemed our pesky thief had tried so hard to break in that he’d pushed it under the cabinet till he could no longer reach it. Oh the frustration! He’s even eaten half his human brother’s birthday cake.

I’ve been out for strolls with Sam when, all of a sudden, the lead tightens and I am jerked to a stop. I turn to see four short legs firmly planted to the ground and a busy nose pressed to the path. Upon inspection, I discover that Sam is in fact peeling someone’s old chewing gum off the pavement. Waste not, want not.

Sam’s also had a go at defrosting the freezer. As payment for his kind deed, he helped himself to a three course meal of paté, followed by chops, and rather splendidly rounded off with a portion of apple pie for pudding. I know for a fact he ate them in the right order. I just know it.

These pesky youngsters are always trying to steal the limelight!

These pesky youngsters are always trying to steal the limelight!

He has other talents, too. One day, his human mum brought boxes of plates home from a function that she’d agreed to wash. As she unpacked the last box from the car, she was waylaid by a neighbour and they proceeded to chat over the fence. Sam, the helpful little chap that he is, decided to do a good deed. So, he removed every single plate oh-so-carefully from each box, taking care not to break any, and laid them all out Jackson Pollock style on the kitchen floor, where he cleaned each plate until it gleamed.

Sam has even been known to cause the odd faux pas. At a dinner party, he was chastised for some time for whistling under the table. That was until his mum realised it was one of her guests, whistling through his dentures.

But the reason I know for sure that the dachshund is one of the most tenacious breeds, is what happened next. In 2007, Sam suffered a slipped disc and was initially paralysed. But with daily, dedicated physiotherapy on a table pushed up to the window so he could look out during his exercises, followed by walks with his back legs through the handles of a plastic bag, he learned to walk again. He’s pretty remarkable.

Sam can no longer fly to the top of the wardrobe in his super dog cape but he’s not lost his mischievous streak. These days, aged 13, he’s promoted himself to con artist. He’s lately taken to faking going to the loo in order to be awarded a treat. Found out!

So, if you’re ever wondering which the most determined breed of dog is, I think the dachshund has a good chance of being crowned king or queen.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

hello@themightypooch.co.uk

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