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Pet Photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio – (Part 1: Intro)

Alex Cearns is one of Australia’s most awarded pet and wildlife photographers. Her Houndstooth Studio is a leader in the market of animal portrait photography. Her natural animal handling skills, remarkable images and contribution to lives of rescued animals has earned her high regard across Australia’s animal lovers. With over 50 awards to her name since 2008 (including a nomination for the 2014 Australian of the Year) she has worked tirelessly to capture and showcase the essential joy that people find in animals.

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Ever since I wrote and published my article on The Best Dog Photographers That Help Support a Cause: Help Us Give Back I was hoping to get an interview with her. I approached Alex with an interview and she graciously accepted. We hit it off immediately!

Alex is also the author and photographer for two books published by Penguin Books Australia: Mother Knows Best – Life Lessons from the Animal World and Joy, A Celebration of the Animal Kingdom. Several additional books are in the planning stage.

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The Best Dog Photographers who Support a Cause: Help Us Give Back

I have been a proud dog owner my entire life. There has probably not been more than a month in between the passing of a beloved dog before another four-legged friend was welcomed into my home.

Currently I have two dachshunds:  Thumper and Truffles.  Thumper has undergone two back surgeries due to several slipped discs that left him paralyzed in the hind legs since the early age of five (he is currently 13).  Thumper was recently diagnosed with cancer for the second time in two years and had his ear canal removed on Christmas Eve. He is undergoing chemotherapy at the present time.

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Thumper in his Santa Suit | Christmas 2013 | Taken by Alyssa Black |

Truffles joined our family 11 years ago while I was residing in Florida. Truffles and I were acquainted while Thumper and I were at the vet’s for a routine visit when another dachshund owner and I began talking. The lovely lady had a new chocolate dachshund puppy and was telling me that her friend had one more puppy that she was not able to care for because she had a baby on the way. I quickly took the doxie owner’s phone number and contacted her immediately after the visit. My friend and I rushed over to meet Truffles. I instantly fell in love with her and took her home right away. The owner at the time only asked for the $150 vet expenses she had incurred. My best friend Ally graciously offered to cover the cost as a gift to me.  Truffles is by far one of the best gifts I have ever received to date.

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Truffles sunning herself in the foreground with Thumper in the background | Taken by Alyssa Black

I thought a good way to give back to these loving animals in need was to donate $1 for every share + like of this post on Facebook to a local animal shelter till January 31, 2015.  I hope by spreading the word I will be able to help raise awareness for our furry friends in need and give them a voice that so many of them desperately need.

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From Russia with Love – Elena Shumilova

Elena Shumilova takes intimate photographs of her 2 sons with their pets in their farm in Russia. Trivial ? Not so much actually. the quality of her shots made exclusively with natural light are breathtaking.

She used to be an architect but the success and the raise of her children took all of her time, she’s now completely devoted to her passion which is photography.

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She uses her Canon 5D mark II and essentially 2 lenses of her own: Continue reading From Russia with Love – Elena Shumilova