Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a good Christmas too.
The year has certainly started off well for me with a Nomination for Photographer of the Year with the Guild of Photographers. Last year I got nominated in the Dog genre, this year I have a nomination in the Equine genre.
Yesterday the Oxford Mail kindly celebrated this achievement with me in their Newspaper and also on line. Oxford Mail – on-line
The nominated image was taken on a shoot with a lovely client and her old labrador and this handome chap. The shoot was a gift to her from her boyfriend.
It is hard enough to get an award in the monthly competitions, each year the standards get higher and the competition is fierce so to be nominated in the top ten is a great honor for me. The main thing for me is that I am able to produce good quality images to my clients that they love because they bring out the personalities of their animals and have something to treasure forever.
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Its always nice to get a mention – Mel Taylor Photography gets a heads up in the business section of the new Oxfordshire paper, The Oxford Paper, which was first launched in August 2016. See below for write up.
Wow hadn’t realised how long it was since I last blogged. The School holidays came, the agility season started, Weddings, Newborns, dogs, horses, holidays, training camps it has just been busy, busy.
I will endeavour to get back into blogging and share some lovely images.
Here are a few from the summer.
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Having spent the first part of my working life working with horses and loving every minute of it, it is no surprise that photographing them is a real joy for me. This is a side of the business I am just expanding, following my true passions and was lucky enough to be included in the June Issue of Cotswold Preview Magazine, in their Equestrian Art Special Feature.
My Image, bottom right was taken on a Wedding Pre-shoot. It was a lovely evening capturing the couple to be but also the horses and the connection and bonds they have with their owners.
As the article states I have many years of experience of working with horse and I feel this gives me a distinct advantage for equine photography, understanding their habits, how to get them to look attentive, what is likely to spook them, how they should stand when they are really connecting with the owner.
I can come to your home, yard or meet you somewhere you like to ride.. for more information visit my website. www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk
A quote I love is “When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have” – Winston Churchill.
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It is always a pleasure to find one of my images in the Dogs Today Magazine and I am lucky to have been featured in many editions, last year and this year in the best dog photographs in the world section. I love the magazine and the article on the dog on the front cover was lovely.
If an image is featured of a clients dog then I provide a complimentary print of the image that is used. I contact the client as soon as I know so they can go grab themselves a copy of the magazine.
The image in this May’s magazine is of the lovely Nula…and her buddy taken on one of last years Bluebell shoots. We had a lovely play around the woods that day. The light was tricky as it was a bright day and so lots of dappled light which looks lovely but is tricky to work with from a photographic point of view.. we did manage to find some shady spots too.
It is with great sadness that I have to say when I contacted Nula’s owner to tell her that she was featured in the magazine, I found out that Nula had to go doggy heaven a few weeks before, due to illness. My heart goes out to her family as I know only too well the hole that is left in your heart by the loss of your dog. I feel honoured that I was able to photograph her last year and that her owner has images that are displayed at home and will remind them of her.
Here are some other images taken on the day… RIP Nula…..and I hope her buddy is not missing her too much.
A few of my favourite image from the shoot. It is the intent look at her owner that makes this image for me.
A little bit of fun is always good if the dogs are getting fed up of posing.
This is Nula’s buddy, I have a real soft spot for Lurchers, having owned several myself. I would have been more than happy to have taken this lad home with me.
The good thing about Badbury Clump is that you have a variety of backdrops to use.
Beautiful girlie, so soft and gentle. I usually ask owners to remove collars but with Lurchers it looks better if they keep the collar on.
One of my favourite images from the shoot. Gives a real feel of them being at ease with each other.
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There is always so much to do that I don’t always have the time to Blog about some of the jobs I do at the time.
A little while back I was asked to do some photographic work for Elston Veterinary Clinic, based in the lovely village of Shrewton in Wiltshire. They care for dogs cats and other small animals. Many of the images can now been seen on their website. For more information about the vets please visit their website www.elstonvets.co.uk
The practice was easy to find and plenty of parking which as an animal owner is a great. I live in Oxfordshire and I love the vets I use and have done for years but there is limited roadside parking and normally I have to park a little distance away in a public car park which is never ideal.
The staff at the vets are all very friendly and their goal is to treat your animals as if they were their own.I really like that!
The practice is headed by its founder Dr Enid Frantilla, who is supported by other vets, veterinary nurses, receptionists and the office manger. All the team have their own pets and are very caring and enthusiastic.
The Practice have designed a Healthy Pet Club which is a great idea, it allows you to pay a monthly fee to spread the cost of your pets preventative health care, including health checks, vaccinations, flea and worming treatments and members get offered a discount other areas of pet health care.
So if you live in the area and looking for a great vets with loving staff then look no further.
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Exciting news this month. One of the photographs that I took this time last year of Bella in the Bluebells has got front cover of Cotswold Life Magazine, Pets Issue I feeling very proud! The image looks great with their glossy cover.
Bella is a young collie, very sweet natured and full of energy. We had a really fun shoot in the woods. She has striking markings and I just love her blue eye. She almost looks like a different dog depending on which side of her you stand, these two images demonstrate it well.
I am currently running a Facebook (Mel Taylor Photography page for more details) promotion for Bluebell shoots but you need to be quick as I have limited slots and the bluebells don’t last for long. There is a lot of variety at the woods as you can see from other images taken during her shoot.
A lovely write up on page 17 for us too.
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