Dogs Today is my favorite Dog Magazine. It is full of useful articles, breed information, health advise and interesteding Dog articles.
I am pleased to say that one of my images was published in the September 2017 issue. In the section for “The Best Dog Photos in the world”.
The image of three lovely Lagotto Romagnolo dogs that came for a session at my home studio a while ago. Photographing multiple dogs is always a challenge, depending on the level of obedience they have of course. These dogs were very good, although getting them to all look in the direction of the camera at the same time was a challenge!
The Lagotto is a small to medium sized dog distinguished by his curly and water resistant coat. The Romagnolo Lagotto is a Venetian/Romagnan dialect word meaning “duck dog”.
A lively Lagotto pup will usually grow up to be a sensible, happy, affectionate, agile little dog. They are very trainable, they are known for truffleing, retrieving waterfowl and they also makes an excellent family companion pet and are good alert dog.
The Logotto is a working type of dog, and were often kept centuries ago by peasant marshmen to look after the house and warn off intruders. They are not a yappy dog but can be very vocal when strangers are around the home. (ref http://www.lagottoromagnoloclubofgb.co.uk)
Mum on the right featured in an earlier post of mine as did this photo as she did very well at Crufts 2016 and won the Veteran Bitch Class at 12 years of age!
The September issue has lots of interesting articles and you can get copies easily on line. https://dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/
My favorite reads were Send in the emergency dogs, Britains foodbanks now for pets, and The dog crush was about Whippets, one of my favoritebreeds.
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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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Feeling chuffed to have another of my images featured in Dogs Today Magazine March edition. This time a lovely brown and white, Springer Spaniel that I shot at his home. We were lucky that at the back of the garden there was a corn field so we went out there for a little play.
The image top right is on of many lovely head shots of this handsome boy. We also got some great action shots and some of him relaxing in the garden.
We started off getting to know each other in the garden. Just chilling and getting used to the camera.
However, lovely as the garden was I was drawn to the corn field that sat behind the house and so we went to investigate.
This is one of my favourite shots from the shoot.
Some dogs are more relaxed at home which was the case for this particular shoot. It was a bright sunny morning which is always a challenge. I would always prefer a bright but over cast day as the light is much easier to work with for both humans and animals.
We has a lot of fun in the corn.
One of the last shots before we finished. A happy but tired boy.
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Really excited to have achieved a Gold Award this month in the Societies Monthly International Competition. Such a happy little dog and we had great fun in the studio getting her to stay in the basket and also get the head tilt.
She came with a couple of her collie friends and the image I entered into the Monochrome category got a Highly Commended.
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I was fortunate enough to be featured yet again in Dogs Today Magazines October, November and December editions.
Octobers edition yet again full of interesting articles and featured an image of my Mini American Shepherd in The best dog photographers in the World section. The image was taken in a local bluebell wood. I had a gap between client shoots so decided to have a play with my dogs. Buzz is training to be an agility dog so this image of him jumping is great. However, getting him at to stay and wait while I got to the other side of the log and on the floor took a little bit of doing!
I particularly like the articles they do on breeds, the October issue was all about Corgis. Some great info on the breed and some lovely images too.
Now that’s a cute pup on the font cover! Who could resist him?
This months magazine published an image of my Working Sheep dog. Take on a lazy summers evening. She just loves jumping up on the hay bales.
The Dog Crush article in this magazine was all about the Newfoundland. They give you facts about the breed. For cleanliness apparently 75% of their respondents said if you cant stand the dribble then you are not a proper Newfie owner and they apparently shed a lot of hair and they are huge dogs! Probably not the dog for me based on that information.
Now this cover was a definite eye catcher for me. Not only because of those stunning blue eyes but because its another Mini American Shepherd and a very handsome one at that!
This issue published an image very dear to me indeed. It is an image I have in a 30″ frame on my wall. I just love having large images. This gorgeous lurcher is sadly no longer with me. The image was taken on my very first digital SLR camera. I love the softness of the daisy’s and the rim lighting of the evening sun on her. When you loose a dog its like loosing one of the family and a big gap is left. We miss her but at least get to see her every day.
The step by step guide in this months magazine had an interesting article on Food etiquette. Some sound advice.
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Happy New Year to you all. It’s always scary when I have to make a New Year folder for the next 12 months of photographic sessions not to mention those that I take for myself.
There are some exciting things coming up for Mel Taylor Photography but will be saving those gems for later in the month…
The camera’s have spent Xmas away getting cleaned for the New Year and I hope to collect then early this week as new bookings have already started to come in for January.
Typically January is a quiet month for photographers but for those like me that have children, not much gets done in the Xmas holidays so I always have a backlog to catch up on and the dreaded “Tax return” that I am sure will be highlighted on local radio every 5 mins for the next 30 days…. yes I know the cut off is 31st January!
I had a very busy 2015 and was thrilled to be published in Dogs Today magazine in the Best Dog Photographs in the world section. As I had not realised that was happening I have got behind with sharing so I thought I would take this opportunity to catch up.
Its a really good Dog magazine and I can recommend it for a good read with many interesting articles.
The image in this one is of Buzz, my Mini American Shepherd. He would have been around 7 months in this image.
The bluebell woods make a wonderful place for images. You can never quite plan shoots for them as depending on the weather they appear at different times and catching them at their best is always tricky.
Action shots can be quite difficult too, especially in wooded areas where the light might be poor. The Bluebells were early in 2015 and so the leaves on the trees were not completely out giving a much better quality of light in the woods.
Getting this image took a little while as I was on my own, with my other dog too. So getting Buzz to sit and wait the other side of the log while walked to the other side and got down on the floor for the low level perspective was not so easy! A few attempts were needed. Wait is not his one of his strengths and at his age with many distractions around him it was a bigger challenge. Not to mention that he has a mind of his own! My agility coach will vouch for that one! But we got there and Butter wouldn’t melt!
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Well I am going to have to subscribe to the magazine as I have been fortunate to have another of my images published in the Best Dog Photographs in the World section… have had a look at all editions and I have been lucky to have one in each copy up to the most recent December edition. I will post the details of those at another time.
I have really got into the magazine too, there are lots of great articles to read. Lots of breed information, problem guidance and training tips and also many informative stories. If you like dogs then it’s definitely worth picking up a copy.
The image in the September edition is of Flynn aged 12 yrs, a rescue dog from Charney Kennels who is sadly no longer with me. He got me interested in Agility and we learnt together. Those of you that have loved and lost a dog will know the pain and the gap it leaves. He was a very faithful boy and we miss him lots.
The image was taken in the poppies at the Folly Tower in Faringdon. I am fortunate enough to have many nice images of him to choose from and this one will definitely find a space on the wall. It was an image I also used as part of my licentiate Qualification panel with the Societies.
I would like to thank Jackie A for finding him in Dogs Today and letting me know he was there as I had no idea it was being published.
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