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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Was it only four months ago that I shared some images of my lovely new Mini American Shepherd – Dash… how did he grow so quickly… cruel how we are cheated so quickly from all that gorgeous puppy awesomeness!
As puppies go he has been a star. Only a little whimper for the first few night and very quickly house trained. He has become best buddies with my other Shepherd, Buzz and even Maya my collie likes him a little. Buzz is still trying to gain her affections but doesn’t realise that trying to plant kisses on her every morning will not win her over!
Dash is not backwards at coming forward, he enjoyed his two puppy socialisation classes where we realised that bouncy puppies are not something that he is keen on and he can have a little temper when confronted by bounciness! Can’t say I would be too happy if a stranger came running up to me and started jumping all over me.
We have gone through the weird ear phase but they have now settled down but he has had a few different looks.
He has been a joy to train and once we get over the initial excitement that training involves food, and food is something that Dash is very keen on and is very vocal about letting me know this at feed time!
We have already started our agility training. Lots of fun games at the moment and just working with poles on the ground and learning our left from right and he has a fantastic wait which will be a great help once we start competing.
Apart from his agility he loves to snooze, more so now that the weather has turned wet and nasty. Getting up in the morning is hard, we would rather snuggle into Maya’s bed than go out for a walk and getting our feet wet is not something we like to do and will avoid going out to do what little pups need to do until physically taken! He will then tiptoe around and walk like John Wayne!
So we continue our journey together learning new things every day, having lots of kisses and cuddles and he has grown into quite a Dashing young fella.
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It’s always exciting when you get an image published and this month I had an image published in the Digital Photographer Magazine with one of my Pet Portraits. The image is of Dash and Buzz, both are Mini American Shepherd Dogs, bred by Basileas Miniature American Shepherds. More information on the breed can be found on the Breed Website. http://www.mascgb.co.uk. The Miniature American Shepherd is a small size herding dog that originated in the United States.
These two gorgeous guys I am proud to say are mine. Buzz in a year old now and Dash is now 18 weeks which is a about two months since the image was taken. They both have the most wonderful temperaments, are very keen to learn and like to be kept busy. They have become best buddies and play all day and snuggle up together at rest time.
The image was taken in my studio.. and I have to admit a great amount of effort went in to getting the two of them to stay there, get the right expressions and take the image on my own. Usually I would have an owner in helping me. You can see more of my pet portraits on my website. http://www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk
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“What another”, many have said, as Buzz is only just turning 11 months. I made the mistake of going to the breeders http://www.basileas-minis.com to photograph the two litters she had there and just fell in love with this one. Sadly for my husband who thinks one dog would be one too many… the person who he was taken by pulled out…. Lucky me!!!!! How could I resist this little fella. (4 Weeks Old)
He is another Mini American Shepherd dog, the same breed as Buzz but different parents and he has now been at home with us for a week and a half and has settle in so well as did Buzz. He will probably be a little bigger than Buzz but smaller than Maya. His name is DASH..
I took several trips over to see this little fella and the rest of the pups. My next visit was at 5 weeks old, they do grow so quickly!
It was also nice to be able to get some images of the pups outside as well. Makes me laugh how short his legs are in these images.
Next visit was for a sneaky cuddle and of course some more pictures. All the pups had grown so much and at this point are 7 Weeks old and full of fun. Here is a picture of all the litter.
I collected him just after 8 Weeks and he soon got settled and to know the boys and his new playmate Buzz..
He has been a star, very clean around the house, had not chewed anything… YET… asks to go out… in fact he yells! He has formed a strong friendship with Buzz and they have great fun chasing each other and tugging. It’s so lovely to watch. Nothing seems to worry him, he has been to the shops, to school, and coped well with the massive thunderstorm we had.
He has not yet completely won over Maya my Boarder Collie but she is much more tolerant of him than she ever was of Buzz. You can see from this image she is not impressed to be put with the boys!
He is now 9 Weeks old…. and we are looking foward to our adventures together….
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