Giving back to the community through photography

Wire haired Jack Russell Terrier being hugged
Cute blonde dog smiling at the photography
Wire haired Jack Russell Terrier being hugged with eyes closed
Sad dog stuck in a pound with his nose and paws throught the gap in the gate

Giving back to the community through photography is a huge part of who I am and where I've come from. Advocacy for animals is embedded into my heart.

My journey into shelter pet photography began way back in September 2011 when I was undertaking a voluntary transport assignment for a rescue group and picking up two dogs from one of Sydney's largest pounds at that time - Renbury Farm Animal Shelter. This pound no longer exists.

I took my camera with me and snapped a few photos of these dogs, and a couple of other tiny dogs being collected by another rescue group.

This other group picking up dogs that afternoon was the now-famous Mrs PFT of "Paws for Thought" Rescue who was there to collect her latest rescues... Wallace and Grommit.

"Paws for Thought" Rescue Meeting Marika

A week or so later, I just woke up one Saturday morning and decided I'd head out to the pound to meet up with Mrs PFT again and start photographing the animals to give them a better chance of being noticed by potential adopters. The pound was a 75km round trip from Kogarah and from that first Saturday, I continued to go out there on a weekly basis for over four years.

In the later years, I enlisted the help of a couple of other talented young photographers and we set up a roster so I could start to have some weekends off to spend with my family.

I left Renbury in February 2016 and went on to volunteer for Australia's No. 1 council-run animal shelter... The Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter where I was a valued volunteer from January 2017 to December 2019 before heading up north to move to our farm.

I now live on the Barrington Coast of NSW and am happy to chat with organisations in our region who value the benefits of professional photography and storytelling to help their pets find forever homes. If your organisation would like my help, please contact me.

Since Covid started I volunteer my technical expertise to Let the Ladies Go. I designed and implemented their online adoption process and I provide ongoing support with helping schedule hen adoption days.

The very first dog I photographed in the pound on 170911
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Over the past 9 years, I've also supported many different rescue groups in many ways from photographing their adoptable pets or events to helping fundraise by creating beautiful calendars, providing imagery for greeting cards, or helping with marketing materials. Below are the groups I have collaborated with since 2011:

Punk's Party

I am a proud HeARTs Speak Artist Member joining a global network of photographers, artists, authors, graphic designers, and advocates who believe in the power of collaboration to be the ambassadors of change.

In January 2017 I was appointed as the volunteer professional photographer for Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter and continued this on a pro-bono role on a weekly basis until I left Sydney in September 2019 .