Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year - Judges Mention.

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I’m delighted to announce that I have been awarded a judges mention in the 2019 Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the year awards. The image that won the mention was entered into the Assistance Dogs category and is of local dog Abraham, a trained Therapet. There are 7000 entries from over 70 countries into the competition, widely accepted to be the most prestigious dog photography competition around.

I took the image whilst Abe was on duty at Riverside House sheltered living in Peebles. He goes once a month to see the residents bringing a chance for some canine love and interaction. He is described by his owners Amanda and Tara as being part Cairn Terrier, part Brillo pad and was himself rescued from Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home as a 6 month old puppy.

It’s the icing on the cake for what has been a crazy first year of Fetch and Flash and it’s not over yet….I still get to visit the Kennel Club HQ in October to collect the award, very exciting!

I’d like to extend congratulations to all the winners, some truly stunning images on show and I recommend you go take a look at the full gallery. Of course my heart felt thanks to Abraham, Amanda, Tara and the residents of Riverside House in Peebles, thank you so much for having me along to take the image.

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Scottish Cat Photographer - Gary

I was over the moon when Beth contacted me to get some portraits of her cat Gary. I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. Being so used to dogs I was excited about how the session was going to go but I’ve been around cats for years too and knew with the magic dreamies (no cat I’ve ever met can resist a dreamie treat) and a catnip toy I was on to a winner.

It took Gary a little bit to settle in but after a while he posed like a true model and I’m love with his portraits! I hope you like them too.

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Also lovely to get another highly commended from the Master Photographers Association! If you have a cat you’d like to immortalise in portrait art then please do get in touch because I would love to have some more visit the studio.

Edinburgh Dog Photographer - Fred and Martha

I’m blessed to have my studio and all that it allows me to create, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love to work in the great outdoors with natures own lighting and backdrops. I’m a country girl at heart, it’s one of the reasons I moved to the lovely town of Peebles with my family. So to have an amazing outdoor studio, literally on the doorstop of the actual studio is pretty special.

David and Moyra brought their two babies Fred and Martha along, it was a last minute decision to step out and do an outdoor shoot as they were still unsure which way to go when they arrived. But thankfully we had the sunshine on our side and so we took the 2 minute walk out of the studio door to the beautiful Gypsy Glen just behind the studio.

With plenty of spots to choose from, we also had a nice walk and paddle with the dogs whilst we were at it too. A perfect Monday morning in my book.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Fred and Martha had their leads for the majority of the shoot, until they settled in their new environment and owners David and Moyra felt happy to let them roam. The safety of your dog and your piece of mind is more important than any photo ever will be!!

As you can see they were pretty relaxed about the whole thing………for everything else theres photoshop!

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Edinburgh Dog Photographer - Gift Box Giveaway

WOWZERS! Fetch and Flash has been going for just over 6 months, to celebrate I have teamed up with the Fab Dug and Bitch, a local company who make beautiful, handmade, organic and ethical dog grooming products to create 6 special gift boxes to give away to my next 6 customers. Here is the full unboxing featuring Bo.

The deposit for the shoot will be £60 and as always this goes towards your choice of artwork, I’m all about creating something unique for your home that’s also a fabulous memory of your dog or pet.

The boxes contain treats, candles, shampoos and tea, because tea should be involved in pretty much everything in my book!

Same amazing images, same beautiful artwork but with an added bonus. Just 6 to give away so don’t hang about, because they won’t!

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National Dog Portrait Awards - Scottish Dog Photographer

Would you like to enter your dog into the National Dog Portrait Awards? Do you have a super stunner of a pooch who deserves to be chosen as the Nations most beautiful or handsome?? On top of that you will be able to vote for the best doggy charities to receive all the funds generated by the entries.

So lets work together to make your dog the winner!

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Entry to the competition is £10 and I’m going to be offering any of my previous clients the chance to enter a picture. Just message me and let me know which one of your pictures you would like to enter and I will do the rest.

If you haven’t already had a shoot with me and you would like to enter then I’m now giving entry to the competition free with all my shoots. When you come along to your viewing session all you need to do is pick your favourite image and I will cover the £10 entry fee and put your little stunner in the mix for the big prize!

What can you win I hear you woof? First place will receive £1500, Second £1000 and Third £500. You will also get a £500 canvas of your winning image.

Competition website: https://dogportraitawards.co.uk

Just another bonus to having a photo shoot with Fetch and Flash in 2019!


Scottish Dog Photographer - MPA Finalist!

So I’ve been off on a little holiday in the Andes of Chile. What a fantastic experience and I met one or two pretty cool dogs along the way too actually.

I had some great news when I got back waiting in my inbox. I’m a finalist in the Master Photographers Associations 2019 Scottish Region awards. I’ve just joined the association and the monthly critiques are already driving my work forward just as I had hoped they would. I’ve already reached the ‘certified’ status having submitted all my business plans and relevant insurances to prove my business is being run to a high standard and that you fabulous people can totally trust me. Soon I will be submitting to get the artistic tick in the box too to become a Licentiate of the association.

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I think as a photographer you stand on the strength of your portfolio. What are you capable of producing right now and consistently for your clients. You don’t need any official qualifications to prove this, so many great working photographers are self taught, but for me having the membership and qualification structure to work to is crucial to my business going forward. I want to keep improving and having the best in the business to help me do that can only be a huge benefit in my eyes!

One of 6 images I have in the finals - eeekkkkk!

One of 6 images I have in the finals - eeekkkkk!

So I’ve got my final images printed and on the way in a rush with the deadline approaching fast after my holiday and I’m hoping for some success on awards night. Wish me luck!!

Scottish Dog Photographer - Riever

Riever a quite beautiful Springer Spaniel came to visit me on a very cold morning at the end of last year. Although originally booked in for a studio shoot, I couldn’t resist asking if we could take a little trip outside too to take advantage of the frosty Scottish morning and soft winter light. Thankfully his owners were happy to oblige me!

After getting the studio shots nailed we popped out the back of the studio to the little burn behind the farm and got some fantastic portraits of a Springer in his natural environment. I hope you like the pictures and I’m happy to combine studio and outdoor shoots anytime!


Edinburgh Dog Photographer - Shades of Alan!

It seemed only fitting that my first proper blog featured the fabulous Alan. He came down the studio when a friend mentioned him to me as a perfect candidate for some of my early portfolio work with dogs, “I know a one eyed Pug called Alan” to which my obvious response was “Ahhhh, I need to meet that dog!”. His Granny brought him down and what a star he was!

I’m not going to go on about this wee man too much more, but do expect to see him featured in some upcoming projects! Enjoy the shades of Alan.


Peebles Dog Photographer - Fetch and Flash is go!

WOW! What an amazingly busy few months. Before all that though I will give you a little back story to Fetch and Flash.

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My name is Cat and I’m the human face behind Fetch and Flash pet photography. To put you in the picture I’ve been a working professional photographer for a little over 6 years now. I originally trained as a wedding photographer converting an amateur hobby into a business when I left my 10 year military career. It was a fantastic and fun few years shooting weddings and family photos for many wonderful clients. That mostly took place in Yorkshire. But with my own wedding and imminent arrival of family it was time for me and husband Paul to evaluate our priorities and move to a place where we wanted to build our lives and our family. So to Peebles we came!

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So for me that meant a few years off, renovating our house and being mum to our wonderful son Rowan. Converting our outbuilding into a photography studio has always been on the cards and the time was finally right and so Fetch and Flash was born. I love animals, I’ve always loved animals. I was a pony obsessed girl who went into a brief career as a groom and I’ve had pretty much every small fluffy pet you can name at some point in my life. I’m a vegetarian who is almost vegan and so pet photography just made sense to me. The patience and calm manor I learnt in my time in the Army just lends me to it and making the switch has been a fantastic decision!

So those busy few months? From getting a logo for the business sorted and starting a facebook page to get my first doggy models through the door I’ve ended up fully booked for the last 3 months of 2018 and absolutely loving it! I owe the wonderful dog owning community of Peebles and the wider Scottish Borders a debt of gratitude for getting behind me and my wee studio. I’m absolutely loving what I’m doing and the artwork I’m producing is going from strength the strength on a daily basis. I know it’s hanging on the walls of clients houses bringing them pleasure every day and that’s what I aim for!

So here’s to 2019, I’ve got big plans, exciting ideas and loads to give. I really hope to meet you and your four legged friends soon.

Thanks for reading,

Cat x