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 - The next big woof!

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Dug and Bitch are a small company based out of Traquair in the beautiful Tweed Valley, they make grooming products for dogs, it’s a family affair but the main man behind the brand is Neil Robson. I met him a while back when he started contributing to my customers ‘doggy bags’ so it has been a pleasure to help him out with his hunt for some fabulous doggy models for his newly designed website.

Dug and Bitch’s products are natural, organic and handmade. On top of that Neil makes every effort with his packaging to keep things as environmentally friendly as possible. The products are all fully certified for use on humans too, I’ve been using them myself, no really I have!

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It’s also been really good fun to turn my hand to a little product photography. I’d love to do a bit more actually especially for pet brands. However the DnB website does need a facelift and it does need to feature some more dogs and that’s where you guys come in! Could you be the new face of Dug and Bitch? As well as featuring on the website, making you and your dog world famous, we have also teamed up with two other dog bonkers companies in the Scottish Borders, Hair BnB and Happy Dug to bring you some fantastic prizes.

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Here’s what you could win:

  • A fun day shooting with Dug and Bitch and Fetch and Flash for the website images. You and your dog will be fully catered for and we will have a great time!

  • £200 Dug and Bitch voucher and products to take home from the shoot.

  • A studio or location photo session with me and copies of your photos from the website shoot.

  • A weeks boarding with Hair BNB whilst you are on your Hooman holidays

  • 15KG of premium dog food

That is a pretty amazing prize.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning that prize you need to post a photo to social media with #dnbmodel19. It needs to be of you AND your dug. We want to see that special relationship you have with them, it’s what all the companies involved are all about!

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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