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Dr Barbara Fougere,
Veterinarian, Author, Lecturer.........
Director of I Heart Shakey
Interview with Charlotte
Reeves, Pet Photographer
Telling your dog's story.....
photographer, Charlotte Reeves shares her amazingly
stunning photos of dogs with the world via her website which
brings joy to every visitor to her site. Her passion and
love of animals is evident in every photo Charlotte produces.
Charlotte is also an extraordinary story teller. As
we read through the pages of Charlotte's website we just
couldn't wait to read more and see the next photo. We asked Charlotte if she would agree to an interview
about her amazing career and website.
has kindly put aside some time in her busy schedule to
answer a few questions.
Above Luna as
a puppy with Kaya.
Your passion for photography and love of animals is very
evident in your work. Can you tell us a bit about how you
made a career of combining the two?
have always been interested in photography and studied
to Diploma level after leaving high school. I eventually
ended up pursuing a career in web and graphic design,
but continued taking photos for my own enjoyment. In
early 2007 my partner and I brought our first puppy
home, a fawn Great Dane we named Kaya. To document the
first year of Kaya's life I decided to start a blog and
post images and stories about her life, told from her
perspective. The blog proved to be quite popular and I
really enjoyed taking photos of Kaya and her doggy
friends, so considered the idea of getting back into
photography as a profession and specialising in dogs. I
started out doing free shoots for my friends' dogs and
built up a portfolio of work. Three years later, I'm now
running a successful dog photography business!
I love animals of
all species and enjoy meeting, interacting and
spending time with them. I also love photography and
the opportunities it presents to capture a moment in
time and aspects of a dogs personality that often
might be forgotten after they are gone. Combining
those two loves is a dream come true for me and I am
always thankful that I am able to do it every day.
You obviously have a great love of
Great Danes. What in your view makes these dogs special?
Anyone who has owned a Great Dane will know just how special
they are. For those who haven't, they really are quite
amazing dogs. Their sheer size makes them a talking point
anywhere you go, but best of all, they seem to have no real
comprehension of how big they actually are. Great Danes are
friendly, lazy, very silly at times, smart at others and you
can tell when they look at you they are constantly trying to
understand you and be understood.
share with us the story of Kaya, your Great Dane?
Kaya, my first Great Dane, is now running free on the
other side of the Rainbow Bridge. At the tender age of
two, she was diagnosed with a fast moving form of cancer
that allowed us just a week with her before we had to
let her go. Anyone who followed her blog will tell you
she was a very special girl - beautiful, inquisitive,
vain, and very, very clever. She could analyse a
situation immediately and knew exactly what was going
on, always confident but never dominant. She
was friendly to dogs and people alike and I also swear
she had a sense of humour! A natural model, she always
knew her best side for the camera and was eternally
patient with me using her as a test subject for my
photographic experimentations. She was my best friend
and muse, and I miss her dearly.
Losing Kaya has served to highlight the importance of
having beautiful lasting images to remember your dog
by. Though sometimes hard to view, I'm so thankful that
I have so many images and videos of my gorgeous girl as
they always serve to jolt my memory about aspects of her
personality or experiences we had. To support Cancer
research and awareness, I created a 2010 calendar for Kaya.
Please tell us a bit about Luna?
Luna came along 9 months
after Kaya and it was immediately obvious she was very
different in personality. Serious and introverted where
Kaya was carefree and friendly, they immediately became
best friends, balancing each other perfectly. Kaya
always used to let Luna think she was the boss, I think
for her own amusement, but really it was Luna who was
the follower, quietly adoring her older sister and
always looking to her. Luna did have her cheeky moments
Now that Luna is on her
own, her personality has emerged further. She's still a
bit distant with people she doesn't know, but once
you're counted as her 'friend', she's always happy to
see you and loves to be around you. She likes nothing
more than a visit to the beach with her friends and
treats it as a pack that must be kept together at all
times, checking up on everyone at regular intervals and
often rounding people up who stray behind! At nearly
three years old now, Luna has a very silly side and at
times and acts like a big puppy. She loves her toys and
is always up for a game of slow motion chase, which
involves you walking around after her pretending to try
and get her toy while she prances along thinking she's
The photo blog that
started off as just Kaya then progressed to 'The
Adventures of Kaya and Luna', is now carried on by just
Luna, documenting her adventures as told from her point
of view. Luna is so popular she also has her own
Facebook page. She actually has more friends than I do!
your funniest story of a photo session involving a dog/dogs?
had a client recently who had just brought home a
Weimeraner puppy. I LOVE Weim puppies and thought
there might be a good chance of me falling in love
with him and wanting to steal him away!
No chance of that though. I made the mistake of
wearing a long flowing skirt which he had a serious
fascination with and spent almost the whole time
trying to attack it. He spent the rest of the time
attacking me, the camera, the surrounding plants,
peoples legs as they walked by interspersed with
racing around madly through the garden beds and
sniffing the deck for leftover scraps.
I was so surprised to go home and download the
images to find that despite a huge percentage of
blurry shots, I actually had some decent images of
the little terror as well!
You can view Tully's session
This cute puppy, is Tully
Q - What has
been the highlight of your career so far?
Working with dog collar and lead brand, EzyDog. I had a
fantastic shoot with a great doggy model and his
gorgeous Mum, focused on displaying the products in the
best light possible. The session was a dream and
everyone loved the resulting images which are being used
in promotional brochures and catalogues. I look forward
to working with this company further.
You can view some images from the
of Charlotte's clients Molly on the left and Pippi on the
Charlotte for taking the time to reply to our interview. We
love your photos, enjoyed browsing your website and blogs.
Good luck for continued success. Carol and Monika.....
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