For me, 2017 has been pretty incredible, and I couldn’t let the new year come and go without taking a look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 months.

I’ve written and re-written this post and struggled to keep it short, so I think the best thing to do is keep it brief, share the images and let you enjoy them.

But before I do that, I want to take the time to say once again, I couldn’t be more grateful to be doing what I do. I really do have the most amazing job in the world. I can only do it thanks to all my amazing clients, the support my teachers and mentors, my ever growing Barka-family and my amazing husband, Chris. To every one who has bought copies of my books, read my (infrequent) blog posts, follows me on social media or enjoys the images I have hanging in vet clinics and pet stores, thank you, all of you, your support and encouragement mean the world to me. May you, your family and your little furry companions have a year filled with happiness and laughter and belly rubs.

So here we go, my best bits of 2017…

Continuing on the most amazing journey of Pet Photography education with my Barka-Family on out-of-this-world retreats in the South of France and Costa Rica. Learning from the best pet photographers in the business, being re-united with and meeting other pet photographers from all across the globe.


Continuing my work with local charities taking portraits of adoptable pets and helping them find their forever homes. This year I met almost 60 adoptable animals for SPCA, GAP, Cats Protection League, all of them are spending their new year in new homes. I hope to meet many, many more adoptables in 2018.

2017 was the year I became a Master of Photography after winning 9 awards at IRIS, the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography‘s annual awards. I was most proud of my silver award for my book, A Dog’s Life. I also became the chairperson for the NZIPP’s Canterbury region.

(Read my IRIS Awards post)

Five years after the release of Quake Cats, I finally got to meet The Unknown Cat, Floyd, and hear his full story. (Read it here)

I’ve moved to a new studio, now based at home, I spent a couple of months converting my dis-used garage space into a dedicated space to meet clients and their pets and I’m loving it!


I photographed peoples pets in 15 towns/cities across six different countries. Of course most of the pets I did meet were in Christchurch, my home base. These are some of my favourites. It was SO hard to narrow them down to a manageable number, so please don’t be offended if I met your furbaby and they aren’t featured, I’ve loved every single session.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a few images from my own personal collection. During 2017, I made sure I took some time out to enjoy myself and even managed to take some images just for myself, most of this still meant photographing animals, that is my passion after all!

I even managed to take a new shot of my boys, Mr. Tinkles, Millefeuille and Jazz!

Now we dive into 2018…

I’ve got some big plans for the year, more travel for sessions outside of Christchurch, a new long term project which I started last week, and keep your eyes out for news of Furtography workshops coming in 2018 too!