I think it’s fair to say that 2013 was a year that I didn’t want to end, here are just a few of the reasons why…
First and foremost, my fantastic clients made 2013 totally amazing, If I photographed your pets check them out in this slideshow:
I photographed so many beautiful adoptable dogs for K9 Rescue and Rehoming and became great friends with Trisha and Brad who run the charity. So a big thanks to them for letting me be a part of the K9 Rescue family.
I also did a few of the images in their Dogs and Dudes fundraising calendar. Met a couple of local celebrities in the process, Brock from X Factor boyband Moorehouse and Rugby Player Alisi Tupuailei. I even got in front of the camera and became Mr October! You can still get your own copy here, all the money goes to K9 Rescue.
A very nervous me went on the telly to talk about cats and photography on the What Now cat special.
I had a photobooth at The Big Gay Out, my first big event.
Millefeuille, a beautiful sphynx cat, joined the family. He’s been the cause of much mischief and laughter ever since.
I had heaps of fun photographing the staff at Total Vets pets for a big art display in their reception.
And then of course there was Quake Dogs, the success of the book still amazes me everyday and despite not having any stock to sell for the last couple of months we still spent 3 weeks on top of the bestsellers list. New copies are due to touch down in New Zealand any day now. You can purchase copies at the FURtography shop. I can also reveal that a TV production company has bought the rights to make Quake Dogs a TV series.
Meeting and photographing all the Quake Dogs and their families took up the first 3 months of the year and was fantastic. One of the best experiences was attending a USAR training event. Seeing how the dogs train and work, and eventually hiding in a rubble cave for them to find me was an experience I’ll never forget.
This years Santa photos was even more successful than last years with over 170 pets photographed in 2 days. Check out all the photos in the Facebook album.
So yes, 2013 was indeed pretty fantastic and I’ve been wondering how on earth I can top it. Let’s just say I’m not resting on my laurels yet. I’ve already started work on my next book and I’m taking FURtography on the road all over New Zealand and even to the UK this year too. Head over to my Facebook page to find out the details and contact me to register your interest if you’d like to know when I’ll be in a town near you.
Thanks again for all your support over the past 12 months and From Jazz, Tinks, Mille and I have a fantastic 2014.