At the end of last year I decided to take the plunge and change over to mirrorless.

After a lot of research and debate between the Sony a7R IV and the new Canon R5, I decided to stick with Canon and go with the R5… and a new 85mm f1.2 lens!

As you can guess I was super excited to get this ordered, an early Christmas present to my self! But as it was 2020 of course my bubble got popped and there was a huge back order for them!

Four months later, in the third lock down and feeling pretty darn unmotivated, I see a Parcel Force van pull up! My lock down blues lifted and I’m like a little child on Christmas Day ripping into the box where I reveal a black box with a big R printed on the top, yes it was my new camera!

For the first few days I played about in the house with my cat Jasper and my old dog Lola, even with them both not being interested in posing for me I was amazed at how good the animal eye tracking was and how sharp I could capture the eyes even having the lens wide open at f1.2!

But I really wanted to do a proper photo shoot, and knowing my old girl couldn’t handle it, I asked my dad to be my model.

I decided to use my green backdrop that I originally made for my newborn photography, and a simple clam shell lighting set up, one light set above with the Octabox 75 on and a reflector set below my dad. I wanted to go for a dark moody vibe, so I asked him to wear his black top hat, black scarf and black jacket. Once I got the lighting set correctly I snapped away, getting my dad to move positions slightly.

Now normally I would tether up to the computer and be able to see on the large screen how my images were looking, but unfortunately Adobe haven’t made their software compatible with the R5 just yet. So if you get the R5 and have this problem do not worry your camera is NOT broken, and does not need to be sent back.. like I did and nearly had a melt down when the new one arrived and did the exact same thing! Oops!… Any way, as I was not able to tether I didn’t get to see how the images really looked until I uploaded them on to the computer, and wow I was lost for words, I could not believe the amount of detail it was able to pick up!

Straight away I started editing a couple of them and Im over the moon with them!

My thoughts:

As a pet photographer the animal eye tracking is a game changer for me, and to be able to actually open up the lens and know the eyes will be in focus is more than enough of a reason for me to have changed over!

Some people are a bit put off by the view finder being video, but it took me a few minutes to get used to it and I actually prefer it as it shows you the brightness of how the image will be captured. So no more taking test shots and missing the perfect expression because your images is blown out! I also love how much smaller and lighter the body is, my wrists were getting pretty bad with my old heavy camera!

I still need to play about with it a lot more once I can photograph pets again, but am I happy I changed over? 100% YES!

On Friday 14th August 2020 we had to say goodbye to our beautiful girl Molly.

On Thursday night Molly took a bad turn and had to be rushed to the vets, they were brilliant with her, kept her in over night and a lovely vet stayed by her side all night trying to comfort her. Sadly by the morning she wasn’t any better and we had to make the hardest decision in our lives ever and take the pain away for Molly and let her go over the rainbow bridge.

Molly was the kindest, loving dog ever, she would always bring a smile to your face when she bumbled into the room. Even in her old age she would still act like a little puppy, having burst of energy where she would bound around and get her zommies on, then would need a good hour nap after haha!

Walks will never be the same without her, I remember one time I was walking with a friend with my two, Molly and Lola, and my friends young dog Gypsy. We were chatting ahead and I looked back to check on Molly and she had turned around to wait for a different couple and started to walk with them because they were slower haha!

She loved having so much attention, she would come over to you and paw at you for a cuddle, but if you weren’t looking at her while you stroked her she would paw at you until you looked at her! She could snore the house down, even while awake haha! The house has never felt so quite, I would do anything to hear her little grunt or slobber just one more time.

We are so lucky to have 15 years of amazing memories of Molly, even if it doesn’t feel nearly long enough! And I have never been more happy that I chose to be a pet photographer, we are so lucky to have so many images of Molly to look back on.

Molly you will always have a place in our hearts and you will be missed every single day.

We all love you to the moon and back!

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The other day I had Hannah and Chuck back in the studio for a pet photography session with their new rescue puppy Goblin! And I want to tell their story as I think what they have done for these dogs is amazing.

In 2018 Hannah brought Guinness into the studio, they had rescued Guinness from Milnthorpe Kennels. Guinness sadly had a tough life and was found wandering the streets covered in wounds consistent with dogfighting. Guinness had been in the kennels for two years until Hannah and Chuck visited the kennels, even though they knew he had some issues with other dogs and an old leg injury that would bother him every now and then they knew he was the dog for them. Guinness had a lot of love to give and was happiest when he was cuddled up with his new family, and when Guinness came into the studio I got to experience this love, all he wanted to do was sit on my lap. Unfortunately due to his rough start to life it ultimately shortened his life and passed away February last year, but thanks to Hannah and Chuck his last few years were surrounded with so much love and was part of a family.

After Guinness passing away they weren't ready to add a new family member just yet, but still wanted to help and fostered a couple of dogs from the RSPCA and got them ready for their forever homes. Then Goblins mother was rescued while pregnant with the puppies, she was rescued from a house with multiple animals that weren't receiving the care they needed. Because Hannah and Chuck had already rescued and fostered dogs they were able to have an early pick of the litter when the puppies were born in the kennels and they picked their new little boy Goblin! Goblin is their first puppy and said there is a whole new set of challenges to deal with but that he is doing amazing and has completed their family again!

I have a huge amount of respect for Hannah and Chuck as rescue dogs can have issues, but this didn't faze them and gave these dogs a second chance at a happy life!

R.I.P Guinness

You gave so much love and you were loved by so many people.

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