Posted on April 13, 2012
Posted on April 12, 2012
As I stand watching my daughter during her riding lessons, I am often distracted by the beauty of the horses around me. As a child I was very fortunate to have an uncle who owned some amazing Arabian horses and I can remember watching them too, imaging adventures we would share. My mother reminds me how I would say that I would never drive a car as I would travel everywhere on horse back. Of course the reality is very far from my dreams. I rode for many years on and off, however, finances and time constraints meant that I sadly gave this up over 10 years ago.
Today, I have the pleasure to watch my own daughter riding and if you look in her eyes it is clear to see that she too feels the magic these stunning creatures hold.
So whilst she is busy learning, I spend some time walking around, admiring the other horses. And of course, with my faithful camera by my side, I try to capture some of the beauty before me.
Posted on April 11, 2012
Photography for me, as for many others is a very personal journey and Detheo Photography was very much the launch pad of that journey. The emotion and power that images can evoke is something I have always felt passionate about and I wanted to share the passion with others, to enable them too, to feel the connection with their images as I have with mine.
However, a journey cannot start at the end and the path between the two can be both exciting, yet sometimes, very frustrating.
One of the many things I love as a photographer is meeting people from all walks of life and of course, getting to know the many animals I have the pleasure to photograph. A key part of working with animals is learning to respect the creature before you, and the ability to build a connection between our two species. As mammals we instinctively understand the meaning behind the general, everyday movements and sounds made by other humans. However, these same sounds and movements have very different meanings within the Canine, Feline and Equine worlds. Therefore, in order to successfully photograph these animals, one must first learn a basic form of communication and understand the importance of developing a relationship between themselves and the animal.
Whilst I must say that I do not proclaim to be an expert in this field, it is my commitment to the development of these relationships that I believe allows me to capture the images that I do and will provide the foundations which will enable me to continue to grow and become the photographer I aspire to be.
With all this in mind, it goes without saying how touched I was to receive the following email. At a time when life has been a little rocky, this email reminded me to remain true to the values that I held form the start and remain focused on the path I have already chosen.
For those of you who ave already read the post titled “The Original Canine Clown” you will be familiar with my introduction to the wonderful Bogey and his friend Ross. This email was received from Bogey’s dad Matt.
“I booked Bogey and Ross in with Maria as I wanted some portraits of our dogs at the reception of my upcoming wedding to Tracy. I wanted the dogs to be with us in spirit as they couldn’t physically be there and I knew from previous experience that Maria was able to get the best out of each animal, and in particular boxers.
On the day of the shoot Bogey was his usual ball of relentless energy and Ross was his usual sullen and aloof self. Maria alternated her style and approach to make each dog feel at ease. She encouraged and coerced Ross into some awesome photos, with Ross looking unusually natural and at ease. He is usually mistrusting of strangers and always reluctant to be the center of attention, yet Maria knew exactly how to handle him in order to get the exact type of shots I’d requested.
Bogey was a different story..throughout the entire shoot Bogey typified a boxer puppy..he wouldn’t sit still, pose or do very little I asked of him…Maria gave him free reign to be himself and clearly knew this approach was best. It led to the most fantastic shots of Bogey at play and at rest. She even managed to get him to pose for the shots I’d requested. Nothing was too much trouble for her. It was a very relaxed and comfortable shoot which I think transferred to the dogs.
Once it was over, i had given Maria a very tight deadline, yet she worked tirelessly to get the photos to me in time for the wedding…what can I say about the photos? They were amazing. So much more than I hoped for. Maria was really able to capture the very different personalities of each dog and it became so difficult to actually pick our favorites.
The photos of our two boys took pride of place at our wedding reception and Tracy was absolutely speechless when she saw them. The dogs are a special part of our lives, and thanks to Maria’s skill and hard work, they were a special part of the greatest day of our lives.
I cannot recommend her work enough and Tracy, Bogey and I will be booking back in soon for some ‘family’ portraits. Matt”
It was a pleasure to photograph Bogey and Ross (and even Matt) and I truly look forward to seeing them again in the future.
Posted on March 23, 2012
As a lover of animals in general, I do feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to focus my photography around them.
When it comes to the canine world, there are so many different breeds, all with their own unique appearance and breed traits. But of all the breeds, the Boxer is one that maintains their childlike cheekiness right to the end. During my life I have met many Boxers and the breed remains my husband’s personal favorite. So it is no surprise that we have our own Harvey who is a Dogue De Bordeaux X Boxer, but we also have the pleasure of knowing “Liston”, the Boxer pup owned by our special friends Laura and Marcus Shambrook. Laura is the founder of PAWFECT FRIENDS, which caters for all of your pets needs, and many of my clients are referred by Laura.
So when I was contacted by Matt, I was immediately excited. I had met Matt and his fiancee last year whilst at the Hatfield Forest Wood Fest along with their lively white Boxer pup, “Bogey”. Already clients of Laura’s, they came over to visit our stands and Bogey had his picture taken.
This time, during the telephone call, Matt explained that he and Tracey were getting married and he wanted to surprise Tracey by having images of Bogey and Tracey’s parents dog, Ross at the ceremony. How could I refuse!
The photoshoot was as I had expected, difficult but very funny. Bogey was livelier than ever and poor Ross was a little nervous at times. But at the end of the day we managed to capture some great shots.
Congratulations to the happy couple.
Posted on December 24, 2011
For a dog lover like me what better job could there be?
She would be looking after her daughters dog for the week before Christmas and wanted to have a secret photoshoot.
Now, I always say the secret ingredient to photographing dogs is to build a connection with them.
So, I get to play with them and photograph them! However when I went to meet Alfie, the 18month old Spinone Italiano on 21st December
he took building a connection to a whole new level. I have never had my ears licked quite as much but must confess it was kind of nice.
Unfortunately, to add to the constant drizzle that day, the sky remained a very murky grey color so we spent sometime working indoors
with images by the Christmas tree. (These will be handy for next years greeting cards!) And then we went outside to watch Alfie really come alive.
I am sure his mum and dad are going to be thrilled with their surprise on Christmas day!