Cats vs. Dogs

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Why do we have to choose? I love them both! But there is a difference between photographing cats and dogs. 

Those of you who have had a dog session with me will know how it works. We are outside in a park or garden where your dog is happy and relaxed. We have a good walk and then we play and then we stop and take some pictures. The dog sits or stands or lays down. I take more pictures, give them some treats or toys and then let them run around before we do it all over again. It’s fun and very active and it’s important that your dog has a good time. If you look at my pictures you might think the dog just sits there the whole time but in reality, there are very few moments when we are not moving. 

Photographing your cat is an entirely different scenario. I come to your house. I meet your cat and scratch their chin. I observe. I wait. I stalk. I take some pictures. Maybe we play or I stroke your cat or give them a treat and then I usually wait some more. I wait a lot for the cat to give me something. To stop in the good light. To give me a great expression or make an interesting shape with their body. Photographing cats is a slow and pensive process. Very different from a dog session.

It’s such a pleasure to photograph animals and I love that each creature and situation requires something different from me. If you’re interested in booking a dog or cat session with me or have any questions please send me a note at info@suzyflood.com or go to my contact page.

 

Our Rescue Dog in Marylebone

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On a wet March day in 2014 my six year old daughter and I went to Battersea Dogs Home (www.battersea.org.uk) to collect our new/old dog. Daisy was eight and half and had been through Battersea twice. It had taken us a long time to match with a dog, having a young child at home and living in a flat were big considerations. It needed to be right for her and for us.

Her name wasn’t Daisy - that change came a few weeks later when we decided a rescue Staffy in Marylebone needed a bit of “rebranding”. She didn’t seem to mind - she embraced her new home with us and so we embarked on a truly life changing experience. 

We had our struggles. Daisy was anxious and untrained. She’s strong in body and will (but she only managed to pull me over once)! We sought help and with many thanks to Susan at The Dog Hub (www.thedoghub.co.uk), lots of hard work and laughs and treats, we all learned a lot about behaviour - both canine and human.

Yes, we have given Daisy a warm and loving home, lots of cuddles, vet checks, good food and of course tennis balls! But I think we’ve done far better in this exchange. More than giving us the incredible love of a dog she has also brought me some of the best friends I have and opened the door to a community that has become such an important part of my life. She’s seen my daughter through tough days and big life transitions. She has shown me London’s parks as I have never seen them. And by example, she has inspired us all with her kindness, bravery and trust. Thank you dear Daisy!

Dog and Owner Photography in South Kensington

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Although I most often photograph dogs on their own it can be such a pleasure to capture the bond between an owner and their pet. I was so touched to see how sweet this dog and owner were together. Looking at their expressions just makes me smile.