We shall attempt to choose our favourite recent photo and display it here. 

This is a very difficult task so please blame our sons for the choice! They might go for composition or colour or cuteness or quality, it is up to them. Yes, we are passing the buck…

This time we are looking back somewhat further since we’ve had a lull in updates for some considerable time. Going forwards, we shall look at the previous few months’ worth of incoming photographs. 

We shall assume that you are happy for us to publish your photos unless you explicitly tell us otherwise; it is time-consuming to ask permission for each photo.

The Pet Portrait Awards are in full swing and you might be interested in this competition. If you enter, you are invited to a photography session with your chosen studio (from those listed) and asked for a minimum donation of £10 which goes to either the DogsTrust or The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. You could include a family portrait with your fluff in this session but only a solo portrait will be entered. You will be invited back for a viewing to select your entry shot – but beware! 

Our experience of viewings is that you will want to buy lots of shots in various formats that will end up costing quite a bit more than your donation! If this is something that you were thinking of doing anyhow, then that is fair enough and you can budget for it; otherwise, be prepared to walk away. 

However, the pet portraits of each studio are then judged by top photographers and the top three will each receive prizes. The winning portrait will then be entered in the 2nd Round judged by the charities for a chance to win £1000 and the title Pet Portrait of the Year 2019.

The theme, surprisingly, is ‘Man’s Best Friend’ and you can keep an eye on the entries via this link: https://www.ukprofessionalphotographers.co.uk/pet-portrait-awards

Our local studio is offering the following prizes for the three winners:

1st Prize    20″x16″ image
2nd Prize    16″x12″ image

3rd Prize    10″x 8″ image

In comparison, they are currently offering a one-hour portrait session at £29 (reduced from £99) with a 10 x 8 print included.

The Portrait Award competitions (Family, Children & Pet) have raised over £90,000 in 3 years for UK charities. It would be great to know if you have a pet portrait session.


Ellie at the beach in March 2019 © Ellie & Family

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