Hi, I'm Amanda! After studying for three years and earning my Bachelor of Photography from one of the best photography colleges in Australia, I found my true calling of what I wanted to do. By putting my two passions together I came up with the idea of starting my own Pet Photography business. Ever since I was little I've always been my happiest when around animals, they've never failed to put a huge smile on my face or find a place in my heart. Animals have the amazing ability to make even the worst situations seem brighter and to always give us their unconditional love, so it's no wonder why the bonds we share with them are so strong.
The first animal I shared this bond with was Shep, a gentle Border Collie who was 3 years older than me. He bounced around with us from Adelaide to Sydney and finally to Bacchus Marsh here in Victoria. In between these moves he found time to steal my ice cream while I wasn't looking, patiently let me give him a 'bath' solely made of bubble mixture, and sharing his bean bag with me if I'd had a bad dream. But after 14 years he decided he'd had enough of chasing sticks and passed away.
Then came along one of the cheekiest pups I've ever met. Another Border Collie who we named Paddington Bear, or Paddy for short. With his long, fluffy coat and his big bear-like paws the name seemed only fitting, but it suited him even more as we got to know his dopey and lovable character. There was never a fence that could stop him from trying to join us in the pool even if it meant getting his head stuck, there was never a hug or a kiss that went unreturned, nor a wall that could get in his head's way of catching a ball, and there was definitely no such thing as having too many tennis balls in his mouth at once to proudly show off - his record was 3.
But because Paddy had so much love to give he couldn't possibly pour it into just four people, so a few months later we brought home his half sister, Saff. A much smaller bundle of fur as she was the runt of the litter, but her small size being no reflection of her strength or love. The two couldn't be more opposite but they seemed to get along most of the time with the occasional sibling squabble. Yet tragically, Paddy was also taken from us far too soon at only 3 years old when he got out and ate some kind of bait. So now there is one. And what a one she is! Capturing my heart with each of her quirks; getting bits of her dinner caught in her fur every night (she assures me this is deliberate so she can snack on it later on), playing hide and seek at home and at the park, burping while gazing lovingly into my eyes, and acting like royalty in her own castle, I know that I mean as much to her as she does to me.
The seemingly short lives of our pets seems to pass far too quickly, making it all the more important to capture lasting images that will stay with us long after they're gone.