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  • Hello, my name is Kathy McMillan and I am a professional animal photographer based in Brisbane. My specialty is documenting connections between precious creatures and their kind-hearted people. I am an animal rights advocate and proudly vegan. Kindness is the guiding principle in everything that I do. x

Yearly Archives: 2016

2016, it’s a wrap! | Brisbane animal photographer

Phew, what a crazy-busy year 2016 has been! Here’s a wrap-up of the year: Study After 2.5 years of “part time” study, I completed my Diploma in Photoimaging, so I would have the technical skills to back up my passion. I use theRead more »

Pets with Personality part 5 | Brisbane animal photographer

Part 5 of the Pets with Personality fundraising sessions. Today you will meet Morris, Mathilde, Bella, Gracie, and Lilly. This is the last installment of all 25 animals photographed for this fundraising event! A total of $2,254.92 was donated toRead more »

Pets with Personality part 4 | Brisbane animal photographer

Part 4 of the Pets with Personality fundraising sessions. Today you will meet Oscar, Kess, Quinn, Risk, and Luna. Studio sessions with animals can sometimes be more challenging than outdoor sessions. The animal is in an unfamiliar environment, moreRead more »

Pets with Personality part 3 | Brisbane animal photographer

Part 3 of the Pets with Personality fundraising sessions. Today you will meet Eddie, Charlie, Tom, Vincent and Lily. You may have noticed my studio style is fresh and clean, a plain white background with minimal props. These sessions were aboutRead more »

Pets with Personality part 2 | Brisbane animal photographer

Part 2 of the Pets with Personality fundraising sessions. Today you will meet Chocolat, Poppy, Mason, Harriette, and Lillibeth. You can view the other posts here:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Kathy x     Chocolat | Poodle Cross Poppy | TerrierRead more »

Pets with Personality part 1 | Brisbane animal photographer

The Pets with Personality fundraiser took place the weekend of 26-27 November 2016, and thanks to an article in Brisbane News the event was booked out! 25 animals were photographed (21 dogs and four cats), and over $1,600 was donated to Best FriendsRead more »

Maggie and Spencer lounging at home | Brisbane animal photographer

Sassy little Maggie and snuggle pie Spencer were more interested in the contents of my pockets (squeaky toys and treats) than sitting still to have their photo taken! The words “Sit… Stay… Nooooooooo!” peppered the entireRead more »

Snakes galore! | Brisbane animal photographer

I am comfortable photographing cats and dogs and think I have a pretty good handle on their behaviour and techniques to get them to look at the camera. Snakes however, were a whole new ball game! When I told some friends I was heading off toRead more »

Jazzy and Abby fur-family session | Brisbane animal photographer

Dave’s partner Karly bought him a gift certificate as a birthday present, a very thoughtful gift but one tinged with sadness. Their beautiful dog Jazzy has been battling cancer for the past couple of years and sadly it has recently returned.Read more »

How did you get them to look at the camera?! | Brisbane animal photographer

Many fur-parents comment that they can never get their furry friends to look at the camera, or as soon as they lift the camera when they are doing something cute, their companion looks away. Sound familiar? So, when I present images from a companionRead more »

Apache and Princess at Underwood Park | Brisbane animal photographer

Apache is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Bichon Frise, which equals pure cuddly teddy bear! Princess is a Maltese Shih Tzu, total sweetheart, and quite clearly the boss! Their session took place along the walking track and boardwalks aroundRead more »

Life isn’t about finding yourself… | Brisbane animal photographer

Over the past couple of months I have been having conversation after conversation with amazing people who are either wanting to take the plunge and change careers or start their own business, or have done just that, and are living a life of theirRead more »

Chloe the cutie pie Papillon | Brisbane animal photographer

Cute little Chloe makes friends fast, she was covering me with kisses within moments of me kneeling down to say hello! Chloe’s human Mum Jacqui told me Chloe is very popular at Bulimba Vet Surgery and it was a thrill to win this session asRead more »

Photos deserve to be printed, just ask Zali and Jensen | Brisbane animal photographer

Pretty pooch Zali, and gorgeous kitty Jensen were the undisputed superstars of this family session. The focus was very much on capturing connections between these adored fur-kids and their human family Maree, Ethan and Lachie. When I first met thisRead more »

Rescue fundraising weekend booked out… but you can still be involved | Brisbane animal photographer

The Pets With Personality fundraising weekend is officially booked out, more than a month in advance! If you missed out, there are still ways you can be involved and raise funds for Best Friends Rescue and Pets Without Partners. – Donate! IfRead more »

Wow you make $100 an hour! Er… it’s more like $10 | Photography myths busted

I have been sitting on this blog post for a while now… and the time has come. I cannot have another person say “Wow, you make $100 an hour!” when they see my pricing, without setting the record straight. People think when they payRead more »

Can we go to the beach pleeeeeeaaaaaaase? | Brisbane animal photographer

Leroy is one handsome boy, there’s no doubt about it. He’s also a complete sweetie pie, loves his Mum and Dad to pieces, and graciously tolerates Miffy the cat. This gorgeous Bull Arab rescue also really loves the beach! We started theRead more »

Worried your companion is too timid for a photo session? Don’t be! | Brisbane animal photographer

A year ago I had the privilege of meeting two of the most kind-hearted people you could imagine. Mark and Tina won a competition run by the lovely people at Daisy Hill Veterinary Clinic for their senior pet to be photographed. I had a sessionRead more »

Case study: Why you need to photograph your companion animals… now | Brisbane animal photographer

I can still remember the phone call like it was yesterday, it’s hard to believe it was over a year ago. Mark called me as the winner of a Senior Pet Promotion run by Daisy Hill Veterinary Clinic, where his beloved German Shepherd Zara wasRead more »

Kathy McMillan Photography featured in Brisbane News for fundraising efforts | Brisbane animal photographer

I was pretty excited to be featured in the Trailblazer section of Brisbane News today! What awesome exposure for the rescue fundraising events I have been running. As mentioned in the article, the next event will be over an entire weekend, 26 and 27Read more »

Vintage Kitty fundraising sessions | Brisbane animal photographer

On Saturday, 27th August I spent the day photographing cats in my home studio to raise funds for Pets Without Partners. The theme was Vintage Kitty and participants received a 20 minute vintage-styled portrait session for their cat, and aRead more »

New product! Click together framed prints | Brisbane animal photographer

Introducing my new Click wall frames, they’re really unique and offer endless design options. Frames come in one size, 12×12″ but click together so you could feature one large image over a number of frames, or a collection of imagesRead more »

New product! Artisan prints | Brisbane animal photographer

Introducing my new Artisan prints, they’re pretty spesh! Beautiful fine art paper, hand-torn edges, with a double mat, they make a treasured memory even more breathtaking. Any image ordered as an Artisan print gets some extra love in PhotoshopRead more »

Rex to the rescue! | Brisbane pet photographer

During the Vintage Kitty fundraising sessions for Pets Without Partners I had my first encounter with the Devon Rex breed of cat. Oh my, what characters! The combination of oversized ears, elfin face, those big pretty eyes, and curly fur, makes themRead more »

Zuko and Kenickie are looking for forever homes | Brisbane animal photographer

Grease is the word! These two ginger ninjas are named after the Grease characters and yes, these cats are just as cool! The boys are currently fostered through Pets Without Partners, and  they are looking for their purfect forever homes. Get inRead more »

Family session at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha | Brisbane family photographer

Last month I photographed this gorgeous family at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha, which is an absolutely perfect location for a family session. The session was a very thoughtful birthday gift for Mum/Grandmum Michaela. It made me so happy toRead more »

Three week old kittens, oh my! | Brisbane animal photographer

Last month I photographed the very pregnant, and very beautiful Audrey (you can check out the photos here). This past weekend I was able to photograph her sweet little family, who are now three weeks old. Ava, Clark, Mae, Rock and Vivien completelyRead more »

Basil and Bonnie are looking for their forever home | Brisbane animal photographer

Basil and Bonnie are currently fostered through Best Friends Rescue and are looking for their forever home. They are the sweetest little poppets, and whilst they love each other very much, they could be adopted separately. Being in a position toRead more »

New product! Lite photo books | Brisbane animal photographer

My new ‘Lite’ photo book sample arrived yesterday, of course featuring my own fur-babies Chloe and Webber! This ‘Lite’ product offers a more affordable option compared to the ‘Story’ photo books alreadyRead more »

Rescued exhibition competition winner session – Odin and Jedda | Brisbane Animal Photographer

Whilst the Rescued exhibition was on display at Shutter & Brew back in April, I ran a competition for visitors who kindly took the time to complete the feedback form. The prize was a portrait session + gift print, and here are some photos fromRead more »

Audrey’s kitty maternity session | Brisbane animal photographer

Meet beautiful Mummy-to-be, Audrey. This was my first ever kitty maternity session, and I really hope it’s not my last. Audrey loved having her big belly rubbed, and she didn’t mind showing off her baby bump to the camera either. WhatRead more »

What’s in my kit | Brisbane animal photographer

I often get asked what gear is in my camera bag, and I have been meaning to share for ages but wanted to wait until I added my new baby (35mm prime lens) to round out my kit! 2x Canon EOS 6D camera bodies. Instead of buying one 5D I decided to putRead more »

Toulouse the clinic cat models to help raise funds for rescues | Brisbane animal photographer

Toulouse is the resident ginger ninja at Zillmere Vet and he took time out of his busy schedule last week to model for some promotional material for a fundraising project I am working on. Toulouse was found under a house, abandoned by his mother, soRead more »

New print product samples! | Brisbane Animal Photographer

I have changed supplier for photo books and wall  frames, so I thought I’d share some images of my new samples as they are really beautiful. The photo books are hand-made in Australia, and feature a photo/linen hard cover, gorgeous thick fineRead more »

Best Friends Animal Rescue fundraiser – Jula and Zuri come to the party! | Brisbane Animal Photographer

Last month I ran a fundraising dog portrait event for Best Friends Rescue, and to follow are some photos from the day. First though, please indulge me as I reflect on the response to the idea and outcome. When I first started talking about doingRead more »

Brisbane River New Farm dog photo shoot | Brisbane pet photographer

If you read my last post, you’ll already know it took me a year to get my butt into gear to take these photos! We take our pups Chloe and Webber for walks around New Farm regularly, and I have wanted to take photos of them having fun here forRead more »