Kathy McMillan Photography » Brisbane-based lifestyle and documentary animal photographer, specialising in capturing connections between precious creatures and their kind-hearted people.

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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

I started my second business earlier this year called Sweet Pea and Busy Bee making dog and cat harnesses out of reclaimed fabrics from op shops. It was something I’d had in the back of my mind for years. I have made harnesses for my own dogs for some time, and always get compliments on them when out and about walking Chloe and Webber. However, establishing my photography business has taken most of my time and energy since mid 2014.

Now that part of my work life is ticking over nicely, I finally had the time to launch my new venture. An exciting part is getting to do some more work in my teeny tiny home studio to create imagery for the Sweet Pea and Busy Bee website, Facebook and Instagram.

Yes, my studio is tiny… but it does the job!

Here are some of the images created showcasing my doggy harnesses. The approach is a little different for commercial work like this (for a business) compared to my usual domestic work (for animal guardians). My primary objective is to make the product look good. Don’t get me wrong, engagement with the doggy is important too, but my main goal is show the design, fit, and features of the harness, whilst making the pup look super cute in the process. For a domestic commission, my  focus is on bringing out the personality of the animal and creating images that their guardian will love.

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My own pups, Webber and Chloe (a.k.a. Sweet Pea and Busy Bee). Yes, my other business is named after them.

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Puggy happily snorted his way through our session.

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Spot the peanut butter!

Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Charlie is a natural poser!

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Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Dobby, those ears!

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Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Lucy strutting her stuff on the dog walk!

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Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Crumpet was one of my happiest models ever!

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Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Samira knew exactly what she was doing, she was born to model!

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Sweet Pea and Busy Bee | dog harness

Pippi Long Sausage and family.

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Mavis, Winston, Lulu, Ringo.

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Ringo with his harness on properly (he was undressing himself in the group shot!)

Sweet Pea and Busy Bee is launching kitty harnesses next week, so my next post will feature images from cat studio sessions… which require quite a different approach. Cat sessions are more on the cat’s terms!

 

Lovely Emily is looking for a home to call her very own. Emily is currently in foster care with Precious Paws Animal Rescue and whilst she was a little timid when I first met her, she had only been rescued days earlier. With the gentle encouragement of her loving foster Mum, Emily soon had her tail wagging and was posing in no time!

If you think Emily might be the girl of your dreams, please get in touch with PPAR for information on adoption. Or, share this post so sweet Emily is seen by as many people as possible.

Luke and Leia and a bonded pair, and are looking for a forever home they can share. Luke is an older gentleman and reminded me of a big cuddly teddy bear, I just wanted to get on the ground and spoon him! Leia is younger and more boisterous, and loves playtime, but she clearly loves Lukey. These two lovely souls are inseparable.

If you can provide a home for both of them, get in touch with Precious Paws Animal Rescue, and as always please share so these best mates can find the forever home of their dreams.

Miss Leia was constantly on the go during our session!

Luke preferred to lie around and watch the world go by.

There was some rolling on the ground.

Playing with sticks.

And Lukey let us know when it was time to wrap up our little photo session. Nap time! 

My Monday afternoon was spent in the studio with Pippi Long Sausage and her babies. I know. My instinct was to lie on the ground and just let the puppies crawl all over me, but there was work to do! First, here are some behind the scenes photos taken by one of Pippi’s humans Tarnia. As you can see, my studio is tiny, but it works!

Pippi and her pups won a competition run by Snag Bros Winston and Ralph, celebrating their milestone 3,000 followers on Instagram.

behind the scenes

Photo credit: Tarnia van der Helm (one of Pippi’s humans, and all round lovely human being).

The most important image to capture was a family portrait. I had warned Tarnia sometimes getting a group of pups all looking at the camera can be a challenge, and there was the possibility we’d need to photograph each doggy separately and Photoshop together. I made this shot the first priority, mainly because I had the best chance of getting all the pups attention within the first few minutes of the session before they got used to all the silly noises I make! And boom! Success! Well, almost… this shot has a teeny bit of Photoshop work to make it the family portrait Tarnia wanted… but not much.

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Left to right: Ringo, Pippi, Mavis, Winston, Lulu.

An outtake…

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Which way are we supposed to look?!!

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Cuteness overload!

The next couple of photos are pretty special ones of mother and son, Pippi and Ringo. The family are keeping Ringo, and you can follow their adventures together on Instagram here.

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Pippi and Ringo.

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miniature daschund puppy studio photo session

Precious Ringo.

miniature daschund puppy studio photo session

miniature daschund puppy studio photo session

STACKS ON MUM!!!

miniature daschund puppy studio photo session

Summer loves Ringo.

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miniature daschund puppy studio photo session

Sigh.

Pippi and family also modelled some harnesses for my other business Sweet Pea and Busy Bee. You can see some of those photos here.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Meet sweet Tucker, a Greyhound x Mastiff x Great Dane (we think!) currently in foster care with Precious Paws Animal Rescue. Tucker is affectionate and eager to please, he also has a lot of energy so would need lots of playtime, walks and cuddles! Tucker is fine with other dogs too.

Is this Marmaduke doppleganger the boy you have been looking for? Get in touch with PPAR for more info. Please share this post too so he has a better chance of finding his perfect forever home.

 

 

Who’s Marmaduke?

Can you see me?

Did someone say treats?

Who could resist this face?