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Terrarium Workshopping with Luna & Rudy at Form Lifestyle Store

As part of the Pets at Work series, I got to attend the Geo Fleur Terrarium Workshop at Form Lifestyle Store, Manchester, earlier this month. I popped along to snap not one, but two pets, hard at work ...

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Pets at Work: Olive at Sunny Bank Mills Studios

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting children's book illustrator Kate Pankhurst and her studio sidekick, Olive the Dalmation. While Kate draws, designs and brings stories to life, Olive gets a run of the whole top floor of Sunny Bank Mills. By chance I got to meet Kate and Olive and had an insight into their working day at the studio. And yes. A studio Dalmation really is as lovely as it sounds. 

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Pets at Work: Alfie at Third Eye Signs

When I first got in touch with Kieran at Third Eye Signs, I felt like I already knew him. Subconsciously, I’d spotted his handi-work all over Leeds and as a newcomer, found myself drawn to the independent shops, cafes and restaurants he’d ‘signed’. My little epiphany was made even more exciting when I realised Kieran had a workshop buddy, Alfie. A Pets at Work post was in the making.

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Pets at Work: Martha at Sunken Studio Leeds

There's something about Martha. No this isn't a tribute to the 90s Cameron Diaz film, but it's an account of a special little Schnauzer. If I could summarise four year old Martha in three words it would be poised, loyal and elegant. She's the second in command to Rebecca at Sunken Studio Leeds, a ceramic workshop specialising in unique handcrafted pieces and hands on workshops for the public. I visited the pair to see for myself what their typical working day was like ...

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Pets at Work: Monty at Moth

In a previous life I worked in the interiors industry so for me, a pets at work post featuring one of my favourite homewares stores was a perfect scenario. Photographing the posiest of Poodles, made it even better. 

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Pets at Work: Mr Scruff at Duke Studios

As a newcomer to Leeds, I’d heard though the Grapevine that Duke Studios was one of the top spots for Creatives, and the best place to connect with other likeminded people. With our move drawing closer, I did some research into the space, discovering their newest member of the team and fluffy faced mascot, Mr Scruff. I visited the studios to find out more about this enticing space and to see how he’d settled in. Main duties include chasing bouncy balls and chewing the occasional mac lead ...

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My Springtime Photo-Shoot Competition with Millie the Labradoodle

To officially mark the beginning of Spring, last weekend I photographed Millie the Labradoodle, the winner of my Springtime photo-shoot competition. I met with Millie's owners Helen & Paul at their home in Washington and just like any other day, we took Millie on her daily walk but this time, I was there to capture Millie every step of the way. 

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My first shoot as a pet photographer

As I recall my first ever shoot as a pet photographer, I think about the friendly barks I received from Tara the Rhodesian Ridgeback. I had an instant rush of adrenaline, mixed with excitement and nervousness. I’m not going to lie, I did think for a second, what have I let myself in for? But at the same time I was completely in my comfort zone, and making friends with Tara felt completely natural.

 

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Welcome to Pet Stories Photography

Until a few months ago I was working in the trend forecasting industry, helping big name brands stay one step ahead of the curve. I predominately worked as a researcher, pulling together trends that would help brands and retailers respond to important changes. Photography was just a hobby but I wanted nothing more than to transform my interests into my career. So I decided to leave the trend industry behind.

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Emily Nicholson