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A photography service that captures your pet's personality and the special relationship you share

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A space to share the photoshoots of Pet Stories in both words and pictures

Pals in the Park: Geoff & Tilly

One of my favourite things about being a dog owner is how people are brought together organically. You naturally stop and chat with people in the community, something that’s a bit of a rarity in today’s iPhone driven world. I had the pleasure of photographing two of my favourite park pals - Geoff and his dog Tilly.

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Pet Stories First Birthday Exhibition

In March 2018, Pet Stories turned 1. In a year, we've come across a whole lot of unique personalities, and have a cracking selection of photos to match. So what better way to celebrate a year of Pet Stories photography than by sharing the archives. Happy Birthday to us. 

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Introducing the Newest Member of the Pet Stories Team ...

Say hello to the new addition to the family. Alan. At 4 months old, he journeyed all the way from Cyprus, and already, he's settling in and making himself at home. We're 7 days in and highlights of the week include, learning to sit, his first poo in the park and him finally braving stairs.

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Join us at Woodlawn Coffee to celebrate Pet Stories First Birthday

Come and join us as we celebrate a year of Pet Stories and take a look back through the archives. There'll be music, Pawsecco and even the chance to win a Pet Stories shoot in the Instagram Cuddle Corner. 

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A morning with Emma + Lady at Pot Yer Tits Away Luv

One’s a superwoman tit pot maker, the other, a little Dreamies obsessed diva. I hung out with the Pot Yer Tits Away Luv dream team, capturing their typical working day and their unique bond. 

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Getting Organised with the Nooshel 2018 Dog Diary

The guys at Nooshel kindly gifted me my very own Dog Diary earlier this year, a product I'd swooned over on Instagram, and soon realised was a must-have necessity. It's coming to the end of January (and very nearly my first year as a professional pet photographer) and honestly, I don't know how I ever survived without my little black book. Here's what I love most about it ...

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Win a Free Photoshoot with Pet Stories Smiles!

I don't know about you but after such a lovely Christmas I've had a bad case of the January blues, so I have a competition guaranteed to cheer us all up. 

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Introducing ... the Pet Stories Christmas Package

I've been itching to share with you all my specially put together Christmas package! My photography is all about capturing your pet at their happiest, whether it's at home or on their favourite walk. So for Christmas, who's to say we can't do exactly the same, but with a festive spin?

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What really happens when your dog goes to the groomers?

Earlier this month I shadowed Anna at Moonshine Dog Grooming and got to experience for myself a typical day at the dog groomers. My camera followed Anna's every move and with two nail appointments and a full groom booked in, I got to capture each stage of her special pamper treatments.

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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