Hi, I'm Sandie! 

Crazy Dog Lady, Tea Addict and Bookworm


And of course I love meeting and photographing your lovely dogs!  

Where it all Started

When we were kids, as far as I can remember, we always had dogs. My grandparents had Rex and Danny, two beautiful setter-crosses, followed by Benny the cocker spaniel; we grew up with Tess, a beautiful collie-cross with a gentle soul who was the perfect dog when we were small.

After Tess crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, we adopted Tyler, a lovely Heinz 57 who was probably the most intelligent dog I’ve ever met, if a little standoffish with strangers, and then our gorgeous Charlie who was my heart dog. We’ve always been a dog family – which shows as today my sister is a qualified dog trainer, and I specialise in dog portraiture!

Today our family dogs are my Mum’s puppy, Sherbet, the lemon roan cocker spaniel, and my sister's two labradors, Dave and Remus, and her golden retriever puppy, Fred, who appear quite regularly on my social media.

Becoming a Photographer

My love of photography began back in the days of film, when I was given my first SLR by a relative. It was fascinating to learn how to develop film and eventually progress to my own darkroom - there's nothing quite as magical as watching an image appear before your eyes!


Eventually I progressed to digital photography and have developed a love of creating beautiful images, whether that is a loved family pet, a portrait or spending my free time photographing wildlife.


In 2017 I joined the Guild of Photographers and decided to do one of their advertised workshops on dog photography. When you've spent the weekend being sat on by three gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgebacks, you really do discover your calling in life..... and the rest, as they say, is history!

I know how you feel....

Knowing how much our dogs have been part of our family over the years means I really understand how much you love your dog and how important he is to you. 

I wish we had the beautiful portraits of our gorgeous boys and girls to treasure, but we don’t. We have the odd faded, often blurry, photo, and those four-legged friends who were once so close in our hearts have faded to a few brief cloudy memories.

I don't want this to be you.

I want you to keep those memories close so you can always treasure the special times you share. So that, just by looking at your beautiful portraits, you are instantly transported to those special memories that are as bright and clear as the day they were made.

More about ME

I'm married to my lovely husband Nigel and I have three step-kids who are all grown up, and two young grandsons - I know, I don't look old enough to be a Granny! That's the joy of step-families and a bit of an age difference between Nigel and I.

So you may have guessed by now I love dogs. We don’t have one of our own (yet!) but we love nothing better than enjoying cuddles and ear-scratches with the family pack whenever we see them! 

When I'm not out photographing dogs, cats, horses and other animals, I love to read books (so many books! Thank goodness for Kindle!), play piano, write poetry and stories, go hiking and explore our wonderful country. I'm also learning to speak Welsh in my spare time.

I also have a mild obsession with Bird & Blend tea, and love nothing better than curling up with a good brew in front of the log burner and watching a good film!


WHEN I DON'T HAVE A CAMERA...

I’m have a healthy love of the outdoors and was a volunteer leader with Girlguiding UK for over 20 years. I spent three months volunteering at the Guiding World Centre in Switzerland, Our Chalet, when I was 21, and have also hiked the Inca Trails in Peru on a trip organised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

I’ve hiked to the top of a mountain to watch the sun rise, paraglided from the top of a different mountain, abseiled down a gorge and even done a full body dip into a glacial lake (and yes – it was COLD!).

Guiding has been a massive part of my life and has given me such wonderful opportunities, as well as making wonderful friendships around the world.

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Tandem Paragliding in Switzerland

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Hiking the Inca Trails in Peru

WHAT BUGS MY HUSBAND

I am a worry-wart. My husband says I get het up too much about things – but often it’s because I want things to be perfect (which can’t be bad, surely?). So I’ll be worrying about making sure your images are absolutely perfect – and making sure they are!

I’m also untidy – but I’m sure that’s just a sign of a creative mind! That’s what I keep telling my husband anyway. It’s true I’ll bring a lot of mess with me when I come to your photo shoot – but the good news is I take it all away with me afterwards, and it all contributes to those beautiful portraits you’re going to love.

The Dogs in My Life

Dave

A show-line black lab with a heart of gold, Dave is the oldest member of the pack at 4 years old. He’s a super friendly boy and was my sister’s first puppy.

Remus

Remus is a fox-red working lab and is two years old. Rem is my sister's boy, star model and absolutely loves to use his brain for things like scent detection

Sherbet

Sherbet is my Mum's dog and joined the family in Spring 2021. He is a lemon roan cocker spaniel and likes hiding his chews around the house to enjoy later!

Fred

Fred is the latest addition to the family in October 2021! He is being owner-trained to eventually become an assistance dog for my autistic niece

Over the Rainbow Bridge

Charlie 

2011-2021

Charlie was my Mum's dog, loved his cuddles and would do anything for a tennis ball. He was one in a million and crossed the Rainbow Bridge too soon at nine years old

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Leo

2003 - 2018

My sister's Golden Oldie, Leo, who had a penchant for Grasmere Gingerbread and thought he was a puppy even at nearly 15 years old

Tyler

1998 - 2013

Our second family dog who came to us from Battersea, a proper Heinz 57 and one of the smartest dogs I've ever met

Tess

1986 - 1999

Our very first family dog, a sweet collie-cross girl with a gentle soul who was our best friend when growing up

Qualifications & Training

Photography

Craftsman - the Guild of Photographers
  • Achieved September 2021 with a panel of 20 images assessed by the Guild of Photographers Panel of Judges
Qualified - the Guild of Photographers
  • Achieved July 2018 with a panel of 21 images (3 images from 7 commissions)

Understanding Dogs

Currently working towards an Advanced Qualification in Canine Body Language with Dog Training College
Level 2 VTQ Canine & Pet First Aid
  • Qualified May 2020 with Dog Training College 
Level 2 VTQ Canine Body Language
  • Qualified September 2018 with Dog Training College

Awards

Photographers Bar

Awarded by the Guild of Photographers

  • 2021 - Pets Category
  • 2020 - Pets Category
  • 2019 - Pets Category
  • 2018 - Open Category
Image of the Month Awards

Awarded by the Guild of Photographers

  • 2022 - 5 Bronze Awards in Pets (so far)
  • 2021 - 19 Bronze Awards in Pets & Open
  • 2020 - 27 Bronze Awards in Pets, Open and Natural World
  • 2019 - 20 Bronze Awards in Pets & Open
  • 2018 - 2 Silver Awards and 16 Bronze Awards in Open
  • 2017 - 9 Bronze Awards
Other Awards

TOP 100 INTERNATIONAL PET PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Awarded for two images in 2021

WILD ARENA COMPETITION - BEST OVERALL IMAGE

Awarded in 2017

Specialist dog photographer serving Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Leicester, Rutland and surrounding villages in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire; and further afield
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