Shalford Village Fete, Guildford, Surrey – 10-06-18

Shalford Village Fete – June 2018

One of the great things about having a business that revolves around people and their pets, is that you get to go out and show people what you do in creative ways.

Each year we have a stand at LOTS of events, they are a great way to meet people, meet dogs and show and tell about the amazing products we produce.

Today we were at an awesome event in Surrey, just south of Guildford in a village called Shalford.

The great thing about Shalford Village Fete, is that it really brings the community together in what is historically a commuter belt of Surrey.

A huge array of stalls were at the event, from the usual traders, to community groups and social enterprises.

So many of the events we have been to this year have had good local causes at their heart, Shalford Scouts were one of the beneficiaries today.

Most of all you see the unsung heroes, doing great things behind the scenes.

My partner, Leanne photographed the dog show today, whilst i kept the stand busy.

You can see a few of the hundreds of dogs we met today in the images below.

The Lead Gen Academy

The Lead Gen Academy

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of the Lead Gen Academy, but after a quick conversation at a networking event I knew it was something that I needed to find out more about.

If you have ever run a business, then you will know that you need to much much more than one skill set.

Being a professional photographer means so much more than being just a professional artist.

You need excellent financial management skills, for the peaks and troughs through the year, but most of all you need to become a shameless marketeer.

One of the greatest relationships I have built this year since being back in Surrey is through business networking.

At a 4Networking event in Camberley earlier this year I bumped into a talented entrepreneur called Richard Woods.

Richard has a real talent for business, he even spent a summer with Lord Sugar in his antics on television called The Apprentice.

One of Richards great recent entrepreneurial projects is The Lead Gen Academy. The life source of all businesses is generating business leads and then converting them.

Each month Richard brings to our group in Farnborough industry knowledge and specialists to teach digital marketing lead generation techniques.

This month techniques to build professional networks and generate leads from LinkedIn was on the agenda.

If you are interested in visiting the Lead Gen Academy, then drop me an email and I will invite you along as my guest to see what it can do for your business.

The Lead Gen Academy

The Lead Gen Academy – June 2018

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue Summer Ball 06-2018

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue – Charity Ball 2018

This year has been a remarkable social calendar, with us attending several Black Tie Charity Balls. But the most special and emotional has to be The Hounds First Sighthound Rescue Summer Ball.

It makes for quite an interesting evening when you put a whole group of doggy people together in one room in ball gowns and penguin suits. Just for good measure, make sure its one of the hottest evenings of the year.

The power of social media is such that so many of the faces that I have spoken to online or have championed me over the last few years, I have never met in person.

People know of your high’s and low’s and then you meet them in person like you have known them forever.

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue is a dog rescue charity that is very close to my heart and if you know the story of ‘Harry and Me’, then you will know how much Rachel Hyball and Tracie Gledhill did to support Harry and I staying together.

They supported and covered the costs of Harry’s stay with Cath Pickles, but more so provided the love and emotional support that both the dog and owner needed to turn their life around.

Tonight was all about celebrating the successes of the charity over the last year, recognizing the hard work of the volunteers and championing the work that they do. Whether moving the dogs from place to place, conducting home visits, fundraising or the ongoing behavioral work that has to take place.

It was a surprise and a shock to me, that Harry and I were presented with a beautiful framed picture and award. An award for being one of the charities success stories of 2017. A story that embodied the whole purpose of the charity, putting the welfare and what’s best for the hounds, first.

To find out more about the amazing work of Hounds First Sighthound Rescue visit: www.houndsfirst.co.uk

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

Hounds First Sighthound Rescue

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Home Counties Boxer Welfare Dog Show – Worplesdon, Surrey

Home Counties Boxer Welfare Dog Show – May 2018

Supporting local breed rescues is something I am really passionate about. Especially, the beautiful Boxers at Home Counties Boxer Welfare.

Each year Home Counties Boxer Welfare hold an excellent fun dog show at the Memorial Hall at Worplesdon in Surrey.

Home Counties Boxer Welfare is a registered charity, with the sole purpose of helping homeless Boxers who come into their care. Supported by a network of volunteers who foster, home check, fundraise and transport dogs, the charity meets its goals.

The Worplesdon Memorial Hall was built just after the first world war, in 1922, to commemorate those who died in the war. The hall houses the Sidney Sime Memorial Gallery, a large events room, meeting rooms, complemented by the recreation grounds and tennis courts.

Its a cracking location with great facilities and it attracts a crowd from far and wide. As a venue, many dog shows and dog training classes are hosted here throughout the year.

The small village on the outskirts of Guildford is surrounded by beautiful nature reserves, you couldn’t ask for a greater place to live. Whitmoor Common is a large area just North West of Guildford, with great footpaths and man-made roads, perfect for dog photography.

Whitmoor Common is at the centre of the parish and has a mixed and diverse landscape of heather, copses of woodland, grasslands, and braken. For me, this is the perfect location for all types of dog session from spaniels and labradors through to german short haired pointers and english setters.

A number of beautiful manor houses around Worplesdon have historic hertiage that really needs to be seen to be appreciated, these include Frenches Manor, Merist Wood, and Wyke.

Home Counties Boxer Welfare are a small independent charity helping rehome and care for Boxers in need. You can find out more at www.hcbw.org.uk

Alternately take a look at the Charity’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HcbwBoxersLookingForHomes/

Home Counties Boxer Welfare

Home Counties Boxer Welfare

Surrey Heath Show – 19-05-2018

Surrey Heath Show is probably the largest of the small shows that we exhibit at through the year.

This year it was a scorching hot May saturday, that a couple called Harry and Megan decided to gate crash.

Despite the Royal Wedding just a few miles down the road in Windsor, the Surrey Heath Show had an excellent turn out.

So many local good causes had stands from theatre groups, the local camera club and the Womens Institute were all present.

Frimley Lodge Park is home to an amazing miniature railway which kept people entertained throughout the day along with side shows like Punch and Judy.

The Cowpie Show 13-05-18 Lingfield, Surrey

The Cowpie Show, Lingfield, Surrey

The Cowpie Show is an amazing country show event run by the Surrey Young Farmers for over 30 years.

It’s a really important event for the Surrey Young Farmers to showcase what they do. It also provides a fun family day out and brings the commuter belt that sits around the showground back in touch with its rural roots.

The Cowpie Show combines a traditional country fair and county show, with a mix of livestock, rural crafts, and local foods, with dogs shows and exciting displays.

This year’s show included a Monster Truck Show and Anti-Gravity Big Show.

Across the country show was a huge array of trade stands meaning there was something for everyone. As you can see here, we were squeezed in between a hat seller and Goat Meat stall.

Who would have thought I would have gone home with a carrier bag of goat meat sausages…

You will find the show each year at Blue Anchor Farm, Blindley Heath, Lingfield.

Blindley Heath is a beautiful location just south of Godstone, surrounded by a huge grassland nature reserve.  The whole area of Godstone Green and Church Town, suburbs of Godstone, are now conservation areas.  Blindley Heath is home to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  It is the best-known example of a relict damp grassland on Weald Clay in Surrey and has several ponds and a stretch of the Ray Brook.

Bay Pond is just one of the fantastic locations in Surrey that I use for dog photography. Each month I spent half of my working time at different beautiful locations across Surrey, Sussex, and Berkshire. From beaches and historic woodlands to forests and heathlands.

Another great location near Godstone is Tilburstow Hill. This is a beautiful woodland of Chestnut on the Greensand Way with views across the Weald. With easy parking, the site is open all year round. You will find an amazing display of Fungi through the autumn months, wildflowers by spring, and a great selection of traditional English trees.

 

The Cowpie Show

Ottershaw May Fair 07-05-2018

Ottershaw May Fair

Ottershaw May Fair is a hidden gem in the West of Surrey, perfect for a bank holiday outing.

There’s something great about a May bank holiday weekend when the sun shines. It’s a celebration of the start of summer. This Bank Holiday Monday was awesome and one to be remembered.

Allegedly the hottest bank holiday since records began, it didn’t disappoint.

Leanne and I took our display of work to the beautiful Surrey village of Ottershaw to join in the mayday fun at the Ottershaw May Fair.

Ottershaw May Fair is a great community celebration held at the Memorial Fields on Foxhill Road, Ottershaw. The purpose of the event is to raise money for great local organizations and charities.

Just on the outskirts of the M25, Ottershaw is a beautiful parish in the Runnymede area of Surrey.  As a whole, the area is a mix of commuter belt area and retirement homes. Making it a leafy suburb just 20 miles south-west of Central London.

There is even an Ottershaw walk. Taking you through the open and green spaces surrounding the village, visiting key sites around the village. It all starts from the Memorial Field with convenient parking and toilets. You can read more about it here: Do the Ottershaw Walk!

Other great reasons to visit Ottershaw include, the Foxhills Golf Club on the western edge of the village, two spectacular pubs, The Otter and The Castle.

But most of all Ottershaw is close to some of the most beautiful places around Surrey that I use for dog photography including Chobham Common, just a few minutes drive away.

Chobham Common is one of the best examples of lowland heath in the world and perfect for exploration with the dog. Particularly beautiful for images of gun dog breeds, Hungarian Vizlas, Weimaraners and Spaniels of all varieties, including the Sussex Spaniel.

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Jamie Morgan – The Hound Dog Photographer Amongst a display of his works of art, posed for the Surrey newspapers.

Ottershaw May Fair Photography

An example of the fine art dutch master styled print with rustic frame from Hound Dog Photography.

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Win a dog photography session with Hound Dog Photographer Jamie Morgan

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Ottershaw May Fair Dog Photography

Animal Star Awards Launch – April 2018