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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

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

A touch of the Tibetan Terriers….

Venturing into the Show World of Tibetan Terriers.

On a cold dark November morning, defrosting the car at 5am wasn’t high on the list of things I love to be doing at that time of day. There was, however, an exciting day in store for me, after a 3-hour drive to Coventry.

I was about to embark on my first experience of the show scene for the Tibetan Terrier Association, with their Breed Championship Show, held at the Sports Connexion in Coventry.

During the day, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing around 25-30 beautiful examples of the Tibetan Terrier breed, using my small pop up studio. With a range of colours and coats, the Tibetan Terrier breed provides a real challenge, with generally covered eyes, and some striking colours, getting the details and connection right with the dogs is essential.

Together with some first-class handlers, we produced a number of images for owners, to showcase their pooches in a number of ways, from beautiful framed portraits for the wall, through to images perfect for the Breed Handbook published in January 2017.

It was a long day, often noisy with the German Spitz in a neighbouring ring, but I had an amazing day all round. Dog show photography isn’t an easy gig…. you are never sure what size of trade stand space you’ll get, whether you’ll be close to power, or most importantly if you will have a busy day, but today was a roaring success

One of my image of two Tibetan Terriers, from the day, went on to win Silver in the Guild of Photographers Monthly Competition during December 2016.

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Example of our setup for Dog Show Photography at the Tibetan Terrier Breed Championship Show

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Tibetan Terrier Champion Show Entrants Photographed by Jamie Morgan

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Image from the Tibetan Terrier Association awarded Silver in the Guild of Photographers Competition.