WELCOME

Here you’ll find an awesome online photography course, beautiful photographs and a quirky blog.

I’m Moira, photography teacher, blogger and pet photographer currently living in the picturesque village of Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa.

There are two things in life that really turn me on; using my camera to reveal the beautiful essence of an animal’s spirit and seeing how excited people get during my photography course as they begin to learn how to take gorgeous photographs themselves.

David Young once said

“It is the photographing of ordinary things, in extraordinary light, which results in extraordinary photographs”

Extraordinary photographs are what I aspire to.


Why pet photography?

I’m animal mad and have been enamoured with them ever since I was able to reach out with chubby baby hands, grasp two handfuls of canine fur and plant a drooling kiss on a patient head. The image you see below, is the only photograph I have of myself and my beloved childhood pet, Patches: a black and white mongrel of questionable lineage.  Patches and I were joined at the hip, he was my best friend, confidante, comforter and soul-mate, separated by a cruel twist of fate when he was only two and it makes me sad to think that this is the only tangible memory I have of him – one small photograph that doesn’t reflect his spirit or show his bouncy personality, adorable face and comical expressions.  Animals are with us for such a short time, yet leave an indelible mark on our hearts, what better way to honour their memory than to have a beautiful photographic piece of art to treasure for ever.  That is why…

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… my goal, each time I lift the camera to my face and look through its lens, is to find the light within my subject, to reveal their beautiful spirit through my images and create an emotive and compelling piece of personalised art.  Art that has soul.

So please, relax, put your feet up and stick around a while.  You can check out some of my posts by diving straight onto the “BLOG” tab above to look through my most recent articles. For non-Wordpress users, subscribing to new blog posts is easy-peasy simply click on the blue subscribe button and add your details to get updates in your mail inbox!

If you prefer to browse through images then click on “GALLERIES”  above and choose a category from the drop-down box.  If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, it’s the “ABOUT ME” tab you’ll be after.

If you wish to honour your pet by commissioning a beautiful photographic piece of art to treasure for ever and you’d love me to help you with that, then let’s chat! Tea, coffee, lunch, wine, skype, email or simply an old-fashioned phone call. Just click HERE!

If, on the other hand, you own a DSLR camera and are keen to learn more about my online photography course then simply click HERE!

All my love

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25 thoughts on “WELCOME

  1. Oh, I love this! I relate so much to your reason for choosing pet photography as my interest in photography stems from not having very many photographs of myself, or my siblings, when we were growing up. Also, my dad and my oldest brother both passed away before my children knew them and there really aren’t very many photos of them. I’m so glad for having “met” you and I look forward to seeing more of your photographs! Thank you for stopping by my blog, as well!!

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  2. I think pet photography is great. Our cats are part of the family. One of our cats will try to follow me all around town since I try to walk everywhere. He really likes to go to the books store because the ladies love it when he comes in. He is a cranky old man and I take pictures of him all the time.

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  3. your pics have always been great Moi…and it was great meeting you in Mauritius… I love seeing your pics when you post them Keep that lens capturing the moments. xx Thurle

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  4. I disagree with you on one point… his personality does shine through some. Even if you don’t think it shows all but here he looks as if he’s enjoying a secret joke🙂 (well at least to me) Sorry you don’t have more shots of him.

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    • Thanks C, actually this was the ONLY image ever taken of him and it was for a local newspaper article because the two dogs and the rabbit got on so well with each other, some journalist thought it newsworthy at the time, I am so grateful to have this one at least🙂

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    • Wow🙂 Well, you should probably look him up and thank the guy🙂 I can imagine how relieved and sad you must feel at the same time. I had some pics of when I was little but they got destroyed. Can’t go back in time to take them over… know what you mean tho. Do you have any pets now?

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