PhoDOGraphy (WOD Dogs) –
I have struggled with a little bit of self-doubt the last few weeks, in the lead up to kicking off the WOD Dogs shoots. While the support and encouragement has been tremendous, I continued to feel like I may have bitten off more than I could chew and wondered if I was skilled enough to capture the essence of the connections between the athletes and their dogs. I couldn’t help but feel like I was going to let everyone down… And, driving down the Coast to my first shoot with a couple that live and breathe animal welfare, are model pet owners, and staunch supporters of RSPCA, I was nervous as sh*t!!!
That all went away when I walked in the door at Raw Strength and Conditioning – Home for Jess Coughlan, and Dragon (the Corgi x Shepherd and star of WOD Dogs), Khaleesi the cat, and their four little chooks. Seeing the interactions between Jess and her animals, it reinforced to me the reason I am doing this, and that there are amazing people treating their pets with as much (if not, more) love as they would a child. The amazing bond between Jess and Dragon, was absolutely heart-warming.
Jess was the first athlete I invited to be a part of my WOD Dogs project for the reasons above. Her life revolves around her animals and she had adopted Dragon from the RSPCA as a pup. I can’t give too much away, as I need to withhold some images, suspense and surprises in order to sell the book and support RSPCA Qld; however, here is a little teaser of what you will see as part of Jess and Dragons’ feature… For more, you are just going to have to buy the book when it is released early 2014!!!
Please share this with your friends and family, generate interest, spread the word of this project, and the plight of RSPCA in fighting animal cruelty. Thank you. And, thank you Jess and Dragon.