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Probably one of the most anticipated shoots of my life to date was this one!!! The SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs project has seen me shoot some inspirational athletes and pooches and this was certainly no exception! Australian surfing legend and current World champ, Mick Fanning and his beautiful Belgian Shepherd X Lab’, Harper, were an absolute pleasure to work with… In fact, right from the first communications I ever had with Mick, I was blown away with how humble, courteous and selfless he was. Mick is a true gentleman and after seeing him and Harp’s in action, the man is a huge animal lover, advocate for the welfare of dogs, and supporter of RSPCA Qld. It was a no-brainer to have Mick as a WOD Dogs feature… Hopefully the pics do this dynamic duo justice! A special thanks must go out to EzyDog for their support and supplying Mick and Harps with some amazing gear also.

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The Schulz family are pretty much the most genetically blessed in all of the land (that’s not to say they don’t work hard, because they do – In every aspect of their lives)! Even their dogs are cute as sh*t!  Here are two of the ‘Fab 5’, just hanging out at CrossFit Babes Miami, pulling trucks and being generally awesome… SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs feature athlete and dog – Clay and Rhino:

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If there was one athlete / dog duo I was excited about shooting on the SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs road trip, it was World CrossFit Masters Champ (and newly contracted athlete in the National Pro Fitness League!) – Amanda Allen, and her Irish Wolfhound X Kelpie – Pepper. It’s well publicised how much Amanda loves Pep’ (and vice versa), so I was keen to watch the dynamics between this pair and see for myself just how beautiful they are together… And, I wasn’t disappointed!  When Pepper found Amanda, he certainly fell with his bum in the butter!!! In a way, these guys were like therapy to me, proving that there are extraordinary dog owners who would die for their mate if they had to. Their love for one another is like what you see in movies or read in a book… And you can read about it in my book – WOD Dogs, supporting RSPCA Qld in their fight against animal cruelty.

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Well the WOD Dogs road trip is well & truly underway and it is a great time to say a big ‘thank you’ to another of our amazing sponsors Belinda Wasowski from Intensity PT & The Invincible Woman for helping make this all possible.

Belinda first showed her dedication to the cause in 2011 when she participated in the grueling RSPCA 24hr Workout for Charity and has since been an avid supporter of all things animal welfare. Belinda is a doting mum to a beautiful Border Collie, named Henry and her businesses are changing the lives of the people who train with her & participate in her workshops by helping them become the best versions of themselves.

Without the support of people like Belinda, Again Faster Australia & SportsMed this trip would not have been possible. I would not have been able to shoot the mad folk at CrossFit Lake Macquarie, chase the cheeky Cockerspaniel, Wilbur, around the gym at Flow Athletic or have the task of trying to get Sash’ the Mastiff x Panther at CrossFit Bohdi to stay awake long enough for a photo!

Looking forward to the rest of the trip and the remainder of our ‘grey nomad’ journey. Hot tip for young players…. Parking a campervan in Sydney & Melbourne CBD is ALWAYS going to be challenging. Try to keep your roadrage in check. Now, a bit about The Invincible Woman:

The Invincible Woman is an initiative created by performance and wellness coach Belinda Wasowski. Through this initiative, Belinda delivers workshops for women and has created a growing forum for workshop participants to network and gain support and inspiration.

So, how did The Invincible Woman come about?

Working with her female coaching clients, Performance and wellness coach, Belinda Wasowski could see that there was more to achieving body composition goals than just a great nutrition plan and an effective training program.  Overall wellness and empowerment seemed to be a really important factor, and mindset had a lot to do with their success and results.

In 2011, Belinda met Dr Libby Quinn – a Clinical Psychologist – who later became a coaching client of Belinda’s. Their shared passion for helping women become the happiest, healthiest version of themselves led to the creation of a women’s only workshop: Defeating Self-Sabotage.

Belinda delivers the popular Defeating Self-Sabotage workshops with fellow wellness coach and food blogger, Shannon Cooper of My Food Religion.

Having fought her own demons – body image issues and anxiety – Belinda draws on her own personal experience and professional knowledge in the work she does with The Invincible Woman.

Belinda’s philosophy is to live in a way that says ‘I love my body and want to nourish it, challenge it and improve it’. Belinda believes that far too many women live in a way that says ‘I hate my body and want to restrict it, punish it and change it’.

To find out more about The Invincible Woman and upcoming workshops, visit:

www.theinvinciblewoman.com.au
www.facebook.com/invinciblewoman

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Want to be a part of the community and support those who defend the defenceless? Are you a business wanting to expand your exposure while achieving Corporate and Social Responsibility objectives? Are you an animal welfare advocate wanting to make a difference? 

The *WOD Dogs Project (*WOD is a CrossFit term meaning ‘Workout Of the Day’) needs your help!

Every morning, the RSPCA Qld Inspectorate prepare to attend animal cruelty complaints throughout the State. Before departing for those jobs, they already face some major challenges:

•  Being ‘1 up’ (each Inspector has a designated area of operation and do not have the security of a partner as do Police, yet they deal with the same ‘clientele’ and therefore same dangers);

•  Lack of government funding (less than 2% of the annual operating budget is provided by government and yet RSPCA Qld require >$30,000,000.00 p.a. to keep doors open) means they must make do with limited resources; and,
 
•  Magistrates are handing down such lenient penalties for animal cruelty offences, not only does it set a laughable precedence, RSPCA Qld only recoup a very small portion of costs (legal, treatment and boarding) and so are forever ‘behind the eight ball’!
 
Once on the road performing their daily duties, the Inspectorate are then confronted with some unforgettable and life changing situations – such as the story of INDY; a female dog seen to be tossed from a car, starved so badly she was skeletal, dehydrated and more than 60% under her normal body weight, now rehabilitated and in a loving home, or the story of DIESEL; a young male dog castrated by his owner with a rubber band, suffering incredible pain and infection with no relief and or treatment for 10 days before RSPCA seized and treated him, or the story of SNOWY; a cat that was taped and torched yet managed to make its way back home before being found smouldering by his owner. SNOWY underwent major surgery numerous times and wasn’t expected to make it, yet did thanks to RSPCA intervention. The culprits are only sometimes brought to justice and not all jobs have a happy ending…

I have supported RSPCA Qld annually with various fundraising activities… This year, I wanted to combine my three absolute passions to raise much needed funds:

1. Health and Fitness,
2. Dogs, and
3. Photography.
 
And, so WOD Dogs was born… A published photo-book consisting of high profile athletes and their dogs, to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy dog ownership, and to raise much needed funds for RSPCA Qld through sales of the photo-book and sponsorship. 
 
Want to be a part of the community and support those who defend the defenceless? Please visit the WOD Dogs project page >>HERE<< and find out how you can sponsor and support this project.

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This week has seen me chatting with some BIGTIME athletes (who I am busting to announce very soon), as well as some amazing sponsors and supporters; all contributing their expertise, time and good will to WOD Dogs and ultimately, RSPCA Qld. All will be revealed in the coming week! I thank everyone for their contact, support and assistance to date. It has been quite overwhelming, but I am looking fwd to chewing my way through this, sharing the process and end product, and making a pile of $$$ for the RSPCA Qld.

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Dear followers, friends and family.

I am about to embark on a (rather large) photography project. The project is a photo-book (hard copy and electronic versions) consisting of athletes and their dogs… named: ©WOD dogs. The book will feature select athletes and their dog/s in various training settings and poses. It will also consist of a short story about each feature athlete and their dog, outlining why health/fitness, and their dog are so important to them. ALL PROCEEDS from the book will be donated to RSPCA Qld Inc. (Inspectorate) to assist them in continuing their fight against animal cruelty with limited resources and support.

I am calling on everyone’s help to make this a success, and as such, I ask that you all share this with your networks and those you feel would be suitable features. I am also looking for sponsors for the book. Sponsors would have the opportunity to display their business logo on an athletes page and be credited also. Features are open to everyone through application. The application just needs to be a photo of you and your dog/s and a few words on yourself, your sporting/training background/achievements and why your dog, health and fitness are major parts of your life. Applications are to be emailed to me at: trav@thefitographer.me

The successful applicants will be contacted within 2 working days of receipt of their application and individual shoot details can then be arranged.

So, if you are an athlete, passionate about animal welfare and want to be published for the world to see… Here is your chance to do it and aid in the work of the greatest charity to ever exist.

Get sharing/applying… I’ll time you… 3, 2, 1, GO!!!

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News Flash: I have 2 big projects / events in the making and will reveal them in a few weeks time. Both are in aid of the greatest charity I know; the RSPCA (Qld), in particular, the Inspectorate. The RSPCA Inspectorate call on 13,000 + animal cruelty complaints per year and do that with minimal resources and protection, largely dealing with the same clientele as Police yet doing so with only their mouthes as ‘situational use of force’. The inspectorate see and deal with the cases that would make any animal advocate want to curl up into the foetal position and cry for days. Yet, they do it robotically, daily, and always with absolute professionalism. I hope that when I do announce these charity events / projects that you will consider what you just read, and spare a thought for the protection and justice they give our voiceless and defenceless and contribute by either donating or participating…

One clue I can give: They both involve CrossFit, pets and my camera. Watch this space…

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I have just finished processing shots from the RSPCA Qld Million Paws Walk – Chermside…   For those of you unfamiliar with this event; it is an annual fundraiser to assist RSPCA in providing adequate refuge for surrendered dogs, canine victims of cruelty, and educating the general community about animal welfare (in particular, dogs). RSPCA Qld do an amazing, tireless and sometimes thankless job in caring for all animals; however, NEED YOUR HELP to enable them to do what they do… Please consider donating either money or your time (in a volunteering / fostering capacity), or even better, adopt a rescue animal and help disable the puppy farming trade. I can put my hand on my heart and say they are the greatest collective of people I have had the pleasure of working with and all have a common objective… The welfare of animals…

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the shots from MPW 19 May 13. For the rest, please visit the RSPCA Qld Facebook page >>HERE<<!

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4 x shoots in as many days… All as amazing experience as the other:

1st was the lean, mean and hysterical Sally Brouwer… Then the elite team at Gym Cartel… Followed by the slick Raiders Allstars Netball Team… And to top it all off, my favourite event of the year – The Million Paws Walk – in support of my favourite charity of all time; RSPCA Qld.

Here’s a sneak preview of each:

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