Hi, I’m Russ Tatlow, Hobart based pet photographer – lover of fine coffee, craft beer and the great outdoors. I absolutely love photographing the curious nature of dogs and the special bond they have with their owners. I just couldn’t imagine not doing what I do.
I was lucky enough to grow up with plenty of pets but I developed a special bond with a young Cattle Dog (Jemma), who I rescued. Jemma had an amazing life with our family and really opened my eyes to the joy dogs and humans can create for each other. Jump ahead to now where my family and I are ‘owned’ by a highly spirited cavoodle, called Dusty.
How did I get started in this line of work? I was studying Graphic Design when I became interested in Photography. A large part of the study involved photography and photo retouching and Dusty was always there happy to, lend a paw and, be the main subject. From there, I basically took every opportunity to photograph dogs (and people). After completing my Diploma I worked, as an Intern Photographer/Graphic Designer, with Amnesty International where I photographed events and marches. I then began to receive requests to photograph sporting events, dance events and fine art portraits for people which I still do (athletes, dancers and general portraits), but I really enjoy the freedom and playfulness that working with dogs provides. It really is the most fun you can have with a camera.