Zoo Studio 2011 Quick Review
What a year 2011 was at Zoo Studio! Never a dull moment, but we weren’t quite prepared for the way the year started.
The Floods came just as we were planning on being back in the office, instead we found ourselves out at the RSPCA Fairfield shelter helping in the post floods cleanup. The RSPCA used our photos of the devestation they suffered to help raise critical funds in getting their facilities up and running again, we were so pleased to help.
At the beginning of the year, we invested significantly in new studio equipment which has enabled us to offer much more action and play photography. Got a dog that just can’t sit still? A cat that likes to jump and twist and play? A bird that loves to stretch their wings and fly?
We can now capture these images in the studio in pin shape details in a way we just couldn’t before.
The feedback from our clients and the joy and smiles on their faces from our action, playful photography has made it all worth it!
It was a big year for Zoo Studio with Award in 2011. We entered several competitions as we like to measure our progress as a photography studio against the very best photography in Australia and from around the world.
Our photos of birds in flight did very well, with a photo of Charlie the Eclectus Parrot winning us a Silver with Distinction medal at the Australian Professional Photography Awards.
As a result Ken was made an Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. This is a huge honour and one of which we were very proud.
We also entered the Photo District News ‘Faces’ Competition, which is the only noteworthy international photography competition with a specific section for Animal portraiture. When we found out we had won the Animal Portrait category, we were excited, but then finding out we had won the over all Grand Prize Winner of the entire competition – well that was huge and more than just the icing on the cake. Several thousand photographers from all over the world entered, and we had won the Grand Prize from all categories!
Our photos scored highly in the International Loupe Awards, getting into the top 50 and winning 2 Silver Award Medals and 5 Bronze Award medals.
We were also a finalist in the Canon Creative Asia competition.
In August we took our photography on the road for the first time, visiting Melbourne. We were delighted to book out our available sessions in just a couple of hours. This pattern was repeated in November too.
Beck and I both LOVE Melbourne, for the shopping, the eating and of course the lovely people and pets we met while we were there.
To round the year of nicely we were invited by the RSPCA to join Premier Anna Bligh and others on a train ride from their old shelter at Fairfield to their brand new state of the art facility at Wacol. If you are in Brisbane and haven’t yet seen it, you have to go for a look! Even if you aren’t looking for a new furry family member, they have a great store World for Pets where you can buy anything you need for your existing pets, with all money going to the RSPCA. It is the best animal shelter in the southern hemisphere and all Australia should be proud of it.
So what does 2012 have in store? Well as last year we have our plans, keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page to see how our plans unfold, but I am also sure something surprising will happen again. We will be back to Melbourne and this year we will also be going to Sydney, Canberra and Townsville. Do get in touch if you live there and are interested in a session.
Have a great year and hopefully see you in our studio somewhere in Australia!