About Zoo Studio
About Zoo Studio
Zoo Studio is more than just a job to us, it is a passion and a way of life. I would love to introduce ourselves and our wonderful team, how we came to be where we are, and who we work most closely with. Please do read on!
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WE ARE PET PARENTS
WE ARE PET PARENTS
At Zoo Studio, we realise that professional Pet Photography is about so much more than just taking pictures. We understand what it means to have furry and feathered family members, our pets are our family too.
We are just like you in this regard; our pets sleep on our beds, they share our meals, we plan our holidays to spend more time with them, they are our children. And while we understand that you are looking for beautiful imagery, we also understand that you are looking for so much more from your Pet Photography.
“We are all pet lovers at Zoo Studio, just like you.”
You are looking for a company that understands the strength of the emotional bond you have, that understands the things they do that make you laugh or cry, and who can capture their stories in beautiful photographs that you will be proud to hang on your walls.
You are looking for someone who will understand your pet, whether they are an outgoing puppy, a shy rescue or a frail oldie, someone who will help them settle into the studio and capture them in the way you want to remember them forever.
So if you want your Pet Photographers to be renowned for their ability to be a dog whisperer, to be the most awarded pet portrait photographer working in Australia today, to be proud supporters of animal rescue and welfare charities, you have come to the right place.
Please take your time looking at our website, and if you have any questions please do get in touch.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: LORRAINE CHARLECRAFTE
Lorraine is the director and Photographer at Zoo Studio. She is also the proud Mumma of two Alaskan Malamutes, Miss Princess Maya and Cheeky Master Blaze! Lorraine has won awards for her animal portraiture and always looks to give back to animals through charities and rescues. Lorraine grew up in a household full of fur babies and learnt the respect and love our fur family give us from a young age.
“Lorraine is a relaxed and enthusiastic pet photographer.
“My cat was incredibly sick with a heart condition and probably a lot worse than we realised when we had our photoshoot. He was shy when meeting new people, but he warmed up to Lorraine incredibly quickly. As such, we were able to capture his true personality and the relationship I shared with him exceptionally well and true to reality.
I will definitely return for more photographs from Lorraine and the team at Zoo Studios! They’re my favourite photos in my house! Thank you
EMZ WITH HER CAT DR. JONES AND BORDER COLLIE KLUTZ
When Lorraine isn’t in the studio, she is usually spending time with her fur babies and human family as well reading, and learning more about animal behaviour.
With Lorraine as your photographer, you and your fur babies will be in good hands and have a wonderful experience together.
Johnny English is our Graphic Artist, ensuring that the final artwork you receive is as close to perfect as humanly possible and that you are delighted with the way the final products look.
He tonally balances each photo by hand, making sure they are not stray bits of drool or treats to ruin the final effect! Johnny especially loves working on photos of animals, he grew up in a pet loving home, has had many beautiful pet rats that he clicker trained, and now he has cats he and his wife have also managed to clicker train them too!
You will often meet Johnny when you first see your final art pieces, he loves seeing people’s responses to the finished works.
Cathy is one of the first people you will talk to when you book in for your Zoo Studio Experience. She is the person who will discover and listen to your stories of devotion, loyalty, adventure adoration and most of all, the love of your fur baby family. Cath completely understands the love and importance of you and your fur kids and understands how your family relates to them.
Cathy started her career in retail, moved into Occupational Health & Safety and later commenced volunteering with the RSPCA as well as other animal rescue groups. This paved the way for her to spend several years working with the RSPCA as an Animal Ambulance Officer.
Cathy has had a life-long love of animals growing up with pet dogs, cats and birds. She now has what she calls her ‘Zoo’ of fur kids which, as a Wildlife Carer also extends to a small crew of injured Australian animals. You can often see a little orphaned critter or two tucked away while Cath is in the office along with her two beautiful rescue Pugs Ava and Sumi.
Scott is the newest member of the Zoo Studio team and is affectionately known as the ‘Zookeeper.’ Scott will look after all of the back office functions which involves numerous different duties within the business and he moves into this role with much passion, motivation and enthusiasm. He has an extremely good eye for detail and ensures that processes and procedures are completed correctly the first time around.
His work background is from corporate administration, clerical and office facilities and he also had a very long association with Australia Post back in his early days as a mail sorter and supervisor. He has always believed that the best was yet to come and he has now found his ‘dream’ job working alongside a small professional team.
He has a love of all animals but especially of the canine variety where he has had at least one dog from the time he was knee high to a grasshopper. He is the proud Dadda of Maya and Blaze, two Alaskan Malamutes, who bring him so much enjoyment and laughter into his life.
“Lorraine has photograhed my pets twice now. We have been return customers because there is no one more talented and more kind.
Our first shoot was my cats. I had serious doubts that there would be any photos that didnt feature bewildered and frightened cats. Wow was I to be impressed. Lorraine isnt just an amazing photographer she is also incredible at creating a safe and relaxed environment for animals. Our photos are stunning and no-one looks scared!”
KAREN AND HER FELINE FUR BABIES
ALASKAN MALAMUTE MISS PRINCESS MAYA
Our Pretty Miss Princess Maya, can often be found in the office underneath a desk or playing with a ball. She thinks she os the Mistress of Sweetness and we’re not going to argue with that!
ALASKAN MALAMUTE CROSS MASTER BLAZE
Our Alaskan Malamute cross, Master Blaze isn’t seen as much in the office. Master Blaze is often found with a ball in his mouth and if it’s too quiet you know he is being the ‘Master of Cheekiness!’
We would also like to recognise the vital work that Sweet Sable, Kaiser, Heidi, Skye, Kimba, Saxon, Scampy, Gigi, Boomer, Sandy the cat, Willy, Christian, Lucy, Clarence, Lambert, Lil, Ivy, Petunia, Mertle, Ned, Smash, Tahlula, Sa, Penny, Dash and Shiloh do and have done, as parts of our extended team.
THE ZOO STUDIO DIFFERENCE
THE ZOO STUDIO DIFFERENCE
We understand that these days there are many pet photographers you could chose from. We think you need a photographer who goes beyond just taking beautiful photographs, you need a pet photographer to not only capture the looks of your pet, but also their spirit and soul.
“At Zoo Studio, where our camera is primarily focused on your pets, our hearts will be solely focused on providing to you the most beautiful animal portraiture, a professional customer service and an amazing experience for you and your fur family. Our wish is to enable people to see what wonderful characters the fur babies that surround us are, that each one has their own unique personality, and for how much happiness and joy they bring to each and every one of us and the enhancement they make to our lives.”
Director & Photographer
We see our job as being to make sure that when you are looking back on your artwork in many years to come, the memories they invoke of those waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge are vivid and eternal.
THE ZOO STUDIO JOURNEY
“Zoo Studio started in 2006 in Perth after Ken Drake began to get snowed under by requests from people to photograph their pets. He had been photographing his own pets for some time, and had become fascinated by the way the camera could capture their very spirit. He was soon also photographing for family and friends, it has all grown from there.
Then, along came me, Lorraine Charlecrafte. I have always loved Zoo Studio and what it stands for. I had my own photography experience with our fur babies, Maya and Blaze and was in love with the whole photography experience at Zoo Studio. A few years later I became Zoo Studio’s Studio Manager. Originally from Melbourne, Victoria, I had my own pet photography business. Photographing your fur babies, being able to capture their spirit and unique personality is my passion. Giving you a photography experience is my ‘why,’ and that is what we do at Zoo Studio.
Having a background in Accounting, working in the travel industry and as an Interior Designer, my true passion has always been pet photography.
“Photographing your fur family, capturing their spirit and personalities my passion. Giving you a photography experience is my ‘why,’ and we ‘ and that’s what we do at Zoo Studio.”
Since being the Director and Photographer at Zoo Studio, my world has changed. My love for capturing your fur family has grown and my ‘why,’ for wanting to give each and every client an amazing photography experience expanded beyond my belief.
There are many achievements of which I am proud, but being able to give back to those fur babies less fortunate than our own is one I treasure close to my heart. Being able to work closely with various charities and rescues to help raise fund to change even more animals lives for the better.
We have a lot of exciting plans for the future, but who knows exactly what it will bring. We hope you stay in touch and find out, with us at Zoo Studio.”
Director & Photographer
Friendship makes the world go around and we love our friends!
We have many friends at Zoo Studio, but our two ‘besties’ are:
When we moved to Queensland, the first organisation we contacted (literally the first, Beck was calling them from the Nullabor Desert!) was the RSPCA. We love all that they stand for. We love the fact that they save thousands of dogs and cats each and every year. We love that that figure keeps going up every year. We love the fact that they save thousands of Wildlife each year and we especially love the fact that they work closely with so many other local animal welfare charities to help even more animals. What isn’t there to love?
Greencross vets provide access for pet owners to a network of well-equipped Veterinary Practices run by expert Veterinary Teams across Queensland, NSW and Victoria. Over the last five years, I have met and photographed hundreds of their vets and vet nurses, their board, and their managing director. They are as Passionate about Pets as we are.
Our babies go to see Josh, Sarah and the team at Greencross Jindalee, we wouldn’t trust anyone else.
Do you want to be a friend of Zoo Studio?
Please do contact us and let us know how we can help.
Behind The Scenes
Behind the scenes
Love What You See?
Zoo Studio have specialised in Animal Art Photography since 2006. It is our passion, our soul our joy and we believe that every pet deserves to have their own story told. CHAT WITH US TODAY CALL 07 3870 0903
Love your Fur-Kids to pieces?
Just like us we know you love your fur-kids to the moon and back. We understand the importance of sharing that love with the world; their quirky personalities, adorable expressions, cheeky nature or naughty habits!SHARE THEIR STORY WITH US TODAY CALL 07 3870 0903
Create Your Own Unique Artwork
As leaders in our niche we are magicians at capturing the beauty and personality of your pets in photographic art that you will be proud to hang on your wall.EXPLORE YOUR IDEAS WITH US TODAY CALL 07 3870 0903
Treasure Their Personality forever
To truly capture your pet’s personality takes great insight and an intuitive ability to create a connection with your pet - It’s all about being pet-savvy and that is what Zoo Studio is all about. We speak Dog and Cat!SHARE THEIR STORY WITH US TODAY CALL 07 3870 0903
Let’s Bring a Smile to Your Face
Other the many years we have specialised in Animal Art Photography Zoo Studio have created hundreds possible thousands of life long memories for our clients.SPEAK WITH US TODAY CALL 07 3870 0903