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Collie Agricultural Show - Equestrian Event Photography

Collie Agricultural Show – Equestrian Event Photography

All of the photos from the Show Jumping, Official Show Horse, Official Show Pony (Hacking) and Unofficial Horse and Pony rings at the 2015 Collie Agricultural Show are now available on my photography website Michelle Wrighton Photography....

Bolt Border Collie

Farm Life – Working Border Collie Sheep Dogs

Not that we have enough sheep for our Border Collies to be considered ‘working sheep dogs’ at the moment, they are none the less farm dogs through and through.  I realised recently that I haven’t posted any photos of the canine fur kids lately, and because its too hot to do anything else, here are some photos of the Border Collie Brigade. Minus Freckles who (in typical Freckles fashion), wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to get a...

border collie sheep dog pups

Farm Life – Border Collie Farm Dogs

The puppies Ryley and Freckles have settled in really well and have been accepted by all the older dogs.  They already show natural instinct for working sheep (and chickens) and incredible intelligence and are likely to give every one of the adult border collies a good run for their money once they grow up! If you enjoy my artwork and photography, please share it with your friends!...

Border Collie Puppy – Pet Portrait Graphite Drawing

Well I tried very hard to get into my studio to start a painting, but with school holidays, kids, horses, sheep dogs and an assortment of others things (including my little studio laptop that I use to display reference photos dying unexpectedly) I haven’t made it into the studio to actually paint.  The website re-design is also taking up some time, but once that is ready my website will revert back to being a full ‘static’ website with this...

Border Collie Pet Portrait Painting – Taj

Busy, busy, busy!  That’s the story of my life, and the reason I don’t update my blog as frequently as I intend to:)  Better than being bored I suppose;) I have several pieces that I have been working on to add here, and a couple that I am still working on that are not coming together the way I want them too.  Ones a horse and rider and the other one is a dog portrait.  Sometimes a piece just...

The working bred Border Collie instints are very strong, even when the dog has never worked sheep before.

Farm Life – Dorper Sheep and Border Collies

Today we officially became farmers (even if only on a very small scale!) and bought home our first sheep, a small flock of Dorpers.  After a fair bit of research we decided on Dorpers as the most appropriate breed as they are a hardy breed and require less maintenance for shearing and crutching than wool breeds like merino’s because they actually have hair instead of wool and are self shearing.  Dorper meat is lean and much less fatty than...

Baby Zeke

Farm Life – Border Collie Puppies!

Border Collies are addictive!  We had decided that our eldest daughter was at an age where she was mature and responsible enough to have her own dog to raise and care for, and as the timing was right, we set about finding a litter of Border Collie puppies from good working bloodlines.  Luckily we found a litter for sale in our little town so didn’t have to travel very far to see them. My darling husband fell in love...

Border Collies

Border Collies are like potato chips!

You can’t just have one! I guess some things are just meant to be. We were not looking for another dog.  At all.  We already have two.  But as we are all besotted with Taj, hubby and I had joked that if a white faced, working bred female border collie needed a good home, that would be the only possible 3rd addition we would think about it. Well guess what?  In a very round about way, through my sister...

Border Collie Pencil Portrait

This is a graphite pencil drawing of a border collie dog that I finished earlier this year but forgot to add to my website. Drawn on Arches hot press watercolour paper with mechanical pencils, 8″ x 10″....

Dramatic Studio Lighting | Horse and dog photography

I have always been a natural light photographer, I've never liked formal studio photography for people and only ever used artificial lighting for 'fill flash' to lift the shadows when natural light was not enough to provide a professional result. My involvement as official photographer for the Lexus Melbourne Cup's Tour of  Boyup Brook in 2018 saw me updating my the studio equipment, softboxes and backdrops and I found myself really enjoying some high and low key (black or...