Our Photography Challenge with Heart this month is inspired by National Pet Week – which, sure, is officially in America, but I’m adapting it to Australia, because who doesn’t want an excuse to celebrate their pets! It runs the first full week in May, but here at With Camera in Hand, we’ll extend it the month of May and keep our cameras fixed on our pets.

For many people our pets are our family and that’s definitely the case in our home. The star of the tutorial this month is our dog Maggie. She’s a rescue dog, who came into our lives via Pet Rescue  She was just a tiny puppy when she was found wandering the streets of Bendigo in the middle of winter on her own. We’ve now loved her for just over 5 years and she’s grown (and grown and grown… and grown) and she’s definitely landed on her feet. She loves running, playing and after a good dose of energy expended, she loves curling up on the couch for some snuggle time. And I reckon it’s worth watching the tutorial just to check out the cute as hell expressions Maggie gives the camera in the first part of the video!

This month we are challenging you to photograph your pets, share your images on social media, pick your favourite pet related organisation and start a conversation about the importance of caring for our furry or feathered family members.


For those interested in challenging your skills, the challenge this month is to use a photography technique called “panning” and take photos of your pets in motion. I love this technique, because it really gives an amazing sense of movement and action – even if your pet is more of a shuffler than a sprinter. Panning can be tricky, but when you get the shot right, it comes to life!

Anyone can take this month’s challenge and as always you can choose to photograph your pets any way you like. But if you’d like to nail a panning shot we’ve got loads of tips for you to make this month’s challenge as easy as possible for all our Challenger members, so if you’re not already a member, join us!

Don’t forget to share them on social media and use the hashtag #withcamerainhand and #wcihchallenge and we’ll celebrate you by sharing them too!