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Camera House : Better Pictures 9
Feature Pet PORtRAItS WIld AbOut animals As cats, dogs, goldfish and hamsters have become as much a part of family life as our parents and siblings, why wouldn’t we want to capture them in action? ifBronwyn Liebke’s early memories are anything to go by, she was always destined to become a pet photographer. “My grandparents gave me my very first camera when I was about eight,” says Liebke. “It was a Hanimex, and I still remember the whining sound of the flash warming up! My first real memory is standing in front of the mirror taking a self-portrait, wondering how it would turn out. My other major memory is always taking pictures of my dogs.” In fact, despite coming from a family that only pulled out the camera to capture “important occasions”, Liebke says she, “always wanted to document events. I think I was quite aware as a child how precious, funny and unique moments can be and thought, unconsciously, I’m sure, that if I could capture it on film I could keep that memory alive forever.” While her initial profession was communications and marketing, after much deliberation and the urging of her husband and friends, Liebke took up photography as a full-time career and started her own business, Pet Clix, whose focus is on providing gorgeous pet portraits. Her first shoot was of a “couple of border collies”. At the time she started Pet Clix there were “hardly any” photographers specialising in the pet portrait arena. “I saw the niche and felt I could fill it,” comments Liebke. “Money was never the motivator for me, I wanted to be healthy 12 012_Bpics9_Pet_v3_corrected.indd 12 4/06/12 2:58 PM
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