Natasha Balletta Photography: Blog https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Natasha Balletta Photography natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Fri, 29 Oct 2021 17:31:00 GMT Fri, 29 Oct 2021 17:31:00 GMT https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u228129315-o470609825-50.jpg Natasha Balletta Photography: Blog https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog 120 119 Christmas Gift Ideas and helping wildlife https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/10/christmas-gift-ideas-and-helping-wildlife  Raising funds for wildlife causes is something close to my heart, during the last year I have made several donations to some of my favourite zoos in the UK who are involved in funding projects for some of the most endangered and rare species that are becoming extinct. Tiger numbers are on the increase but they still need our help.

If you are Christmas shopping for a wildlife lover I have a variety of images available as indivdual prints or print sets from my online Etsy Shop, as a small business I really appreciate your support and from any sales you would be helping wildlife at the same time, I donate a percentage of profits shared between several wildlife charities  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

 

   

     

   

   

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/10/christmas-gift-ideas-and-helping-wildlife Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:34:42 GMT
Venice a magical city and how the Mose project is trying to prevent this magical city from flooding https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/venice-a-magical-city-and-flooding-has-finally-stopped Venice is one of the oldest cities and 1200 years old, the city is built on more then 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no roads just canals including the Grand Canal thoroughfare which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. There are 400 foot bridges and 170 boat canals that connect the city to make it easily accessible to the local people. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been quoted with many different titles including ‘City of Water’, ‘City of Bridges’and ‘The Floating City’ 

During 2019 Venice had their worst flood since November 1966, the flood 2 years ago sadly caused damage to monuments, businesses and homes. The Mose project by the Italian goverment has finally been completed and the barriers have been designed to protect the city from tides of up to 3 metres, without them half of Venice would have unfortunalety been flooded including the famous St Mark's Square. 

The huge yellow floodgates, which rise to separate the Venetian lagoon from the sea, also succeeded in shielding the city during its first real-time test in early October when the high tide, or acqua alta, rose to 120cm. The Mose dams were designed in 1984 and were supposed to come into service in 2011, but progress was delayed due to a by a corruption scandal.

I went to Venice many years ago, everywhere you walk in Venice is a magical picture, it is a photographers dream. If you are looking for travel images for your home , office or restaurant I have a selection of photos available from my online shop. There are a variety of individual prints or print sets available in different sizes from my online Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

 

   

     

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) europe" historic home decor housewarming gifts in italy Italy photography print sets living room decor Living room wall decor oldest cities europe online shopping pastel wall decor photography prints travel lovers Venice canal prints Venice fine art prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/venice-a-magical-city-and-flooding-has-finally-stopped Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:43:13 GMT
Barbary Lion Extinct and last seen in 1922 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/barbary-lion-extinct-and-last-seen-in-1922 The Barbary Lion used to be one of the biggest subspecies of lion, sadly they are extinct in the wild today, the last lion to be seen in Morocco was 1922. The Barbary Lion species was orginally from North Africa, Barbary Coastal regions of Maghreb and the Atlas Mountains in Egypt. They used to live in the deserts and mountains of North Africa, Morocco and Egypt. Sadly they are extinct in the wild today, the last lion to be seen in Morocco was 1922. The Romans used these lions in the Colosseum to battle with gladiators and thousands were slaughtered during the reign of Caesar. They were even kept at the Tower of the London and were offered as gifts to royal families of Morocco and Ethopia. When you hear of how lions were treated in the past it is so horrific, very cruel and heartbreaking. Barbary Lions are also known as 'North African Lion' 'Atlas Lion' and 'Egyptian Lion'

Some of the zoos around the world including Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and other zoos found in Europe are involved in lion research and have a particular interest in lions of the North Africa region. During 2019 I visited the bautiful lion family at Port Lympne in Kent, I was excitd about photographing them because it was my first time seeing Barbary Lions.

If you know any lion lovers I have a a selection of images available to purchase as photography prints, as a small business I appreciate every sale and it means more to me if I make a sale, from any orders on Etsy I donate 10% of profits to wildlife causes and conservation I feel passionate about https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

 

   

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) rare big cat barbary lions boys room decor extinct in the wild gift ideas home decor lion lovers living room decor online shopping photography prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/barbary-lion-extinct-and-last-seen-in-1922 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:12:43 GMT
The oldest bridge in Florence and mini prints for your home https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-oldest-bridge-in-florence-and-mini-prints-for-your-home Florence is the capital of Tuscany. It is famous for its art, history and catherdrals. One of the most iconic catherdrals is Duomo, it took up to 140 years to complete. The Catherdral has the largest masonry dome in the world and was built on top of a small church, it also has a terracotta-tiled dome. Florence has one of the oldest bridges Ponte Vecchio, it is a medieval stone arch bridge. There have been shops on Ponte Vecchio since the 13th Century, there used to be a variety of shops including butchers and fishmongers. In 1593 Ferdinand decided that goldsmiths and jewellers would be the only ones allowed to have their shops on the bridge as a way to improve the wellbeing of everyone including their own. The current bridge was rebuilt after a flood in 1345.

If you are looking for a affordable photography gift ideas mini prints have become popular and are a lovely affordable gift idea at £8.50 each. I recommend a gallery set of 6 or 9, if you prefer you can mix and match images either from one city or several cities https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

 

    

     

  

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) florence historic cities in europe home decor housewarming gifts italy living room decor online shopping photography prints travel lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-oldest-bridge-in-florence-and-mini-prints-for-your-home Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:20:59 GMT
Zoos in England might not survive this year's pandemic and face closure https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/11/zoos-in-england-face-extinction Since visiting the Amur leopards and Tigers during the past year Colchester Zoo is one of the zoos I like to support, they are involved in some great conservation projects including working alongside Conserve Wildcats Alliance who fund work that helps to protect habitat for Amur Leopards in Russia. Since 2004 Colchester Zoo’s charity Action for the Wild have been funding conservation work for a variety of different animals including orangutans, elephants and big cats. Since reading a letter by the zoo's Managing Director on their website it was heartbreaking to read that zoos in England might not survive this year's pandemic if they are not able to open from December,  some of the things he said was 'We cannot lock the door of animal enclosures and say ‘see you next month’, we can’t even say ‘see you tomorrow’ simply because we have to be here and ensure we do more than the very best for our animals. Should we not be able to re-open our doors early December, it will feel like clouds gathering in a dark winter sky and a storm of gigantic proportion will hit us. Its force may prove to be too much and may leave complete devastation behind' https://www.colchester-zoo.com/2020/11/letter-from-the-zoo-director

Through their Action for the Wild charity Colchester Zoo have been able to make a £7,000 donation to the Orangutan Foundation, their funds have contributed towards the veterinary’s salary and help with translocation costs, the funding has also made a difference for orangutan rescue, they have rescued orangutans from a isolated palm oil plantation. I hope zoos in the UK are able to overcome these difficult times so they can continue not only to look after their animals but also help the survival of endangered species in the wild. If you would like to make a donation please visit https://www.colchester-zoo.com/colchester-zoo-operating-fund

they appreciate any support no matter how big or small.

Raising funds for zoos during 2020 has been a cause very close to my heart, when you visit some of the animals for a long time you extra attached to them, I have a variety of wildlife images available to purchase on Etsy, from any sales a percentage of profits is donated to Colchester Zoo and Chester Zoo http://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

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Positive Photography Gifts and Quotes https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/11/positive-photography-gifts-and-quotes  I have always believed we learn something from everything we go through in life and each experience helps us grow and develop as a person. I have been a fan of inspirational quotes for a few years and can sometimes relate to the ones I like to share on social media to help keep others going, stay positive during uncertain times and moving forward from obstacles they come across.

If you know anyone who needs a pick up or is going through a dfficult time, I have some of my images available with quotes on and different products including laptop sleeves from my Redbubble Shop, they make lovely positive gift ideas, as a small business I really appreciate any sales from my online shops, being able to sell my work to people around the world is a dream come true http://www.redbubble.com/people/natashaballetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) cherry blossom photography prints etsy shop floral digital download wall art floral digital print girls room decor inspirational quotes motivational quotes pink floral gift ideas pink flower laptop skins pink wall decor positive gift ideas printable wall art redbubble support small business https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/11/positive-photography-gifts-and-quotes Mon, 02 Nov 2020 19:30:55 GMT
Only 80 - 100 Amur Leopards left in the wild!! https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/10/rarest-big-cat-in-the-world The Amur leopard is the rarest big cat in the world, as there are only about 80 to 100 left in the wild. As a way of helping them camouflage in the snow their coat is paler then other leopard subspecies. A world without these majestic and special big cats would be devastating. Wildcats Conservation Alliance are a wonderful organisation who are involved in funding comservation projects for big cats in Russia including Amur Leopards and Tigers. For more details on their conservation projects please visit https://conservewildcats.org

Since November 2019 I have really loved visiting and photographing the Amur leopard family Esra, Luka and Lena from Colchester Zoo, the Amur leopard has always been my favourite out of the leopard species so when Colchester Zoo announced the news of Esra giving birth to her first cubs I was so excited and got a membership to the zoo so I could visit them a few times throughout the year. During my visits I normally spend most of the day watching these gorgeous leopards and during my first visit to Luka and Lena I ended up waiting for about 3 hours to see them when they were 3 months old, it was worth the 2 hour train journey just for the cubs, I fell in love with Esra's cubs from the first moment I saw them. 

Raising funds for wildlife causes and some of the zoos in the UK is a cause to close to my heart, because zoos are also involved in funding projects abroad to help save animals that are endangered or facing extinction seeing them struggle during this year's pandemic has been heartbreaking to see. As a way of supporting them in a small way from each sale on Etsy I'm donating a percentage of profits to some of the zoos to help them overcome these difficult times http://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) amur leopards gift ideas home decor living room decor online shopping photography prints rarest big cat in the world https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/10/rarest-big-cat-in-the-world Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:45:45 GMT
Wild Flowers and why they need our help to survive https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/10/wild-flowers-and-why-they-need-our-help-to-survive  I watched Prince William's documentary A Planet For Us All, it inspired me to write this blog about wildflowers. These type of flowers provide a lot of things that insects need including food, shelter and places to breed. Insects also pollinate flowers so they are able to develop seeds and spread to grow in other places. During Winter while there is less food available wildflower seeds are an important food source for birds and small mammals. Native Wildflowers have been around for thousands of years, bumblebee needs certain UK wildflowers to survive. I hope the documentary helps to raise more awareness so people start to make positive changes for the environment and wildlife species and natural places that have been affected by things such as climate change will be saved in the future.

If you have a nature theme in your home or office, I have a variety of photography prints available to purchase on Etsy, wildlife conservation is a cause close to my heart, from any sales I'm donating a percentage of profits to wildlife conservation organisations that are involved in wonderful projects in the UK and abroad including reintroducing animals that used to be extinct in the wild http://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/10/wild-flowers-and-why-they-need-our-help-to-survive Fri, 09 Oct 2020 13:56:40 GMT
Japan's National Flower and Cherry Blossom Trees https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/japans-national-flower-and-cherry-blossom-trees The cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower and is known as “Sakura” in Japanese. These blossoms are a symbol of renewal and hope. Cherry Blossoms also provides nectar for insects such as bees and butterflies. The oldest cherry tree is around 2,000 years old and they belong to the rose family of flowering plants Rosaceae which includes roses, apples, pears, cherries and strawberries.

If you are looking for affordable wallart for your home I have a 10% sale on my digital downloads from my Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnnamariaWallArt

I also have another online shop on Redbubble where I have photos of Spring flowers and cherry blossom photos available on a selection of products including throw pillows, tote bags, zipper pouches, and laptop skins http://www.redbubble.com/people/natashaballetta

  

   

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) cherry blossom gifts cherry blossom photography cherry blossom photography prints etsy shop floral digital download wall art floral digital print girls room decor pink floral gift ideas pink flower laptop skins pink flower tote bags pink wall decor printable wall art redbubble spring art photography support small business https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/japans-national-flower-and-cherry-blossom-trees Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:22:12 GMT
Chester Zoo and their never forget campaign for elephants https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/chester-zoo-and-their-never-forget-campaign-for-elephants Chester Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in England, it was opened by George Mottershead during the second world war in 1931. George's idea behind the zoo was to open a zoo without bars, he has achieved this over the years and the zoo has grown a lot since they first opened. If you are visiting Chester and a wildlife lover I can thoroughly recommend Chester Zoo, it is one of the largest zoos in the UK and was voted the third world's best zoo by TripAdvisor.

The past few years I have got attached to the Hi Way Elephant Family, I could spend all day with them especially the younger elephants who have such playful characters. One of my favourite young elephants Indali has such a lovely character, in April 2019 she was sadly diagnosed with the EEHV that affects young elephants in zoos and the wild. A year later Indali is doing well and enjoying life with the rest of the elephants, I am so pleased she has made a recovery. One of their campaigns We Never Forget is in memory of Bala and Hari who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, I was so saddened to read this as I had grown so fond of these 2 elephants. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this devastating disease. In the future they hope to find a cure.

The Zoo's conservation organisation Act for Wildlife fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people how to live with elephants in their natural habitat. Due to things such as habitat loss, poaching and conflict with humans elephants are critcally endangered. Everyday 100 elephants loose their lives because there is still a demand for ivory tusks which is very sad and shocking. These are some of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade. For more information on their conservation projects please visit Chester's Zoo's website Act For Wildlife website www.actforwildlife.org.uk

Below are some of my favourite photos of the elephant family. For any elephant lovers I have a selection of elephant photography prints available on my online Etsy Shop. From any sales 10% of profits goes towards wildlife conservation charities and from any elephant sale a percentage is donated to Chester Zoo's Never Forget campaign, helping them find a vaccine is one of the causes that is close to my heart since getting attached to the elephants from Chester Zoo www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

   

     

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) elephant lovers elephant photography prints" "small businesses" https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/chester-zoo-and-their-never-forget-campaign-for-elephants Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:54:47 GMT
How to support small businesses during coronavirus https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/how-to-support-small-businesses-during-coronavirus I hope everyone is staying safe during these surreal times. Small business owners like me need your support now more then ever, whether it is ordering from their online shops sharing their work through social media, any orders big or small is really appreciated and makes a difference to small businesses. 

If you are thinking about updating your wall decor in your home or office I have a variety of photography prints, digital downloads and throw pillows available to purchase from my Etsy Shop. If you see any wildlife or travel images you like a 30% discount is included in print sets of 3 more and each print can be personalised with your own quote  www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta 
 
For anyone who is working or studying more from home over the next few weeks notebooks are one of the things that can help keep you motivated while you are writing new projects or like to keep up date on daily goals. For anyone who might be interested in a personalised notebook or laptop sleeve I have a selection of wildlife and flower designs available on Redbubble www.redbubble.com/people/natashaballetta/shop
 
Below are a few of my favourite images and product designs available from Etsy and Redbubble
 
 
 
 
   
 
    
       
 
 
 
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) etsy shop flower notebooks gift ideas home decor living room decor online shopping photography prints redbubble shop small business owners small businesses coronavirus spiral notebooks stationery supplies tiger laptop sleeves travel photography wallart decor wildlife photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/how-to-support-small-businesses-during-coronavirus Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:26:35 GMT
Barbary Lion now completely extinct in the wild https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/barbary-lion-now-completely-extinct-in-the-wild The Barbary Lion was orginally from North Africa, Barbary Coastal regions of Maghreb and the Atlas Mountains in Egypt. They used to live in the deserts and mountains of North Africa, Morocco and Egypt. Sadly they are extinct in the wild today, the last lion to be seen in Morocco was 1922. The Romans used these lions in the Colosseum to battle with gladiators and thousands were slaughtered during the reign of Caesar. They were even kept at the Tower of the London and were offered as gifts to royal families of Morocco and Ethopia. When you hear of how lions were treated in the past it is so horrific, very cruel and heartbreaking. Barbary Lions are also known as 'North African Lion' 'Berber Lion' 'Atlas Lion' and 'Egyptian Lion'

A variety of zoos around the world including Rabat Zoo in Morocco, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and other zoos in Europe are involved in lion research and have a particular interest in lions of the North Africa region. In August 2019 I visited Port Lympne with a friend for the first time and a had brilliant day watching their gorgeous Barbary Lion Family, we spent all day with them as it was difficult to tear ourselves away. 
 
For any big cat lovers who are looking for photography prints of these rare lions I have a variety of images available as print sets or individual print sets from my online Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta
 
From any sales a percentage of profits are donated to two wildlife organisations that are both involved in wonderful conservation work Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. 
 
Below are a few of my favourite photos of the Barbary Lions who live at Port Lympne
 
 
   
     
       
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Animal Wall Art Barbary Lions Childrens Room Etsy Shop Housewarming Gift" "Yellow Room Decor" Lion Photography Nursery Decor Port Lympne Kent Wall Art Decor Wildlife Conservation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/barbary-lion-now-completely-extinct-in-the-wild Sat, 29 Feb 2020 18:15:08 GMT
Rome has the world's oldest shopping centre https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/rome-has-the-worlds-oldest-shopping-centre Trajan’s Market in Rome is the world’s oldest shopping centre, it is opposite the Colosseum and located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali. The shopping centre was built between 100 and 110 AD. They has five stories of shops that sold a variety of products ranging from fresh fish, herbs and spices, wine and oil. You can still see the remains of the marble floor and library today. For anyone who is interested in visiting Trajan Markets, they are open 9am to 7pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. The entry fee to the markets is 9.50 euros and if you are travelling by public transport the nearest metro stations are Colosseo or Cavour, Line B.

I took some photos of Rome during the golden hour, I had been walking around the city all night and managed to take them in the early hours, I liked the way the streets were lit up. to photograph were near the Spanish Steps the Fontana della Barcaccia which is a Baroque style fountain that is found at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome's Piazza di Spagna. The translation means fountain of the old boat.

If you are a restaurant or hotel looking for images of Italy to up date your wall decor, I have a variety of photography prints available to purchae from my Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

 

  

    

   

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Fewer then 200 Amur Leopards and one of the rarest big cats https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/fewer-then-200-amur-leopards-and-one-of-the-rarest-big-cats The Amur Leopard is one of the most critically endangered and rare big cats in the world, there are fewer then 100 left in the wild!! Some of the threats they sadly face are poaching and being hunted for their coat. It is estimaed there are about 120 left which is very sad and shocking.

Colchester Zoo

Since 2019 I have enjoyed several visits to the Amur Leopard Family at Colchester Zoo and fell in love with them, Lena and Leka were born to mum Esra and dad Crispin, they are Esra's first cubs and Colchester Zoo's first Amur Leopard Cubs. I could spend all day watching Esra and her cubs, they are the most beautiful and stunning leopards I have ever seen and photographed.

Action for the Wild

Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild funds conservation projects around the world which will hopefully help to give animals a chance and some hope for the future. One of their projects Wildlife Vets International provides veterinary and scientific support and training that involves clinical services, on site training, disease investigation and research activities for wild tigers and leopards. Russia have approved a reintroduction plan, they hope to introduce captive bred Amur Leopards to the wild.  For more details please visit their website www.actionforthewild.org 
 
I have always been very passionate about wildlife and conservation and through my photography, I hope to raise awareness for animals such as Amur Leopards who are becoming endangered or facing extinction, it would be a real shame if we loose these beautiful animals, it is hard to imagine a world one day without them. Below are a few of my favourite photos of the Amur Leopard Family from Colchester Zoo. 
 
For any big cat lovers who are looking for photography prints to decorate their home these images of the gorgeous Amur Leopards Esra, Lena and Luka are available to purchase on my online Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/natashabaletta From any sales a percentage of sales are donated two of my favourite wildlife organisations Colchester Zoo's Action for the Wild and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. 
 
   
 
     
 
 
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/fewer-then-200-amur-leopards-and-one-of-the-rarest-big-cats Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:27:06 GMT
Visiting Paris and the River cruise https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/paris-wallart-for-your-home Paris was originally a Roman City called Lutetia. It is the most visited capital in the world and known as the “City Of Lights.” The city was found during the 3rd Century BC and used to be called Lutetia.

Bateaux Dinner and River Cruise

If you would like to view Paris from a different perspective I can thorouhly recommend the evening Bateaux Dinner and River Cruise where you will enjoy some beautiful views of the city lit up at night. One of my favourite parts of the cruise was seeing the Statue of Liberty near the Eiffel Tower, the statue was given to Paris by the American community during 1889. The statue can be seen via Pont de Grenelle or Pont de Bir-Hakeim, it is on a small artifical island on the river Seine. The Dinner Cruises start from 69 euros and run at 6.15pm or 8.30pm. For more information please visit their website https://www.bateauxparisiens.com/en/meal-cruise.html

Paris is well known for its cafe culture and beautiful iconic places including Notre Dame. It is also famous for the Eiffel Towe, Louvre, Moulin Rouge, pastries and fashion. By the 12th Century Paris was the largest city in the Western world and the oldest bridge is Pont Neuf (New Bridge). There are 6,100 streets in the city and the shortest one Rue des Degres is only 5.75 metres long.

I loved photographing this beautiful city and if you are looking for images for your home please take a look at my online Etsy shop. The images below are a selection of some of my photography that is available to purchase as individual prints or part of a set https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

  

   

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Home Decor Living room Wall art Paris Paris architecture Paris Photography Paris Prints Parisian Apartment print sets" Travel Prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/2/paris-wallart-for-your-home Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:05:26 GMT
My first visit to Venice, a magical city for photographers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/1/my-first-visit-to-venice-a-magical-city-for-photographers Venice is a photographer's dream, everywhere you walk in Venice is a magical picture. I recommend walking away from the usual areas, it will be less crowded and you will get some unique photos of the bridges and backstreets, it was so lovely to watch how everything operates on water. One of the places I recommend visiting is Burano Island, it is full of colourful buildings and lacemaking shops where you can still see it being done. The island is also well known for its lace where you can buy lace from several shops. The women who are local to the area first started making lace in the 16th Century. Burano is a series of different islands that are linked by bridges. If you are travelling by boat or ferry the journey is about 40 minutes.

Each year the Venice Carnival is held in February, this year is it on from the 8th to the 25th of February 2020, it is famous for its beautiful masks and costumes.The carnival was first held in the 11th Century and would last for over two months, it became less popular in the 18th Century. I really enjoyed photographing the carnival when I visited during 2011 and 2014, one of the lovely people I have got to know Patricia makes her own, she has made 47 so far.

If you are looking for photography prints to decorate your home or restaurant I have a variety of images available to purchase from my online Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

Below are a few of my favourite photos from my trips to Venice and the Carnival

 

  

   

     

  

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) etsy shop hotel decor italy restaurant wallart travel prints venice venice carnival https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/1/my-first-visit-to-venice-a-magical-city-for-photographers Fri, 31 Jan 2020 09:43:56 GMT
Fundraising for Australian Wildlife https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/1/fundraising-for-australian-wildlife Australia is one of the countries I have always loved visiting over the years. I was so upset and heartbroken to hear about the bushfires on Kangaroo Island and throughout Australia it is always more sad when you hear about a place that is special to you has been affected by devastating bushfires. As a way of showing my support in a small way if you order any of my images in January 50% of profits will be donated to two causes that are close to my heart Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and a Kangaroo Island Fundraiser https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was originally started by Steve and Terri Irwin as a dedication to Bindi's Grandmother. Terri, Bindi and Robert have continued Steve's legacy through Wildlife Warriors and in Steve's memory they have a wetland conservation property called Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, it is in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula and the wetlands are home to rare plants and wildlife.

Steve Irwin was the first person who got me into wildlife and conservation through his programmes and the Irwin family have been my inspiration ever since so it means more to me raise funds for their hospital. Since the bushfires they have treated 90,000 animals and hope to release one of the koalas Maddie back into the wild which is great news. For more details please visit https://wildlifewarriors.org.au

Kangaroo Island Fundraiser

Visiting Kangaroo Island in November 2011 was one of my dream holidays, it is a wildlife haven and Australia's third largest island, it is home to more then 60,000 kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, seals, Australian Sea Lions and Fairy Penguins. One of the places I visited was Seal Bay Conservation Park where you can see the Australian Sea Lion Colony up close from a boardwalk, they are one of the rarest species in the world and I was in my element watching them in a natural environment.

Dana Mitchell has set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe, they are in the process of building extra holding enclosures as they expect to treat more animals over the next few weeks. Any funds raised will contribute towards veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements and extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-kangaroo-islands-koalas-and-wildlife

Below are a few of my images of Australia available to purchase in my online Etsy Shop

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) australia zoo wildlife warriors etsy shop fundraising kangaroo island save australian wildlife south australia https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2020/1/fundraising-for-australian-wildlife Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:46:32 GMT
2019-Year-In-Review https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/12/2019-year-in-review This time of year I like to look back on some of the highlights throughout the year, 2019 has been a exciting year for my photography and writing. In March I had my first radio interview with Anna Webb at Crufts on my book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile, during the Summer I wrote an article on my trip to Scone Palace in Scotland with one of my friends Tess and her lovely rescue dog Kratu and the article was published in Dog Friendly magazine, when I saw my first travel article in print it was a proud moment.

In 2017 I opened my online Etsy Shop to sell some of my favourite wildlife and travel prints, earlier this year I reached 152 sales on Etsy which I am really pleased about, it means a lot that people from around the world have some of my images on display in their homes https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta

I have also ventured into Graffiti Art Photo Shoots, I thoroughly enjoy these photo shoots as locations such as Leake Street Tunnel and Shoreditch provide a great variety of artistic and quirky backdrops and I get to be more creative in camera. If you would like to view some examples from previous photo shoots please visit https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/dog-photography-street-art-london

  

     

        

           

    

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) 2019 year in review Crufts 2019 Dog Photo Shoots London Etsy Shop Kratu Rescue Dog London Dog Photography Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile Prints for your home Street Art London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/12/2019-year-in-review Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:37:58 GMT
Colchester Zoo a must visit and adorable amur leopard cubs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/12/colchester-zoo-a-must-visit-and-adorable-amur-leopard-cubs For any families or wildlife lovers looking for days out to do in Colchester I can thoroughly recommend Colchester Zoo, they have a great variety of animals that you can see up close from big cats to Smooth Coated Otters, Fennec Foxes and a walk through enclosure with some of my favourite animals from Australia Rainbow Lorikeets and Wallabies. Each exhibit is next to each other so there is always something different to see while you are wandering around. If you would like a more personal experience you can take part in daily feeding sessions with elephants and giraffes. Their zoo has also been listed as the 11th best zoo in the world and in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of Tripadvisor's Traveller's Choice Attractions. If you are a family visiting there is a good selection of children's play and activity areas and eating places such as sprint speed, Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, The Southern Kitchen and Meerkat Hangout.

2019 has been a exciting year for Colchester Zoo, they had Smooth Coated Otter Pups, Amur Tiger Cubs and Esra gave birth to her Amur Leopard Cubs Lena and Luka. My days out to Colchester Zoo this year have been some of my favourites for wildlife photography. I really enjoyed watching the Otter Pups and Tiger Cubs who were so playful and a joy to spend time with.
 
The Smooth Coated Otter Pups were born to Chea and Kong Kea in June 2019. The parents of the pups have been living at the zoo since October 2010. These otters have have thick and velvety fur which is in two layers, the guard fur keeps the underfur dry underwater to help the otters retain body heat. Smooth Coated Otters are listed as a vulnerable on the IUCN red list so the Otter Pups are part of the breeding programme and will hopefully help the species.
 
In June their beautiful tigress Taiga gave birth to her cubs Pasha, Mischa and Tatana, their names are Russian as Amur Tigers are orginally from far east region of Russia. Taiga is 4 years old and moved to the zoo in February 2017. On the 9th of September 2019 Lena and Leka were born to mum Esra and dad Crispin, they are Esra's first cubs and Colchester Zoo's first Amur Leopard Cubs. I fell in love with the Amur Leopard Family during my visit to them in November when the cubs were 3 months old. The Amur Leopard is the world's most endangered big cats, it is estimated there are about 120 left which is very sad and shocking.
 
Action for the Wild
 
Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild funds conservation projects around the world which will hopefully help to give animals a chance and some hope for the future. One of their projects Wildlife Vets International provides veterinary and scientific support and training that involves clinical services, on site training, disease investigation and research activities for wild tigers and leopards. Russia have approved a reintroduction plan, they hope to introduce captive bred Amur Leopards to the wild.  For more details please visit their website https://www.actionforthewild.org
 
For anyone travelling by public transport, you can get a direct train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester. From Colchester bus station you can get the 75 bus and the journey is only 15 minutes https://www.colchester-zoo.com
 
Below are some of my favourite photos. Several of my leopard cub images are available to purchase as prints from my Etsy Shop, a percentage of profits are donated between two of my favourite wildlife conservation charities Action for the Wild and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=21809596
 
 
   
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) action for the wild colchester attractions colchester zoo days out in colchester etsy shop first time buyers gifts for wildlife lovers home decor home decoration kids decor nursery decor things to do in colchester wildlife conservation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/12/colchester-zoo-a-must-visit-and-adorable-amur-leopard-cubs Fri, 27 Dec 2019 16:25:58 GMT
Animal Prints for Nursery Decor and Wall Art https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/12/animal-prints-for-nursery-decor-and-wall-art If you are looking for original wildlife photography prints of big cats, elephants, giraffes or orangutans to decorate your home I have created print sets that are available to purchase from my online Etsy Shop, they would make a great gift for a nursery room or kids room, they show some of the animals at play. These prints would also make a lovely addition to a boys or girls room. There are sets of three or six fine art images. If you prefer you can  create your own set of three or six that way you can choose your own favourites. Sets of three include a 30% discount and if you create your own set of three just quote coupon code BALLE30. Any order can be customised if you prefer to choose your own images for a print set https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=26541724

10% of profits from print sales are donated between wildlife conservation charities Colchester Zoo's Action for the Wild https://www.actionforthewild.org and Conserve Wildcats Alliance https://conservewildcats.org

Below are a few of my print sets available, they can be ordered as part of a set or individual prints

 

   

     

       

          

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) animal print sets animal prints children animal prints for nursery animal prints wallart children's wall art colchester zoo's action for the wild conserve wildcats alliance etsy coupon code etsy sellers uk etsy shop etsy shop uk first time buyers gifts for wildlife lovers home decor home decoration housewarming gift Natasha Balletta Photography nursery animal sets nursery art prints original wildlife photography prints personalised baby gifts prints for your home wildlife photography print set https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/12/animal-prints-for-nursery-decor-and-wall-art Fri, 27 Dec 2019 16:25:05 GMT
Hope the Staffie Cross is treated like a celebrity and has her own dressing room https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/10/hope-the-staffie-cross-is-treated-like-a-celebrity-and-has-her-own-dressing-room Hope is a beautiful Staffie Cross that I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing at one of All Dogs Matter's Charity events in London, she enjoys the celebrity lifestyle and goes out on theatre tours. Her life was not always this glamorous to start with. When Hope was a puppy she was found abandoned by a dog warden in Stoke who took her to a dog’s home. She was eventually adopted by a couple but after a few weeks they had housing difficulties and were forced to move house. They sadly were unable to take Hope with them and tried to rehome her but no one showed any interest.
Hope’s new owner Jo heard about Hope’s situation and was informed that as no one was interested in her she would be taken back to the kennels. At first Jo was not sure about adopting a Staffie because she had not owned a dog before and knew nothing about dogs at all. The word ‘Hope’ was special to Jo as her local pub in West Norwood was called The Hope. Jo says “The Hope is a lovely place full of community spirit and because of the pubs name we felt it was a sign and made a dash to Stoke to go and meet this little 5 month old puppy. We fell in love with her straight away, she was utterly adorable and so loving and affectionate.”

Since Jo has had Hope people have overcome their discrimination of the Staffie breed, through meeting her they have seen how loving she is and not at all aggressive. From what Jo has said Hope has a very playful character. She loves other dogs and will sprint off to greet them in the woods, her best friend is Max the Chocolate Labrador who she met when she was younger. Jo says “They absolutely love each other and get so excited if they have a play date together. Her second best friend is Bumblebee the Spaniel who we walk with most days.”

Hope has really settled into her new home and loves people. When Jo has visitors Hope likes to keep an eye on them and check each room to see where everyone is. She has a funny habit of barking at people when they go past the front door and she will only stop barking when Jo has played the charade of looking through the peep hole and telling her how good she is for scaring off the burglars. She has a very cheeky side to her as I learnt from Jo, on one occassion Hope’s Dad Al, (Jo’s ex partner) had his dinner ready in the front room and Hope started her usual warning bark as if an intruder had walked past. He played the game of ‘let’s check the intruder has been scared away’ walked to the front door, checked no-one was there and came back to find the sausage was missing off his plate and Hope licking her lips. “Clever old Hope knew if she did the warning bark he’d get up and leave the room.”

Hope is good with children and does not mind them playing with her. Jo says “I have been to friend’s houses who have children, she will sit there and let them pat her. She did not even react when she got an impromptu tail pulling from a toddler.”

Jo is protective towards Hope and does not agree with breed discrimination, sometimes people will walk past Hope and pick up their own dog to avoid them. Jo says “I get so sad how Staffies are portrayed, they are the most loving breed. Anyone who has ever owned a Staffie will tell you that. The bad reputation comes from bad owners not bad dogs. No puppy is ever born aggressive. I am incredibly protective of her when I feel she is being judged. You will never find a more loving girl then our Hope.”

A friend of Jo previously volunteered for a dog charity and used to borrow Hope so she could have sessions with people and educate them on how loving Staffies are and hopefully encourage more Staffie adoption. From what Jo said the people who went to the sessions loved Hope so much they wanted to adopt her and take her home.

Hope has made a huge difference to Jo and she cannot imagine life without her. She says “Hope is my sun, moon and star. We rescued her but she saved me a million times over. She makes me laugh everyday and I feel so loved when she cuddles into me. When I previously had depression she was the reason I got out of bed as I had to walk her. She is the first dog I have ever had and it has opened a whole new world to me. I have learnt so much about rescue dogs and am passionate about helping other dogs in need which is all down to Hope. The way she will wag her tail and want to lick someone who looks at her with disgust is such an example to me of how dogs only see a person’s heart. They live in the moment and don’t hold grudges and are loving to all.”

When Jo’s ex partner went on his theatre tour Hope went along with him and  enjoyed the showbiz lifestyle, she even had her own dressing room. She says “She lives the showbiz life of a Princess. My ex partner Al who is still a good friend has been on tour most of the year in a theatre show so when he has her she is on the road backstage in theatres in her dressing room.” She has really settled into her new celebrity lifestyle.

If you would like to read more heartwarming stories of rescue Staffies please visit the following link and take a look at my book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile. 20% of profits are donated between two rescue and rehoming charities All Dogs Matter Charity and Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/666536390/rescue-staffie-stories-book-true-rescue?ref=shop_home_active_1&pro=1

 

  

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Wildlife and Travel Printable Quotes https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/10/wildlife-and-travel-printable-quotes

In August this year I opened an online shop on Etsy, I wanted to offer some of my images as digital downloads as this gives people the freedom to print in any size and onto any object, whether it is a fin

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) canada art prints christmas gifts etsy shop first time buyers home decor home decoration housewarming gifts motivational quotes new home original artwork paris photography prints printable art printable quotes travel photographer https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/10/wildlife-and-travel-printable-quotes Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:16:43 GMT
Graffiti Art Photo Shoot Leake Street Tunnel https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/graffiti-art-photo-shoot-leake-street-tunnel I had a lovely photo shoot with Cedric the pomerian at Leake Street Tunnel in London, he was an adorable model and I loved photographing him in all his different outfits and bandanas. Cedric was also food oriented, when he was not being photographed we gave him some of his favourite treats.

Graffiti has been around since ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Drawings first appeared in caves one thousand years ago. The art became more popular in 1970s when people started writing their names or 'tags' on buildings. Since the 1980s galleries have displayed graffiti as artwork.

If you would like to book a photo shoot for your dog in the colourful streets of Leake Street Tunnel or Shoreditch feel free to get in touch through my contact page. I also hold photo walks places are limited to 4 people and their pets (includes up to 2 dogs per pair). You can also dress up your dog with his favourite bandana, the more colourful the better. If you have a camera bring it along and I will share some tips with you. For more details on prices and dates on a photo walk or photo shoot package please email natashaballetta@gmail.com

To view some examples of my work from previous photo shoots please visit https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/dog-photography-london-graffiti-art

Below are some of my favourite photos from Cedric's photo shoot

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) colourful dog photographer london graffiti art dog photo shoot leake street tunnel leake street tunnel graffiti urban dogs london https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/graffiti-art-photo-shoot-leake-street-tunnel Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:17:29 GMT
Italy Photography Prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/italy-photography-prints Italy is one of my favourite countries for photography, the past few years I have had the opportunity to visit and photograph many lovely historical cities including Rome, Florence and Venice. Rome is 14,453ft above sea level and is also known as the "Eternal City" Rome built the first ever shopping mall between 107 and 110 AD. Florence is the capital of Tuscany, it is famous for its art, history and catherdrals. One of the most iconic catherdrals is Duomo, it took up to 140 years to complete. The Catherdral has the largest masonry dome in the world and was built on top of a small church, it also has a terracotta-tiled dome. Florence has one of the oldest bridges Ponte Vecchio, it is a medieval stone arch bridge. There have been shops on Ponte Vecchio since the 13th Century, there used to be a variety of shops including butchers and fishmongers. Venice is a very picturesque and magical city, it is known as the floating city, it was built on 118 islands. The city is on logs that are from Alder Trees, they were brought to Venice by boat from Slovenia and Croatia.

If you have moved into your new home and are looking for photography prints of Italy, I have a variety of images available in my online shop on Etsy, they would look lovely as part of a travel theme https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22178013

 

    

     

       

   

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) first time buyers florence home decor home decoration housewarming gifts italy art prints italy photography prints new home original artwork rome travel photographer venice italy https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/italy-photography-prints Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:40:25 GMT
National Book Lovers Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/national-book-lovers-day National Book Lovers Day is celebrated on the 9th of August each year, it is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to read their favourite book or spend the day reading.

It has always been a dream of mine to write and publish my own book. Finally in 2018 I self published my first book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile. When you see your book in print for the first time it is an exciting feeling. The book is based on interviews and heartwarming rescue stories of the Staffordshire bull terrior, a misunderstood breed who have not only transformed their lives but their owners. There are also some sad and shocking stories of how these dogs were not only used as breeding machines but how one was even found abandoned with a broken jaw! Since speaking to their owners it is incredible how these dogs have turned out to have such loving characters and become not only great family pets but also therapy dogs who play such an important role in people's lives. Through my photography I have had the opportunity to meet so many rescue Staffies looking for a home. In July 2014 I became involved with All Dogs Matter Charity who are based in North London. Since volunteering as a photographer for them and attending different events over the years I have got to know the true characteristics of the Staffie breed, these affectionate dogs have left a lasting impression that prompted me to write their stories.

If you would like to read their stories or order the book it is available as a paperback in my online shop on Etsy. 20% of profits are donated between two of my favourite charities All Dogs Matter Charity and Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/666536390/rescue-staffie-stories-book-true-rescue?ref=shop_home_active_1&pro=1

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all charity" dog books dog lover gifts dog photographer dogs etsy shop indie author matter national book lovers day rescue dog stories rescue dogs self published book staffie book staffie gifts staffies therapy dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/national-book-lovers-day Fri, 09 Aug 2019 08:57:53 GMT
Paws at the Palace event Scone Palace https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/paws-at-the-palace-event-scone-palace On the 30th of  June 2019 Scone Palace held their first dog friendly event Paws at the Palace, it was in a very beautiful and historic part of Scotland. They had a brilliant turnout for their first year, 2,000 dogs attended, the event was in partnership with Dog Friendly Perthshire. In 2018 Scone Palace was mentioned as one of the most pet friendly places to visit in the world. Scone Palace also came first in a voting contest with TrustedHousesitters for its beautiful location and dog friendly attitude. On the day you could meet Scottish Dogs of Instagram including Little Biker Dog that travels around Scotland by motorbike with his owner Dave. One of the things I really liked about photographing this event was the stoned buildings and archiecture, they made for different and historical backdrops. There were also a variety of stall holders that attended Paws at the Palace including Staffies Smiles Rescue. I really enjoyed meeting some of the gorgeous Staffies Rocky and George who have been adopted through the rescue.

Through several events I have got to know Kratu a Romanian Rescue Assistance Dog, he was invited as a VIP guest to Paws at the Palace. He has touched the hearts of many people from around the world and brings smiles to everyone he meets and through his social media. Some of his fans were excited to meet him at the event on Sunday and did not want to leave without seeing him. He has also gained some new fans since the event. One of the highlights for Tess and Kratu was leading the parade to the palace. I have had pleasure of getting to know Tess and Kratu, their bond and connect ion is very special and clear to see. When you meet dogs such as Kratu it is difficult not to fall in love with him, he is a soulful dog and was made to feel very welcome https://www.kratutherescuedog.co.uk

If you would like to view images from the event please visit the following link https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/paws-at-the-palace-event-scone-palace

Images are available to purchase as prints or digital downloads. 10% of profits from sales are donated to Staffie Smiles Rescue www.staffiesmilesrescue.com

Below are a few of my favourite photos including the moot hill and chapel

   

     

        

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/paws-at-the-palace-event-scone-palace Sat, 06 Jul 2019 15:26:00 GMT
Adelaide Travel Tips https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/adelaide-travel-tips Adelaide was founded in 1836 and was named after Saxe Meinigen, it is also the capital of South Australia. If you love wildlife, wine tasting or coastal walks they are all within easy reach of Adelaide. I have visited Adelaide several times the past few years, it is one of the places that will always be special to me as it is where I discovered my passion for photography. South Australia is well known as the wildlife state, when you visit Adelaide you will understand why.

Coastal Walks

Two of my favourite beaches are Aldinga Beach and Port Willunga. Aldinga beach is within walking distance of Silver sands beach which has crystal clear waters and is the only beach where you can drive on and park your car. With its crystal clear waters and the size of it, this is the ideal beach for swimmers and surfers.  Port Willunga on the Fleur Peninsula is a coastal village where you will find ancient ruins and shipwrecks, Port Willunga beach is a 40 minute drive South of Adelaide. Along the white sandy beach surrounded by golden cliffs you will see caves that were carved out by fishermen to store their boats, today families use them for picnics. The beach is one of the most stunning beaches I have visited in South Australia.

Things To Do For Wildlife Lovers

For bird watchers, wildlife and nature lovers there are some lovely wetlands and beaches near Adelaide including River Torrens and West beach where you will be able to see not only pelicans but also Australian Pied Cornorants birds that are native to the coastal areas of  Australasia. West beach is a seaside suburb of Adelaide, it is ideal for families who enjoy swimming, paddleboarding and kite surfing and for bird watchers this is a fantastic beach to get up close with the pelicans, I did not expect to see so many pelicans and could not believe how close you can get to them. River Torrens is the most important river of the Adelaide Plains and was one of the reasons for the sighting of the city of Adelaide.

Adelaide Zoo is the only zoo in Australia where you can see the two giant pandas Wang wang and Funi, I managed to get photos of Wang wang during his feeding time. I was very excited as this was my first time seeing a giant panda. Adelaide Zoo is easy to get to by public transport you can take a cruise along the river and get off at the zoo.

If you would like to experience some of the Australian Wildlife in their natural habitat you can take the sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island which is 45 minutes or a 30 minute flight from Adelaide airport. There are 4 departures daily with sealink from Cape Jervis which is 2 hours drive from Adelaide. Kangaroo island was my dream trip that I had been excited about the most, one of the places you must visit is Seal Bay Conservation Park where you can spend time with the Australian Sea Lion Colony, they are one of the rarest species in the world. You can watch them up close from a boardwalk on the beach. When I visited Seal Bay I was in my element watching the seals and their pups. If you want a good chance of seeing the seal pups the best time to visit is during breeding season from November to February. Kangaroo island is a very diverse place where you can see not only seal lions but aso koalas and pelican, it is a wildlife haven. Kangaroo island got its name when the British first explored the island and found kangaroos.

If you are visiting Adelaide for a holiday there are a variety of things to do with your family or friends including wine tasting tours in Barossa Valley in the Adelaide Hills, coastal walks at some of the beaches Aldinga and Port Willunga, Monarto Zoo that have a walk through enclosure with Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in and Gorge Wildlife Park where you can meet koalas in the koala holding area and take part in kangaroo feeding, it is one of my favourite places for getting close to some of the Australian Wildlife.

For anyone who has moved into their new home or is looking for coastal images to add some colour to their rooms I have a variety of prints from Australia available to purchase in my online shop on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=21810193

 

   

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Adelaide Australia Photography Beach House Coastal Decor Etsy Shop Housewarming Gift New Home South Australia Travel Prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/adelaide-travel-tips Sat, 06 Jul 2019 13:10:25 GMT
Shoreditch Paws for a Photo Shoot with Graffiti Art Backdrops https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/shoreditch-paws-for-a-photo-shoot-with-graffiti-art-backdrops Graffiti has been around since ancient Egpyt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Drawings first appeared in caves one thousands years ago. The Art became more popular in the 1970s when people started writing their names or 'tags' on buildings. Since the 1980s galleries have displayed graffiti as artwork.

One of my recent photo shoots in Shoreditch was with Gwen a lovely rescue Greyhound who I have gotten to know through events. If there were ByBenji Treats involved Gwen was more then happy to have her photo taken https://www.bybenji.com Gwen also looked beautiful in her bandanas which are made by her owner Jackie. There is always different Graffiti Art to photograph which is what makes each photo shoot more enjoyable and unique.

If you would like to book a photo shoot for your dog in the colourful streets of Shoreditch or Leake Street Tunnel feel free to get in touch through my contact page. To view some examples of my work from previous photo shoots please visit https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/dog-photography-london-graffiti-art

I also hold photo walks places are limited to 4 people and their pets (includes up to 2 dogs per pair). You can also dress up your dog with his favourite bandana, the more colourful the better. If you have a camera bring it along and I will share some tips with you. For more details on prices and dates on a photo walk or photo shoot package please email natashaballetta@gmail.com

Below are some of my favourite images from Gwen's photo shoot in Shoreditch

  

    

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Photographer London Graffiti Art Shoreditch London Dogs Natasha Balletta Photography Shoreditch Dog Photography Street Art London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/shoreditch-paws-for-a-photo-shoot-with-graffiti-art-backdrops Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:27:26 GMT
Jasper National Park a perfect location for nature lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/jasper-national-park-a-perfect-location-for-nature-lovers Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Rocky Mountains and a perfect location for nature lovers, I visited for the first time in June 2014 and was really excited about going there, it was a dream holiday and one of the places I had always wanted to visit. The park has been recognised as a national park since 1907 and was the fifth one to be created in Canada. There is a variety of wildlife that lives in Jasper including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, coyotes, the golden eagle, black bears, grizzly bears and 16 species and subspecies of fish which are native to the park.

Getting there and around

WestJet flies from London Gatwick to Calgary Airport, the flight journey is direct and 8 hours. When you arrive at Calgary Airport, it is a small airport and easy to get around. If you have booked a coach transfer it is well sign posted. The Banff Airporter provide regular shuttle transfers from Calgary International Airport to Banff and have been around since 1997. They pick up and drop off in Calgary www.banffairporter.com.

If you are travelling by public transport Sun Dog Tours provide coach transfers from Banff, the journey to Jasper was 5 hours. For more details please visit https://www.sundogtours.com

Where To Stay

Elkview Accomodation in downtown Jasper is run by Joe and Patti Urie, they have lovely Kitchenette Suites. Elkview Accommodation is walking distance from the town centre and all the shops are close by. Sometimes you can see elk from across the road which can make you feel like you are in the heart of Jasper's wildlife. I can highly recommend staying at Elkview Accomodation Joe and Patti make you feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble for them, they treat you like part of the family, it is like going from a home to home www.elkviewjasper.com

If you prefer to stay in the National Park Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is in a good location and you are surrounded by beautiful lakes and wildlife. In the Summer there are a range of activities at the lodge from hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Room prices vary depending on your Suite or Cabin www.fairmont.com

Where To Eat

In downtown Jasper there is a French Restaurant Diner Lou Lou’s Pizzeria that has a variety of food including pizzas, burgers,fish and chips and poutines with a gravy sauce. When I went to the restaurant my favourite was the poutines. During the Winter season October to May their open hours are 9am to 10pm and in the Summer May to September they are open from 8am to 11pm. For more details visit their website loulous.ca

Things To Do

Maligne Valley Adventure Tour and Cruise

Joe and Patti Urie from Jasper Tour Company provide tours in Winter and Summer. From June to October they run their Maligne Valley Tour that includes a cruise option to Spirit Island. Maligne Lake is the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world and Maligne is French for malignant or wicked. On the Boat Cruise to Spirit Island, you will learn more about the history of the area and enjoy the breathtaking views. It is a 90 minute journey to the island. Spirit Island is one of the most photographed places in the world www.jaspertourcompany.com

Wildlife Evening Tour

One of my favourite tours was the Wildlife Evening Tour by Jasper Tour Company, they are a great opportunity to watch and photograph mountain goats, bighorn sheep lamb, black bears, mule deer and coyotes in their natural habitat. When go on tours with Joe Urie from the company, it shows that he has a genuine passion for wildlife and Jasper National Park. For more information please visit their website www.jaspertourcompany.com

Canada is a very picturesque country with so many stunning and breathtaking views throughout the Canadian Rockies. I fell in love with the turquoise lakes and wildlfe during my visit to Jasper National Park.

If you are moving into your new home or know any Canada lovers I have a selection of images available to purchase in my online shop on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

  

   

    

 

    

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Bedroom Decor Canada Canada Wall Decor Canadian Rockies First Time Buyers Housewarming Gifts Jasper National Park New Home Travel Guide Canada https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/7/jasper-national-park-a-perfect-location-for-nature-lovers Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:56:02 GMT
Chester Zoo a great day out for wildlife lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/chester-zoo-a-great-day-out-for-wildlife-lovers If you are visiting Chester and a wildlife lover I can thoroughly recommend Chester Zoo, it is one of the largest zoos in the UK and was voted the third world's best zoo by TripAdvisor, the zoo has over 20,000 animals.

Chester Zoo is well known for their conservation work, the Zoo's conservation organisation Act for Wildlife fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people how to live with elephants in their natural habitat. Due to things such as habitat loss, poaching and conflict with humans elephants are critcally endangered.  Everyday 100 elephants loose their lives because there is still a demand for ivory tusks which is very sad and shocking. These are some of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade.  One of the Act for Wildlife's campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, I was so saddened to read this as I had grown so fond of these 2 elephants, I had photographed them so any times as they were such playful characters. The virus affects young elephants around the world. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this devastating disease. In the future they hope to find a cure. For more information on Chester Zoo and their conservation projects please visit Act For Wildlife's website www.actforwildlife.org.uk
The past few years I have got attached to the HI Way Elephant Family, I could spend all day with them especially the younger elephants who have such playful characters and are always interacting together. One of the elephant calves Nandita is one of my favourite elephants, she has such a lovely nature and always looks after the youngest elephant in the herd.

In August 2016 Chester Zoo opened their islands that are made up of six South East Asian Islands which are home to a variety of animals including Sumatran Tigers, Gibbonsm Orangutans and Tropical Birds. For any Orangutan lovers you can visit them on the islands. The keepers leave hammocks in the enclosure as it encourages a natural behaviour the orangutans would do in the wild, whilst I was watching them they used hammocks for shelter. Chester Zoo is a great place to visit for seeing Orangutans in a beautiful setting and if you would like to see the orangutans up close you can take a boat ride from the island.

If you are travelling by public transport the zoo is easy to get to, there are buses opposite Chester station that you take you directly to the zoo entrance. The X8 Bus is every hour and the last bus leaves the zoo 30 minutes before closing. Entry tickets are £28.00 on the door, if you book them online they are cheaper and £22.00 For more details visit Chester Zoo’s website www.chesterzoo.org

  

   

    

     

  

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My visit to the Chihuly Reflections on nature exhibition at Kew Gardens https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/my-visit-to-the-chihuly-reflections-on-nature-exhibition-kew-gardens  I really enjoyed visiting the Chihuly Reflections on nature exhibition at Kew Gardens near Richmond in London. The exhibition has displays of glass art sculptures that are created by a talented artist and Ameican glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Each artwork is unique and beautiful in its own way, some of my favourite sculptures were in the WaterLily House and Temperate House, I was in awe by the designs of them. For anyone who is interested in attending the Chihuly Reflections on nature exhibition, it is on until 27th October 2019. The price is included in the entry to Kew Gardens.

If you would like to see more of his work at future exhibitions, he will have his glass art on display at various places in the US including Chihuly Celebrating Nature at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botonical Gardens in Ohio from 1st January to 29th March 2020 and the Rose Crystal Tower at New Orleans Botonical Gardens in New Orleans City Park, it is on from 1st November to 30th November 2020. For more details please visit https://www.chihuly.com/exhibitions

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Bones is a great ambassdor for the Staffie breed, he is loved by everyone who meets him https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/bones-is-a-great-ambassdor-for-the-staffie-breed Bones was 6 months old when his owner Marylyn rescued him, she says "He was found as a stray at 4 months old in a local park and a dog walker took him to the RSPCA, not long after that he was moved to the council pound where the vet there said he was ready for rehoming." A friend of Marylyn who used to be a city dog warden did not agree as he was not eating properly and not gaining weight so she made arrangements for Bones to be moved to Babbington Rescue in Nottingham. When he arrived at the rescue centre, after further checks they paid for an operation and discovered the reason he was not eating or gaining weight this was because he had swollowed a pair of pants which was found in his stomach. After Bones started to gain weight and make progress Marylyn's friend recommended that she rehome him. Marylyn says "The day we met him was the best day so far. Little did we know he would be a massive part of our lives and others lives. He is wonderful, warm and friendly and loves to meet other people and animals."

When Bones was 3 years old, Marylyn wondered if his temperament could be used to spread the word that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not the monsters they are made out to be. The first charity Marylyn and Bones joined was Pets As Therapy, he passed his assessment which involved things such as observing what they are like with the public, loud noises and taking treats. Since joining the charity he has visited local care homes and a youth group for kids with learning difficulties. He also does dog phobia work and has started a session with University Students that are suffering from exam stress whilst coping with mental issues and learning difficulties. Marylyn says "The phobia work seems to be his speciality. His first case resulted in a young lad getting a rescue Staffie himself. It is great being able to work with kids that are nervous of dogs and help them overcome their fears, if you ask them what breed are they most scared of it will probably be a Staffie or any other bull breed. They are pleasantly surprised when they meet him" In 2016 Marylyn and Bones joined Therapy Dogs Nationwide, she says "They are such a warm and friendly group and we are very proud to be a part of it."

If you would like to read more about Bones and other Therapy Staffies who play an important role in people's lives please take a look at my book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile, it is available as a paperback in my online shop on Etsy or ebook in the Apple IBookstore https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/666536390/rescue-staffie-stories-book-true-rescue?ref=shop_home_active_1&pro=1

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Bones from when I met him at Crufts, I really took to Bones and think he is a great ambassor for the Staffie breed

   

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) dog books etsy shop gifts for dog lovers rescue staffies staffie lover gifts" staffie stories therapy dogs nationwide https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/bones-is-a-great-ambassdor-for-the-staffie-breed Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:16:01 GMT
Paris Travel Tips https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/paris-travel-tips Paris was originally a Roman City called Lutetia. It is the most visited capital in the world and known as "The City Of Lights" Paris was given its name because it was one of the first cities to have a street lightning system. It is a dog friendly city and some of the restaurants allow dogs, it has been estimated there are half a million dogs in the city. Each year there is a best baker competition and the winner gets the opportunity to bake for the president. One of my favourite buildings is the beautiful ansd iconic building Notre Dame, I hope they will be able to restore the catherdral, it is not only visited by many people from around the world but is also part of history.

Getting to the city

Paris has two airports Paris Orly Airport and Paris Charles De Gauelle Airport. You can also get the Eurostar direct from London St Pancras International to the centre of Paris, the journey time is 2 hours and 16 minutes https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/train/france/london-to-paris

Travelling from Paris Orly Airport

If you are travelling by public transport you can take the Orlyval Metro to Anthony Train Station and change to lines RER B or RER C. It is a 60 minute journey and the cost is 12.10 Euros. There are also airport buses from Orly. The cheapest bus service is OrlyBus that goes to a Metro station in Paris and South of the River where you can get a connection to the Paris Metro https://www.paristoolkit.com/airport/paris_orly_bus.htm

Attractions and Things To Do

Paris is easy to get around the Paris Metro has 302 stations. If you would like to learn more about the history there are 1,803 monuments and 173 museums. For artists I can recommend Louvre Museum, it is the world's largest art museum https://www.louvre.fr

For any lovers of French food you can book a 3 hour tour that includes sightseeing of the city and enjoying French cuisine in the historic areas Montartre, Le Marais and Saint Germain. For more details visit their website https://www.secretfoodtours.com  Another tour food lovers would enjoy is Pastry and Chocolate Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Pres where you have the opportunity to go to chocolate and pastry shops and try some samples of pastries, handmade chocolates and bread. The price is £86.00 and tours run for 3 hours.

If you are interested in going to see film sets during your visit, there are a variety of movies that have been filmed in the city including Mission Impossible Fallout (2018), Amelie, La Haine (1995), Paris Je T'Aime, Aristocats, Midnight In Paris, The Dreamers and Paris Blues. For more information on visiting filming and movie locations you can book with companies such as Paris Movie Walks that take you on a 2 hour and 30 minute walking tour to one of the most popular filming locations Montartre. Tours run from November to March and April to October, the price is £76.96 https://parismoviewalks.co.uk

These are a small selection of images available to purchase on my online Etsy Shop, I took them whilst on holiday https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=25957287

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) black and white photography black and white prints paris home decor home decoration original artwork paris art prints paris france paris photography paris prints etsy paris wallart photography artwork for sale prints for your home travel photography wallart ideas https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/paris-travel-tips Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:00:51 GMT
Abi the Staffie Ambassador for All Dogs Matter Charity https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/abi-the-staffie-ambassador-for-all-dogs-matter-charity Abi was only 6 months old when Ira Moss (the general manager of All Dogs Matter) rescued her. She was just a tiny puppy and left in a cardboard box. Fortunately she was taken to Mayhew Animal Home as a stray and luckily did not have to wait too long to find her forever home with Ira.

Abi has not only found a new loving home and adjusted well to her new life but she now plays an important role and is the Ambassdor for All Dogs Matter. Ira said "Abi can be bossy at times but as she is the chief Staffie and all round top dog at the All Dogs Matter head office, she needs to keep everyone in line and keep things running smoothly." Ira describes Abi as a cuddle monster and the sweetest Staffie you will ever meet, "She adores attention and will be the first at the office door to give visitors a kiss, despite her being bossy she can be funny and very opinionated."

I have got to know Abi over the years through photographing their events and have grown very fond of her, she is not camera shy and always poses for photos. I have also noticed how close she is to Ira, if she is not by her side you can often see her looking for her. She has a strong character but at the same time a big Staffie heart.

If you would like to read more about Abi and other rescue Staffies that have an important role, she is featured in my book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile, it is availabe to purchase in my online shop on Etsy or ebook in the Apple IBookstore https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/666536390/rescue-staffie-stories-book-true-rescue?ref=shop_home_active_1&pro=1

 

     

        

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Dog Books Dog Stories Gift Ideas Dog Lovers Gifts For Dog Lovers London Dogs Rescue and Rehoming Charity Staffies Staffies London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/abi-the-staffie-ambassador-for-all-dogs-matter-charity Sun, 09 Jun 2019 15:26:02 GMT
Florence Travel Guide https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/florence-travel-guide Florence is the capital of Tuscany. It is famous for its art, history and catherdrals. One of the most iconic catherdrals is Duomo, it took up to 140 years to complete. The Catherdral has the largest masonry dome in the world and was built on top of a small church, it also has a terracotta-tiled dome. Florence has one of the oldest bridges Ponte Vecchio, it is a medieval stone arch bridge. There have been shops on Ponte Vecchio since the 13th Century, there used to be a variety of shops including butchers and fishmongers. In 1593 Ferdinand decided that goldsmiths and jewellers would be the only ones allowed to have their shops on the bridge as a way to improve the wellbeing of everyone including their own. The current bridge was rebuilt after a flood in 1345.

Getting to Florence

Tuscany has two international airports Galileo Galilei in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci In Florence. If you are getting a flight from European Cities such as London or Paris, the fares are normally cheaper. Some of the airlines that fly to Pisa are EasyJet, British Airways, Altalia and Qatar.

Travelling from Pisa Airport

If you are travelling by public transport there is a train shuttle from the airport to Pisa Centrale and from there you can get a train to Florence. The shuttle runs everyday from 6am to midnight. Monday to Saturday the cost is 2.70 euro one way and Sundays one way cost is 1.20 euro. You can also get a direct bus from the airport. Both journeys by train or bus are an hour into the city and you can buy tickets when you arrive at the airport.

From Florence Airport

The airport is on the North Western edge of the city and only 4km from the city centre. you can take a taxi or shuttle bus connection to the centre of Florence.

Attractions and Things To Do

Free Guided Walking Tour

If you would like to explore the historical streets and learn more about the art and history of Florence, JM Walking Tours takes you to places such as Pitti Palace, Uffizi Gallery, Santa Croce Church and Ponte Vecchio. For more details on their tours please visit https://www.jmwalkingtour.org

Accademia Gallery Museum and Uffizi Gallery

Accademia Gallery Museum near Piazza San Marco is home to Michelangelo’s David, it is most well known for its sculptures by Michelangelo. Each year the museum and the marble sculptures attracts millions of visitors. When you enter Accamedia, the first hall you will see is the Hall of Colossus, it was named after models of the Dioscuri of Montecavallo which were displayed in this hall in the 19th Century. Today it has the sculpture of Giambolgna and displays of panel paintings by artists including Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Bronzino.

It is recommended that you pre book tickets to the museum, there are normally ques. You can also book a guided tour of the museum that includes that includes your entrance. The Accamedia is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 8.15am to 6.50pm.

Uffizi Gallery is one of the galleries I visited during my visit to Florence, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful paintings. The gallery was built between 1560 and 1580, it was designed by Giorgio Vasari. It is famous around the world for its collections of ancient sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages to Modern period. For more information on booking tickets to Accademia Gallery Museum or Uffizi Gallery visit http://www.uffizi-tickets.org

Day Tours from Florence

If you have a long stay in the city there are several tours you have to choose from that visit other cities and towns such as Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre and Portovenere where you can enjoy scenic views and for any nature lovers you can go on a 45 minute nature walk with your tour leader. You can also take a tour to the magical city of Venice and visit some of the main attractions. For more details on City Wonder Tours their website is https://citywonders.com/florence/things-to-do/day-trips-from-florence

For a city break in the Tuscany region Florence is an incredible historical city. If you enjoy art I can thoroughly recommend visiting the galleries and Ponte Vecchio and Duomo Catherdral if you would like to find out about more of the history of the city. Most of the attractions are within walking distance of each other.

There is a small selection of some of my images from Florence, they are available to purchase in my online shop on Etsy

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Florence Florence Tuscany Italy Things To Do In Florence https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/florence-travel-guide Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:47:25 GMT
Muriel the Staffie with a infectious Staffie Smile https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/muriel-the-staffie-with-a-infectious-staffie-smile I first met Muriel a Staffie Cross when she was looking for a home with All Dogs Matter Charity. I did not get many photos as she mainly wanted cuddles. In August 2016 Muriel was adopted by her owners Anne and Frank, I met up with them for a follow up photo shoot. It was lovely to see how well she was doing, Muriel still had the same playful character she had as the first time I met her at the kennels. Muriel's owner Anne says "People take to her easily and she is good with children and adults. She also has an endearing playful side, when you play ball with her she loves teasing you, she brings the ball over and as you go to pick it up she will quickly grab it and run off until she is ready for you to throw it."

If you would like to read more about Muriel she is featured in my book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile. Unfortunately since her story was written Muriel has sadly passed away, I will always remember Muriel for her infectious Staffie Smile. Muriel is also on the book cover, I thought it would be a lovely tribute to her.

For any Staffie lovers the book us available to purchase on my online Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/666536390/rescue-staffie-stories-book-true-rescue?ref=shop_home_active_1&pro=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity dog books dog lover gifts dog stories staffie books https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/muriel-the-staffie-with-a-infectious-staffie-smile Thu, 30 May 2019 14:35:35 GMT
Howletts Wild Animal Park and The Aspinall Foundation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/howletts-wild-animal-park Howletts Wild Animal Park is the only zoo in the UK that has a herd of African Elephants. Due to things such as the ivory trade and being poached for their tusks 100 elephants per day loose their lives. They are endangered in the wild which is very sad. Elephants also play an important role, during the dry season they use their tusks to dig for water which provides water for them and other animal species that live in the same area.

Howletts was set up by John Aspinall in 1957, it used to be a private zoo before opening to the public in 1975. In John's memory they have the conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation that work with Howletts and their partner zoo Port Lymne release some of their animals from the zoo into protected reserves in the wild which will hopefully help the survival of the species. The past few years the Foundation has released western lowland gorillas, black rhinos, javan langurs and european bison back into the wild. For more information on the Aspinall Foundation please visit their website https://www.aspinallfoundation.org

If you are a wildlife lover visiting Canterbury in Kent I recommend Howletts Wild Animal Park, it is a great day out for families and people who would like to visit a variety of animals from African Elephants to Monkeys, Tigers and Leopards. I was in my element because of the different big cats, elephants and monkeys.

Tigers are one of the animals I have always been passionate about visiting and photographing, I was excited to visit one of their beautiful tigers Arina that has a special story, she was hand reared by the keepers when she was cub after being abandoned by her mum. When Arina was younger she developed a lack of bone mass which causes her to limp when she walks. Despite what Arina has been through, she still has a zest for life and bond with her keepers. I was also enjoyed seeing their handsome Sumatran Tiger Achilles who moved from ZSL London Zoo in July 2018 as part of the breeding programme to help save the species from becoming extinct in the wild. Achilles is one of the tigers I have got attached to since watching him growing up as a cub so during my visits to Howletts I always like to spend longer photographing him. Since living at Howletts Achilles's keepers have realised that he is food oriented and one of his favourite places is on the higher platform.

They also have Javan Langur Monkeys. Some of the problems these species face in Asia are habitat destruction, hunting and young monkeys being taken away from their mums for the illegal pet trade, it is some of the reasons why they are an endangered species and need our help in the wild. One of Howletts conservation projects is the Javan Primate Project outside Malang in Indonesia, they rescue langur monkeys from the illegal pet trade and reintroduce them back into the wild and protected areas.

Normal entry price is £22.95. If you book online you save 20% For visitors travelling by public transport Howletts is a 90 minute train journey from London Victoria to Bekesbourne station. From Bekesbourne there is a mini bus service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things To Do In New York https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/things-to-do-in-new-york In 1789 New York became the first capital of the United States. It is believed by experts there are 800 different languages spoken in New York. The city got its name during the second Anglo-Dutch War, it was named in honor of the Duke of York who became King James II of England and James Vll of Scotland. New York is made up of 5 boroughs including Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. It is also the largest city in the United States.

I have visited New York a few times, some of my favourite places in the city for photography are Manhattan Bridge, New York Courthouse and Times Square, I really liked the colourful neon lights at Times Square, they reminded me of something you would see in a movie.  You will often see Yellow School Buses, they have been around since 1939. One of the other symbols is the Yellow Taxi, they have been in the city since 1880s. In 1967, New York City ordered all "medallion taxis" be painted yellow.This was to help reduce unofficial drivers and make official taxicabs more readily recognizable. The taxis used to be red and green until Allen company repainted them yellow so they are more visible. New York has three main airports John F Kennedy, Guardia and Newark.

Attractions and Things To Do

If you are visiting New York for a holiday, there are many places for you to visit including the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station and Brooklyn Bridge Park. There are also some beautiful historic parks, Inwood Hill Park that is on Hudson River and overlooks woodland. It's an amazing city and fantastic to photogaph especially if you are into cityscapes and urban photography.

For any fans of the comedy TV Show Friends you can visit some of the filming locations such as The Apartments, Central Perk, Ross's Museum and Chandler's Office.

If you would like to a book tour to see filming and movie locations of  TV Shows and movies such as Friends, Modern Family, When Harry Met Sally and Spiderman On Location Tours run daily tours at 10am. The price is 50 dollars for adults and 35 dollars for children. If you would like more details visit their website https://onlocationtours.com

These are a small selection of images that I took whilst on holiday, they are available to purchase in my online shop on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?section_id=21886662

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) artwork for sale Big Apple colour popping Etsy Shop Friends New York New York City New York Prints Spiderman Times Square Yellow Taxi Cabs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/things-to-do-in-new-york Thu, 23 May 2019 17:17:23 GMT
Photo shoots with Graffiti Art backdrops https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/photo-shoots-with-graffiti-art-backdrops Graffiti has been around since ancient Egpyt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Drawings first appeared in cazves one thousands years ago. The Art became more popular in the 1970s when people started writing their names or 'tags' on buildings. Since the 1980s galleries have displayed graffiti as artwork.

For a photo shoot with a difference I have recently started street art photo shoots in London. My first ones were in Shoreditch that has some really colourful streets which also provide quirky and arty backdrops.

If you know anyone who might be interested I have several dates coming up in May and June. I will be holding photo shoots/mini workshops in the colourful streets and Graffiti Art of Shoreditch. I will take several images in different streets providing you with a variety of images with different coloured backdrops. Why not dress up your dog with his favourite bandana, the more colourful the better. If you have a camera bring it along and I will share some tips with you.

For photo walks places are limited to 4 people and their pets (includes up to 2 dogs per pair). I also offer individual photo walks as some dogs are nervous and the owners prefer to do the photo shoot on their own. If you would like more details on prices and dates of photo shoots please contact me on natashaballetta@gmail.com

Below are a few of my favourite photos from previous urban photo shoots with beautiful rescue Staffies Bella and Marshall and a lovely Italian Greyhound Chihuahua Cross Zola

 

    

       

          

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Photographer London Dog Photography Shoreditch Dog Photography Street Art London Dogs Street Art London Street Art Photography Shoreditch Urban Photo Shoot https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/photo-shoots-with-graffiti-art-backdrops Wed, 08 May 2019 20:05:07 GMT
A dream holiday to Canada https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/a-dream-holiday-to-canada A few years ago I visited Banff and Jasper in Canada, it was a dream holiday and one of the places I had always wanted to visit for the turquoise lakes and wildlife.

If you are a solo traveller or travelling by public transport when you arrive at Calgary Airport you can take a coach transfer with Banff Airporter https://banffairporter.com

During my stay in Banff I stayed at the Holiday Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Karin who runs the bed and breakfast is a friendly person and makes you feel welcome. She showed me around some of the town and markets to make sure I knew where everything was. One of the things I enjoyed the most about staying with Karin was the homemade breakfast that included delicious pancakes and waffles.

Whilst in Banff I went on a few tours with Discover Banff Tours. One of my favourite tours was visiting the orphaned bear Boo at Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. Boo is the resident bear, when I visited he ended up playing in the water for a while. The tour also includes a gondola ride to a mountain top restaurant for lunch where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Candian Rockies. One of the other tours you can book in the Summer is Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Even though they are both beautiful, I was in awe by the turquoise scenery of Moraine Lake. If you are a photographer visiting the area, you will want longer to spend at the lakes. If you are a tourist and more interested in sightseeing I recommend Discover Banff Tours, they are polite and friendly and visit a variety of great locations.

After I stayed in Banff I visited Jasper National Park. If you are travelling by public transport Sun Dog Tours provide coach transfers from Banff https://www.sundogtours.com The journey from Banff to Jasper was 5 hours. When I arrived at Joe and Patti's Elkview Accomodation, they made me feel welcome straight away and took me around some of Jasper. During my first day while Joe was showing me around we saw a grizzly bear near the railway tracks, he had ventured from the forest to the town. Some of the wildlife you can normally see near the town are Elk or Ground Squirrels. If you are visiting Jasper Joe and Patti are a lovely family to stay with, they cannot do enough for you and nothing is too much trouble for them. One of the things Joe and Patti enjoy the most about their Elkview Accomodation and Jasper Tour Company businesses is it gives them the opportunity to meet people from around the world. Joe loves to show people the beauty of Jasper National Park. When you stay Joe and Patti Urie you feel like you are living amongst nature and the local wildlife.

For any wildlife lovers I can thoroughly recommend the Wildlife Evening Tour with Jasper Tour Company, it is a great opportunity to experience some of the Canadian wildlife in their natural habitat. One of the things I enjoyed the most about the wildlife tour was the opportunity to photograph mountain goats, bighorn sheep lamb, black bears, mule deer and coyotes, watching them in their natural habitat was an awesome and exciting experience. One of the other tours Joe does is Maligne Valley Tour which includes a cruise option to Spirit Island. Maligne Lake and Spirit Island were one of my favourite places, it is a beautiful picture postcard place. If you are visiting in Winter or Summer I can thoroughly recommend Jasper Tour Company their tours are not only fun and enjoyable but Joe has a genuine passion for wildlife and Jasper National Park. For more details on Joe's tours please visit http://www.jaspertourcompany.com

What made my trip more special and memorable were the people I stayed with in Banff and Jasper. They made me feel welcome and part of the family. When you visit Canada it is diffcult not to fall in love with the turquoise lakes as the views will take your breathaway. I would love to visit Canada again one day, it is a dream destination for nature lovers.

Some of my images from my trip are available to purchase as prints on my online Etsy Shop, they would look lovely as part of a travel decor theme in your home https://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

 

   

   

     

       

         

           

             

               

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Alberta Canada Canada Art Canada Photography Jasper Tour Company Solo Travellers Canada Travel Guide Canada Travel Photography Canada Travel Tips for Canada https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/5/a-dream-holiday-to-canada Wed, 08 May 2019 09:15:18 GMT
Crufts Dog Show 2019 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/4/crufts-dog-show-2019 Crufts is held at the Birmngham Exhibition Centre each year in March, it is one of the biggest dog shows that visitors always look forward to and people travel from around the world to take part in the event with their dogs. Even though it is a popular event for a variety of displays including Agility, Heelwork To Music and Agility you also have the opportunity to meet dogs that play an important role in people's lives, it is what makes Crufts more special to me.

I first met Kratu a Carpathian/Mioritic at a event in London. Some of you might have heard of Kratu, in 2018 he took part in the Rescue Dog Agility at Crufts and came back for a second year in 2019. Since his video went viral he has captured the hearts of many people around the world. When you meet Tess and Kratu or watch their videos it shows that they have a special bond, I believe they were meant to find each other.

Kratu has made a huge impact on Tess's life, she says "I struggle with many things in life, I'm on the autistic spectrum. I’m recovering from bulimia. I often cannot cope with communication and new situations. I often have days where I cannot leave the house or talk to people.  He is my reason to get up in the morning, he teaches me about unconditional love and shines a special light. He lights up the lives of those he meets. He is the most amazing blessing and gift in my life."

Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home

Since 2015 I have got to know some of the lovely rescue dogs from Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home through events such as Crufts. This year I fell in love with their beautiful Staffie Cross Pippin, she loves people and her affectionate character reminds me of another Staffie Muriel. One of the other Staffies I met was their older Staffie Duke who I learnt was food orientated and to get his attention for photos they used his favourite treats. Each year they take part in demonstrations in the Good Citizen Ring. Sam Sebbage of Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home said "He was fantastic at Crufts and we are all so proud of him considering he had very little training prior to the event" It was his first year at Crufts.

East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Team

I had the pleasure of meeting the East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Team, I was looking forwaard to meeting them as Staffies are one of the dog breeds that are close to my heart, I hope to raise their profile. The original team first attended Crufts in 2002 and 2003. The current team have been taking part in the Genting Arena every year since 2012. Lesley McFadyen says “We always get a very warm welcome from the kennel club and the Crufts organisers, they are always supportive of our team and philosophy.” They receive brilliant feedback from many people and have a huge amount of support on social media. Since attending events such as Crufts, Discover Dogs and other events throughout the year they have had the opportunity to show Staffies in a more positive light. Lesley says "We often have the general public contact us afterwards saying that they have learnt various things about the breed from our displays and sometimes changed their negative perception which can only be a good thing."
 
One of the other things I also enjoy about Crufts is photographing different dog breeds from Gundogs to Staffies and Working and Pastoral breeds.
 
Irish Red and White Setter Crufts 2019 held at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham.Irish Red and White Setter Crufts 2019 held at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham.
 
 

 

Rough Collie Crufts 2019 held at the National Exhibition CentreRough Collie Crufts 2019 held at the National Exhibition Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Red Setter Crufts 2019 held at the National Exhibition Centre BirminghamRed Setter Crufts 2019 held at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Tess and Kratu Rescue Dog Agility Crufts 2019 held at the Birmingham  National Exhibition Centre.Tess and Kratu Rescue Dog Agility Crufts 2019 held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre. Kratu Rescue Dog Agility Crufts 2019 held at the Birmingham National Exhibition CentreKratu Rescue Dog Agility Crufts 2019 held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Above two photos Tess and Kratu.

 

     Below Duke and Pippin from Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home

         

  

    

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Crufts Crufts 2019 Dog Photography Dog Photography Crufts" "Dog Photographer" "Birmingham National Exhibition Centre" East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Team Rescue Dogs Crufts https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/4/crufts-dog-show-2019 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:20:06 GMT
Things To Do In Edinburgh https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/4/things-to-do-in-edinburgh Edinburgh is a medieval and historical city in Scotland, it is one of my favourite cities, as a photographer I really like the medieval architecture. Edinburgh has been the capital since 1437 in the 15th century. Princes Street Gardens are beautiful and the most visited by tourists. The gardens were made in two stages in the 1770s and 1820s, there are two different parks in the centre, on the east side you can view the Mound, Waverley station and Balmoral Hotel. If you are on the West side you can see the Ross Fountain. The oldest street is the Royal Mile and from Victoria Street which is nearby there are lovely views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens.

Getting to the city

If you are travelling by public transport it is easy to get to the city. Edinburgh has two train stations Edinburgh Waverely and Haymarket. The centre is within walking distance from Waverely station.Train tickets are normally cheaper if you book them 12 weeks in advance. If you are getting a flight from one of the European cities there are trams from Edinburgh airport that take you to the centre. The tram fares are £6.00 for a single ticket or £8.50 return, you can buy tickets when you arrive at the airport or pre book them online. For more details visit https://edinburghtrams.com

Things To Do

If you have a short or long stay in Edinburgh there are a variety of places to visit including Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street Gardens, Royal Mile, Dean Village, St Giles Catherdral, History Museum and National Portrait Museum if are interested in art. Most of the places are walking distance from the city centre.

If you are a wildlife lover Edinburgh Zoo is the only zoo in Scotland where you can see koalas, gentoo and king penguins and giant panadas. The zoo is a 15 minute bus journey, the Lothian buses 12, 26 and 31 are every few minutes from Haymarket and Wavereley stations and the city centre, they stop outside the zoo entrance. Entry to the zoo is £17.95. For more details visit https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

For any Harry Potter Fans visiting the city you can visit some of the filming locations including Friars Kirkyard and Victoria Street. You can also take the Potter Trail.

St Giles Catherdral and National Musemum of Scotland

St Giles Catherdral is between the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, it is one of the oldest catherdrals in Edinburgh and was founded by King Alexander in 1124. In 1322 the church was burned by an invading English army and when it was rebuilt by Edinburgh merchants they used sandstone that came from he local quarry. 150 years later an additional aisle in the church was built in memory of St Giles. It is one of the most beautiful catherdrals I have been to. Entry to the catherdral is free, it is open all year round and they also have a cafe and gift shop. If you would like to take part in one of the guided rooftop tours that includes learning about the history and a walkway to the North Roof that has panoramic views, it is £6.00 for tickets.

I also enjoyed visiting the National Musemum of Scotland, entry to the museum is free. I would highly recommend going there if you would like to learn more about the history of Scotland, cultures from around the world including an exhibition from the Ancient Egyptian culture, design and fashion. There are also displays of planes that were used in the war, classical cars and a Millenium Clock. The musemum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, it is easy to get to by public transport, the nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley which is only a 15 minute walk away or Lothian Buses go from the city centre and stop outside the entrance on Chambers street. For more information visit https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) edinburgh european cities historical city scotland medieval cities europe scotland travel guide edinburgh travel photographer travel tips edinburgh visit scotland https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/4/things-to-do-in-edinburgh Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:05:25 GMT
Love Hounds Fundraising Event for dog rescue charities https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/4/love-hounds-fundraising-event-for-dog-rescue-charities In February Rowena Kenward and Amos Batt of Mr B’s Proper Walks held their fundraising event Love Hounds at the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker Pub in Islington. I really enjoyed meeting and photographing so many adorable dogs in the Snuggle Spot area where owners and dogs could have their photos taken. Some of the dogs could have spent all afternoon on the sofa and were too comfortable to move!

There were many supporters who attended Love Hounds including Portrait Pals where you could meet some of their artists that did live drawings or paintings of people's dogs on the day. From each event they attend a percentage of profits is donated to the charities the event is raising funds for https://www.portraitpals.co.uk ByBenji Biltong Dog Treats that provide natural dog treats which are low in salt and fat with no added sugars or carbohydrates http://www.bybenji.com Lead The Walk that sell dog collars, leads and accessories from indepedant brands https://www.leadthewalk.com PawPost who sell monthly subscriptions for dogs and cats which includes natural food and eco friendly toys Growlees that sell dog collar charms https://www.growlees.com and Rock Dog https://www.rock-dog.co.uk
 
The event was held to raise funds for two rescue dog charities Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and Cinque Ports Rescue http://cinqueportsrescue.org.uk The total amount raised was £527.27 which is a great amount and will help more dogs needing homes. 
 
For any dog lovers near Shepherds Bush in London on Saturday the 6th of April 2019 Rowena and Amos are holding their next fundraising event April Drools at The Defectors Weld http://www.defectors-weld.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) ByBenji Biltong Treats Cinque Ports Rescue Dog Friendly London Dog Photographer Dog Photography London Fundraising Event Lead The Walk London Dogs Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/4/love-hounds-fundraising-event-for-dog-rescue-charities Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:58:10 GMT
Venice a magical city that you must visit and a photographers dream. https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/3/venice-a-photographers-dream-location I will never forget my first visit to Venice, I had gone to photograph the carnival and all the beautiful masks and costumes. Everywhere you walk in Venice is a magical picture, it is a photographers dream. I recommend walking away from the usual areas, it will be less crowded and you will get some unique photos of the bridges and backstreets. I loved all the canals, architecture and costumes. It is an incredible city and so lovely to watch how everything operates on water. Once you have been around Venice make sure you visit Burano Island, it is full of colourful buildings and lacemaking shops where you can still see it being done.

 

 

One of the beautiful costumes which was handmade by Patricia Juilland.

 

 

The venice carnival is held every year and ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate and stunning masks, its not just the masks that are beautiful but also the costumes, many of them being handmade. It was first held in Venice in the 11th century and would last for over two months however it became less popular during the 18th century.

 

Image available as a fine art print https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/552364331/venice-carnival-photography-prints?ref=shop_home_active_33

 

 

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'The Gondolier' I loved this image because of the way the sun lit the gondolier

 

 

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no roads just canals including the Grand Canal thoroughfare which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. There are 400 foot bridges and 170 boat canals that connect the city to make it easily accessible to the local people. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been quoted with many different titles including ‘City of Water’, ‘City of Masks’, ‘City of Bridges’, ‘The Floating City’, and ‘City of Canals.’

The Gondola is the most famous traditional Venetian boat, it is 11m long and 1.42 m wide and is handmade. It is built with 280 pieces of 8 different kinds of wood, weighing about 400 kg. Gondolas are built in traditional Venetian dockyards called “squeri,” and each one takes about six months to build. All have an oar which is made from beech and a walnut forcola, or rowlock. Each oar is carved to suit individual gondoliers and designed to allow eight distinct manouevres to be used.

 

 

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The name "Burano" came from "Porta Boreana", the northern door of the city. Burano is an island in the Northern Venetian Lagoon it is 11 Km northeastern from Murano and Venice,  it is connected by the Canale Bisatto - Canale Carbonera - Scomenzera San Giacomo's trail. The trip from Venice to Burano takes 45 minutes by boat. This island is easily reachable also from Treporti (10 minutes) and Punta Sabbioni (30 minutes), two Cavallino-Treporti's resorts which overlook on the lagoon.

The colourful houses are the main feature of the island, there is an ancient legend that says fishermen painted their houses to see them from a long distance when they were far away on a fishing trip.  Burano is very famous for its fish dishes, the most famous of which is the "risotto de gò": the broth in which the rice is cooked and creamed is extracted from the "gò" a fish typical of the Venice lagoon, known in English under the name of "goby".

Lacemaking is the main craftsmanship in Burano but it is also known for ‘lume glass working’: a technique that has come from the island of Murano, but also widespread in the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon. You will come across some little shops where you can watch this type of Murano glass processing.

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              Another location that is lovely for photography is the Venice fish market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographers will love this magical city, every canal has different lighting, different colours, each tells its own story..

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Burano Island pictures Fish market Food photography Italy Travel Print sets Venice architecture Venice carnival Venice photography gift print set https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/3/venice-a-photographers-dream-location Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:10:30 GMT
Amur Tiger Cubs and Winter Visit, Whipsnade Zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/2/amur-tiger-cubs-and-winter-visit-whipsnade-zoo In June 2018 Botzman and Naya gave birth to their gorgeous Amur Tiger Cubs Czar, Dmitri and Makari at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. I have fallen in love with the tiger cubs and thoroughly enjoyed my visits to them. At the beginning of February I made the most of our snowy weather and visited Whipsnade, I was so excited about going and when I got there I was not disappointed. Makari had so much fun running and playing, there is something extra special and magical about watching tiger cubs in the snow!!

Amur Tigers have a thick coat and extra fur in their paws to protect them from the colder weather. Unfortunately in the wild they are critically endangered and could be extinct within the next 20 years which is very sad and shocking, a world without these beautiful and majestic big cats is unimaginable. In 1947 Russia was the first country to ban tiger hunting and give them protection. There are only about 500 Amur Tigers left, it is estimated we have lost 97% of wild tigers which is horrific and heartbreaking. Some of the biggest threats these tigers face are habitat loss from logging developement and being poached for their fur and body parts to be used for Chinese Medicine.

One of the organisations that fund conservation projects and give tigers some hope for the future is Wildcats Conservation Alliance. One of the projects they are involved in is Amur Tiger Conservation in Lazovsky Zapovednik and Adjacent Areas. ZSL and Wildcats Conservation Alliance are working together alongside Phoenix Fund and WCS Russia to develope anti poaching through tiger monitoring and environmental education activities. For more information on their projects or how you can help the survival of big cats in the wild please visit https://conservewildcats.org

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Czar, Dmitri and Makari

 

 

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Advantages of ebooks https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/advantages-of-ebooks Ebooks have been around since 1971, the first ebook was launched by Michael S. Hart. There are many advantages to ebooks, they are eco friendly and good for the environment. Ebooks are portable and some people prefer them for storage, you are able to have a library of different books on one device. It is more affordable as there is no shipping or handling costs like with a paperback book. Once you have downloaded you can back up your ebook to Cloud Storage and use it on different devices. 

If you struggle with reading the font size in paperbacks Ebook readers can enlarge the font to make it easier for you. You can also translate your ebook to any language and you do not have to worry about loosing the page you were on there is a built in dictionary, if you do not know the meaning of word just click or highlight and it will tell you the definition. Whilst you are reading you can mark passages, save pages and search text. One of the other advantages is Audio and Video, audio books are a great option for people who travrl or work on the road.
 
I have recently self published my first ebook Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile, one of my goals has always been to write and publish my own book. Inside the book there are heartwarming stories based on interviews with Staffie owners, foster carers and dog walkers of this misunderstood breed who have not only transformed their lives but their owners. There are also some sad and shocking stories of how these dogs were not only used as breeding machines but one was even found with a broken jaw! Despite these horrific beginnings not only have they gone on to make great family pets but some of them have qualified as therapy dogs. If you would like to order the ebook please visit the following link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1446034129?fbclid=IwAR2jdiLoCuAQrQl5gGHJJckmvNe0xMikxd4hp2gtgK0WHGbH_b5j7luo1F8
 
 
 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) digital books dog ebooks ebooks Ipad Iphone staffie lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/advantages-of-ebooks Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:33:46 GMT
Travel Decor Photography Print Sets https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/travel-decor-photography-print-sets Since taking up photography in 2007 I have always enjoyed travelling and through my images I hope to inspire people to visit places they have never been to before. Through photography you see the world differently and appreciate the beautiful scenery that is around you more.

If you are looking for prints, I have a variety of images from Italy, New York, Canada, France Australia and the UK that would look great as part of a travel decor theme. They are available as print sets or individual prints in my Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatashaBalletta

Below are a few of my favourite images, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.

       

 

   

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Burano Island home decor hotel decor Italy architecture Italy lovers living room wall art travel photography prints travel print set gifts Venice canals Venice carnival venice photography prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/travel-decor-photography-print-sets Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:46:42 GMT
Fundraising event for Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and Cinque Ports Rescue https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/fundraising-event-for-staffordshire-bull-terrier-rescue-and-cinque-ports-rescue The past few years I have got to know Rowena Kenward and Amos Batt from Mr B's Proper Walks, they recently held their first fundraising event Deck The Howls at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker to raise funds for two rescue dog charities Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and Cinque Ports Rescue.

There were a variety of stall holders and supporters including Lead The Walk that sell dog collars, leads, coats, sweaters and accessories from independent brands around the world https://www.leadthewalk.com PawPost sell a monthly subscription for dogs and cats which includes natural food, a variety of premium, natural and eco friendly toys. From every box sold they donate a percentage of profits to a local dog rescue charity https://www.pawpost.co.uk  ByBenji Biltong Dog Treats that provide natural dog treats which are low in salt and fat with no added sugars or carbohydrates http://www.bybenji.com.

One of the other supporters was Portrait Pals where you could meet some of their artists and have a live painting or drawing done of your dog. They attend fundraising events throughout the year and from each event they attend a percentage of profits are donated to the chosen charities https://www.portraitpals.co.uk

Also Stella the beautiful Staffie and resident of the pub kept an eye on everyone during the event from her bed. Rowena and Amos had a great turnout. From donations the total amount raised was £500.00 which is a great amount and will help more dogs needing homes.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue is a charity run by Chris Clark and a group of her volunteers, they set up in 2008 and take in unwanted Staffies from the council pounds, police and social services. In addition to the dogs in kennels the charity offers full life after care for some of their dogs who have been rehomed if they need continous veterinary treatment. For more information on how you can help to raise funds please visit their website http://www.sbtrescue.co.uk

If you are looking for a dog friendly pub to visit with your dog near Islington in London I can recommend The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker https://www.theblacksmithandthetoffeemaker.co.uk

 

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Printable Wallart and Digital Downloads for Wildlife Lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/printable-wallart-and-digital-downloads-wildlife-lovers Wildlife printable art is an easy and afforable to personalise any room in your home. If you know any wildlife lovers looking for images for their home I have a variety of adorable animals including baby elephants, orangutans, gorillas, meerkat pups and tiger cubs available as digital downloads in my Etsy Shop, they would look great in your nursery, kids room or playroom http://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

Images are available in many sizes to suit different frames or on canvas. If you live outside of the UK it is a great way to buy an image that you can then have made onto canvases, mugs, cushions, mouse mats, poster prints or tote bags. You can print from home, your local print shop, or upload the files to an online printing service and have your prints delivered to your door. For best quality prints I would recommend a professional printer, local print shop or online professional print lab.

   

    

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) baby elephants digital downloads gifts for wildlife lovers kids room wallart meerkats nursery decor printable art printable wallart https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/printable-wallart-and-digital-downloads-wildlife-lovers Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:20:56 GMT
Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile Book https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/nothing-beats-a-staffie-smile-book I have recently self published my first book Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile which I am really excited about, one of my goals has always been to write and publish my own book. Inside the book there are heartwarming stories based on interviews with Staffie owners, foster carers and dog walkers of this misunderstood breed who have not only transformed their lives but their owners. There are also some sad and shocking stories of how these dogs were not only used as breeding machines but how one was even found abandoned with a broken jaw! Despite these horrific beginnings, not only have they gone on to make great family pets but some of them have even qualified as therapy dogs. Before getting to know Staffies myself I used to be wary of them, I have now realised they are some of the most affectionate dogs you could ever meet. Since speaking to their owners it is incredible how these dogs have turned out to have such loving characters.

Changing people's perception is a cause close to my heart, I really hope that more people will consider rehoming these dogs and that there will be less numbers looking for homes in rescue and rehoming centres in the future. 

If you would like to order the paperback book please visit the following link  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/666536390/rescue-staffie-stories-book-true-rescue?ref=shop_home_active_8&pro=1  It is also available as an ebook in the Apple IBookstore https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1446034129?fbclid=IwAR2jdiLoCuAQrQl5gGHJJckmvNe0xMikxd4hp2gtgK0WHGbH_b5j7luo1F8

If you order the book 10% of profits is donated to All Dogs Matter Charity https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) dog books gifts for dog lovers rescue dogs staffie books staffie lovers" https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/nothing-beats-a-staffie-smile-book Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:29:19 GMT
Gift Vouchers make the ideal present https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/gift-vouchers-make-the-ideal-present Gift vouchers can make the ideal gift if you are not sure what to buy. They can be used either towards a photoshoot or one of the packages, vouchers are presented in a beautiful gift box and can be personalised https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/dog-family-photography

They can also be used towards my online Etsy Shop where I have a variety of wildlife and images from my travels to Canada, Australia and Europe, they are available to purchase as prints, canvases, digital downloads or on greeting cards that are blank inside for your own message www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

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Six bespoke fine art mounted prints in a gift box.Six bespoke fine art mounted prints in a gift box.

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/gift-vouchers-make-the-ideal-present Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:11:12 GMT
Doggy Style Market at Leake Street Tunnel a unique and quirky shopping experience https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/doggy-style-market-at-leake-street-tunnel-a-unique-and-quirky-shopping-experience I visited the Doggy Style Market in Waterloo for the first time on the 9th of December 2018, it is the largest indoor dog market in London. It was in a unique and quirky setting as it was at 26 Leake Street Tunnel under Waterloo station which made the experience different for owners and their dogs. On the day there were a variety of dog companies and supporters including The Rockster Superfood for dogs that have an extra special story behind their organic dog food, they named their food after their rescue dog Rockster who they brought over from the streets of Naples in Italy https://www.therockster.com Bo Collars UK that sell beautiful premium handmade collars and each collar design has their own unique weaving pattern https://www.bocollars.co.uk ByBenji Biltong Treats that provide natural dog treats http://www.bybenji.com Welsh Russian where you can buy some lovely dog clothes and accessories from jumpers to scarfs and bow ties https://welshrussian.co.uk and for people who brought their dog along to the markets they could have a drawing done by Portrait Pals https://www.portraitpals.co.uk

The event was held to raise funds for one of my favourite rescue and rehoming charities All Dogs Matter Charity who are based in North London. If you know anyone who is interested in fostering or rehoming their website is https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

If you are looking for a unique shopping experience for you and your dog I can thoroughly recommend Doggy Style Market. For more information on future events please visit their website https://www.26leakestreet.com/events/2018/10/14/doggy-style-market

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Christmas Events London Dog Friendly Events London Doggy Style Market London London Dog Photography Natasha Balletta Photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/doggy-style-market-at-leake-street-tunnel-a-unique-and-quirky-shopping-experience Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:46:39 GMT
Chester Zoo's Never Forget Campaign in memory of their special young elephants https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/chester-zoos-never-forget-campaign-in-memory-of-their-special-young-elephants The past few years I have got attached to the elephants at Chester Zoo, I could spend all day with them especially the younger elephants who have such playful characters and are always interacting together. When you visit the zoo, it is difficult not to fall in love with them, they have such playful characters and are always interacting together.

Chester Zoo is well known for their conservation work, the Zoo's conservation organisation Act for Wildlife fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people how to live with elephants in their natural habitat. One of the Act for Wildlife's campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of their elephants Aayu and Nandita who sadly passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, I was so upset and devasted to read this heartbreaking news as I had grown so fond of these 2 very special young elephants whoes characters were larger then live. Nandita and Aayu were always such a joy to spend time with and brought smiles to everyone who visited them. I will miss visiting Nandita and Aayu, to me the elephants are the heart of the zoo.

The virus affects 80% young elephants around the world in zoos and in the wild. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this devastating disease. In the future they hope to find a cure. For more information on Chester Zoo and their conservation projects please visit www.chesterzoo.org or Act For Wildlife www.actforwildlife.org.uk

If you would like to make a donation to Chester Zoo's Never Forget fund please visit their JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/chesterzoo/neverforget

Several of my elephant images are available to purchase as prints and would make lovely gifts for elephant lovers www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta It means more to me if I sell one of my elephant images as a percentage of sales is donated between Chester Zoo's Act for Wildlife and Cancer Research UK in memory of someone special who loved elephants so much.

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/12/chester-zoos-never-forget-campaign-in-memory-of-their-special-young-elephants Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:20:09 GMT
Hundreds of dogs take part in Wooferendum dog march against Brexit https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/wooferendum-dog-march-against-brexit-in-london On Sunday the 7th of October 2018 5,000 people and their dogs took part in the Wooferendum march in London against Brexit and to call for a second vote on the EU Membership. The march went from Waterloo Place to Westminster, it was the biggest dog walk to Parliament in history. During the protest there were placards from the dog's persceptive with messages saying 'Brexit a dog's dinner' and 'Brexit not a walk in the park' The dogs who atteneded were dressed up in European flag bandanas and bow ties.

The organisers behind the Wooferendum say leaving the EU will affect the EU Pet Passport scheme. The scheme allows more then 250,000 animals to travel freely with their owners. After Brexit they will probably have to leave the scheme, if people would like to travel abroad with their pets it could mean weeks in quarantine to cross the borders and if there is a no deal Brexit owners travelling with their pets will need to make plans 4 months in advance. There will also be an increase in pet food prices and animal health costs as there will be a shortage of vets and vet nurses from the EU. The National Office of Animal Health have said a no deal brexit could mean shortages of animal health products including vaccines, painkillers and wormers.

Some of the dogs enjoyed Beautiful Joe's treats that were given out by volunteers, they sell natural liver treats and donate a percentage of their profits to rescue dog charities https://beautifuljoes.com When the crowds arrived at Parliament Square there were speeches by celebrity supporters including Peter Egan, Stephen Mangan and Felicity Kendal. After the march a petition was delievered to Downing Street to ask Theresa May for a second referendum.

Ellie brought her beautiful dashund cross Daphne to the march. Ellie took part as she believes animal's lives matter and this should be considered in the Brexit debates. Ellie is also concerned about the restrictions of travel, shortage of vets, medicines, increased costs in pet food and a recession which may result in dogs being given up to shelters. She hopes the march raises awareness of the possible threat to animal welfare if we exit without appropriate considerations.

One of the other dog owners who took part was Diana and her lovely rescue dog terrier Waldo. Waldo was rescued from Spain by Terrior SOS, they are a charity run by volunteers who specialise in fostering and rehoming terriers https://www.terriersos.com 

Diana has a great passion for dogs, rescue and animal welfare. Diana says "Brexit is putting everything we are doing at risk, it represents a move backwards and there is a real risk our animal welfare and environmental laws go backwards." Diana volunteers with Terrior SOS and has rescued many dogs through them. The charity work with British volunteers in Europe to make a change for the better and to give dogs a second chance at a life. Diana took part in the march for rescue dogs that need our help in across Europe. Diana goes on holiday with her dogs, she says "My dogs will not be able to travel as easily and I don't want to leave them behind as they are my family." She is also concerned about food supplies and medication, "We have in the past gone to the Royal Vet College and the staff were of various European countries. If they decide it is not worth staying we will loose them"

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog London Dog Photography March" Natasha Balletta Photography Stop Brexit' Wooferendum Terrier SOS Wooferendum https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/wooferendum-dog-march-against-brexit-in-london Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:06:31 GMT
Elephant prints and digital downloads for your home https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/elephant-prints-and-digital-downloads-for-your-home The past few years I have got attached to the elephants at Chester Zoo, I could spend all day with them especially the younger elephants who have such playful characters and are always interacting together. One of the elephant calves Nandita is one of my favourite elephants, she has such a lovely nature and always looks after the youngest elephant in the herd. Elephants have a longer pregnancy then other mammal, they are normally pregnant for 22 months. Cows usually give birth to one calf every 2 years. At birth elephants already weigh 200 pounds and stand about 3 feet tall.

If you know any elephant lovers I have a variety of adorable baby elephant images available to purchase as prints, canvases or digital downloads in my Etsy shop that would look lovely as part of a wildlife theme in your nursery or kids room https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatashaBalletta

I always get more excited if someone orders one of my elephant photos, a percentage of profits is donated between Chester Zoo's Act for Wildlife and Cancer Research UK in memory of someone special who loved elephants so much. 

 

    

 

 

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Chiswick House Dog Show https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/chiswick-house-dog-show Each year Chiswick House Dog Show hold their fun event in West London, it is one of the most popular events for displays and dog classes for you and your dog to take part in from Flyball, My Dogs Got Talent and Fancy Dress. This year's theme was Circus, it was part of Circus 250 the national celebration of the first circus held in London 250 years ago.

One of the displays I was looking forward to photographing was the Flyball which was run by Womballs Flyball Club http://flyballwomballs.co.uk Even though sometimes the dogs were too quick for the camera lol, the Flyball was brilliant to watch. I also enjoyed the Fancy Dress class, there were so many great outfits. 

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Travel Decor for your home or office https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/travel-decor-for-your-home-or-office I

If you know any travel lovers looking for prints, canvases or digital downloads for their home or office I have a variety of images for you to choose from available to purchase in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/NatashaBalletta 

 

   

     

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) australia canada christmas gift ideas etsy shop home decor living room Natasha Balletta Photography new york photography prints travel decor travel gift ideas' venice italy https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/travel-decor-for-your-home-or-office Mon, 08 Oct 2018 14:00:42 GMT
Crossbreed Cafe Pop Up Event London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/crossbreed-cafe-pop-up-event-london Paws for Coffee held their first Crossbreed Cafe Pop Up event in Richmond, London on the 30th September 2018.  I really enjoyed meeting and photographing some of the beautiful dogs during the event. It was lovely to see familiar faces including Wilbur the Staffie cross and Belinha a street dog from Brazil. There was also a fun dog show on the photo booth. One of the classes was Most Handsome Dog, Wilbur's owners Amos and Rowena were excited when he won Most Handsome as it was his first win at a dog show. The past few years I have got to know so many lovely dogs including rescue ones, it is what makes photographing events more special to me.

The event was organised by Teresa Keohane from The Dogvine https://thedogvine.com Paws for Coffee and The Rockster who is an icon in the dog world for his Superfood Rockster. The people who attended the event were given a Rockster goody bag for their dogs https://www.therockster.com

If you are looking for a dog friendly cafe to visit in Richmond I can recommend Paws for Coffee, the owner Louise also runs dog training classes https://pawsforcoffee.co.uk


 

 

 

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Gift Vouchers make the ideal Christmas Present https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/gift-vouchers-make-the-ideal-christmas-present If you have started your Christmas shopping for family or friends and you are not sure what to buy Gift vouchers can make the ideal gift. They can be used either towards a photoshoot or one of the packages https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/dog-family-photography

The voucher can also be used for any of my products after a photo shoot. Images are avaliable on CD, fine art prints or canvas. If you know anyone who has had a photo shoot this could be a great idea for Christmas.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Children Photography Christmas Gift Ideas Dog Photographer Gift Vouchers for Christmas Natasha Balletta Photography Photoshoot Photoshoot Gift Vouchers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/gift-vouchers-make-the-ideal-christmas-present Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:33:03 GMT
PupAid Dog Show and Celebration Of Lucy’s Law https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/pupaid-dog-show-and-celebration-of-lucy-s-law Each year Marc Abraham the vet holds his PupAid event at Primrosehill in London. It is a campaign that raises awareness of the very cruel and inhumane puppy farming trade which has been an ongoing problem the past few years. When you hear stories of what they go through it is heartbreaking and brings a tear to my eye, no dog deserves to suffer in this way. The past few years I have got to know Lisa Garner and her lovely dogs who she rescued from puppy farms including a cavailer king charles spaniel Lucy. Unfortunately Lucy passed away due to what she went through on the puppy farm. In Lucy’s memory Lisa and Marc Abraham set up Lucy’s Law to call a ban on third party sales and puppy sales from pet shops. Lisa, Marc and Beverley Cuddy have been working hard campaigning against puppy farming. On the 22nd of August 2018 the government in England made an announcement and said they will ban the sales of puppies and kittens from pet shops and commercial dealers which is brilliant news. Even though what Lisa went through with Lucy still brings a tear to my eye she will always be remembered by so many people and through her legacy she is an icon in the dog world and has made a difference to ending puppy farming. This year's PupAid was extra special for people and their dogs attending the event, it was a celebration of Lucy’s Law. 

PupAid had a brilliant turnout from many supporters including visitors, dog companies and charities. Some of the people who came to support the event were Teddy Maximus who sells beautiful bespoke dog beds, mini carriers and bow ties https://teddymaximus.com Bybenji that provide natural and premium dog treats http://www.bybenji.com and All Dogs Matter Charity that are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity based in North London https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

On the day there were dog classes for you and your dog to take part in including My Dogs Got Talent, Best Rescue and Most Stylish Pooch, they were judged by various celebrities. One of the classes visitors look forward to the most is the parade of ex breeding bitches who were rescued from puppy farms, it showcases what the event is about.

Lucy Heath is one of the people I look forward to seeing at events, she atteneded the event with her beautiful border collie Foxy, Trip Hazard and her stunning border collie puppy. I fell in love with Lucy's puppy and could have photographed him all day. Lucy is also an dog trainer, she holds dog training classes and workshops. For more information please visit https://www.lucyheathdogtraining.com

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/10/pupaid-dog-show-and-celebration-of-lucy-s-law Thu, 04 Oct 2018 06:55:22 GMT
Dog Swim 2018 Saltdean Lido https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/9/dog-swim-2018-saltdean-lido For their second year running Saltdean Lido held their dog swim event at Saltdeaan Lido in Brighton, it is in a beautiful coastal location opposite views of white cliffs. Teresa Keohane from The Dogvine invited me along to photograph the event, we have photographed several events together https://thedogvine.com I had a brilliant day watching the dogs having fun, their owners ended up enjoying it as much as the dogs.

I enjoy photographing these events as it gives me the opportunity to meet so many dogs including ones who have been rescued. It is always lovely to hear their stories and see how well they are doing despite their start in life. Some of the beautiful dogs I met on the day were Holly and Luna that were rescued from Cyprus and Spain, they have both ended up having such a gentle nature despite everything.

If you are looking for a fun event to attend with your dog I can recommend the dog swim. It is recommended you pre book tickets as they can sell out quickly. Each session is between 90 minutes and 2 hours. You can buy a dogs ticket for £7.50 or spectators for £3.50. The event also raises funds for a crowdfunding project to restore the building.

If you are travelling by public transport it is easy to get to by train and only an hour from Victoria station in London. From Brighton station you take the number 12 bus to Saltdean which is 25 minutes away.

 

   

 

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Things To Do In Manchester https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/9/things-to-do-in-manchester I really enjoyed my first visit to Manchester. During my visit I discovered some lovely historical places including Manchester Town Hall a Victorian Neo-Gothic building which was built between 1868 and 1877 and designed by Alfred Waterhouse. The past few years the town hall has been used as a filming location for Sherlock Holmes, The Iron Lady and Victor Frankenstein.

Manchester was founded in the 16th Century. The world's first passenger train station Liverpool and Manchester railway opened in 1830. It has been closed to passengers since 1844, it still exists today and is the oldest surviving passenger station in the world. If you are an art person visit the Manchester Art Gallery, the gallery holds the largest art exhibition and was the first city to host the first international art exhibition the Art Treasures of Great Britain in 1857.  You can join a free volunteer guided tour of the gallery where you will find out more about art on display, the building and the history of the gallery.  Tours take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Getting Around Manchester

If you are travelling to the city by public transport, they have an airport in the city and there are direct trains to Manchester Piccadilly station. The station is only 20 minutes from the centre and main attractions. Most of the attractions are within walking distance and if you need directions you can ask City Hosts. You can get around by tram and Metroshuttle Bus, the trams are every 12 minutes and Metroshuttle Buses are a free hop on, hop off service which includes train stations and shopping districts.

Attractions and Things To Do

One of my favourite places was John Rylands Library which is 180 years old and housed in a Neo-Gothic building. It is one of the most stunning libraries I have been to and photographed, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful the architecture was. The library first opened to the public in 1900 and was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands  in memory of her husband John Rylands.  It is the third largest academic library in the UK and today is part of the University of Manchester. They have collections of rare books and manuscripts.  The library is open from 10am to 5pm.

Coronation Street is filmed in Manchester which is the world's longest running soap opera and was broadcast in 1960. If you are a Coronation Street fan you can book a guided tour that takes you to some of the sets Coronation Street, Weatherfield and Victoria Street, the tour is only available on weekends https://coronationstreettour.co.uk 

If you are a cat lover I can thoroughly recommend Manchester Cat Cafe where you can meet a variety of cats including Norwegian Forest cats, Ragdolls and Bengals. It is one of the most friendly cat cafes I have been to and has a relaxing atmosphere, they have a choice of hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks or afternoon tea. There are interactive games for the cats. One of the best times to visit is 10am when the cafe opens as the cats are normally more active and sometimes you can see them being fed breakfast. If you would like to visit you can pre book an hour slot for £12.00 which includes unlimited hot and cold drinks https://catcafe.co.uk

Where to stay

I stayed at the Ibis Styles Manchester Portand Hotel which is in a great locatoin for all the attractions. I really liked the quirkiness of the hotel and the friendliness of the staff. The hotel is opposite Piccadilly Gardens and close to the Northern Quarter. The hotel features a lively bar, restaurant and free WiFi throughout, the hotel is walking distance from Piccadilly Station. Ibis Styles Manchester Portland is just 350 yards from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. Lively Canal Street is a 5-minute walk away, and Old Trafford is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Manchester Arena and the city's theatres can also be found nearby.

I am looking forward to visiting Manchester again one day, it is one of my favourite cities for the history, beautiful architecture and friendliness of the city.

 

  

 

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Out and about with your dog in London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/9/out-and-about-with-your-dog-in-london The past few years I have got to know Teresa Keohane from The Dogvine, we have photographed several events together. If you are looking for dog friendly places to visit including cafes and restaurants or events to go to with your dog in London Teresa writes great blogs https://thedogvine.com  She also recommends pet products and supports dog rescue charities including All Dogs Matter Charity https://alldogsmatter.co.uk and Ark Doris UK http://arkdorisuk.org

One of the latest events Teresa organised was a London Dogs of Instagram meet up where owners and dogs could meet each other and put a face to a name. We visited one of the lovely parks Battersea Park and in the afternoon went on a beautiful boat ride from Battersea to Greenwich. If you would like to get around London with your dog by the River Thames I can recommend Thames Clipper, they are a friendly company and some of the routes they cover include Putney, Wandsworth and London Bridge City Pier https://www.thamesclippers.com/route-time-table/prices

There were some lovely dogs to photograph on the day including rescue dogs Buxton and Lila, a stunning Alaskan puppy Kiba, cockapoos Barnaby and Freddie and Pets As Therapy Dog Amber.

Below are some of the stories of the dogs who attended the meet up

Buxton's owner Jennifer set up an Instagram account for her rescue dog Buxton because photos of Buxton were taking over her personal Instagram and Facebook page. Jennifer says "The truth is I'm a bit of a humbug and kind of did not like it when my friends had kids and suddenly every picture was of their kid. Not wanting to annoy the other grumpy people like me out there, I started a page so if my friends wanted to see pictures of Buxton they could." Through Instagram Jennifer discovered a lovely community of like minded people and their adorable dogs. One of Jennifer's favourite characteristics about Buxton is how laid back he is, she says "He is pretty relaxed in most situations and very loving. I work at a community centre and he loves spending time with everyone from the elderly people who are shut in at home to hanging out with the kids at our football club." Jennifer is from America and moved to London, Buxton has helped her feel at home. She says "I'm American and came to London by myself. London is a vast city with so many people, but it can be difficult to find people you click with. Buxton has given me a real grounding and sense of home in London. He is my family." If you would like to keep up to date on Buxton's adventures please visit his Instagram @buxtoninlondon

Barnaby's owener Julie wanted an Instagram account because she was boring her family sending them pictures of him all the time. Julie says "I had no idea what a friendly place Instagram was and that I would meet so many lovely people." Some of Julie's favourite characteristics about Barnaby is he is loving and loyal. Julie says "He loves learning new tricks and is always wants to be with me whereever I go. He is smart and funny and makes me laugh everyday." Since Julie has had Barnaby she has made new friends. She says "Barnaby has changed my life immeasurably for the better. I have met so many new friends because of him and had many new experiences. I have walked miles and not regretted a step. He really is the best companion my family could wish for." For more updates from Barnaby please visit his Instagram @barnabypoo

Lila's owner Daniela set up an Instagram account for Lila to show how beautiful she is. She says "I'm glad I did as the community is really lovely, there is so much mutal love for our dogs." Some of Daniela's favourite characteristics about Lila are how playful she is and communicates. She says "Lila is calm yet playful, so sweet and loves her cuddles. My favourite thing is probably how much she speaks. She does not bark much but makes funny little noises to communicate. I adore everything about her" Since Daniela has had Lila she has made a difference to her life. She says "Lila has made a huge difference to my happniess. I love having someone look after me and who loves me with their whole heart. She helps me get out and watching her frolic and zoom about brings me so much joy." If you like would like to keep up date on Lila's adventures since moving from Cyprus to the UK please visit her Instagram @lilafromcyprus

 

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Chester Zoo and their conservation work to protect elephants https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/8/chester-zoo-and-their-conservation-work-to-protect-elephants If you are visiting Chester and a wildlife lover I can thoroughly recommend Chester Zoo, it is one of the largest zoos in the UK and was voted the third world's best zoo by TripAdvisor, the zoo has over 20,000 animals. In  June 2018 one of their beautiful elephants Thi Hi Way gave birth to a male calf which was a surprise to the keepers as he was born 3 months later then his due date, they thought  she had lost the baby as the gestation period is normally 22 months and Thi Hi Way going back to her normal weight. The new arrival to the elephant family Anjan has been named after Anjan Nath who is a well known conservationist that works on one of the zoo's projects in Assam, Northern India, he has successfully reduced the conflict between local communities and the Asian elephant population which will hopefully give elephants a future to look forward to and help the survival of the species.

Chester Zoo is well known for their conservation work, the Zoo's conservation organisation Act for Wildlife fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people how to live with elephants in their natural habitat. Due to things such as habitat loss, poaching and conflict with humans elephants are critcally endangered.  Everyday100 elephants loose their lives because there is still a demand for ivory tusks which is very sad and shocking. These are some of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade.  One of the Act for Wildlife's campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, I was so saddened to read this as I had grown so fond of these 2 elephants, I had photographed them so any times as they were such playful characters. The virus affects young elephants around the world. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this devastating disease. In the future they hope to find a cure. For more information on Chester Zoo and their conservation projects please visit Chester's Zoo's website www.chesterzoo.org or Act For Wildlife's website www.actforwildlife.org.uk

I visited Chester Zoo in August 2018, I was so excited about going there again after not visiting for a while. It is one of my favourite zoos that I would visit more often if it was nearer. I was really looking forward to photographing their Hi Way Elephant Family. The past few years I have got attached to the elephants, I could spend all day with them especially the younger elephants who have such playful cheeky characters and are always interacting together. One of the elephant calves Nandita is one of my favourite elephants, she has such a lovely nature and always looks after the youngest elephant in the herd.

Several of my elephant images are available to purchase as prints and would make lovely gifts for elephant lovers,  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22178007  It means more to me if I sell one of my elephant images as a percentage of sales is donated between Chester Zoo's Act for Wildlife and Cancer Research UK in memory of someone special who loved elephants so much.  

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World Orangutan Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/8/world-orangutan-day World Orangutan Day is a celebration of these special primates. They are facing extinction and need our help now before it is too late. The past 30 years Orangutans have lost 80% of their home due to deforestation and palm oil plantations which is shocking and horrific. One of the problems they face in Indonesia and Malaysia is palm oil growth. Palm Oil is used in more then 50% of products in supermarkets including bread, margarine, crisps, vegan cheese and shampoo. One of the first supermarkets to ban palm oil in their own brand products was Iceland which is a step forward to hopefully saving orangutans in their natural habitat.

Orangutans are the world's largest tree climbing mammal, they obtain water from fruit and tree holes. They are also known as gardeners of the forest. The orangutan plays an important role in maintaining the health of the forest ecosystem which is vital for people living in the local communities, tigers, elephants and rhinos. Young oramgutans normally stay with their mum for the first 7 to 11 years of their life.

A world without orangutans is unimaginable, every animal deserves to have a future to look forward to. One of the organisations that fund conservation projects is Chester Zoo's Act for Wildlife, they are working alongside Hutan to protect orangutans at Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary where the largest population live. The past 10 years they have been working with the Heap Team where they provide knowledge about the forests and impact people can have on wildlife. Because of educating people in their communities and visiting schools and government departments they have started to build up positive relationships within the community. For more information on the projects Act for Wildlife are involved in and how you can help orangutans please visit their website https://www.actforwildlife.org.uk

Below are a few of my favourite photos. Some of my images are available to purchase from my online shop on Etsy, they would make lovely gifts for orangutan lovers and are the perfect gift ready to be framed. If you order one of my orangutan images a percentage of profits goes towards Chester Zoo's Act for Wildlife and helping these special primates in the wild https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22219848

 

 

 

 

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Wildlife and Travel Photography Prints For Your Home https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/8/wildlife-and-travel-photography-prints-for-your-home If you are looking for wildlife or travel photography prints for your home I have a variety of images available to purchase on Amazon, they are the perfect gift ready to be framed http://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

Since taking up photography I have been able to combine the two things I am most passionate about. Through my images I hope to inspire people to visit places they have never been to before and raise awareness of animals such as big cats and elephants that are endangered or becoming extinct and need our help in the wild.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Amazon Christmas Gifts Gift Ideas Kids Room Decor Natasha Balletta Photography Nursery Decor Travel Photography Prints Wildlife Photography Prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/8/wildlife-and-travel-photography-prints-for-your-home Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:03:36 GMT
World Lion Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/8/world-lion-day World Lion Day is part of a global campaign to help save lions in their natural habitat. Due to things such as poaching, conflict with humans, trophy hunting, cubs being cruelly taken away from their mums and being used for cub petting at tourist attractions they could be extinct by 2050 which is very sad and horrific.

One of the organisations that does great conservation projects is ZSL, one of their latest projects is the Asiatic Lion Project in India to help save these majestic big cats. They have set up a "SMART approach" and patrol monitoring tool at Gir National Park to monitor the populations and threats they face. ZSL are also involved with conservation breeding, wildlife health and conservation education programmes at Sakkarbaug Zoo and Gir National Park. Projects such as these will give lions some hope for the future and a better chance of survival in the wild. For more information on the conservation work they are involved in please visit https://www.zsl.org/blogs/a-step-forward-for-asiatic-lion-conservation

I hope in the future lions such as big cats can live their lives in the wild without fear of poachers, trophy hunting or being taken away from their natural habitat.

Below are a few of my favourite photos from ZSL London Zoo, Chester Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo and Howletts Wild Animal Park. Some of my lion images are available to purchase and would make lovely gifts for big cat lovers who are decorating their nursery or kids room https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=21809596

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Family Photo Shoot Oxfordshire https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/7/family-photo-shoot-oxfordshire  I really enjoyed a family photo shoot in Oxfordshire with Lily, her brother Sam, their dog Kerry and horse Yogi. The photo shoot took place at their home, it was a lovely location and the gentle lighting in the afternoon made for a beautiful setting. The photo shoot was bought as a gift voucher for Lily's birthday. The package included a box of fine art mounted prints. If you would like to order a personalised gift voucher or would like to book a package please contact me for details. Packages can also be designed to suit your requirements.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) dog and horse portrait photography family and pet photo shoot oxfordshire family photo shoot family photography oxfordshire lifestyle and pet photographer natasha balletta photography pet business pet photography oxfordshire portrait photographer professional family and pet photographer https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/7/family-photo-shoot-oxfordshire Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:45:02 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Year Of The Rescue Dog Photography Exhibition https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/6/all-dogs-matters-year-of-the-rescue-dog-photography-exhibition The past few years I have been involved with All Dogs Matter, they are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity based in North London. Many of the dogs have been rescued from the South Korean dog meat trade and puppy farms. To help raise awareness of the increase in numbers of homeless rescue dogs in the UK they have put together an exhibition, Rowena Kenward says "We decided to put the exhibition together on the back of an exponential rise in the number of homeless dogs being rescued across the UK. When All Dogs Matter was founded ten years ago dog lovers tended to buy their dogs from breeders, a change in public attitudes has seen thousands more people deciding to rehome dogs in need instead Staffies in particular are now one of London's most populous canine pets." This year All Dogs Matter hope to rehome over 400 dogs. Their idea behind the exhibition is to show how wonderful rescue dogs are and how rewarding it is to adopt one, Rowena says "This is not only a huge thank you to people who have decided to give an adboned or unwanted puppy a home but a tribute to the fascinating life stories of the dogs themselves, their journey from fear to neglect to their forever homes. We want the photos to show off how wonderful rescue dogs are and indeeed how rewarding it can be to adopt one." Through the exhibition they hope to highlight the work they do for dogs that have had troubled backgrounds, Rowena says "So many dogs need our help from the South Korean dog meat trade, as well as abdoned dogs here with troubled backgrounds and a bad start in life. With a little love and care these dogs can trust again and go on to be such incredible pets."

The Year Of The Rescue Dog Photography exhibition is at Lauderdale House in Highgate http://lauderdalehouse.org.uk  the exhibition is on until the 6th of July. There will be another exhbibition at the Burgh House in Hampstead from the 11th to 15th of July http://www.burghhouse.org.uk

There are framed prints and foamex boards available to purchase from a variety of photographers including The Dogvine, Pet Pride Photography and The Little London Photographer. I feel proud to be one of the photographers in the exhibition and was excited to see some of my photos on display at the Private Viewing. If you are interested in buying one of the images all proceeds goes towards All Dogs Matter and helping their dogs needing homes Through photographing their events I have had the opportunity to meet and photograph so many rescue dogs that despite not having the best starts in life have ended up having such lovely characters which goes to show how forgiving and trusting dogs are. If you know who is interested in rehoming or fostering a dog please visit All Dogs Matter's website https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Burgh House Hampstead Exhibition" Lauderdale House Highgate London Photography Rescue Dogs' Year Of The Rescue Dog Photography Exhibition https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/6/all-dogs-matters-year-of-the-rescue-dog-photography-exhibition Fri, 29 Jun 2018 08:38:50 GMT
Markets to visit in London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/6/markets-to-visit-in-london If you are visiting London with friends or family there are some great markets for shopping including Borough Markets one of the oldest food markets that have international street food and Covent Garden where you can buy unique gifts from decorative candles, crochet flowers, scented soaps and vintage cups. If you are travelling by public transport they are easy to get to by train, the nearest station to Borough Markets is London Bridge and Covent Garden and Leicester undergroud stations are walking distance.

Some of the lovely small businesses that attend Covent Garden markets are The Duchess of Candles by Georgina who sells Antique and Collectable Cup Candles www.theduchessofcandles.co.uk  peppermint Soap by Mark that has a selection of scented soaps which are handmade from vapseed oil and essentials oils and Wattsupgifts that sells unique and decorative candles https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/UniqueCandlesCrafts

If you run a market in London and would like images updated for your website please feel free to contact me, to see more of my images please visit https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/commercial-photography

If you are interested in trying different foods from around the world or lookng for beautiful handmade gifts I would recommend visiting Borough Markets and Covent Garden. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Borough Markets Candles Covent Garden Commercial product photography Covent England Food Lover Garden' Handmade Candles Covent Garden London Markets London Natasha Balletta Photography" Table Decorations Travel Photography Unique Gifts Visit London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/6/markets-to-visit-in-london Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:07:33 GMT
Lucy's Law Campaign To End Cruel Puppy Farming Trade https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/lucys-law-campaign-to-end-cruel-puppy-farming-trade Since meeting Lisa Garner and her lovely dogs who she rescued from Puppy Farms they have inspired me to raise awareness of Puppy Farming, when you hear stories of how dogs are treated it is heartbreaking and brings a tear to my eye, no dogs or puppies deserve to go through this or loose their lives when they are only a few months old. Some puppies end up dieing when they are on the farms which is so sad and disgusting, dogs should not have their lives cut short, every dog deserves to have a happy life in a loving home

One of the dogs Lisa rescued was Lucy who was a very special cavalier that touched so many lives through events and social media. Unfortunately Lucy passed away due to what she went through on the puppy farm. In Lucy's memory Lisa has set up a campaign called Lucy's Law to call a immediate ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops and from third party commercial dealers. Some of the great supporters behind Lisa and her campaign have been Marc Abraham the TV Vet and Beverley Cuddy the editor of Dogs Today and Dogs Monthly magazines.

In Lucy’s memory Lisa and Marc Abraham the vet set up Lucy’s Law to call a ban on third party sales and puppy sales from pet shops. Lisa, Marc and Beverley Cuddy have been campaigning against the cruel and inhumane puppy farming trade. On the 22nd of August 2018 the government in England made an announcement and said they will ban sales from pet shops and commercial dealers which is brilliant news and will save more lives in the future, no dog deserves to suffer in a such a cruel and inhumane way. Even though what Lisa went through with Lucy still brings a tear to my eye I believe Lucy will always be remembered by so many people and is an icon in the dog world. Lucy's story story has made a difference to ending the very cruel puppy farming trade. Each year Animal Hero Awards are held in London to celebrate and recognise the most inspiring stories of bravery and dedication. Lisa Garner attended the awards with one of her lovely rescue dogs Plum Pudding and won a special recognition award which is well deserved. People such as Lisa and Marc Abraham are an inspiration and have made a huge difference for the future of dogs who will no longer have to suffer in a such cruel and inhumane way.

For more information on how you can help raise awareness of Puppy Farming through Lucy's Legacy please visit Lisa's Facebook page and Instagram accounts @lucytherescuecavalier

 

 
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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) adopt don't shop lucy the rescue cavailer lucy's law lucy's law campaign puppy farming trade rescue dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/lucys-law-campaign-to-end-cruel-puppy-farming-trade Sun, 20 May 2018 11:00:03 GMT
Narrowboat Pub Dog Brunch and All Dogs Matter Charity https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/narrowboat-pub-dog-brunch-and-all-dogs-matter-charity The past few years I have attended All Dogs Matter's events, they are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity based in North London. I always enjoy photographing their events, throughout the year they hold different events to raise funds for their dogs needing homes. One of their latest events was a Dog Brunch at The Narrowboat Pub in Islington, it is one of the dog friendly pubs that supports dog charities and is in a beautiful location by Regent's Canal. They had a good turnout on the day, one of the lovely businesses who attended was ByBenji that sell premium treats for dogs http://www.bybenji.com 

One of the dogs I really loved meeting was Wilbur, he has recently been adopted by Rowena Kenward and Amos Batt from All Dogs Matter. Staffies are so mis understood due to how they are portrayed, when meet Wilbur he has such a gentle nature and is one of the softest Staffies I have met and photographed.

If you know anyone who is interested in fostering or rehoming a dog please visit All Dogs Matter's website https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

Below are a few of my favourite photos from the event. If you would like to book a photoshoot please contact me, to see more of my images please visit https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/galleries-photography

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all dogs matter charity dog photographer london event photography london london london dog photography natasha balletta photography rescue dogs the narrowboat pub islington https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/narrowboat-pub-dog-brunch-and-all-dogs-matter-charity Thu, 03 May 2018 10:52:23 GMT
A Day Trip to Chester Zoo, Elephants and Andean Bear Cub https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/4/chester-zoo-elephants-and-andean-bear-cub If you are visiting Chester and are a wildlife lover, I can thoroughly recommend Chester Zoo, it is one of the largest zoos in the UK and has 15,000 animals. In 2017 it was voted the third world's best zoo by Tripadvisor and when you visit you will understand why, they have a great selection of animals, walk through enclosures with beautiful tropical birds and because of the layout and designs of the enclosures when you visit it does not feel like a zoo. I have visited several times over the years, no matter how many times I visit I always enjoy my visits to the zoo as much as the first time and would visit more often if it was nearer. One of my favourite animals that I have got attached to are their Hi Way Asian Elephant Family, I could spend all day with their young elephant calves Indali, Nandita and Aayu, they have such playful characters and are always fun to watch and photograph. One of the other animals I enjoyed photographing was their Andean Bear Cub, she was adorable and did not keep still for long. She is the first andean bear cub to be born in the UK. The Andean Bear is also known as the spectacled bear, they are found in South America in the wild and are the last living bear out of the short faced bear family which is very sad and were listed as vulnerable by the IUCN in November 2007. 

Chester Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in England, it was opened by George Mottershead during the second world war in 1931. George's idea behind the zoo was to open a zoo without bars, he has achieved this over the years and the zoo has grown a lot since they first opened. In July 2015 they opened their islands developement where you can visit animals such as orangutans, sumatran tigers and sun bears that are endangered in the wild. The islands also has a indoor monsoon forest which has reptiles, exotic plants and birds, it is the largest indoor exhibit in the UK and the rhinoceros hornbill, it is he largest bird found in South East Asia. One of the ideas behind the islands is so that visitors can learn more about the conservation work Act For Wildlife are involved in and habitats for animals that live on the islands of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi. Visitors can also enjoy a river boat ride throughout the islands.

Chester zoo is well known for their conservation work. Chester Zoo's conservation programme Act For Wildlife fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people how to live with elephants in their natural habitat. The Elephant is the largest land mammal living on Earth, they live in Nepal, India and South East Asia. Due to habitat destruction, human conflict and being poached for their ivory they are critically endangered and have declined by 50% in Asia. As there is still a demand for ivory tusks, everyday 100 elephants loose their lives which is shocking and very sad. It is one of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade. One of the organisations who carry our great work is Chester Zoo's conservation Act for Wildlife, they do projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people how to live with elephants in their natural habitat. One of their campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, the virus affects young elephants around the world. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this devastating disease. In the future they hope to find a cure. Act for Wildlife also helps orangutans, the past 10 years they have been working with Hutan Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation programme to protect the wildlife and orangutans in Borneo. They have got together with Hutan's education programme and their HEAP Team where they provide knowledge about the forests and impact people can have on wildlife. Due to educating people in their communities and working with schools and government departments they have started to build up postive relationships within the community.

For more information on Chester Zoo and their conservation projects please visit Chester's Zoo's website www.chesterzoo.org or Act For Wildlife's website www.actforwildlife.org.uk

Below are a few of my favourite photos from my visits to Chester Zoo. Several of my elephant images are available to purchase and would make lovely gifts for elephant lovers,  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22178007  also a percentage of sales is donated to cancer research in memory of someone special who loved elephants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gift Ideas For Mother's Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gift-ideas-for-mothers-day Mother's Day is only a few weeks away. If you are looking for gift ideas I have a selection of gifts available in my Zazzle shop including flower coffee mugs, throw cushions, wall clocks, phone cases and tote bags https://www.zazzle.co.uk/collections/mothers_day_gifts-119856621198841762

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) flower gifts flower mugs" "flower tote bags" "flower wall clocks" flowers gifts for mothers day gifts for mum mothers day mothers day gift ideas mothers day gifts natasha balletta photography zazzle shop https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gift-ideas-for-mothers-day Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:47:07 GMT
Italy Photography Prints and Etsy Shop https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/italy-photography-prints-etsy-shop  Italy is one of the countries I have visited several times over the past few years, I always enjoy going there for photography because of the beautiful architecture and history. Some of my images are available to purchase as prints in my online Etsy shop, they would look lovely as part of a italian decor in your home or office  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22178013

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) burano island etsy shop home decor home gifts italian decor italian wall art italy italy photography natasha balletta photography office gifts venice italy venice prints wallart decor https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/italy-photography-prints-etsy-shop Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:40:31 GMT
Gift Ideas For Wildlife Lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gift-ideas-for-wildlifelovers I have always had an interest in wildlife and travelling. Through my photography I hope to tell a story and capture the personality of the animals I am photographing. If you know any wildlife lovers or friends who are looking for gift ideas for their home, I have a selection of gifts available in my Zazzle shop including coasters, mouse mats, fridge magnets, photo puzzles, classic coffee mugs, throw cushions and wall clocks. 

If you would like to view some of my products please visit https://www.zazzle.co.uk/collections/gifts_for_wildlife_lovers-119702979599361710

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) gifts for birthday gifts for kids gifts for wildlife lovers home decor gift ideas home gifts kitchen gifts kitchen gifts for mum mothers day gift ideas mothers day gifts natasha balletta photography office gifts photo puzzles photography wall clocks travel lovers wildlife coasters wildlife lovers wildlife mouse mats wildlife photography zazzle. https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gift-ideas-for-wildlifelovers Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:38:51 GMT
Flower and Fine Art Greeting Cards https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/flower-and-fine-art-greeting-cards New Flower and Fine Art A6 Greeting Cards available to purchase in online Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/575743788/mothers-day-fine-art-greeting-cards?ref=shop_home_active_1   They can be used for any occassion including Mother's Day, Weddings, Thank You cards, Birthdays, Congratulations and Wedding Thank You cards. They are blank cards and available as a single card or part of a pack.

  

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) birthdays congratulations fine art greeting cards etsy flower greeting cards mother's day cards thank you cards wedding thank you cards weddings https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/flower-and-fine-art-greeting-cards Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:23:20 GMT
Chinese New Year London 2018 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/chinese-new-year-london-2018 Chinese New Year has been celebrated around the world for more then 1,0000 years. It is held in London each year, normally hundreds of thousands of people join in the celebrations, it is the biggest event outside of Asia. The New Year is also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. Every 12 years it is Year Of The Dog, it is the 11th Chinese Zodiac Sign and the meaning behind the dog symbol of loyalty and homesty.  The celebrations started off with the Grand Parade from Charing Cross Road to Shaftesbury Aveue, I was excited about photographing the parade as it was my first year going to the event. If you are interested in photographing the parade I recommend getting to Charing Cross Road 30 minutes before to get a good spot. It was a very colourful and fun parade to watch from dancing to beautiful floats. As part of the celebrations there were red lantern decorations in Trafalgar Square and ChinaTown, they are the symbols of Chinese New Year.

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) celebrations chinatown london chinese chinese new year chinese new year 2018 chinese new year parade 2018 year of the dog https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/chinese-new-year-london-2018 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:56:44 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Valentine Dog Walk https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/all-dogs-matters-valentine-dog-walk Each year All Dogs Matter's hold different events to raise funds for their dogs needing homes, on the 11th of February 2018 they held their yearly Valentine Dog Walk at the Garden Gate Pub in Hampstead. They had a great turnout and many people and their dogs came to support the event. It is one of my favourite events as the dog walk that owners can take part in is in the beautiful Hampstead Heath. After the dog walk there was a raffle at the pub and you could do shopping for your dog, they had a few stalls on the day including ByBenji http://www.bybenji.com and PoochPlay https://www.justpoochplay.com Their event raised £1024.75 which is a brilliant amount and goes towards more of their dogs looking for homes.

All Dogs Matter Charity are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity based in North London, if you know anyone who is interested in rehoming or fostering a dog please visit their website https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all dogs matter's charity all dogs matter's valentine dog walk bybenji dog photographer dog photography london hampstead heath natasha balletta photography rescue dogs valentine dog walk hampstead https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/all-dogs-matters-valentine-dog-walk Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:57:21 GMT
Photography Prints For Your Home or Office https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/photography-prints-for-your-home-or-office If you are looking for photography prints for your home or office, I have some wildlife and travel images available as prints and canvases in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta  Since taking up photography photographing wildlife and travelling has always been my passion. Through my photography I hope to tell a story and inspire people to visit places they have never been to before. 

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) etsy etsy shop gifts" home decor natasha balletta photography office decor photography prints travel photography wallart decor' wildlife lovers' https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/photography-prints-for-your-home-or-office Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:33:32 GMT
Gifts For Dog Lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gifts-for-dog-lovers Through my photography I have had the opportunity to meet and photograph so many lovely dogs, they are one of my favourite animals to spend time with as each of them have their own individual character. If you are looking for gifts for dog lovers I have some available in my Zazzle shop including throw cushions, mouse mats, spiral notebooks, tote bags and photo puzzles, they make lovely gifts for birthdays or christmas https://www.zazzle.co.uk/collections/gifts_for_dog_lovers-119999863736649799

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) dog gift ideas dog gifts zazzle dog lovers dog photography gifts for dog lovers natasha balletta photography zazzle https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gifts-for-dog-lovers Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:10:13 GMT
Nursery Decor and Animal Prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/nursery-decor-and-animal-prints Do you know any wildlife lovers who are looking for prints or canvases for their nursery, kids room or playroom, I have some images of elephants, meerkats, puffins, seals and big cats available to purchase in my Etsy shop  www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta   Since taking up photography photographing wildlife has always been what I am passionate about, through my images I hope to capture the animal's personality.

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Gift Vouchers For Mother's Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/gift-vouchers-for-mothers-day Are you looking for gifts for Mother's Day, gift vouchers make the ideal present, they can be used towards a photo shoot, one of my packages or my online shop with Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta  where I have images available of wildlife and from my travels to Australia, Canada and Europe.

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Elephant Photography Prints and Etsy Shop https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/elephant-photography-prints-and-etsy-shop If you know any elephant lovers, I have some elephant prints and canvases available in my Etsy shop, they would look lovely in a nursery room, kids room or playroom www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta 

100 Elephants Loose Their Lives Everyday

 I have always been passionate about wildlife and conservation, due to things such as habitat destruction, human conflict and being poached for their ivory they are critically endangered and have declined by 50% in Asia. As there is still a demand for ivory tusks everyday 100 elephants loose their lives which is shocking and very sad, it is one of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. If you order one of my elephant images a percentage of profits will be donated to Cancer Research UK in memory of someone who was special to my family and loved elephants so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) animal prints cancer research uk elephant canvases elephant decor elephant lovers elephant photography elephant prints elephant wall art elephants etsy shop gift ideas gifts for elephant lovers gifts for teachers home decor kids room decor mothers day gifts natasha balletta photography nursery animal prints nursery decor nursery wall art playroom decor valentines day gifts https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/2/elephant-photography-prints-and-etsy-shop Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:52:27 GMT
MothersDay Gifts https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/mothersday-gifts If you are looking for gifts for Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, I have a variety of wildlife, nature and travel photography prints for you to choose from in my online shop Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

Below are some of my favourite flower and travel images from Canada and Italy available in my shop, they are the perfect gift ready to be framed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) "etsy seller" "small business "etsy shop canada canada photography prints flower prints flowers home decor italian wall art italy living room" mothers day gifts etsy mothersday 2018 mothersday gift ideas mothersday gifts mothersday gifts 2018 natasha balletta photography photography prints mothers day" etsy prints shop small travel photography valentines day gifts women in business https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/mothersday-gifts Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:42:05 GMT
LondonCats International Cat Show https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/londoncats-international-cat-show  I went to the LondonCats International Cat Show in Leatherhead with a friend this month. We had a lovely day meeting and photographing some beautiful cat breeds including Norwegian Forest Cats, Australian Mist Cat, British Shorthair Tabby, Oriental Cat and the WereWolf which is also known as Lykoi.

There were also lovely stalls on the day from Bengal World to KatzenWorld that had a variety of gifts for cat lovers. If you are interested in getting a cat for your family, I would recommend the show, it is a friendly event to attend where you can meet breeders and find out more information.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) cat lovers" "cat show london" "cat show surrey" "cat photography" "natasha balletta photography" event photographer event photography london international cat show leatherhead leatherhead leisure centre leatherhead surrey london events londoncats surrey https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/londoncats-international-cat-show Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:06 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Santa Paws 2017 Hampstead Heath https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/12/all-dogs-matters-santa-paws-2017-hampstead-heath One of the things I look forward to the most this time of year is going to Christmas events, one of my favourite events is All Dogs Matter's Santa Paws at the Garden Gate Pub in Hampstead Heath. It is a great event for shopping for your dog and if you bring your dog along you can have your photo taken in the Christmas Grotto. I really enjoyed meeting owners and their dogs in the Grotto, there were so many adorable dogs to photograph in Christmas outfits.

They had a variety of supporters on the day from dog companies to charities, some of the people that attended Santa Paws were Christiana Hines from Hampstead Housesitters, if you need someone to look after your dog or cat when you go to work or on holiday Christiana has a genuine passion and love for looking after animals http://hampsteadhousesitters.co.uk  ByBenji that provide natural and premium dog treats http://www.bybenji.com and Nowzad who have their own animal shelter in Afghanistan where they look after dogs and cats that have been rescued from the streets http://www.nowzad.com

All Dogs Matter hold different events throughout the year to raise funds for their dogs needing homes, they raised £1000.00 at Santa Paws which is a great amount. All Dogs Matter are based in North London, since the charity started they have rehomed about 400 dogs each year. Many of the dogs rehomed have come from puppy farms or the dog meat trade. If you know anyone who is interested in adopting or fostering a dog please visit their website https://alldogsmatter.co.uk

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Gift Vouchers the ideal gift for Christmas https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/12/gift-vouchers-the-ideal-gift-for-christmas Gift vouchers can make the ideal gift if you are not sure what to buy. They can be used either towards a photoshoot or one of the packages. They can be used towards my online Etsy shop where I have over 160 images from my travels to Canada, Australia, and Europe or of one of my wildlife images www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

  Six bespoke fine art mounted prints in a gift box.Six bespoke fine art mounted prints in a gift box.

 

The voucher can also be used for any of my products after a photoshoot. Images are available on CD, fine art prints or canvas. So if you know anyone who has had a shoot this could be a great idea for Christmas.

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) etsy shop gift ideas gift vouchers photoshoot london small business https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/12/gift-vouchers-the-ideal-gift-for-christmas Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:58:16 GMT
Photography print sets on Etsy https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/photography-print-sets-on-etsy I have created a few print sets on my Etsy store this week, consisting of wildlife print sets that would make a great gift for a nursery room or kids room or travel print sets from my travels to Italy and Paris. There are sets of three or six fine art images.

There are also print sets from my travels to Canada and the Lake District, there are several mountain and lake images that look great either as fine art prints or on canvas.

I also offer you the chance to create your own set of three or six that way you can choose your own favourites. Sets of three include a 30% discount, when you create your own set of three just quote coupon code BALLE30.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22822299There is also a section under my listings titled "35% off customized sets" where you will receive 35% discount on sets of six. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatashaBalletta?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22845323

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) canada prints fine art travel prints italy prints paris prints travel photography venice carnival https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/photography-print-sets-on-etsy Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:03:24 GMT
New Travel and wildlife Print Sets on my online Etsy Store https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/new-print-sets-on-my-online-store-etsy Had a busy week uploading new images to my Etsy store and creating some new sets of 3 images or more. If you purchase 3 images or more you will receive a 30% discount or you can create your own set of 3 or more and then just quote coupon code BALLE30 in the check out process to receive your 30% discount.

I have created a few travel sets as well as baby animal sets which would look lovely on a wall in a nursery or make a great baby shower gift. I have also created sets from my travels to Italy and Paris. Below are a few of the images.

Newsletter subscribers receive 10% off everything today, to get the coupon code email me to subscribe and be kept informed of all latest images and offers.

 

These images would make a lovely gift for someone who has a shabby chic decor theme, great gifts ready to be framed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

                                                    

                                      Baby elephant image would make a great baby shower gift or look lovely in a nursery.

 

                                                                   

 

 

 

A set of six baby animal prints, another great baby shower gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           A set of three fine art prints of the Venice canals,  an enchanting  city to visit and photograph.

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) fine art prints italy fine art prints venice travel photography wildlife prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/new-print-sets-on-my-online-store-etsy Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:46:01 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Halloween Dog Walk Hampstead Heath https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/all-dogs-matters-halloween-dog-walk-hampstead-heath All Dogs Matter's Charity held their yearly Halloween Dog Walk and Show at the Spaniards Inn pub near Hampstead Heath in London on the 29th of October 2017. I was excited about photographing their Halloween event, it is one of my favourite events that I look forward to the most. The Halloween Dog Walk is always a fun event for owners and their dogs where they can take part in the walk and a dog show at the pub after. There were some great costumes on the day. One of the things I enjoy about the event is the dog walk in Hampstead Heath, it is one of the most beautiful places in Autumn and a pictureques place from lakes to woodland. 

All Dogs Mattter's events are a good opportunity for people to meet and get to know some of their dogs needing homes. One of the lovely rescue dogs at the event was Faith from Romania, she is looking for a home with them. If you know anyone who might be interested in adopting Faith please email info@alldogsmatter.co,uk or visit Faith's profile on All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/dogs/faith-2/

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all dogs matter charity autumn dog photography london halloween dog walk and show hampstead hampstead heath london rescue dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/all-dogs-matters-halloween-dog-walk-hampstead-heath Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:32:07 GMT
Post Wedding Photo Shoot Bedfordshire https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/post-wedding-photo-shoot-bedfordshire Autumn is one of my favourite times of year for photography as the lighting is more beautiful and gentle. I really enjoyed a post wedding photo shoot at Stockgrove Country Park with a lovely couple Sarah and Sam. They also included their adorable Japanese Shiba dog Arashi in the photo shoot. It was a fun afternoon with so many lovely backdrops for photos from lakes to woodland.

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Twycross Zoo, Snow Leopard Cubs and Conservation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/10/twycross-zoo-snow-leopard-cubs-conservation I went to Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire with a friend recently, I was really excited about going there after wanting to visit their snow leopard cubs for a while. In April 2017 Irma gave birth to her cubs, the female cubs Ceba and Eva play an important role in their international breeding programme. We had a brilliant afternoon watching the cubs, they were so playful and kept chasing each other on the rocks.

I have always been passionate about wildlife and conservation, snow leopards are one of the beautiful big cats that need our help in the wild. Due to things such as the bones and skin being used for medicine, being hunted for their coats and poaching snow leopards are a vulnerable species. There is still some hope for snow leopards in the wild, in September 2017 the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced that snow leopards are not endangered. One of the conservation organisations that has helped is the Snow Leopard Trust, they do a variety of projects to protect leopards including helping families and farmers that live near the leopard's habitat. Due to their habitat being destroyed sometimes snow leopards go after livestock which is one of the reasons why they are poached by farmers. Organisations such as the Snow Leopard Trust give snow leopards some hope for the future. For more information on the projects they are involved in please visit www.snowleopard.org

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) conservation endangered snow leopard cubs snow leopards the snow leopard trust twycross zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/10/twycross-zoo-snow-leopard-cubs-conservation Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:03:03 GMT
Etsy Shop, Wildlife and Travel Photography Prints and Canvases https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/10/etsy-shop-wildlife-and-travel-photography-prints-and-canvases Since taking up photography in 2007 I have always been passionate about wildlife and travelling. Do you know anyone who is looking for wildlife, nature or travel images for their home or office, I have an online shop with Etsy where you can purchase a variety of prints and canvases from big cats to elephants and travel photos from around the world including Italy, Australia, Canada, New York, Paris and UK To view my images please visit www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) australia big cats canada canvases christmas gift ideas elephants etsy etsy shop home decor italy living room decor living room wall art new york nursery decor nursery wall art online shopping prints https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/10/etsy-shop-wildlife-and-travel-photography-prints-and-canvases Sat, 28 Oct 2017 18:06:58 GMT
All Dogs Matter Victoria Park Dog Show https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/all-dogs-matter-victoria-park-dog-show All Dogs Matter Charity held their yearly Victoria Park Dog Show in London this month. Despite the weather they still had a good turnout and many supporters on the day including Anna Webb who was one of the judges. One of the things I enjoy the most about photographing their events is the opportunity to meet and photograph different dog breeds. There were also classes for you and your dog to take part in, some of the classes I look forward to the most are the puppy and rescue ones, there were a lot of adorable puppies and it is always lovely to meet rescue dogs that have found loving homes, it amazes me how trusting these dogs are despite their start in life.

Through All Dogs Matter's events I have got to know some lovely Staffies, they are one of the most mis understood breeds as they are used for illegal fighting and stereotyped in the media. When you meet Staffies they are the most affectionate and friendly dogs you could ever meet. One of the Staffies I have met that was rescued from the charity is Teddy, his owner Julie met him for the first time at their Victoria Park Dog Show in 2016. She was only supposed to have him for one night and ended up rehoming him. Julie and her family fell in love with his character, she says "We all love him very much. He is the sweetest boy and can be naughty like a big puppy. He has a kind nature and wants to be friends with everyone he meets."

All Dogs Matter hold events throughout the year to raise funds for their dogs needing homes, they raised £2000.00 from the Victoria Park Dog Show which is a brilliant amount and will help more dogs looking for homes. If you know anyone who is interested in rehoming or fostering please visit their website http://www.alldogsmatter.co.uk

 

  

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all dogs matter charity all dogs matter victoria park dog show dog event photography london dog photography london natasha balletta photography rescue and rehoming charity london rescue dogs victoria park victoria park dog show https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/all-dogs-matter-victoria-park-dog-show Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:36:30 GMT
Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/christmas-stocking-filler-ideas Christmas is only a few months away, are you stuck for stocking filler ideas for your friends or family. If they are wildlife lovers or enjoy travelling I have a variety of wildlife, nature and travel gifts for you to choose from in my Zazzle shop from calendars to coffee mugs, wall clocks, coasters, mouse mats, phone cases or photo puzzles http://www.zazzle.co.uk/natashaballetta  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) "dining home gifts" "dining kitchen gifts" "lion coasters" "meerkat coasters" "christmas gifts" "christmas stocking filler gifts ideas" "online shopping" "wildlife photography" "kitchen gifts" "puffin photo puzzles" "meerkat calendars" christmas christmas countdown" zazzle https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/christmas-stocking-filler-ideas Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:04:58 GMT
Etsy Shop and All Dogs Matter Charity https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/etsy-shop-and-all-dogs-matter-charity In May this year I opened an online shop with Etsy to sell some of my wildlife and travel images as prints which I'm excited about, since taking up photography photographing wildlife and travelling has always been my passion.

If you order any prints from my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta throughout the month of September a percentage of profits goes towards All Dogs Matter Charity, they are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity based in London who are dedicated to helping dogs needing homes http://alldogsmatter.co.uk   

Below are a few of my images available to purchase in my shop. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all dogs matter charity australia canada christmas gifts etsy etsy shop natasha balletta photography nursery animal prints photography prints travel photography wildlife photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/etsy-shop-and-all-dogs-matter-charity Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:22:43 GMT
Pup Aid 2017 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/pup-aid-2017 Each year Marc Abraham the vet and founder of Pup Aid holds his yearly Pup Aid event near Primrose Hill in London, it is a campaign event to raise awareness of the cruel Puppy Farming Trade. Puppy Farming is an ongoing problem across Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. The dogs and their puppies spend most of their lives in small cages and are kept in horrific conditions. Dogs that live on farms do not get to enjoy any exercise at all and are used as breeding machines which causes terrible problems with their health when they are older and sometimes even life threatening.  Breeders cruelly take puppies away from their mums when they are only a few weeks old and advertise them online for sale or send them to pet shops. When I read how they are treated on Puppy Farms it brings a tear to my eye as no dog should have to suffer in this way.

Pup Aid had a great turnout from many visitors and dog companies and charities that came to support the event including Bonnie and Bailey that sells natural shampoos for dogs, Teddy Maximus who does beautiful bespoke dog beds, mini carriers and bow ties, Bybenji who provide natural and premium dog treats and All Dogs Matter Charity that are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity based in North London. There were also dog classes on the day for you and your dog to take part in which were judged by various celebrities who take part and support the show. There was also Have A Go Agility classes.

One of the people that attended Pup Aid and is a great ambassador for raising awareness of Puppy Farming was Lisa Garner and her lovely rescue cavapoo Plum Pudding that she adopted from Many Tears Animal Rescue earlier this year. Some of you have probably heard of Lisa as she has been attending events the past years with her cavalier spaniels Annabelle and Lucy that started their lives on a Puppy Farms. Unfortunately Lucy passed away last year after becoming ill. Even though I only met Lucy a few times, she was one of the dogs that I grew fond of, she was a very special Cavalier to a lot of people around the world and she could have not have asked for a better and more loving home then the one she had with Lisa. Lisa was heartbroken after loosing Lucy and still misses her today. She has since rescued another dog Plum Pudding who has already captured the hearts of many people through Instagram and events. 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) adopt all dogs matter charity bonnie and bailey charity dog show london dog photography marc abraham the vet primrose hill london pup aid pup aid 2017 puppy farming rescue dogs wheres mum https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/pup-aid-2017 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:04:47 GMT
International Primate Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/international-primate-day International Primate Day was set up by Animal Defenders to raise awareness and help protect the different monkey species from barbary macaque monkeys to orangutans and gorillas, that are critically endangered or a threatened species in their natural habitat.

Barbary Macaque Monkeys

Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke On Trent is one of my favourite places that I always enjoy visiting because of how close you get to the monkeys. One of the things that makes places such as Monkey Forest is you get to watch the monkeys in a beautiful woodland setting and sometimes they are walking distance from you. They hope to raise awareness of Barbary Macaque Monkeys that are endangered in Moroccco and in the future release them back into their natural habitat. Their used to be 23,500 macaques, today there are less then 10,000 in the wild. One of the conservation charities Monkey Forest work with is Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation, they do workshops and conservation projects which include anti poaching and trying to stop the illegal pet trade. Poaching and Illegal Pet Trade are some of the threats they face in Morocco.

Orangutans

The past 30 years Orangutans have lost 80% of their home due to deforestation and palm oil plantations. They are facing extinction which is very sad and why they need our help, a world without orangutans is unimaginable. One of the problems for Orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia is palm oil plantations, it is used in more then 50% of products in supermarkets. One of the organsations that are doing projects in Malaysia is Chester Zoo's Act For Wildlife, they are working alongside HUTAN to protect orangutans at Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary where the largest population of orangutans live. If you are a fan of orangutans, Chester Zoo is one of the places where you can visit them, the keepers leave hammocks in their enclosure as it encourages a natural behaviour they would do in the wild. For more information on their projects please visit Act For Wildlife's website http://www.actforwildlife.org.uk

Western Lowland Gorillas

The Western Lowland Gorilla is the smaller species out of the gorillas that live in Africa. Even though there are 100,000 living in the wild, they critically endangered. Some of the threats they come across are habitat destruction from logging, farming and grazing. Gorillas are also hunted for the bushmeat trade, it is one of their biggest threats. One of the organisations that help gorillas is ZSL's Africa Conservation Programme where they monitor the health of gorillas, people who live in the same areas as gorillas, tourists and staff that are involved in the project. Through their conservation project they hope to come to solution where gorillas and people can live alongside each other. For more information please visit https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/exhibits/gorilla-kingdom/gorilla-conservation

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) act for wildlife barbary macaque monkeys chester zoo critically endangered" endangered species gorillas illegal pet trade international primate day orangutans trentham monkey forest zsl conservation zsl london zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/international-primate-day Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:50:19 GMT
Back To School Gifts https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/back-to-school-gifts Do you know anyone going back to school who is into wildlife, nature or travel I have a variety of notebooks, tote bags and laptop sleeves in my Zazzle shop https://www.zazzle.co.uk/collections/back_to_school_gifts-119363044964839342

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) back to school gifts back to school tote bags canada laptop sleeves flower photography flower tote bags meerkat gifts" meerkat notebooks online shopping travel travel photography wildlife photography zazzle https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/back-to-school-gifts Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:40:55 GMT
Howletts Wild Animal Park https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/howletts-wild-animal-park I went to visit Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury in Kent recently, I was looking forward to visiting after wanting to go there for a while. It is a lovely zoo that has a variety of animals from African Elephants to Monkeys, Tigers and Leopards. I was in my element because of the different big cats and monkeys at the zoo. Some of the animals I was excited about photographing the most were the elephants and langur monkeys, I could have spent all day with them.

Howletts is the only zoo in the UK that has a herd of African Elephants. Due to things such as the ivory trade and being poached for their tusks 100 elephants per day loose their lives. They are endangered in the wild which is very sad. Elephants also play an important role, during the dry season they use their tusks to dig for water which provides water for them and other animal species that live in the same area.

Tigers are one of the animals I have always been passionate about visiting and photographing, I was excited to visit one of their beautiful tigers Arina that has a special story, she was hand reared by the keepers when she was cub after being abandoned by her mum. When Arina was younger she developed a lack of bone mass which causes her to limp when she walks. Despite what Arina has been through, she still has a zest for life and bond with her keepers.

One of the other animals I enjoyed photographing was the Javan Langur Monkeys. Some of the problems they face in Asia are habitat destruction, hunting and young monkeys being taken away from their mums for the illegal pet trade, it is some of the reasons why they are an endangered species and need our help in the wild. One of Howletts conservation projects is the Javan Primate Project outside Malang in Indonesia, they rescue langur monkeys from the illegal pet trade and reintroduce them back into the wild and protected areas.

Howletts Wild Animal Park was set up by John Aspinall in 1957, it used to be a private zoo before opening to the public in 1975. In John's memory they have the conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation that work with Howletts and their partner zoo Port Lymne release some of their animals from the zoo into protected reserves in the wild which will hopefully help the survival of the species. The past few years the Foundation has released western lowland gorillas, black rhinos, javan langurs and european bison back into the wild. For more information on the Aspinall Foundation please visit their website https://www.aspinallfoundation.org

   

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) african elephants amur tigers howletts wild animal park howletts wild animal park kent javan langur monkeys kent langur monkeys wildlife photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/howletts-wild-animal-park Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:40:43 GMT
Christmas Gifts https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/christmas-gifts I first picked up a camera when I visited Australia in 2007 for a holiday and that is where I discovered my passion for photography. I have always been passionate about wildlife and it was my dream to visit Australia. With photography you see the world differently and appreciate the beautiful scenery that is around you more. One of my goals is to travel more and inspire people through my images to visit places they have never been to before.

If you have started your Christmas shopping and know anyone who is a wildlife lover or enjoys travelling, I have a variety of gifts for you to choose from in my online shops Etsy and Zazzle including photography prints, wildlife calendars, photo puzzles, flower coffee mugs, laptop sleeves and wood photo prints. Shipping is worldwide from Etsy and Zazzle. 

If you would to view some of my wildlife and travel images for sale please visit www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta or www.zazzle.co.uk/natashaballetta 

Below are some of my favourite photos that I have available in my online shops 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) australia australian sea lions christmas countdown christmas gifts elephant gifts elephants etsy etsy shop home decor italy prints living room wall art meerkat calendars meerkat calendars" meerkat gifts meerkat photo puzzles natasha balletta photography online shopping puffins wall art wildlife photography zazzle https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/christmas-gifts Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:36:20 GMT
World Tiger Day 2017 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/7/world-tiger-day-2017 World Tiger Day is celebrated each year on the 29th of July, it is a day of celebration for these special and majestic big cats. Tigers are one of the animals that are endangered and urgently need our help in the wild. Due to things such as poaching, habitat destruction and tigers being used for medicine we have lost 97% of wild tigers which is very sad and upsetting, a world without tigers is unimaginable.

If we do not help tigers now they could be extinct within 20 years, organisations such as 21st Century Tiger give tigers some hope for the future. Some of the projects they fund include anti poaching and monitoring tigers in Russia and at Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. One of their latest projects is helping the Indian Tiger in Bangladesh where there are less then 100 tigers http://www.21stcenturytiger.org/tiger-conservation/tiger-projects-bangladesh/?platform=hootsuite

Tiger numbers have increased the past 3 years which is brilliant news for the survival of the species. If you would like more information on the conservation projects 21st Century Tiger are involved in or how you can help tigers in the wild please visit their website http://www.21stcenturytiger.org

I have always been passionate about wildlife and conservation, through my photography and blogs I hope to raise awareness of big cats that are endangered and need our help before it is too late. Below are a few of my favourite photos of some of the Amur and Sumatran Tigers that I have got to know and attached to through my zoo visits the past few years at London Zoo, Dudley Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) 21st century tiger amur tigers conservation endangered species natasha balletta photography sumatran tigers tigers wildlife wildlife photography world tiger day 2017 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/7/world-tiger-day-2017 Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:38:43 GMT
Mayhew Hounds On The Heath Event 2017 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/7/mayhew-hounds-on-the-heath-event-2017 Each year Mayhew Animal Home hold their yearly dog event Hounds On The Heath in Hampstead Heath to help raise awareness of their dogs and cats that are looking for homes. Hounds On The Heath is a good opportunity for people to meet and get to know Mayhew's Therapaws Dogs. Some of the dogs in their programme are Lola the Staffie, Marcel the Corgi and Benjecky, some of the places they visit include Residental Homes where people have dementia, visiting elderly homes, hospitals and care homes. When you meet dogs from the Therapaws Dogs programme it goes to show how dogs make a difference and give comfort to people even in a small way. They also did classes throughout the day for you and your dog to take part in.

There were a few dog companies and charities that came to support Mayhew on the day including Bonnie and Bailey that does Organic Shampoo for dogs, she brought along one of her beautiful rescue dogs Chloe that she rehomed from Texas https://www.bonnieandbailey.com and All Dogs Matter Charity who are another rescue and rehoming charity based in London http://alldogsmatter.co.uk

If you know anyone who is interested in rehoming a dog or cat please visit Mayhew's website https://www.themayhew.org

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) all dogs matter charity bonnie and bailey dog event photography london dog photographer london hampstead heath hounds on the heath event 2017 london marcel le corgi mayhew animal home charity rescue dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/7/mayhew-hounds-on-the-heath-event-2017 Sat, 29 Jul 2017 06:58:59 GMT
DogFest 2017 Knebworth House and Gardens https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/dogfest-2017-knebworth-house-and-gardens I went to photograph DogFest at Knebworth House and Gardens in Hertfordshire on the 24th of June 2017. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing the event, it was a brilliant day and is one of my favourite yearly events to photograph. There were so many beautiful dogs from golden retrievers to BonnieGirl a whippet cross that has a kind nature, she enjoyed having stomach rubs and rested on my lap before one of the classes.

One of the things I look forward to the most at DogFest are the activities such as Agility, I had a fun morning watching a lovely rescue Shepherd Cross Kratu taking part in the Have A Go Agility in the Natural Instinct Ring, he loved leaping over jumps. Through dog events I get the opportunity to meet dogs that have had a different start in life including Kratu that was born into a gypsy camp in Translyvania, he now lives in the UK with his owner Tess. Since Tess has given a home to Kratu they have taken up Agility together. Tess and Kratu also won a few of the classes including Best Rescue, My Dogs Got Talent and Best In Show.

One of the dog trainers I always enjoy photographing at events is Lucy Heath and her dogs Superdog Indie, Trip Hazard and Dizzy, it shows in their performances how much they enjoy training together and doing freestyle heelwork to music. Lucy Heath is a dog trainer and runs a variety of classes, dog activities and heelwork to music workshops. For more info please visit https://www.uksuperdogs.com  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) DogFest DogFest 2017" "DogFest Knebworth House" "Knebworth Park" "Dog Event Photography" DogFest South https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/dogfest-2017-knebworth-house-and-gardens Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:23:24 GMT
Australia Home Decor and Etsy Shop https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/australia-home-decor-and-etsy-shop I have always loved Australia for the wildlife and beautiful beaches. Whilst I was on holiday in Adelaide I visited Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island where you can get up close to the Australian Sea Lion Colony and their seal pups, I was in my element watching them in a natural environment.

Two of my favourite beaches are Aldinga Beach and Port Willunga. Aldinga beach is within walking distance of Silver sands beach which has crystal clear waters and is the only beach where you can drive on and park your car. With its crystal clear waters and the size of it, this is the ideal beach for swimmers and surfers.  Port Willunga on the Fleur Peninsula is a coastal village where you will find ancient ruins and shipwrecks, Port Willunga beach is a 40 minute drive South of Adelaide. Along the white sandy beach surrounded by golden cliffs you will see caves that were carved out by fishermen to store their boats, today families use them for picnics. The beach is one of the most stunning beaches I have visited in South Australia.

Some of my images from Adelaide and Kangaroo Island are available to purchase as prints from my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) australia home decor etsy shop nature photography wildlife lovers https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/australia-home-decor-and-etsy-shop Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:53:04 GMT
All Dogs Matter Hampstead Garden Suburb Dog Show https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/all-dogs-matter-hampstead-garden-suburb-dog-show  I went to photograph All Dogs Matter's Hampstead Garden Suburb Dog Show on the 11th of June 2017, it was their first year holding a dog show at the Garden Suburb, they had a good turnout. There were a variety of classes for you and your dog to take part in from Cutest Pup to Best Child Handler and Mr and Mrs Heath. One of the things I enjoy the most about photographing dog events is the opportunity to meet different dog breeds, there were a lot of lovely dogs at the event. A dog trainer Dima Yeremenko and his talented dogs came to the dog show as well, they have featured on Britain's Got Talent: ITV That Dog Can Dance and BBC Lets Dance Comic Relief.

Teddy is one of the Staffies that attended the event and won Best Rescue he found a home through All Dogs Matter Charity after being abandoned on a bus in London. Despite Teddy's start in life he has ended up in a loving home with his owner Julie and her other rescue Staffie Gracie. One of the other dogs that took part in the dog show was an older labrador that was adopted through All Dogs Matter as well and since finding his new home is a trained Therapy Dog. If you would like to view more photos please visit http://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/alldogsmattercharityhampsteadgardensuburbdogshow

All Dogs Matter are a lovely rescue and rehoming charity in North London. If you know anyone who is interested in rehoming or fostering a dog please visit their website alldogsmatter.co.uk        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity All Dogs Matter Charity Hampstead Garden Suburb Dog Show Dima Dogs Dog Event Photography Dog Photography Dog Show London Dogs London Dog Photography Natasha Balletta Photography Rescue Dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/all-dogs-matter-hampstead-garden-suburb-dog-show Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:03:30 GMT
Venice Carnival Photography Prints Etsy Shop https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/venice-carnival-photography-prints-etsy-shop Each year Venice hold their yearly carnival in February, it is well known for Venetian Masks and Costumes. When the carnival first started in 1162 the masks were more simple, today they are hand painted from natural feathers and gems. It has been tradition for many years and is one of the biggest and oldest festivals. I went to photograph Venice in 2011 and 2014 to photograph the carnival and really enjoyed it, there were so many beautiful costumes. One of the people I have got to know through the carnival is Patricia Juilland, she designs her own costumes and has made 47 so far.

Some of my images from the Venice Carnival are available to purchase as prints from my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/natashaballetta If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Etsy Etsy Shop Italy Online Shop Online Shopping Small Business Venetian Masks Venice Venice Carnival Venice Carnival Photography Venice Carnival Photography Prints Venice Carnival Prints Venice Festival https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/6/venice-carnival-photography-prints-etsy-shop Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:32:06 GMT
Human and Dog Paddle Boarding Event London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/human-and-dog-paddle-boarding-event-london I went to photograph a human and dog paddle boarding event at Kew Bridge Arches near Chiswick in London on the 13th of May 2017, it was held by City Paws Club that are the first UK's dedicated outward bound club for dogs. I was really excited about photographing my first dog paddle boarding event as it is different to events I normally go to.

One of the people that took part was Teresa from The Dogvine and her lovely rescue dog Belinha who she rescued from the streets of Rio in Brazil. If you are interested in the latest dog events that are happening in London, Teresa does great blogs and photos from events http://thedogvine.com

The event was organised by City Paws Club and Active360, they hold a variety of events throughout the year where owners and their dogs can take part in different activities including paddle boarding and agility.  If you would like more information please visit their website https://citypawsclub.co.uk

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Chiswick City Paws Club Event Photographer Event Photography Human and Dog Paddle Boarding Human and Dog Paddle Boarding London Kew Bridge Kew Bridge Arches River Thames Strand On The Green Chiswick Water Dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/human-and-dog-paddle-boarding-event-london Tue, 16 May 2017 16:32:06 GMT
National Pet Show London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/national-pet-show-london I went to the National Pet Show at London ExCel with a friend on the 6th of May 2017, it is one of my favourite events throughout the year because of the dog demonstrations in Superdogs Live, Hills School 4 Dogs and Dog Acitivity Ring and you have the opportunity to meet some beautiful cat breeds. If you are an animal lover or interested in getting a pet for your family it is a great event to go to as there are a variety of animals from dogs to cats, birds, ponies, donkeys and reptiles that you can meet and find out more about from breeders.

Even though I photograph the event each year one of the things I always enjoy the most and that make the event is the stunt dogs, golden retrievers and dog dancing, they are all talented dogs in their own right.

Stunt Dogs, Rescue To Celebrity

Gill Raddings and her company Stunt Dogs and Animals attend different events each year including the National Pet Show. They hold demonstrations where you can meet some of the dogs and learn more about the training that is involved for film work. I have got to know some of the dogs that started out as rescue dogs and have ended up featuring in programmes and films alongside well known actors. One of the dogs Paddy is the resident dog on Midsomer Murders and has featured in Beauty and the Beast, it was his first filming job.

If you would like more information on Stunt Dogs and Animals or know anyone who need any dogs for films their website is http://stuntdogs.net

Southern Golden Retriever Display Team

The Golden Retriever Display Team was set up by the Southern Golden Retriever Society, they have been around since 1977 and cover Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and London. They take part in events throughout the year, I always look forward to watching them as golden retrievers are one of the dogs I have always been fond of. The owners perform routines with their dogs in the Dog Activity Ring, even though I have watched their routines for a few years I enjoy it as much as I did the first time.

For more information on the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team please visit their website http://www.southerngoldenretriever.com

Dog Dancing, Freestyle Heelwork To Music

One of the things I enjoy the most about photographing events such as the National Pet Show are dog dancing demonstrations as each routine is different. Some of my favourite performances are Lucy Heath and her lovely dogs Trip Hazard, Superdog Indie and Foxy and Nicci Hindson and her border collie Nala. Their performances are fun to watch and it shows in the demonstrations how much they enjoy dog dancing and heelwork to music.

Lucy Heath and Nicci Hindson are dog trainers. If you would like more information on the training they do, please visit their websites https://www.triphazardofficial.com http://niccihindson.wixsite.com/dognosebest

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Dancing" Dog Event Photography Golden Retrievers London London ExCel Lucy Heath Lucy Heath Britain's Got Talent National Pet Show Southern Golden Retriever Display Team Stunt Dogs Stunt Dogs and Animals Superdog Indie Trip Hazard https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/national-pet-show-london Tue, 16 May 2017 11:05:55 GMT
Wedding invitation images https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-invitation-images I have had a lovely week updating my Zazzle and Pixels online shops with some of my favourite flower images on wedding invitations, throw pillows and phone cases. Below are some of my latest images that I have uploaded to my zazzle and pixels online shops and links to some of the products available for sale. They are also on wedding invitations where you can customize them with your own text and font style.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Birthday Christening Fauna Floral Flower Phone Cases Flower Throw Pillows Flowers New Born Photography Pixels Shabby Chic Vintage Wedding Wedding Invitations Zazzle Zazzle Shop" "Pixels Shop" https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-invitation-images Fri, 12 May 2017 12:27:46 GMT
Online Photography Shop Wildlife, Flowers and Travel https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/online-photography-shop-wildlife-flowers-travel I have set up an online shop through Pixel's website where I have some of my wildlife, flower and travel images available for sale on a variety of products including Throw Pillows, Tote Bags, Phone Cases, Framed Prints and Greeting Cards. Shipping is worldwide. If you would like to view any of my products please visit  https://pixels.com/profiles/natashaballetta/shop

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Baby Elephant Big Cats Bluebell Woods Bluebells Elephant Flower Phone Cases Flower Throw Pillows Flowers Framed Prints Gift Ideas Gifts Gosling Chicks Natasha Balletta Photography Online Shop Orchids Photography Pixels Prints Scenery Scenic Spring Spring Time Tiger Throw Pillows Tigers Tote Bags Travel Travel Photography Wild Flowers Wildlife Wildlife Photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/online-photography-shop-wildlife-flowers-travel Tue, 09 May 2017 14:24:38 GMT
All Dogs Matter Charity and Rescue Staffie Photo Shoot https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/all-dogs-matter-charity-and-rescue-staffie-photo-shoot  In 2016 I went to Southend Farm kennels to meet up with Sonia Roberston from All Dogs Matter Charity and photograph some of their dogs looking for homes. One of the Staffies I really took to was Muriel who was found as a stray, she is one of the most playful Staffies I have met, I could have spent all afternoon with her. Because she liked to have a lot of fuss and attention, I did not get a lot of photos of Muriel as she mostly wanted hugs from me. In August 2016 Muriel was adopted by her owners Frank and Anne, after she had settled in I met up with them for a follow up photo shoot. It was lovely to see how well Muriel is doing, she still has the same happy and playful character she had when I met her for the first time. Since adopting Muriel she has made a huge difference to Frank and Anne's lives they cannot imagine life without her. Anne says "Muriel has a lovely temperament, she is very loving with a gorgeous smile and happy disposition. People take to her easily and she is good with children and adults. She also has an endearing playful side, when you play ball she loves teasing you, she brings the ball and as you go to pick it up she will quickly pick it up and run off until you are ready to throw it."

If you know anyone who would like to foster or rehome a dog please visit All Dogs Matter's website alldogsmatter.co.uk

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Bluebells Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography Spring Natasha Balletta Photography Nikon Nikon Photography Rescue Staffie Spring Staffie Staffies https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/all-dogs-matter-charity-and-rescue-staffie-photo-shoot Fri, 05 May 2017 06:20:08 GMT
Spring Gardens and Japanese Gardens https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/4/spring-gardens-and-japanese-gardens I made the most of the Spring weather this month and went to visit some lovely parks and gardens with a friend. Spring will always be my favourite time of year that I look forward to the most for photography because of the flowers and blossom trees. One of the gardens we went to was Wakehurst Gardens in Sussex, they have Rhododendrons each year, April and May are the best months to see them in full bloom. Their Rhododendron display was stunning and so pretty, when we saw the display we were excited and did not expect to see so many flowers.

We also enjoyed visiting Kyoto Japanese Gardens at Holland Park in London. They are one of the gardens I have always wanted to visit, when we got there I was not disappointed. Kyoto Gardens are one of the most beautiful gardens I have been to in London, everywhere you turn is a picture. I used my Nikon D300s camera, Nikon 18-105mm and Nikon 105mm F2.8 Macro lenses to photograph Wakehurst Gardens and the Japanese Gardens.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Floral Flowers Holland Park London Japanese Gardens Kyoto Gardens Kyoto Gardens Holland Park London Natasha Balletta Photography National Trust Nikon Nikon Photography Photography Pink Flowers Spring Spring Photography Sussex Travel Travel Photography Wakehurst Gardens Wakehurst Place https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/4/spring-gardens-and-japanese-gardens Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:55:42 GMT
The Other Side To Crufts Dog Show https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/4/theothersidetocrufts Each year Birmingham NEC hold their yearly event Crufts, it is one of the biggest dog shows and is a popular event for a variety of displays and shopping for dog lovers. There is another side to Crufts where you have the opportunity to meet dogs that have big personalities and are celebrities in their own right. It is also a good event for getting to know dogs that have special roles. Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs have featured in films alongside well known actors, Bruno the Mini Dachshund who has fans from around the world through Instagram and Therapy Dogs Nationwide Charity have attended the event.

Stunt Dogs, Rescue Dog to Celebrity

Gill Raddings and her Stunt Dogs held demonstrations at the Arden Grange Stand where you got to know some of the dogs and learn more about the training that is involved for film work. I really loved watching these dogs and could of photographed them all day, it was hard to tear myself away. Dodger, Biscuit and Paddy are three of the dogs that started out as rescue dogs, it was so lovely to see how well they were doing. Many of the dogs have featured in films and programmes. Dodger has featured in Doc Martin and played Buddy, Paddy is the resident dog on Midsomer Murders and one of the other dogs Gizmo appeared in Snow White & The Huntsman.

If you would like more information on Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs or know anyone who need any dogs for films their website is http://stuntdogs.net/dogs/

Bruno The Mini Dachshund

Bruno the Mini Dachshund attended Crufts in 2016, it was his first year at the show. He has built up a huge following through Instagram and has more then 90,000 followers. He was one of the Dogs Of Instagram dogs on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust stand where his fans could meet him and have their photo taken. Bruno was there to raise awareness of the breed and help people decide if Dachshunds were the right dog for them. Since following Bruno on Instagram, some of his fans have got a Dachshund because of him and one couple even named their dog after him. Even though I met a lot of lovely dogs, Bruno is one of the dogs I really took to. He was adorable and I really loved his bow tie which he is famous for.

If you would like to follow Bruno's adventures please take a look at his Instagram Account @brunotheminidachshund

Therapy Dogs Nationwide

One of the things I look forward to the most about the event each year is meeting therapy dogs who make a huge difference in some peoples lives.  In 2017 Therapy Dogs Nationwide had their first year at Crufts. It was lovely to meet them and I got to know some of their lovely dogs including a deaf Spaniel Ted, a special rescue dog Haatchi and Bones the very affectionate Staffie that gave kisses to everyone he met. Therapy Dogs Nationwide is run by a group of volunteers and Therapy Dogs each have an important role and give comfort people when they visit Stroke Units, Cancer Wards, Hospitals, Prisons Care Homes and Mainstream and Special Need Schools. The charity has set up an Paws and Read programme as a way to help children that struggle with reading or are nervous reading in front of everyone in the classroom.

If you would like more information on Therapy Dogs Nationwide please visit their website therapydogsnationwide.org

Haatchi and Owen's story

It was lovely to meet Haatchi and Owen, they are a very special duo and have a close bond. Owen has a rare condition called Schwartz Jampel Syndrome a rare genetic disorder which causes his muscles to be permanently tense. In January 2012, when Haatchi was approximately 5 months old, he was deliberately abandoned on a railway line in North London and hit by a train. The impact severed off most of his tail and critically injured his rear left leg. Haatchi managed to stagger away and tucked himself between some tracks ducking as trains rolled over him.  Luckily Haatchi was rescued but the vets could not save his leg or tail. After a Facebook campaign was set up to find him a home he   moved to his forever home on the evening of the 18th February 2012 just 6 weeks after his operation. He met Owen when he woke up the following morning and Haatchi knew he had found the best companion in the whole wide world! Since November 2016 Haatchi has been involved with the Therapy Dogs Nationwide Charity.

If you would like to keep up to date on Haatchi and Owen their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Haatchi

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) birmingham nec bruno mini dachshund crufts crufts dog show dog event photography dog photography dogs of instagram crufts event photographer event photography gill raddings stunt dogs haatchi haatchi and owen mini dachshund rescue dogs stunt dogs therapy dogs therapy dogs nationwide https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/4/theothersidetocrufts Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:36:40 GMT
Elephants and Orangutans Chester Zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/elephants-and-orangutans-chester-zoo I went to Chester Zoo for the day recently and was really excited about going there again after not visiting for a while, it has always been one of my favourite zoos. One of the animals I was looking forward to visiting the most was the Hi Way Elephant Family and their young calves Nandita, Indali and Aayu, it was fun watching them as they have such playful characters. Nandita and Indali spent a lot of time enjoying mud baths, one of the reasons they like to have mud baths is it is a way to cool off from the sun. Because I have got attached to the elephant family at Chester Zoo the past few years, I could spend all day with them when I visit the zoo. 

Even though I was supposed to photograph the orangutans in the afternoon, it was hard to tear myself away from the elephants. When I went to visit the orangutans on the islands, they were fun to watch and photograph because of their human like behaviour. The keepers leave hammocks in the enclosure as it encourages a natural behaviour the orangutans would do in the wild, whilst I was watching them they used hammocks for shelter. If you are into orangutans, Chester Zoo is a great place to visit for seeing them in a beautiful setting and if you would like to see the orangutans up close you can take a boat ride from the island.

Chester Zoo's conservation Act for Wildlife conservation organisation fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people to live with elephants in their natural habitat. One of their campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, the virus affects young elephants around the world. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this horrible disease. In the future they hope to find a cure for the virus. Act for Wildlife also help orangutans, the past 10 years they have been working with Hutan Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation programme to protect the wildlife and orangutans in Borneo. They have got together with Hutan's education programme and their HEAP Team where they provide knowledge about the forests and impact people can have on wildlife. Because of educating people in their communities and working with schools and government departments they have started to build up postive relationships within the community. For more information on their projects please visit www.actforwildlife.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Westie Spring Photo Shoot https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/westie-spring-photo-shoot  I went to Battersea Park in London recently for a photo shoot with a Westie called Benny. I was looking forward to the photo shoot as Spring is a beautiful time of year for photography and some of the Cherry Blossom Trees had started to flower. Benny has a playful character and spent most of the time chasing his favourite tennis ball. Even though Benny is 12 years old, he is young at heart and reminded me of my dog Benjamin because he had so much energy.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens to photograph Benny, it is one of my favourite lenses as it is versatile and you can get natural photos from a distance.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Battersea Battersea Park Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography Battersea Dog Photography London Dog Photography Spring Nikon Nikon Photography Sigma Sigma Photography Spring West Highland Terrier Westie https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/westie-spring-photo-shoot Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:30:22 GMT
Crufts Dog Show 2017 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/crufts-dog-show-2017 I went to Crufts Dog Show at Birmingham NEC for Gundog Day, I go every year and thoroughly enjoy it. I always look forward to meeting and photographing different dog breeds as each of them have such lovely expressions you wonder what they are thinking. It is also a good event for getting to know dogs that play important roles and make a difference in some people's lives. Since 2016 Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs that have featured in films alongside well known actors and Therapy Dogs Nationwide Charity attended the event for the first time in 2017.

Stunt Dogs

Gill Raddings and her Stunt Dogs held demonstrations at the Arden Grange Stand where you got to know some of the dogs and learn more about the training that is involved for film work. I really loved watching these dogs and could of photographed them all day, it was hard to tear myself away. Dodger and Biscuit are two of the dogs that started out as rescue dogs, it was so lovely to see how well they were doing. Many of the dogs have featured in films and programmes. Dodger has featured in Doc Martin and played Buddy and one of the other dogs Barley appeared in  JK Rowling;'s film Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them.

If you would like more information on Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs or know anyone who need any dogs for films their website is http://stuntdogs.net/dogs/

Therapy Dogs Nationwide

One of the things I look forward to the most about the event each year is meeting therapy dogs who make a huge difference in some peoples lives.  In 2017 Therapy Dogs Nationwide had their first year at Crufts. It was lovely to meet them and I got to know some of their lovely dogs including a deaf Spaniel Ted, a special rescue dog Haatchi and Bones the very affectionate Staffie that gave kisses to everyone he met. Therapy Dogs Nationwide is run by a group of volunteers and Therapy Dogs each have an important role and give comfort people when they visit Stroke Units, Cancer Wards, Hospitals, Prisons Care Homes and Mainstream and Special Need Schools. The charity has set up an Paws and Read programme as a way to help children that struggle with reading or are nervous reading in front of everyone in the classroom.

If you would like more information on Therapy Dogs Nationwide please visit their website therapydogsnationwide.org 

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Hungarian Vizsla, Stunt Dogs and Therapy Dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Birmingham Birmingham NEC Crufts Crufts 2017 Crufts Dog Show Dog Event Photography Dog Photographer Dog Photography Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs Gundog Day 2017 Gundogs NEC Stunt Dogs Therapy Dogs Therapy Dogs Nationwide Charity dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/crufts-dog-show-2017 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:22:45 GMT
100 Elephants Per Day Loose Their Life To Ivory Trade https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/100-elephants-per-day-loose-their-life-to-ivory-trade As there is still a demand for ivory tusks, everyday 100 elephants per day loose their life and are poached for their ivory every 15 minutes which is shocking and very sad. The elephant population has declined by 50% in Asia. Due to things such as habitat destruction and being poached for their ivory they are critically endangered. These are some of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct, the EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct within 25 years due to the ivory trade. It has been announced that China are banning the sale of ivory trade by the end of 2017 which is great news and will hopefully help the survival of the species. Elephants play an important role and help to maintain forest for other species. When it is dry season they use their tusks to dig for water which not only helps them, it provides water for other animals that live in the same area. Another way elephants are good for helping animals is whilst they look for food they make gaps in vegetation where plants grow which helps to create pathways for smaller species.

In 2012 and 2013 Bala and Hari were born into the Hi Way Elephant Family at Chester Zoo, I got attached to them during my visits to the zoo. They had a close bond and spent a lot of time together, it was always hard to tear myself away from them. Unfortunately Bala and Hari passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotopic Herpes Virus, the virus affects young elephants around the world. When I heard the news I was so upset as I had become so attached to them through my zoo visits the past few years. Since 2015 the Elephant Family have had 3 more elephant calves born into their herd including Nandita, Indali and Aayu which is great news as they play an important role in Chester Zoo's Conservation Organisation. I went to visit them in March 2017, I could have spent all day with Nandita, Indali and Aayu as they have such playful characters.

One of the Organisations that does great work is Chester Zoo's conservation organisation Act for Wildlife, they fund projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people to live with elephants in their natural habitat. The past 10 years they have been working in India to help people and elephants live together. Through their projects they hope to protect wild elephants. One of their campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this horrible disease. In the future they hope to find a cure for the virus. For more information please visit their website www.actforwildlife.org.uk

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/100-elephants-per-day-loose-their-life-to-ivory-trade Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:49:33 GMT
Tigers could be extinct within 20 years https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/tigers-could-be-extinct-within-20-years Tigers are one of the big cats that are endangered and urgently need our help in the wild. Due to poaching, habitat destruction and tigers being used for medicine we have lost 97% of wild tigers. Unfortunately there is a demand for tiger skins, bones and traditional medicine. Their parts are sent off to be used in illegal wildlife markets. If we not do not help them now tigers could be extinct within 20 years!!

It has been estimated tigers could be more then 2 million years old. The tiger is the largest big cat species. The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest out of the subspecies and the Amur Tiger is the largest. There are 6 species of tiger including Sumatran, Amur, Bengal, Indochinese, South China and Malayan Tiger. Each tiger has their own unique stripe to help with camouflage from prey.

One of the organisations that does wonderful work and conservation projects for wild tigers is 21st Century Tiger. Since they started in 1997 it is one of the top seven tiger funding agencies. Crissie and Esther from the organisation are based at ZSL London Zoo. Some of the projects they fund include anti poaching and monitoring tigers in Russia and Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. Their projects have helped tiger numbers increase in Nepal the past 3 years. Organisations such as 21st Century Tiger give tigers some hope for the future. Without organisations like these, tigers would probably be extinct in the wild which would be very sad, a world without tigers is unimaginable. For more information on conservation projects they fund please visit their website www.21stcenturytiger.org

Tigers are very special animals and an icon in the big cat world. In 2016 it was announced that tiger numbers have increased which is great news for the population and will hopefully help the survival of the species. 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/tigers-could-be-extinct-within-20-years Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:42:00 GMT
World Wildlife Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/world-wildlife-day Today is World Wildlife Day, it is celebrated on the 3rd of March each year to raise awareness of endangered animals and plants. Some of the animals that need our urgent help in the wild are tigers, lions and elephants.

Tigers

The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest out of the tiger species. Due to research of tiger fossils it has been estimated that they could be more then 2 million years old. Because of poaching, habitat destruction and tigers being used for medicine we have lost 97% of wild tigers. One of the organisations that does wonderful work and conservation projects is Wildcats Conservation Alliance that are based at ZSL London Zoo. They fund projects including anti poaching and monitoring tigers in Russia and Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. Organisations such Wildcats Conservation Alliance give tigers some hope for the future. Their projects have helped tiger numbers increase in Nepal the past 3 years which is great news for tigers and will hopefully help the survival of the species. For more information on the projects they are involved in please visit https://conservewildcats.org

Lions

In the wild Asiatic Lions live in Gir Forest National Park in India, this lion species is also known as the Indian Lion. One of the differences between the Asiatic and African Lions is the Asiatic has a shorter mane. In the 1900s Asiatic Lions were hunted for sport which caused them to be nearly extinct. Since 2010 their numbers have increased from 100 to 500 in the national park and Gir Conservation Area. Even though numbers are increasing they are still endangered from threats such as disease. Some of the lions have had cubs which is good news and will hopefully help the survival of the Asiatic Lion species. ZSL have got together with the Wildlife Institude of India and Gujarat Forest Department to help protect Asiatic Lions in their natural habitat and set up patrolling system with forest rangers.  If you would like more information on how ZSL help lions visit https://www.zsl.org/conservation/regions/asia/protecting-asiatic-lions-in-the-gir-forest

Elephants

The Elephant is the largest land mammal living on Earth, they live in Nepal, India and South East Asia. Due to habitat destruction, human conflict and being poached for their ivory they are critically endangered and have declined by 50% in Asia. As there is still a demand for ivory tusks, everyday 100 elephants loose their lives which is shocking and very sad. It is one of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade. One of the organisations who do great work is Chester Zoo's conservation Act for Wildlife, they do projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people to live with elephants in their natural habitat. One of their campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, the virus affects young elephants around the world. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this horrible disease. In the future they hope to find a cure for the virus. For more information please visit www.actforwildlife.org.uk

   

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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Venice Carnival https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/venice-carnival Each year Venice hold their yearly Carnival in February, it is well known for Venetian Masks and Costumes. When the Carnival first started in 1162 the masks were more simple, today they are hand painted from natural feathers and gems. In 1797 the Venice Carnival was banned by the King of Austria. After a long absence the Carnival returned in 1979 and now has approx 3 million visitors every year. It has been tradition for many years and is one of the biggest and oldest festivals.

I went to Venice in 2011 and 2014 to photograph the Carnival and really enjoyed it, the Masks and Costumes are always beautiful and different. One of the lovely people I have got to know is Patricia Juilland, she designs her own Costumes and has made 47 so far.

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Patricia and her beautiful Costumes, I took the photos with my Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Carnival Italy Venetian Venetian Masks Venice Venice Carnival Venice Carnival Italy https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/venice-carnival Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:16:23 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Valentine Dog Walk 2017 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/all-dogs-matters-valentine-dog-walk-2017 All Dogs Matter Charity held their yearly Valentine Dog Walk in Hampstead Heath on the 12th of February 2017. Despite the cold Winter weather they had a good turnout and everyone still enjoyed taking part. It is one of the events I look forward to the most each year as some of the dogs dress up in Valentine outfits.

2 of the Staffies that went to the event Elsie and Teddy were always together during the dog walk, Teddy is one of the ambassadors for All Dogs Matter and Elsie was adopted through the charity. Before Elsie was rehomed she used to live with Teddy and was one of his foster sisters. When Elsie saw Teddy she remembered him and wanted to be with him all the time which was lovely to watch and shows how close they are.

All Dogs Matter hold different events throughout the year to raise funds for their charity, at this year's Valentine Dog Walk they raised £1000.00 which is a brilliant amount and will go towards helping more of their dogs needing homes. If you know anyone that is interested in fostering or rehoming please visit All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity All Dogs Matter Events Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography London Dogs Hampstead Heath London Rescue Dogs Valentine Valentine Dog Walk 2017 Valentines Dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/all-dogs-matters-valentine-dog-walk-2017 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:01:07 GMT
Event Photography London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/event-photography-london Over the last year I have photographed several events in London which I have really enjoyed. Some of my favourite events have been All Dogs Matter's events as it has given me the opportunity to meet so many lovely people and their rescue dogs, Canary Woof Dog Show where your dog could take part in different classes including Fancy Dress and The Chocolate Show at Olympia London which had a variety of stalls for trying chocolate samples from around the world.

I use my Nikon D300s camera, Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens to photograph events throughout the year.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Chocolates Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography London Dogs Event Photography Event Photography London Events Events London Food Food Photography Hampstead Hampstead Heath London Nikon Nikon Photography Olympia London Sigma The Chocolate Show The Chocolate Show London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/event-photography-london Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:33:29 GMT
Sumatran Tigers London Zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/sumatran-tigers-london-zoo On the 3rd of February 2014 Melati the Sumatran Tigress at London Zoo gave birth to Cinta, Budi and Nakal. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and photographing them growing up together over their 2 years at the zoo. It was lovely watching all 3 of them as cubs and getting to know their individual characters as they turned into adults. Cinta grew alot in confidence and went from being shy as a cub to growing in confidence and sometimes snarling at her brothers if they tried to climb the same tree as her. One of the things Cinta enjoyed doing when she was older was look out for pigeons from her favourite tree. Even though they started their new lives a year ago I still miss seeing them at the zoo, watching Cinta, Budi and Nakal growing up was a special experience.

I have put together a collage with some of my favourite photos for their 3rd birthday:

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Big Cats Conservation Endangered London Zoo Sumatran Tigers Tigers Wildlife Wildlife Photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/sumatran-tigers-london-zoo Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:16:02 GMT
Japanese Macaque Monkeys Highland Wildlife Park https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/japanese-macaque-monkeys  A few years ago I went to visit the Japanese Macaque Monkeys at Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland. I was excited about going and was not disappointed, it is a beautiful park and a great place for watching and photographing the macaque monkeys interacting together if you cannot visit them in Japan. Feeding Times is one of the best times to go and see them by the lake. For more information on Highland Wildlife Park please visit their website www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk

In the wild they live in a beautiful forest near Nango in Japan. Because of their thick coats the macaque monkeys are able to adapt to colder temperatures as low as -4 degrees and can live in elevations of up to 9600 above sea level. They are sociable animals and like to live in groups. If there is a lot of food sometimes a group of 700 macaques get together. Because of living in Snow they are also known as Snow Monkeys. During the Winter the macaques enjoy spending time in the Hot Springs to keep warm.

One of the wildlife trips I have always wanted to do is visiting the Japanese Macaque Monkeys in Japan, visiting them in Winter would be a dream trip. If you are visiting the macaque monkeys in Japan or Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland I recommend a 300mm telephoto lens or 80-400mm lens. My favourite lens for photographing wildlife is the Nikon 80-400mm lens as it is a versatile lens and you can still watch the animals from a distance without disturbing them.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Highland Wildlife Park Japanese Macaque Monkeys Macaque Monkeys Monkeys Primates Scotland Wildlife https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/japanese-macaque-monkeys Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:46:53 GMT
Seal Pups Norfolk https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/seal-pups-norfolk We went on a family trip to visit the Grey Seal Colony at Horsey Gap in Norfolk in December 2016. I was excited about visiting as it is one of the wildlife trips I have always wanted to do over the last few years. November to February is breeding season and one of the best times to see the seal pups. Each year the Grey Seals go to Horsey Gap to breed, it is one of the mainland breeding sites. Grey Seals are one of the largest mammals and half the world's population of seals live in the UK. The seal pup normally stays with their mum for the first 3 weeks during the weaning period when they feed on milk from their mums. After the weaning the mum will leave the pup. When they are born their coats are white and fluffy and not waterproof until the moulting stage. After a few weeks the pups will moult and their coat changes to waterproof, after it has finished moulting the seal pups will start going to sea and feeding for themselves.

Horsey Gap is a lovely place to visit for wildlife photography and watching Grey Seals and their pups in their natural habitat. If you are a photographer visiting the seals for the first time, I would recommend a telephoto lens or prime one to help you get closer to them from the viewing areas. I used my Nikon D300s camera and Nikon 80-400mm lens to photograph the seal pups. I really enjoyed watching them especially when they were rolling over in the sand.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Grey Seals Horsey Gap Nature Norfolk Norfollk Coast Seal Pups Seals Travel Wildlife https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/seal-pups-norfolk Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:36:55 GMT
All Dogs Matter Santa Paws Event 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/all-dogs-matter-santa-paws-2016 On the 10th of December All Dogs Matter Charity held their yearly Santa Paws Christmas Event at the Garden Gate Pub in Hampstead Heath. It was a really good day, there were a variety of stall holders that came out to support All Dogs Matter and help raise funds for them including Nowzad  http://www.nowzad.com Duke Loves Fergiehttp://www.dukelovesfergie.com and Broughton and Co https://lovebroughtonandco.com There was also a Christmas Grotto at the event where people could have photos taken of their dogs by Ian from Dogstar. Some of the dogs who attended Santa Paws were Duke the French bulldog, Billy the Spaniel, Maude, Barker the Staffie from Barkers Of Muswell Hill http://www.barkersshopfordogs.co.uk Tucker and Charlie from Hampstead Housesitters and Dashy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, he likes to watch what is going on at events.

One of the things that makes All Dogs Matter's events more enjoyable and fun is I have met a lot of lovely people through their events over the last year. They are one of the nicest and most genuine dog charities you could ever meet. If you know anyone who would like to foster or rehome a dog please visit their website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Barkers of Muswell Hill Broughton and Co Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dogs Duke Loves Fergie Hampstead Housesitters London Dog Photography London. Nowzad Rescue Dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/all-dogs-matter-santa-paws-2016 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:41:20 GMT
Dog Photo Shoot Hampstead Heath https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/dog-photo-shoot-hampstead-heath I had a lovely photo shoot with Christiana from Hampstead Housesitters recently and some of the dogs she was looking after a yorkie poo Tucker and golden doodle Charlie while the owners were on holiday.

Christiana is based in North London, I always enjoy our photo shoots and meeting some of the dogs she looks after. If you know anyone who needs their dog or cat looking after when they go on holiday or are at work, I would thoroughly recommend Hampstead Housesitters, they have a genuine love for animals and spending time with them. For more info please visit www.hampsteadhousesitters.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Autumn Autumn Photography Dog Photographer Dog Photographer London Dog Photography Dog Photography Hampstead Heath Dog Photography London Dogs Golden Doodle Hampstead Hampstead Heath Hampstead Hounds Hampstead Housesitters Natasha Balletta Photography Yorkie Poo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/dog-photo-shoot-hampstead-heath Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:05:53 GMT
Autumn Photo Shoot Battersea Park https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/autumn-photo-shoot-battersea-park I had a lovely dog photo shoot with Leticia, Boo the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Magnus the Standard Schnauzer. I love the colours and gentle lighting in Autumn, it is my favourite time of the year for photo shoots as the lighting is more beautiful and gentle. The photo shoot took place at Battersea Park which is a lovely location, Boo and Magnus looked handsome with the Autumn colours.

Leticia is a Dog Walker and Professional Behaviourist Dog Trainer in London, I have really enjoyed taking photos for her website https://www.leticiabenatti.com and getting to know some of the dogs she looks after.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens for the photo shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

         

    

     

 

 

        

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Autumn Autumn Photography Battersea Park Chelsea Dog Photographer Dog Photographer London Dog Photography Dogs Gundog Kensington Leticia Dog Walker and Professional Behaviourist London London Dog Photography Natasha Balletta Photography Nikon Nikon Photography Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Schnauzer Standard Schnauzer https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/autumn-photo-shoot-battersea-park Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:56:38 GMT
Teddy Maximus https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/teddy-maximus Over the last year I have met lots of lovely people through dog events in London and at the Birmingham NEC. One of the people I have gotten to know is Holly from Teddy Maximus, she does a variety of beautiful bespoke products for your dog including dog beds, bow ties and Shetland Harnesses. I have been a fan of Holly's products since we met at the National Pet Show in November 2015 and bought one of her bow ties for my dog Benjamin.

Holly's Mini Dachshund Teddy inspired her to start Teddy Maximus. Holly says "Teddy knows what he likes and doesn't like, so the perfect name for a brand, it is all about fun and luxury British Style."

Holly wanted to create something with style and heritage that people could enjoy and treasure. Holly says "Our products are all made in England by top craftsman. The beds beautifully compliment people's interiors while the leads and collars are made to last and made from top quality leather."

Teddy Maximus offers something for dogs of all shapes and sizes from cosy beds made in Somerset, luxury leather leads and collars made with solid brass fittings by a fine leathersmith, to coats, bow ties and bone ties.

I asked Holly if she has any favourite products, she says "We love to mix it up depending on the season, so our Liberty Print for a Spring/Summer day, the Shetland Wool collection for dapper city or country outings and cosy nights in, whilst the Signature Print is a great all round stylish classic."

Holly has a range of limited products coming out for Christmas including bow ties and banadanas, she has recently launched the Pink and Sand Shetland Wool Harnesses which come in small and large sizes, so are perfect for puppies and dogs. If you would to view any of the products please take a look at https://teddymaximus.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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National Pet Show 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/national-pet-show-2016  I went to the National Pet Show at Birmingham NEC this month, it is a great event to go to as there are always a variety of demonstrations which makes it more enjoyable each year. One of the things I enjoy the most about photographing the show is their dog displays and the opportunity to meet some beautiful cat breeds. There are always fun performances to watch, this year Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard from Britain's Got Talent  http://www.uksuperdogs.com and Rachael Grylls and her Jack Russell Jack took part in Superdogs Live. They are both talented and it shows in their performances how much they enjoy training dogs and performing. One of the lovely dog charities who had a stand was Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home where you could meet dogs who have found homes through them  http://www.dogshome.net/  For more information on the show please visit their website http://www.thenationalpetshow.com

I used my Nikon D300s camera, Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lenses to photograph the National Pet Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Birmingham Birmingham NEC Cat Photography Cats Dog Photography Dogs Lucy Heath National Pet Show Trip Hazard https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/national-pet-show-2016 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:17:34 GMT
Photography Training Course London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/children-photography-london Even though I have been a photographer for a few years, I like to go on new training courses as there is always something new to learn, photography and techniques are changing all the time. I went to do a Urban Rascals Course with Aspire Photography Training in London last week, I really enjoyed trying out some different photography. Since doing the course I am feeling excited and inspired.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens to photograph the models Jayla and Vicky.

If you would like to do photography training, I would definitely recommend Aspire Photography Training, their courses are good fun and very inspiring. For more information please visit their website http://www.aspirephotographytraining.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Children Children Photography Children Photography London" London, Nikon, "Nikon Photography" Portrait Urban Portrait Photography Urban Portrait Photography London" "Portrait Photography", Portraits, Urban, "Photography Training" https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/children-photography-london Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:10:44 GMT
All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/all-dogs-matter-halloween-dog-walk-2016  I went to All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk in Hampstead Heath last weekend it was a really good day. One of the things I was excited about the most was meeting lots of dogs in different outfits and was not disappointed, there were so many fab costumes. The event started off in Hampstead Heath where you could take part in the dog walk through the beautiful woods. Some of the dogs I met were Murphy the Mini Dachshund, Marcel Le Corgi and Lola. After the walk, All Dogs Matter held a fun dog show at the Spaniards Inn pub which is one of the oldest pubs in London. Some of the people who came to support All Dogs Matter's event were Lisa Garner who raises awareness of Puppy Farming, Marc Abraham the vet and Michelle Collins.

They had one of their best turn outs and raised £1000.00 which is an incredible amount and will go towards helping more of their dogs who are looking for homes. If you would like more information on any of their dogs who are looking for homes, please visit All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

   

 

 

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Autumn Autumn Photography Dog Photography Dogs Halloween Halloween Dog Walk Hampstead Heath London London Dog Photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/all-dogs-matter-halloween-dog-walk-2016 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:56:38 GMT
Dog Photography Hertfordshire https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/dog-photography-hertfordshire I went to St Albans in Hertfordshire last Sunday to do a photo shoot with Francesca and her beautiful Staffie Bella. A few months ago I did a competition on Facebook and Bella was the winner of the Staffie Smile competition. Bella's owner Francesca adopted her through All Dogs Matter Charity who are based in North London http://alldogsmatter.co.uk When Francesca told me some of the story, I was upset to hear how Bella was treated. She was used as a breeding machine and left on the streets.

Francesca brought along her other rescue dog Hugo, she gave him a home through the Retired Greyhound Trust https://www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk It is always incredible how dogs like Bella and Hugo end up having such lovely characters after not having the best start in life, it goes to show how special and forgiving dogs are.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens to photograph Bella and Hugo.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography Hertfordshire Dogs Greyhound Hertfordshire Natasha Balletta Photography Nikon Nikon Photography Rescue Dogs Retired Greyhound Trust St Albans Staffie https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/dog-photography-hertfordshire Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:27:52 GMT
Discover Dogs 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/discover-dogs-2016 Each year Discover Dogs hold their event at London Excel. I went to the event with a friend and had a really good day. There were so many lovely dogs to meet and photograph including a golden retriever who is a Pets As Therapy Dog and visits children at schools http://petsastherapy.org Colin and Rhapsody who are Doodle Dogs, a very beautiful husky and Bruno the Mini Dachshund who was one of the Raving Reporters at the show  http://www.brunotheminidachshund.com It was also lovely to see Holly from Teddy Maximus, she does a variety of beautiful bespoke dog beds, carriers and bow ties  https://teddymaximus.com I always look forward to the displays and was not disappointed. The Agility and Flyball was fun to watch and photograph.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 to photograph Discover Dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Bruno Dachshund" Dog Photography Dogs London Dog Photography" "Event Photography" "Discover Dogs" "Teddy Maximus" "Pets As Therapy" Mini The https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/discover-dogs-2016 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:24:02 GMT
The Chocolate Show 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/the-chocolate-show-2016 I went to The Chocolate Show at Olympia London for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were so many different stalls to visit where you could try samples of chocolates from around the world. Throughout the show Will Torrent did demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre. One of the things I enjoyed the most was visiting some of the people who make their own chocolate sculptures, Choco Passion make their sculptures in Italy and have a range from chocolate cameras to minions http://www.chocopassionuk.com/ Azra Chocolates does hand crafted shoes made of Belgium Chocolate http://www.azrachocolates.co.uk/ and The UK Chocolatician made the Queen, Corgi Dogs and CumberBunnies http://www.chocolatician.com/shop/cumber-bunny

Each year there is a Chocolate Fashion Show, there were beautiful dresses during the Fashion Show. The idea behind it was chocolatiers and fashion designers wanted to make unique chocolate dresses.

I used my Nikon D300s camera, Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens to photograph the show. The Nikon 24/70mm was my favourite for photographing the sculptures and Sigma 70-200mm for the Fashion Show as you could be more district and get more natural photos of the people taking part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Azra Chocolates Choco Passion Chocolates Event Photographer Event Photography Food Food Photography London Olympia London The Chocolate Show The Chocolate Show 2016 Will Torrent https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/the-chocolate-show-2016 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:41:18 GMT
Pet Portrait Photography London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/pet-portrait-photography-london I had a fun photo shoot with Leticia, Wilf, Frank and Chedi in London on Saturday, Leticia won my photo shoot voucher at All Dogs Matter's Valentine Dog Walk earlier this year, it was really nice to finally meet up and get to know some of the dogs she looks after. They are great dogs and each of them have so much personality. Wilf the Whippet and Frank the French Bulldog are always together, they are the best of friends.

Leticia is a Dog Walker and Professional Behaviourist Dog Trainer based in London. Even though we only met up for the afternoon, it shows how much Leticia loves dogs and looking after them.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens for the photo shoot, the Sigma lens is one of my favourite lenses as it is versatile and you can get more candid photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography London Dogs French Bulldog Labrador Cross Pet Photography Pet Portrait Photography Whippet https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/pet-portrait-photography-london Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:16:57 GMT
London Zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/london-zoo I went to London Zoo near Regent's Park this week to visit their Sumatran Tiger Family Jae Jae, Melati and Achilles and Karis. They are really cute and always playing together. Even though Achilles and Karis are only 3 months old, they already have a close bond. I am looking forward to watching them growing up and getting to know their characters more.

One of the organisations at London Zoo is 21st Century Tiger, they do wonderful work and conservation projects to help tigers in their natural habitat. Some of the projects they do include anti poaching and monitoring tigers in Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal http://www.21stcenturytiger.org/2016/08/02/increase-in-tiger-numbers-nepal/ Without organisations like these, tigers would probably be extinct which would very sad and upsetting.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Nikon 80-400mm lens to photograph the tiger cubs. 

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Achilles and Karis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) 21st Century Tiger Conservation Endangered London London Zoo Nikon Nikon Photography Tiger Cubs Tigers Wildlife https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/london-zoo Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:52:09 GMT
Victoria Park Dog Show 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/victoria-park-dog-show-2016 All Dogs Matter Charity held their Victoria Park Dog Show on the 11th of September, they are a rescue and rehoming charity based in North London. It was a really good day and a great turn out. There were so many dogs to meet and photograph and lovely stalls to visit. One of the people who had a stall was Claire Thorogood who does beautiful dog paintings on acrylic canvas. They also did a variety of classes on the day for your dog to take part in from Cutest Pup to Best Rescue and Mr Victoria and Miss Victoria.

Their events are a good opportunity to meet and get to know some of their dogs who are looking for homes, Izzy and Terry were some of the dogs at the event, they have recently found homes. If you know anyone who is interested in fostering or rehoming a dog, All Dogs Matter are a really lovely charity and dedicated to helping dogs needing homes http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Dog Event Photography London Dog Photographer Dog Photography London Dog Photography Victoria Park Victoria Park London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/victoria-park-dog-show-2016 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:30 GMT
Muffin Photo Shoot https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/muffin-photo-shoot I went to Ravenscourt Park in London and had a lovely photo shoot with a Staffie and German Shepherd Cross called Muffin. Muffin's owner Jackie rescued her from SPDC in Cyprus. Muffin was left dumped in a pound in Nicosia at 3 months old, she had been starved and was anaemic due to ticks. Also black dogs are harder to find homes for because they are considered unlucky in Cyprus. When Jackie saw Muffin's photo she fell in love with her and wanted to give her a good loving home.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens to photograph Muffin during her photo shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Crossbreed Dog Photographer Dog Photography London Dog Photography Rescue Dog https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/muffin-photo-shoot Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:16:11 GMT
Dog Photography London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/dog-photography-london I really enjoyed doing a mini photo shoot with Bruno the Mini Dachshund at Pup Aid in Primrose Hill near Regent's Park. He is well known for his bow ties and different outfits and has a huge fan base through Instagram and over 70,000 followers. Bruno's owners Lindsay and Sarah wanted to set up a Instagram account for Bruno as they did not want to bore her friends and family too much by filling her Facebook account with lots of photos. Lindsay says "Bruno's Instagram is his personal journal and it is a lovely way to look back at everything he has been up to the past 2 years."

When you meet a Dachshund like Bruno, he is such a little character and despite his fame is still shy. If you would like to view more photos or keep up to date on Bruno's adventures, his username on Instagram is @brunotheminidachshund

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 to photograph Bruno.

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 If you would like to view more dog portrait photos please visit http://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/dog-photography-hertfordshire-bedfordshire-buckinghamshire-london

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Bruno Mini Dachshund Dachshund Dog Photographer Dog Photography London Dog Photography Mini Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund Pup Aid Pup Aid 2016 Sausage Dog https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/dog-photography-london Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:08:01 GMT
Pup Aid 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/pup-aid-2016 Marc Abraham the vet held his Pup Aid Event at Primrose Hill near Regent's Park to help raise awareness and make more people aware of Puppy Farming. I was looking forward to going to the event as I really enjoyed my first year photographing Pup Aid. It was a great event to be a part of,  there were so many dogs to photograph. One of the Dachshunds who went to the event was Bruno the Mini Dachshund, he is well known for his bow ties and different outfits and even has his own wardrobe. It was also lovely to meet a Dachshund called Teddy from Teddy Maximus, Holly Simpson does beautiful dog beds, bow ties, dog coats and carriers https://teddymaximus.com/

There were a variety of classes throughout the day including Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard, Best Rescue and Parade of ex breeding bitches. One of the people who took part in the Parade was Lisa Garner who rescued her lovely Cavalier Spaniels Lucy and Annabelle from a Puppy Farm, they were both used for breeding and kept in cages for the first part of their lives. When you meet dogs such as Lucy and Annabelle it goes to show how courageous and brave they are for overcoming what they went through on Puppy Farm.

Marc Abraham set up Pup Aid and has been campaigning to try and end this cruel trade. The Puppy Farming Trade across the UK and Europe is an on going problem. The dogs and their puppies are kept in horrific conditions and are more prone to infectious diseases, painful or chronic inherited conditions, behavioural problems, shorter life spans and sometimes they die from starvation. When you hear these stories or see pictures of how they are treated, it is inhumane and brings a tear to my eye as every dog deserves to have a healthy start in life.

If you would like more info on the great work Marc does and how you can help put a stop to Puppy Farming please take a look at Pup Aid's website http://www.pupaid.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Event Dog Photographer Dog Photography London Dog Photography London Event Photography Primrose Hill Pup Aid Pup Aid 2016 Teddy Maximus https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/9/pup-aid-2016 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:12:41 GMT
National Dog Day 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/national-dog-day-2016 Each year National Dog Day is hold on the 26th of August. It is a day to celebrate all the different dog breeds, Assistance Dogs who have special roles and help dogs needing homes. Through my photography I have had the opportunity to meet and photograph lots of different dogs and still get as excited as I did when I first started. When you meet dogs they are one of the most loyal and forgiving animals.

I have been involved with All Dogs Matter Charity over the last year and met so many lovely rescue dogs, it is always incredible how these dogs end up having such loving and affectionate characters despite not having the best start in life. If you know anyone who is interested in fostering or rehoming a dog, please take a look at All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

Since picking up a camera I have been able to combine the two things I love the most, one of my favourite lenses for dog photography is the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens because of it's versatility. 

Below are a few of my favourite photos from the last few years:

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Cocker Spaniel Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Portrait Dogs Gundogs Hampstead Hampstead Heath Labrador Labrador Retriever London London Dog Photography Mini Dachshund National Dog Day National Dog Day 2016 Portrait Photography Rescue Dogs Staffie Whippet https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/national-dog-day-2016 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:59:38 GMT
Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/trentham-gardens-monkey-forest I recently visited Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest near Stoke On Trent in Staffordshire. One of the reasons I was looking forward to visiting the gardens was because of a wild flower meadow that was planted by Nigel Dunnet. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing the meadow, it was so beautiful and colourful. The meadow was like a sea of colour and reminded me of something you would see in a painting.

If you are into wildlife or nature Trentham Gardens is a lovely place to visit for the day, they have a beautiful lake with bird life and near the gardens is Trentham Monkey Forest. One of the things that makes places such as Monkey Forest more special is the opportunity to watch and walk amongst Barbary Macaque Monkeys in a woodland setting, sometimes they are walking distance from you. Because of the breeding season, Summer is an exciting time to go to the forest as they normally have baby monkeys.

If you would like to visit Trentham Gardens or Monkey Forest, please take a look at their websites

http://www.trentham.co.uk/trentham-gardens

http://www.mpcfoundation.org.uk/

I used my Nikon D300s camera, Nikon 80-400mm and Nikon 105mm Macro lenses to photograph Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Barbary Macaque Monkeys Flowers Gardens Meadow Nature Staffordshire Stoke On Trent Trentham Trentham Gardens Trentham Monkey Forest Wild Flower Meadow Wildlife Wildlife Photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/trentham-gardens-monkey-forest Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:12:46 GMT
World Elephant Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/world-elephant-day World Elephant Day is a day to celebrate these special animals and raise awareness why they need our help before it is too late. Due to things such as habitat destruction, human conflict and being poached for their ivory, they are critically endangered and have declined by 50% in Asia. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade.

One of the organisations who help Asian Elephants is the Elephant Family, they are a small charity and since 2002 they have protected wildlife habitat and reduced conflict between people and elephants. Through their projects Elephant Family make sure elephants have enough space to graze and work with communities to try and prevent human conflict.

The Elephant is the largest land mammal living on Earth, they live in Nepal, India and South East Asia. Due to habitat destruction, human conflict and being poached for their ivory they are critically endangered and have declined by 50% in Asia. As there is still a demand for ivory tusks, everyday 100 elephants loose their lives which is shocking and very sad. It is one of the reasons why these special mammals could become extinct. The EU have recently confirmed elephants could be extinct in only 25 years because of the ivory trade. One of the organisations who do great work is Chester Zoo's conservation Act for Wildlife, they do projects in the UK and overseas including teaching people to live with elephants in their natural habitat. One of their campaigns is We Never Forget in memory of Bala and Hari from Chester Zoo who unfortunately passed away from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, the virus affects young elephants around the world. Through the campaign they are funding research to try and help elephants in zoos and the wild so less are affected by this horrible disease. In the future they hope to find a cure for the virus. For more information please visit www.actforwildlife.org.uk

Below are a few of my favourite photos of the Asian Elephants from Whipsnade Zoo and Chester Zoo

 

 

  

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Asian Elephants Born Free Foundation Critically Endangered Elephant Family Charity Elephants Ivory Poaching Ivory Trade Whipsnade Zoo World Elephant Day World Elephant Day 2016 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/world-elephant-day Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:32:56 GMT
World Lion Day 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/world-lion-day-2016 World Lion Day is part of a global campaign to help save lions in their natural habitat. African Lions are endangered and a vulnerable species, they have declined by 60% in numbers. Due to things such as poaching, habitat destruction, conflict with humans and trophy hunting it has been confirmed that they could be extinct by 2050 which is very sad. One of the other problems they face is cubs are cruelly taken away from their mums and the cubs are used for cub-petting at tourist attractions.

Over the last year I have been visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Simba, Dani and Maria were some of the lions who were rescued from a run down zoo in Romania before moving to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in 2010.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation is one of the organisations who do great conservation work for these majestic big cats. They are currently doing a 3 year project called Fauna and Flora International in Mozambique http://ywpfoundation.com/protecting-wild-dogs-lions-mozambique-update-fauna-flora-international/ the project includes monitoring and tracking lions using a radio system. They also use vehicles and aircraft for anti poaching and protection. Projects like these will give lions a better chance of survival and having a safer future in the wild.

For more information on the conservation projects Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation support please take a look at their website http://ywpfoundation.com/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) African Lions Big Cat Photography Big Cats Lions Wildlife World Lion Day World Lion Day 2016 Yorkshire Wildlife Park Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/world-lion-day-2016 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:38:08 GMT
Sweetest Staffie https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/sweetest-staffie I went to Southend Farm kennels with Sonia Robertson from All Dogs Matter this week to meet some of their dogs who are looking for homes.

One of the Staffies I really took to was 5 year old Binky, I could of spent all afternoon with her. She is one of the most playful and affectionate Staffies I have met. Binky likes to have lots of fuss and attention.

Since meeting up with Sonia, Binky has been rehomed, I hope she is doing well in her new home. If you would like more information on other staffies who are looking for homes, please take a look at All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Adopt All Dogs Matter All Dogs Matter Charity Dog Charity Dog Photography Dog Photography London London Dog Photography London' Rescue Dog Staffie https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/sweetest-staffie Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:04:15 GMT
International Tiger Day 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/international-tiger-day-2016 I went to visit Tschuna, Hector, Harley and Hope at Yorkshire Wildlife Park for International Tiger Day. I was excited about visiting them again, I have really enjoyed watching Hector, Harley and Hope growing up since they were cubs last year. Even though there were a few showers throughout the day, I still loved spending time with the tigers. They did not mind the rain and enjoyed going in the water in the afternoon, I could of watched them all day.

International Tiger Day is a celebration of these beautiful and majestic animals and to help raise awareness of tigers and why they need our help in the wild. There were Tiger Talks on the day and a stand where you could ask the keepers questions about tigers. Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation work with ALTA Conservation that fund projects overseas to help Amur Tigers in their natural habitat. One of their projects is a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Alekseeva. Sometimes young tigers are left without their mum because she has been poached. Through their programme they rehabilitate the cubs and release them back into the wild http://www.altaconservation.org/projects/active-projects/conservation-projects-2015/alekseevka-rehabilitation-centre/

Organisations like 21st Century Tiger and ALTA Conservation give tigers some hope for the future. Some of the projects they do include anti poaching and monitoring tigers in Russia and at Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal. Their has been an increase in tiger numbers and they have doubled over the last 3 years which is brilliant news for the survival of this special species http://www.21stcenturytiger.org/2016/08/02/increase-in-tiger-numbers-nepal/ Due to poaching, habitat destruction and tigers being used for medicine we have lost 97% of wild tigers. Without organisations like these, tigers would probably be extinct which would very sad and upsetting. Tigers need our help now more then ever, the Sumatran Tiger is critically endangered there are 300 left in the wild and only 450 of the Amur Tiger. Both tiger species face similar problems due to conflict with humans.

For more information on the projects and conservation work 21st Century Tiger and ALTA Conservation do, please take a look at their websites http://www.21stcenturytiger.org/ and http://www.altaconservation.org/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) 21st century tiger alta conservation amur tiger conservation critically endangered international tiger day siberian tiger sumatran tiger tigers world tiger day yorkshire wildlife park yorkshire wildlife park foundation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/international-tiger-day-2016 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:42:10 GMT
Hyper Japan 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/hyper-japan-2016 Each year Hyper Japan hold their festival event in London, this year the event was at London Olympia for the first time. If you are into Japanese Anime, Kawaii Culture, Travel and Fashion, Hyper Japan is a great event, there are a variety of stands for you to visit. Some of my favourite stands were Pixelkei who sell homemade knitted accessories https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Pixelkei?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar and Cakes With Faces, Amy Crabtree does her own Artwork for her T-Shirts and Cushions http://www.cakeswithfaces.co.uk/

There were performances throughout the day at the Hyper Live Stage and Theatre including a singer called Lightning, Japanese Fashion Show and dance group called NH Kawaii. If you would to see any of the performances from NHK Kawaii International please take a look at their website http://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii-i/

I was looking forward to visiting the Food Court and was not disappointed, there were Japanese Food Stands from Sushi to Noodles. I would like to visit Japan one year and enjoyed meeting some of the tour companies Inside Japan and Discover Japan at the event.

For more information on the Hyper Japan Festival please visit their website http://hyperjapan.co.uk/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Cakes With Faces Event Photographer Event Photography Hyper Japan Hyper Japan 2016 Hyper Japan Festival 2016 Japan NHK Kawaii International https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/hyper-japan-2016 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:57:11 GMT
All Dogs Matter Pup Idol 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/all-dogs-matter-pup-idol-2016 On the 16th of July All Dogs Matter Charity held their Pup Idol Event at the Garden Gate Pub in Hampstead Heath. They had a great turnout and a variety of classes for your dogs to take part in including Cutest Pup, Best Rescue, Golden Oldie, Mr Hampstead, and Miss Hampstead. Some of the judges on the day were Christiana from Hampstead Housesitters, Lisa and her rescue Cavalier Lucy, Ann from Beautiful Joe's Ethical Treats and Marc Abraham the vet. They also did an auction to help raise funds for their dogs who are looking for homes.

One of the things I enjoy the most about photographing All Dogs Matter's Events is the opportunity to meet and photograph rescue dogs who have found homes and got their second chance of having a happy life. There is something extra special about meeting dogs who have not had the best start in life and turned out to have such great characters.

The event was in aid of All Dogs Matter, they raised £1,665.98 which is a brilliant amount and will go towards helping more of their dogs.

If you know anyone who is interested rehoming or fostering a dog, please take a look at All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

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 If you would like to view photos, please visit http://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/alldogsmatterpupidol

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Dog Photographer Dog Photography Dog Photography London Dogs Event Photography Hampstead Heath Pup Idol 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/all-dogs-matter-pup-idol-2016 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:58:51 GMT
Dark Heart Candles https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/dark-heart-candles Dark Heart Candles was set up by Kerry Gawler in March 2016. Kerry offers a variety of bespoke and homemade products including Mason Jar Candles, Cup and Saucer Candles, Personalised Mug Candles and Paw Melts. One of the things that makes them different to other candle companies is they are food scented. If you would like to order them for a special occasion, they come in beautiful gift baskets.

I asked Kerry a few questions about the candles she makes:

How did you come up with the name Dark Heart Candles

I was looking for something that reflects me. I'm a good kind hearted person but I have a dark side lol so Dark Heart Candles seemed fitting.

How many different types of candles and melts do you offer

At the moment we offer 14oz Re-Usable Mason Jar, 4oz Mason Jars, 8oz Jar Candles, Inspirational Mug Candles, Cupcakes, Flowers, Donut Rings and Paw Melts.

More are being added as we go along. There are many different colours and 30 scents to choose from. We like to encourage people to create their own candles and melts.

What type of wax do you use for the candles

We only use Soya Wax which means no black smoke and no toxins. You can tell as the candle containers stay clear round the top once the candle has been used. Most leave a burnt look. Soya Wax is organic and safe to use if you have kids at home. Plus it is good for the environment, Dark Heart Candles only uses the best quality fragrances. Unlike other candle companies we specialise in food scents.

Kerry asked me to be one of the testers, one of my favourite Paw Melts is the Banana Melt. I have really enjoyed photographing some of these lovely jars, candles and Paw Melts. My favourite lenses for product photography are my Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 and Nikon 50mm F1.8 lenses as they make it more about the subject.

To keep up to date on Kerry's latest candles and melts, please take a look at Dark Heart Candles Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203360030035295/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Candles Commercial Commercial Photography Dark Heart Candles Jars Paw Melts Product Photography Products https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/dark-heart-candles Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:59:35 GMT
Hounds On The Heath 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/hounds-on-the-heath-2016 The Mayhew Animal Home hold their dog show once a year in aid of their charity, this year the event was in Hampstead Heath for the first time. There were lots of beautiful and adorable dogs to photograph at the show. They held a variety of classes including Sweetest Staffie, Most Handsome Staffie, Most Handsome Dog and Best Rescue. Some of the judges who were there on the day were Christiana from Hampstead Housesitters, Cally Jane and Lisa and her rescue Cavalier Lucy. They had different activities for your dogs to take part in including Tunnel Temptation and Agility.

One of the dogs I was excited to see at Hounds On The Heath was Bruno the Mini Dachshund, I fell in love with him at Crufts in March. It was also lovely to meet Lucy who was rescued from a Puppy Farm, she has a beautiful character despite everything she has been through, when she is tired she goes to sleep inside her favourite bag.

Their events are a good opportunity for you to meet some of the dogs from their TheraPaws Programme. One of the jobs they do is visit people who have dementia as they cannot have dogs of their own, being able to have these TheraPaws dogs visit them helps them to feel better for a while.

Even though it was a really windy day and some of the gazebos even got blown over, it was still an enjoyable event. The event raised an amazing £5000 which will go towards helping more of their dogs and cats who are looking for homes.

I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens to photograph the event, it is my favourite lens for photographing dog events because of it's versatility.

If you know anyone who would like to rehome a dog or cat, please visit The Mayhew Animal Home's website: https://themayhew.org/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Photography Dog Show Dogs Hampstead Heath Hampstead Housesitters Hounds On The Heath Lucy The Rescue Cavalier The Mayhew Animal Home https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/hounds-on-the-heath-2016 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:30:31 GMT
LimeFest and Canary Woof Dog Show 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/limefest-and-canary-woof-dog-show-2016 Each year Limehouse Festival hold their LimeFest and Canary Woof Dog Show at Canary Wharf in London. I went for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoyed photographing the event, this year was the 30th Anniversary of LimeFest. it was a brilliant day to be a part of. I met so many lovely people and their dogs, I was in my element photographing all the different dogs at the show. One of my favourite classes was Fancy Dress, Charley seemed to enjoy driving her car.

There were a variety of dog companies at the event including Nina Cakes, some beautiful scarfs and dog collars handmade in India by Koko Collective www.kokocollective.co.uk and Limehouse  Ceramics. They also had live bands performing throughout the day and activities for people to take part in like 5k Fun Run and Tug Of War.

 The event was in aid of All Dogs Matter Charity who are based in North London, they are a great charity and dedicated to helping dogs needing homes. Through their dog show they raised £231.29 which will go towards helping more of their dogs who are looking for homes.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Canary Wharf Canary Woof Dog Show Dog Show Koko Collective LimeFest Limehouse Ceramics Limehouse Festival Limehouse Festival 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/limefest-and-canary-woof-dog-show-2016 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:46:14 GMT
DogFest 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/dogfest-2016  Each year Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick hosts DogFest at Windsor Great Park. DogFest is a great event and Summer Festival, there are lots of fun activities for your dog to take part in including Dog Diving, Agility, Flyball, Hay Race and Temptation Alley. There is also dog dancing, one of the performances I was excited about watching the most was Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard from Britain's Got Talent and was not disappointed. Lucy performed with Superdog Indie in Hill's School 4 Dogs, it shows in Lucy's performances how much she enjoys performing and training her dogs.

 K9 Aqua Sports held their Dog Diving at the event, I really enjoyed watching and photographing the labradors and spaniels. Sometimes it was hard to tear myself from them.

 I used my Nikon D300s camera and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens to photograph the event. One of the things I like the most about the lens is because it is a fast lens and goes down to F2.8 it is good for action photography in the demonstrations like Dog Dancing and Dog Diving.

 For more information on DogFest, please visit their website http://dog-fest.co.uk/

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dog Photography Dog Photography Windsor DogFest DogFest Windsor Great Park Lucy Heath Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick Trip Hazard https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/7/dogfest-2016 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:37:30 GMT
Once You Have Had a Staffie You Will Never Look Back https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/6/once-you-have-had-a-staffie-you-will-never-look-back The past few months I have gotten to know a staffie Gracie through All Dogs Matter Charity, they are some of the most affectionate and friendly dogs you could ever meet.

Gracie was rescued when she was 8-10 months old by Julie. She was abandoned and left on her own in a property. Due to her past Gracie used to be wary of strangers and when people came to the house to visit . Julie does not think Gracie was walked properly on a lead because her paws were so pink and had the impression that she had never been out before. Since being in her new home Gracie is now very sociable and friendly with other people and dogs she meets in the park. Sometimes other dogs have a go at her and she ignores them. Gracie has even changed people's perception on the Staffie breed. Julie says "We all love Staffies, they are such good family dogs." She does not agree with the bad press they receive. The advice Julie would give to other staffie owners is "Once you have had a Staffie you will not look back. They are such loyal, loving and funny dogs. Since we have had Gracie the love she gives to all of us is unbelieveable and even though a little stubborn at times. "We are all so happy we have her and that she came into our lives, she's certainly brightened it up."

 If you know anyone who might be interested in fostering or rehoming a dog, please visit All Dogs Matter's website alldogsmatter.co.uk

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Dog Photography Staffie Staffy https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/6/once-you-have-had-a-staffie-you-will-never-look-back Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:44:19 GMT
Dog Photography Hampstead Heath https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/6/dog-photography-hampstead-heath  I went to Hampstead Heath in London this week to do a photo shoot with Christiana from Hampstead Housesitters. I really enjoyed meeting and photographing some of her customers a beautiful whippet Buffy and a Dachshund from Italy Achille. Even though they have only been friends for a year, they are really close and the best of friends. They were brilliant and fun to watch especially when they were chasing each other in the park and Achille was trying to keep up with Buffy.

 If you need anyone to look after your dogs when you are at work or go on holiday, I would recommend Christiana, she loves animals and spending time with them http://www.hampsteadhousesitters.co.uk

 Some of the lenses I like to use the most on photo shoots are the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens.

 Below are a few of my favourite photos. If you would like to view more please visit http://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/hampsteadhousesitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Dachshund Dog Photography Dog Photography London Dog Portrait Dogs Hampstead Heath Hampstead Housesitters London Mini Dachshund Pet Photography Sausage Dog Whippet https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/6/dog-photography-hampstead-heath Sat, 04 Jun 2016 13:12:54 GMT
Nothing Beats A Staffie Smile https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/6/nothing-beats-a-staffie-smile  In 2015 I became involved with All Dogs Matter Charity who are based in North London, since meeting them I have met so many lovely staffies. One of the staffies
Teddy was about 2 years old when Sonia and Simon rescued him. He was handed into Battersea by a family who could not keep him. They had a teenage daughter who would smack him for doing things she told him to do, so he ended up being very confused. When Sonia first brought Teddy home, he slept for a few days and for about 6 months he would not go to the toilet during walks. Sonia thinks he was punished for lots of things, he was scared of traffic and loud noises. He still is but is lots better then he used to be and ok with traffic. To help build Teddy's confidence Sonia introduced him to lots of new things like people, bus drivers, dogs, police and people wearing hats, he went everywhere with Sonia and Simon. Sonia says "Teddy is great with other dogs, they foster dogs and he is a good foster brother. Once he was attacked by a German Shepherd, he did not retaliate, he layed down and cried." Lots of people ask Sonia if he is ok and friendly, she asks them if they are. Sonia says "People who know Teddy love him and one woman who lives near her came out once just to say how much she loved seeing him. Others can be rude, I used to try and educate them, now I laugh and throw it back on them." Sonia grew up with a labrador and has always liked big dogs but she did not pick a dog to rescue. Teddy was picked to match her and Simon and he did, now Sonia's face breed is staffies. Sonia works in a rescue and through her job she meets lots of different breeds. Sonia has no worries about going in a kennel with a staffie and describes them as people dogs. Sonia says "Teddy is the most loving boy, he stays with me if I'm ill. I sit down in the evening and he plonks his paws on me to say that's it we are not moving. He runs past Simon every morning to get on the bed with me. He is a loving dog and the most beautiful boy." Advice Sonia would give to other people "Staffies are people dogs, they love human contact. They do not do well in kennels and easily get stressed as they need to be next to you. The staffie is the most loving breed I have come across, the noises they make are the funniest things and are all different. They each have their own quirky character and to me are the best breed." Sonia gets upset there are so many needing homes and says "Nothing beats a staffie smile." Sonia does not agree with the bad press, she says "They are loyal dogs wanting to please, owners should get the bad press not the dog. If anyone asks if Teddy is dangerous I answer no look at the other end of the lead, he would lick you to death. Simon and I do not have kids together, he is ours and our family is complete. We have a waggy tail to greet us every day, nothing could be better." Teddy also plays an important and special role, he is a Staffie Ambassador dog for All Dogs Matter and Battersea, he has even met the Queen.

 If you would like more information on fostering or rehoming a dog please visit All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Dog Photography Staffie Staffy https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/6/nothing-beats-a-staffie-smile Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:46:04 GMT
All Dogs Matter Great Hampstead Bark Off 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/all-dogs-matter-great-hampstead-bark-off  On the 15th of May 2016 All Dogs Matter Charity held their Great Hampstead Bark Off Event in Hampstead Heath to raise funds for their dogs needing homes. It was a great turnout on the day, I really enjoyed meeting and photographing lots of different dog breeds. There were a variety of classes during the dog show from Cutest Puppy,  Best Rescue,  Mr Heath and Miss Heath. Some of the judges who came to support All Dogs Matter were Rachel Riley from Countdown, Marc Abraham known as Marc the vet,  Christiana from Hampstead Housesitters and Lisa with her rescue dog Lucy The Cavalier who was rescued from a puppy farm.

The event raised £934.91 which is a brilliant amount and goes directly to the charity. I have met a few charities over the years and they do not end up being as nice as I thought they were, All Dogs Matter are the nicest and most genuine charity you could ever meet. Their events like the Bark Off are a good opportunity for you to meet the team and get to know some of their dogs.

 If you know anyone who would like to rehome or foster a dog, please visit All Dogs Matter's website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk

 Below are a few of my favourite photos from the event

 

 Jasmine is one of the husky puppies who took part in the Cutest Puppy Class.

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/all-dogs-matter-great-hampstead-bark-off Fri, 27 May 2016 08:37:54 GMT
National Pet Show 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/national-pet-show-2016 Each year in May the National Pet Show hold their event at London Excel, if you are into different animals it is a great event to go to. At the show you have the opportunity to meet dogs, cats, alpacas, donkeys, pigs, birds of prey and reptiles.

I always look forward to watching the dog demonstrations at the show. The Hill's School 4 Dogs Pet Nutrition hold fun demonstrations which teach people how to train their dogs. One of the performances I enjoyed the most was Lucy Heath and her border collie Indie doing Heelwork To Music. They have also featured on Britain's Got Talent. I was excited to see Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs again after meeting them at Crufts.

If you are a cat person, they have really beautiful and stunning cats who you can meet them in the Cat Zone. The owners are always happy to answer questions if you are interested in getting a particular breed. Some of the cat breeds they had this year were the Norweigan Forest Cats and the Australian Mist Cat. 

My favourite lens to photograph the cats is the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens and I use the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens for the dog demonstrations.


 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Cat Photography Cat Portrait Cats Dog Photography Dog Portrait Dogs National Pet Show Pet Photography Pet Portraits https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/national-pet-show-2016 Sat, 14 May 2016 17:17:09 GMT
Spring at Kew Gardens https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/spring-at-kew-gardens  Spring is my favourite time of year that I always look forward to for photography, it is the most colourful time of year with the Cherry Blossom Trees and different flowers. I recently went to Kew Gardens with a friend for the day, it is a really beautiful time of year to visit the gardens, everywhere you turn is a picture. One of the trees I was looking forward to photographing was the Weeping Cherry Tree by the lake, it was beautiful and reminded me of something you would see in Japan. We also enjoyed visiting the Cherry Walk near the Palm House where they have a variety of Cherry Blossom Trees including the pink-blossomed Prunus 'Kanzan' and the white cherry Prunus 'Taihaku'

 If you would like more information on visiting Kew Gardens please visit their website http://www.kew.org/

I used my Nikon 105mm F2.8 Macro lens and Nikon 18-105mm lens to photograph the Tulips and Cherry Blossom Trees.

Below are a few my favourite photos from my day out to Kew Gardens and a link to view more images http://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/parksandgardens

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Blossom Cherries Cherry Blossom Trees Kew Gardens London Macro Macro Photography Nikon Photography Richmond Spring Still Life Photography Tulips https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/spring-at-kew-gardens Wed, 11 May 2016 15:14:46 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Dog Factor 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/all-dogs-matters-dog-factor-2016 On Sunday the 17th of April 2016 All Dogs Matter held their Dog Factor Event in Finsbury Park at Alpha Dog Training London to help raise funds for their dogs who are looking for homes, it was a really lovely day. Throughout the day they held classes from Cutest Pup, Best Trick, Best Rescue and Best Condition.

One of the things I enjoy the most about going to their events is getting the opportunity to meet different rescue dogs and hear their stories about how they have ended up in loving homes. It is also always lovely to see familiar faces and makes the events more fun and personal. There were lots of beautiful dogs at the show including rescue staffies, greyhounds, whippets, crossbreeds and Honey the shar pei who found a home through All Dogs Matter and featured on The Vet on the Richmond Hill.

All Dogs Matter are such a great charity and are dedicated to helping dogs needing homes. If you know anyone who would like to foster or rehome a dog, please visit their website http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

If you would like more information on dog events coming up in London, please check out Teresa from The Dogvine who does regular blogs and updates on the latest events http://thedogvine.com/

Below are a few of my favourite photos from Dog Factor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To view more photos from the day please visit http://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/alldogsmatterdogfactor

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Alpha Dog Training London Dog Factor Dog Factor 2016 Dog Photography Dog Photography Finsbury Park Dog Photography London Dog Portrait Dog Show Dogs Finsbury Park The Dogvine https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/all-dogs-matters-dog-factor-2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:49:59 GMT
Yorkshire Wildlife Park https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/yorkshire-wildlife-park Last week I went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the day to visit their Amur Tiger Cubs Hector, Harley and Hope for their first birthday and had a brilliant day there. I also really enjoyed watching and photographing the young polar bears Nissan and Pixel who are really close and enjoy playing together. I fell in love with Nissan and could of watched him all day. The icing on the cake was seeing the 9 month old Amur Leopard Cubs towards the end of the day, they are gorgeous cubs and were a joy to watch.

Amur Tigers and Amur Leopards need our help now more then ever. Due to things like habitat destruction and poaching, there are less then 500 tigers living in their natural habitat and only about 80 Amur Leopards left in the wild which makes this gorgeous animal the rarest and probably most endangered big cat in the world.

Some of the organisations who do wonderful work to help these beautiful and majestic animals are 21st Century Tiger http://www.21stcenturytiger.org/ and ALTA Conservation http://www.altaconservation.org/projects/active-projects/

One of the other animals who needs our help is the Polar Bear.  One of the biggest threats to polar bears is global warming. Yorkshire Wildlife Park have 4 polar bears including Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby. Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation with Polar Bears International and together they hope to rescue bears from substandard conditions, improve the welfare for polar bears in zoos and parks and support conservation and welfare of wild polar bears.

 If you would like more information on the great work they do please visit their websites  Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation http://ywpfoundation.com/project-polar/ and Polar Bears International http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/

Without organistations like 21st Century Tiger, ALTA Conservation, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation and Polar Bears International these animals would probably be extinct in the wild which would be very sad and a real shame.

 Below are a few of my favourite photos of Tschuna, Hector, Harley, Hope, Freya's leopard cubs and Nissan and Pixel:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) 21st Century Tiger ALTA Conservation Amur Leopards Amur Tigers Big Cat Photography Big Cats Conservation Doncaster Endangered Endangered Species Leopards Polar Bears Polar Bears International Siberian Tigers Tigers Wildlife Wildlife Photography Yorkshire Yorkshire Wildlife Park Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/yorkshire-wildlife-park Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:50:15 GMT
Bruno Mini Dachshund https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/bruno-mini-dachshund One of the things I enjoy the most about Crufts Dog Show is having the opportunity to meet and photograph different dogs. One of the dogs I was looking forward to meeting this year was 2 year old Bruno the Mini Dachshund on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust stand, he has a huge fan base on Instagram and has over 69,000 followers.

This was Bruno's first year at Crufts and he loved it. Lots of people enjoyed making a fuss over Bruno, sometimes he felt like a celebrity. Since following Bruno on Instagram, some of his fans have got a Dachshund because of him and one couple have named their dog after him.

Even though I met a lot of lovely dogs, Bruno is one of the dogs I really took to. He was adorable and I really loved his bow tie which he is famous for.

If you would like to view more photos or keep up to date on Bruno's adventures, his username on Instagram is @brunotheminidachshund

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Bruno from Crufts:

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) black and tan dachshund bruno mini dachshund crufts crufts 2016 dog photography dogs of instagram mini dachshund https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/bruno-mini-dachshund Sun, 03 Apr 2016 14:28:46 GMT
Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs Crufts https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/gill-raddings-stunt-dogs-crufts  One of the things I look forward to the most at Crufts Dog Show each year are the demonstrations, I was really excited about going to watch Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs on the Arden Grange Stand and was not disappointed. I really loved watching these dogs and could of photographed them all day, it was hard to tear myself away. Some of the dogs who took part started out as rescue dogs, it was so lovely to see how well they were doing and many of them have been on TV programmes.

 If you would like more information on Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs or know anyone who need any dogs for programmes or films please take a look at her website http://stuntdogs.net/dogs/

 Some of the dogs who were part of the demonstrations on the Arden Grange stand:

 

 To the left is Dodger. One of the things that makes Dodger extra special is he is a rescue dog from Dogs Trusts and has ended up in TV programmes including playing Buddy with Doc Martin.

 

Below is Barley. Barley is currently playing Garrick in Poldark, he has also been in JK Rowling's new film Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them, Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast and new TV series Undercover and several commercials.    

     

 Below is Tori. When she first started out 8 years ago, she played alongside Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria film. She was  known as Dash and won a Dog Oscar for this role. Tori has also featured in Midsomer Murders.

  

                                                                                                            

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Gill Raddings Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/gill-raddings-stunt-dogs-crufts Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:49:49 GMT
Crufts Dog Show NEC 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/3/crufts-dog-show-2016-NEC I went to Crufts Dog Show at the Birmingham NEC last week and had a lovely few days meeting and photographing lots of different dogs. I really loved watching the stunt dogs on the Arden Grange stand as some of them had started out as rescue dogs. It was so lovely to see how well these dogs are doing and many of them have been on TV programmes. You always get more attached when you know they have not had the best start in life.

Some of the dogs I look forward to photographing on Gundog Day are the golden retrievers, spaniels and labradors (they always have such wonderful expressions), I could photograph them all day.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Bruno the mini dachshund on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust stand who has a huge fan base  on Instagram and has over 69,000 followers. He was adorable and has so many different outfits, he was very photogenic with his lovely bow tie, apparently he has a selection of bow ties.

 I used my Nikon D300s camera, Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lenses.

Below are a few of my favourite photos from Crufts:

To the left is Dodger with another rescue dog called Biscuit who is also a stunt dog.

 

Below is Dodger doing his cover your eyes trick. Dodger is a rescue dog from Dogs Trust and he has appeared in many TV programmes, he is best know for his role in Dr Martin when he played the canine stalker Buddy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Arden Grange Birmingham NEC Bruno Miniature Dachshund Crufts Crufts 2016 Crufts Dog Show Dog Photography Dog Portrait Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs Golden Retriever Gundog Gundog Photography Mini Dachshund Miniature Dachshund Natasha Balletta Photography Nikon Nikon Photography Rescue Dogs Stunt Dog Photography Crufts Welsh Springer Spaniel https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/3/crufts-dog-show-2016-NEC Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:50:35 GMT
Orchid Festival Kew Gardens https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/3/orchid-festival-kew-gardens  I went to the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens with a friend, we were excited about going to the festival as it was our first year going. When we got their we were not disappointed and were overwhelmed by all the flowers and orchids. Sometimes we felt like we were in a different country because of how beautiful and colourful it was. 

 If you are into different flowers, I can thoroughly recommend the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens, they do the festival once a year from February to March. Each year they hold the festival in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Kew Gardens do a theme each year, this year's theme was Brazilian plant life and habitat.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Orchid Festival Orchids Orchids Festival" Flowers, "Flower Photography" "Orchid Festival Kew Gardens" "Kew Gardens" "Royal Botanic Gardens" https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/3/orchid-festival-kew-gardens Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:10:11 GMT
All Dogs Matter's Valentine Dog Walk 2016 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/2/all-dogs-matters-valentine-dog-walk-2016 On the 14th of February 2016 All Dogs Matter Charity from North London held their annual Valentine Dog Walk in Hampstead to raise funds for the charity. Everybody met at the Garden Gate Pub and the walk took place at Hampstead Heath. They had a great turnout and raised £788.43 which goes directly to the charity. Many of the people who attended had rescued a dog from the charity themselves.

I really enjoyed meeting and photographing lots of different dogs and was in my element as it is always extra special photographing rescue dogs. They looked beautiful in their Valentine Banadanas and outfits. These events are a great opportunity for people to get to know some of the dogs looking for homes.

If you know anyone who would like to foster or rehome a dog, All Dogs Matter are a really lovely charity and have already re-homed 50 dogs this year.

Two dogs who were part of the Valentine walk and are looking for a loving home were Rosie a 10 week old puppy and Linda an 8 month old Staffie cross.

http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

 

 

This is Linda the 8 month old Staffie Cross. Linda is a friendly dog who is lots of fun and loves playing fetch.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Charity Dog Charities London Dog Photography Dog Portrait Hampstead Hampstead Heath London Pet Photography Rescue Dogs Rescue Dogs London https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/2/all-dogs-matters-valentine-dog-walk-2016 Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:19:05 GMT
The story of Tschuna and Daseep https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-story-of-tschuna-and-daseep The past year I have been visiting Tschuna and Daseep, two beautiful tigresses at Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Dudley Zoo in Birmingham. Tigers are one of the animals I look forward to photographing the most when I visit zoos and wildlife parks. I have really taken to Tschuna and Daseep, not only are they very beautiful tigresses, but they are extra special because when they were cubs their mums did not have enough milk to feed them, when they were 6 weeks old they were hand raised together at Zoo Wuppertal in Germany.

In February 2012 Tschuna and Daseep moved to Dudley Zoo and had a special bond as they had been living together since they were cubs. In November 2013 when Tschuna was 3 years old she was moved to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for breeding.

In March 2015 Tschuna gave birth to 3 cubs Hector, Harley and Hope. I have loved visiting them, they are really stunning cubs and even more beautiful and stunning with their winter coats.

 Some of the organisations who do wonderful work to help these beautiful and majestic animals are 21st Century Tiger http://www.21stcenturytiger.org/ and ALTA Conservation http://www.altaconservation.org/projects/active-projects/

 Below are a few of my favourite photos of Tschuna, Hector, Harley, Hope and Daseep:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Amur Tiger Big Cat Big Cat Photography Siberian Tiger Sumatran Tiger Tiger Tiger Conservation Wildlife Wildlife Photography https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-story-of-tschuna-and-daseep Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:00:17 GMT
Rescue Dog from Mauritius https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/rescue-dog-from-mauritius  In 2015 I became involved with All Dogs Matter Charity in North London and it was through them that I got to meet Val from Vals K9 training and her beautiful dog Bailey who she rescued whilst living in Mauritius. Val is a dog behaviourist and works closely with the charity helping them out at their shelter by caring for the dogs awaiting adoption and providing them with training and carrying out assessments to help match them to the right owner.

Val rescued Bailey a beautiful cross breed when she was living in Mauritius and I got to meet Bailey properly on a photoshoot at Trent Park in London, I was taking photos of a German Shepherd cross puppy that Val was fostering until All Dogs Matter could find him a home. Because of Baileys start in life Val warned me to not go straight over to her and let her come to me, she is a beautiful dog and it was lovely watching her with the puppy and how protective she was to him. Bailey was born in Mauritius  in a litter of 7 puppies, in the same home was another female who also had a litter of puppies, they all needed rehoming urgently. The owners of the dogs had told Val that if they did not find homes they were going to give them to the MSPCA (Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at only 4 weeks old. Even though the charity is a government run organisation they do not have a good reputation so Val was determined to do her best to find them homes and managed to persuade the owners that the puppies needed to stay with their mum until at least 8 weeks old. By the time the puppies were 6 weeks old the owners had lost patience and told Val they were going to get rid of them!! Luckily Val and a friend adopted a puppy each.

The day Val met Bailey she said she was timid, but at the same time curious and seemed to have a good temperament. Val described it as love at first sight, she did spend time with the other puppies but Baileys personality stood out and Val and her friend took Bailey and her brother and off they went to their new homes. She began very basic training with her at around 7 weeks and went everywhere with Val, by 10 months old she was well trained, spayed and fully vaccinated, it was at that point that Val decided to return to the UK for good and brought Bailey with her.

Bailey did not seem to cope too well with the journey.  She was crate trained from an early age and was happy to sleep in her crate and be closed in for short periods but when she arrived in the UK she refused to stay inside one, she retaliated and became even more anxious then normal. Val said she was suddenly very fearful of people, particularly men and could not be left alone at all, she would do anything to escape her confinement so she could find out where Val was. She thinks the journey must have been so scary for her.

It has been a long road with a lot of hard work involved in helping her overcome her anxiety and fear of being left alone. Bailey has been in the UK for 8 months and there have been many ups and downs, there were times when she was fine being left alone but would then regress to her fearful state. Each time they would start again with lots of patience and understanding. She is doing much better now and is less anxious then  before, it is also easier to control her when she is at her worst. She does not like strangers approaching her so Val warns people to let her come to them, then give her a treat so that she has a positive association with strangers, she is getting better each day but there is still a long way to go. Once she knows you then she has no problem with you.

Since being involved with All Dogs Matter I am always shocked by the stories I hear of abandoned dogs and will never understand how people can be so cruel. I have loved photographing and meeting dogs that need homes and am now also considering giving a rescue dog a home. I asked Val what is the best advice she could give people who are considering rehoming a rescue dog.

Val advices to do the research on the breed or breed mix they would like, take time to meet the dog a couple of times before making a final decision. Some dogs in shelters can have behaviour issues that should be taken into account, that is why it is really important to meet your chosen dog a couple of times first before you make your final decision. There are also lots of dogs who are incredibly well trained and well behaved when they arrive at the shelter. It is also a good idea to talk to the staff who can help you find a suitable dog that fits in with your lifestyle. The staff and volunteers work everyday with these dogs and are best equipped to help you make a decision, they dedicate their time to training and helping these dogs with any problems they might have before they go to their new home.

Val says taking on a rescue dog is one of the best things anyone can do and knowing that you can help a dog go from being shy and scared to being confident and sociable is the best reward you can have in return. However do not forget that there are some dogs that need more help then others. Being a pet photographer I can completely relate to that, I do lots of pet portraits but there is always something extra special when it is with a rescue dog, I cannot think of anything more rewarding then giving a permanent loving home to a dog who has had such a cruel start in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

    

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Dog Photography Dog Photography London Rescue Dogs Trent Park Val's K9 Training https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/rescue-dog-from-mauritius Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:08:38 GMT
Winter Lighting Stockgrove Park Bedfordshire https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/winter-lighting  I made the most of the lovely weather this week and went to Stockgrove Country Park near Heath and Reach in Bedfordshire to try out my new Sigma F2.8 EX DG HSM 70-200mm lens. I was inspired by the woodland scenery and lighting which is always more gentle this time of year. I wanted to get to know the lens more so I experimented taking photos of wildlife and scenery. I wanted to get to know the lens more so I experimented taking photos of wildlife and scenery.  It was a really cold day, the only wildlife I saw was a squirrel, I managed to get a few shots of him before he disappeared. I have been many times during the year at different seasons and it is amazing how different the colours are throughout the year, in winter everything is so gentle and the lighting is so soft, due to the mild winter there were still hints of Autumn colours.

 Stockgrove Country Park is located on the Beds/Bucks border in the parish of Heath and Reach. Stockgrove Park's 80 acres is part of the larger 400 acre woods called Rushmere park, managed by the Greensand Trust. The Greensand Trust manages this area comprising Rushmere (200 acres), Stockgrove (80 acres), Oak Wood (100 acres) and Rammamere and parts of Kings Wood. Stockgrove was opened to the public in 1972 and Rushmere is the newest addition to the Estate, opened in 2011. The largest of the lakes features the remains of a boathouse that burned down in 1963 – only its brick arches are left.

 I used my Nikon D300s and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens.

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) Nature Nature Photography Nikon Nikon D300s Nikon Photography Scenery Sigma Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Stockgrove Country Park Wildlife Winter Winter Lighting Woodland https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/winter-lighting Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:10:09 GMT
Penguin Awareness Day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/penguin-awareness-day Penguin Awareness Day was created to celebrate penguins from all over the world. Did you know that 15 of the 18 penguin species are endangered, declining or on the brink of extinction due to predators, pollution, oil spill, overfishing and climate change. Penguins are an indicator species, this means penguin and penguin population health is very important in warning us about the health of our oceans and environment.

The Fairy Penguin on Granite Island in South Australia is declining and on the brink of extinction due to predators like cats, foxes and seals. The New Zealand Fur Seals are one of the main predators for fairy penguins. Even though the penguin numbers are improving, there has been a decrease since 2001 when there 1500 on the island. In October 2013 it was confirmed by Flinders University Researchers and volunteers that there are only 38 penguins left living on the island. There is a penguin centre on Granite Island. The centre have a rescue programme for the penguins and look after the ones that cannot be released back into the wild. To find out more info on how you can help the fairy penguins, please visit the Penguin Centre's website penguincentre.org

Penguins are declining worldwide due to climate change, disease and pollution. The Antarctic Penguins are also facing threats from pollution and overfishing. One of the penguins who live in Antartica is the Gentoo Penguin. Each day Gentoo Penguins dives 450 times when to search for food. They are one of the most laid back penguin species and are one of the smaller penguin colonies. The breeding season is from December to March and Gentoos normally have two chicks each year. When the chicks get a bit older, they go to any of the adults for food, each penguin only feeds their own chick and does a calling sound to help the chick find her. One of the conservation charities who do projects to help penguins in Antartica is the Royal Zoological Society Of Scotland   http://www.rzss.org.uk/conservation/

Below are a few of my favourite photos of the Fairy Penguins, Gentoo and King Penguins from Granite Island and Edinburgh Zoo

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) edinburgh zoo fairy penguins gentoo penguins granite island king penguins penguin awareness day south australia world penguin day https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/penguin-awareness-day Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:16:57 GMT
All Dogs Matter Christmas Event Santa Paws 2015 https://www.natashaballettaphotography.com/blog/2015/12/all-dogs-matter-christmas-event-santa-paws-2015 On the 13th of December 2015 All Dogs Matter Charity held their Christmas Event Santa Paws at the Garden Gate Pub in Hampstead North London. It was a really good day and nice to meet lots of dogs getting into the Christmas Spirit. One of the people who went to the event was Peter Egan, he is one of the patrons for the charity and has rescued 5 dogs over the years. It was lovely to see Monty the labrador again after meeting him as a puppy in the Summer, he has grown so much the past few months. One of the other dogs I enjoyed meeting was Teddy the staffy, he has a really lovely gentle character and liked keeping an eye on everyone from one of the chairs lol. Through fundraising £859.06 was raised for All Dogs Matter and their dogs at Santa Paws which is a great amount and well deserved. The people who run All Dogs Matter are  lovely genuine people and always make sure everyone who goes to their events has a good time and enjoys themselves. If you are interested in adopting or fostering a dog, they are one of the nicest dog charities you could ever meet http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natashaballetta@hotmail.com (Natasha Balletta Photography) All Dogs Matter Christmas