The Story of Furtography.
I’m Craig, crazy cat daddy, puppy parent and patisserie addict. Furtography is my business and my passion and I’m grateful every single day that I get to do a job I love so much. Based in Christchurch, I travel the world working with clients, both private and commercial to capture their dream images of dogs in bright and glorious Technicolour! I’m also the photographer/author of three best-selling books, Quake Dogs, Quake Cats and A Dog’s Life. The two quake books tell stories of what happened to our furry family members during the devastating Christchurch earthquakes in 2010/11. They have now raised more than $30,000 for animals in need in Christchurch and accross around New Zealand.
I’ve been capturing the uniqueness of Dog (and cats and other critters) since 2001, saying that makes me feel very old! I’m an accredited Fellow/Master of Photography with the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography and in 2018 I won the title of New Zealand Portrait Photographer of the Year in the Open Category of the NZIPP/Nikon Iris Awards. It’s the very first time in 80 years of the organisation’s existence that a portrait award has been given to a photographer whose subjects aren’t people. In 2018 I also won the title of Canterbury/Westland Photographer of the Year, 3rd place in the Assistance Animals category of the internationally renowned Dog Photographer of the Year competition which saw over 10,000 entries from 70 different countries.
I’m also an official Fujifilm Global X-series Photographer. Using their amazing GFX Medium Format Camera is a real privilege and means I can provide clients with unparalleled image quality with colour and clarity that makes you feel as if you could reach right in to the image and give those dogs a belly rub!
I love working with charities to help with adoption photography, a great image makes a huge difference. I’m absolutely thrilled to have taken on the role of ambassador for the amazing Kotuku Foundation for Assistance Animals Aotearoa early in 2018. KFAAA help train & provide assistance dogs to people who need them all across New Zealand, the work they do is inspirational and I’m honoured to be a small part of the team.