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Photographer looks for pets' quirks
Some of Michelle Doherty's photographs.
Michelle Doherty spends the majority of her
spare time photographing rescue animals in her
own not-so-small effort to encourage loving
families to adopt them.
Kittens are her specialty. After adopting two
rescue kittens of her own a year ago, she said
she inadvertently took up pet photography. Her
love of photography soon snowballed, and soon
she began studying photojournalism via
distance, to learn more about the art.
For five months, Michelle has been
volunteering with rescue organisations like
Flossie s Kitten Rescue and Pickles Playmates
Animal Rescue to take photos of animals that
have been surrendered or found unwanted.
"I capture the quirks of the kitten," she said.
"I take a series of photos of the cat s
behaviour, which tells a story about its
personality, whether it s mischievous, lively or
docile. The photos help move along the
Through volunteering with these rescue
services, Michelle realised how bad the feral cat
problem was in Canberra. She said last spring,
the rescue organisations were inundated with
kittens from cats that had not been desexed.
"The organisations were exhausted and their
resources depleted," she said, adding they were
well over their capacity.
Michelle said the organisations probably
couldn t stand another season like last spring, so
she stepped into action.
Along with fellow animal welfare advocate
Alexandra Craig, the two ladies have created a
crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a
"It s because you can t teach your cats about
safe sex," Michelle said.
The Canberra Cat Fix campaign aims to raise
$6000 to offer cat desexing to nearly 50 cat
owners who otherwise could not afford the
procedure for their pet.
The duo hopes the campaign will raise
awareness of the importance of desexing pets, as
well as highlighting the great work of rescue
organisations in the capital.
To view Michelle s photography or donate to
the Canberra Cat Fix campaign, visit
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6
PERFECT DAY IN THE END
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Brendon and Casey were married at the National Botanic Gardens on March 14.
On the night that Brendon Taueki planned to
propose to his girlfriend of two years during a
romantic dinner at the Hyatt, she had organised
to throw him a surprise birthday party at
Imagine the shock when Brendon turned to
get changed for dinner, only to be surprised by
his family and friends for his birthday last June.
Luckily, he didn t lose his nerve, and later
that evening, in front of the guests, he proposed
to Casey (nee Srejic).
The proposal was caught on camera and
video, and remains a special memory.
Mr and Mrs Taueki were married at the
National Botanic Gardens in front of 70 friends
The couple met when they were 18 years old,
but a miscommunication with a phone number
meant they didn t see each other again for
Finally, they laid eyes on each other at a
football game, and after "subtle hellos and
blushing smiles" they organised a first date.
Mother-of-the-bride Elaine Stanford
said the wedding day was perfect, but the
lead-up to the big day was stressful.
After Casey paid for her dream wedding
gown from a former Canberra bridal store, the
store went into liquidation.
"There was tears and anger, she said.
Casey and Elaine rushed to the dress shop an
hour before they locked the doors and emerged
with Casey s second gown of choice.
"They found Casey s [made-to-measure]
dress in Melbourne," Elaine said.
"Casey paid a bit more money to have the
dress sent up with a courier and she was just
over the moon."
Despite the speed bumps in the lead-up to
the couple s big day, the wedding went off
without a hitch.
"It was intimate and lovely decorations, with
fairy lights and candles, Elaine said.
The weather was perfect.
"Skyfire was on that night, so we
pretended the fireworks in the distance were for
Mr and Mrs Taueki won their honeymoon to
the Gold Coast at the Canberra Bridal Fair
They plan to head up north to warmer climes
for a few weeks during Canberra s winter.
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