A hunting we will go….

I have been looking for opportunities to photograph more gun dogs and was recently invited to a shoot not very far away from Cheltenham. I had high hopes of capturing some atmospheric images of gun dogs retrieving game but it was not to be. The shooting group feared that the warm weather would keep the birds dispersed resulting in few birds driven into the air by the beaters. However whilst a reasonable number of birds were sent aloft they all managed to outwit the collective firepower of the group and flew on to pastures new. Better luck next time I guess (for all us ‘shooters’!).

The weather was fortunately not as bad as the forecast and I must thank the group, and especially Rob Reece, for making me feel so very welcome.

Here’s to the next one!


My name is Chris Tarling and I'm a photographer living in Cheltenham (the centre of the wonderful Cotswolds!) with my wife and two labradors; the irrepressible Coco & Marley. I've been a passionate photographer since my teen years, chasing the perfect image initially through precious slide film and now with my digital cameras. I absolutely love taking pictures of my two labradors, they are without doubt my muses and feature prominently throughout my web site. I have a priceless record of them growing up from puppies, so much so that they are both very used to my camera. Posed photographs have their place but for me the thrill lies in capturing their unique characters in an arresting image. My favourite pictures are invariably taken whilst the guys are playing freely - they absolutely love any water and a good 'throwie stickie' session. Largely this means that they are wet and dirty most of the time but the fun they are having always shines through. My aim in setting up Yellow Hound is to use my skills as a photographer, and my deep love of animals, to generate wonderful, special images for others. Images that will be cherished, that capture their personality and also the bond with their owners. I like to work closely with an animal's owner to understand both of their characters, what they enjoy and hence create an environment at each session that's fun and produces great images. Whilst I love dogs and animals I am keen photographer of many different subjects; you'll see some examples of my work on this site. I also work commercially so if you run a business and are looking for a special image to use then please give me a call to discuss what I can create.

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