Pet photographer embarks on dogged task for animal cause

Photographer Nigel Ord-Smith
Photographer Nigel Ord-Smith

A pet portrait photographer is embarking on an unusual and fun quest to raise money for an animal charity.

Nigel Ord-Smith, whose photography business is based in Marston Trussell, will betaking 31 different pictures of 31 different dog breeds throughout the month of March.

The project was launched to coincide with the opening of Crufts and Mr Ord-Smith is undertaking the fun challenge to raise cash for Huncote-based Leicester Animal Aid after being impressed with the charity following a recent visit.

It is a rescue and re-homing centre for dogs and cats and he is asking for a donation from each dog owner rather than charging his normal session fee.

Mr Ord-Smith, who last year won the British Institute of Professional Photography’s Pet Portrait Photographer of the Year Award for the Midlands, launched the challenge via social media last week.

With the help of the charity and several other dog-related businesses , he was able to book all 31 sessions on the day of the launch, with a number of extra sessions booked as a contingency plan. He will now be visited by a complete mix of breeds including an Italian spinone, a greyhound, a Japanese akita, a whippet, a saluki, a pug, a shar pei and a pair of Swedish foxhouds.

Lindsay Woodward, the fundraising manager at Leicester Animal Aid, said “We were delighted to be selected as Nigel’s chosen charity for this challenge which celebrates the beauty and diversity of dogs, some of who were once in rescue themselves.

“The support of local people and businesses is incredibly important to us, and helps us care for around 500 homeless dogs and cats each year.”

To follow Mr Ord-Smith’s progress and to see the dogs as he ticks his list off, visit his Facebook page by searching for ‘NigelOrdSmithPhotography’ or his website at