We first met Samantha and her cheeky side kick Bill Murray when we were based in Netil Market. This character filled Miniature Dachshund instantly stole our hearts, so much so he has actually featured in one of our Fetch & Follow photoshoots.
We spoke to Samantha about how becoming a Freelancer enabled her to welcome a dog into her life and how Bill Murray has become her much loved studio assistant
Tell us about Bill and how he came into your life
4 and a half years ago I made the huge decision to leap into the unsecured world of Freelance Styling. It was the usual story of not being particularly happy in my role and craving a little more creative freedom, however a Bill Murray was also a vital part of my decision. Since moving to London from a small town in Yorkshire, I thought a lot about having a dog to care for and give me that much needed companionship only an animal is capable of. And so, the morning of my first freelance day was dedicated to finding my little pal. All of the research had been done and I knew that a Miniature Dachshund was the only dog for me, I came across an advertisement for some dappled puppies and after a VERY thorough vetting from the breeder my choice was made.Home came the tiny Bill Murray that has rarely been a metre away from my feet ever since.
How does Bill fit into your general day working?
We spend our days in my Photography Studio – Light Project Photography, where Bill Murray gets love from everywhere – my business partner, clients, delivery drivers (he is especially a huge fan of the UPS lady who has a constant supply of treats in her pocket) and anyone else he encounters in the corridors. Photography Studios are the only working environment that Bill has known and thus he spends most of his days napping or running around inspecting everything is in order. His curiosity and search for attention means he has popped up in many shots over the years, and he is always on hand to snuggle down on a blanket I am prepping to shoot - mid-fold of course.
When you’re not working where do you and Bill like to hang out?
We also have a strong list of local, dog-friendly pubs and restaurants where Bill can be found curled up like a cat and sleeping the time away. Some of our favourites are The Shakespeare - Stoke Newington, Dark Arts - Homerton and Climpson & Sons - Broadway Market
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk and what do you carry them in?
Mine and Bill’s dog essentials are - most importantly, Poo Bags / fresh refillable water bottle / flannel for belly and paw cleaning / camera, which incidentally Bill has learnt to run away from and plenty of TREATS!
What adventures do you and Bill have planned for the rest of the year?
We plan for this to be the year of Kent / Sussex Coast adventures. So far, we have visited Margate, Whitstable and Hastings and intend on doing plenty of walks along the cliffs between towns as many of the beaches are declared dog free between May and September. Bill loves a Fish and Chip lunch stop but am sure all of the walking means the odd chip he manages to steal will not increase his waist size too much.