The dog that made the front cover.

It’s always nice to get a surprise and I got a very pleasant one last weekend when the Irish Times Magazine used the above picture I took of a jack russell called Sandy on the cover. I was in Tourin House near Lismore to photograph three sisters, Andrea, Kristin and Tara Jameson. I photographed them in a number of locations inside and outside their beautiful old home on the banks of the river Blackwater. While waiting to photograph them at one stage on the main staircase of the house, one of their many dogs Sandy sat on the steps and I just got a quick frame away before he ran off.

I liked the shape of the pic and the dog’s pose so I filed it along with many other photos of the sisters and their beautiful home and gardens. Towards the end of the week I heard that the Jameson sisters were on the cover and I assumed it might be a shot I did of them walking through flowers at the front of the house, but I was delighted when I bought the paper on Saturday and saw Sandy on the cover. It’s great to see a photo that isn’t the most obvious choice being used to illustrate a story and bring the readers in. Thank you Irish Times Magazine colleagues !