I have been photographing domestic animals for nearly a decade. My goal is to capture visually compelling, delightful, and most of all humorous images. The series of two dogs depicts dogs interacting, laughing, playing, yawning, and cuddling together for a nap. The aim is to personify the canine subjects to showcase the broad emotional range found between two dogs such as affection, friendship, annoyance or love. The unique interactions and idiosyncrasies of the dogs often mirror the relationships we have with our friends and loved ones. I want the viewer to not only see a cute dog but to see a personality and an emotion that is relatable and humorous.
One of my favorite moments was when I photographed the Great Pyrenees puppies as they napped. One puppy awoke, tumbled toward me and crawled under my arms. I continued to hold the camera and photograph the now solitary sleeping puppy while he rustled around my lap trying to entice me to play before settling in for another nap.
My book “Between Two Dogs” featuring these images explores in photographs the relationships between dogs. My goal was to create memorable images full of varied emotions and interactions.
The featured dogs are of varied recognizable breeds such as Pug, Boston Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Dalmatians and many more. The pairs are made up of a puppy and adult or two puppies of the same age.
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