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I Take Personal Portraits Of Dogs, Cats And Horses
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I Take Personal Portraits Of Dogs, Cats And Horses

I made these photos throughout 2014 and plan to continue on this project with more animals of different kinds – I’m thinking lions, wolves, apes, walruses and pretty much anything else. Pandas are of course the ultimate dream, so if anybody has a panda who wouldn’t mind if I photographed it, you can drop me a line where I live in Amsterdam!

It’s not easy working with animals, especially when trying to get them to do the three things I need for a photo (mouth closed, sitting still, looking at at the lens).

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Scuba

McKayla Maroney’s spirit animal.

Owen

Owen, a young and very hyper Husky with heterochromic eyes.

The Sensei

Katsuo, the no-joking male Japanese Akita.

Tartufo

Can anyone suggest a better caption for this? I know how black cats are notoriously hard to photograph.

Louai

A rare blue-eyed Arabian horse. This photo is my personal favorite.

The Dictator

Gin, the wonderfully grumpy Persian cat.

Lissie

Lissie, a nervous 10 month old Pug.

Maffalda

Maffalda, a Moroccan street dog turned into a loving pet.

The White Wizard

Avalon, the wise Swiss Shepherd.

Scott

Scott, the two year old husky ready for his duty.

Myra

Myra the West Highland Terrier with an attitude.

Kareem

Kareem ,a stern and serious two year old Arabian horse.

Hurko

Hurko, a deaf Dalmatian who responds to sign language.

Trisha

Trisha, the diva.

Puppy!

And to top it off, a Bernese Mountain pup.

The Eldest Sibling

Four Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreivers.

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AnnaSerbina
Community Member
7 years ago

Cool! It's hard to get a portrait of animals, they are very mobile and do not sit in one place =)

KristinaBastytė
Community Member
7 years ago

Some of them looks from picture with wisdom and intelligence, others look playful or worried. Well captured emotions! :)

MackenzieHarding
Community Member
7 years ago

ikr

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MelissaLaPera
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning pictures full of personality and the character of the animal! Would love to make some paintings of these inspiring subjects!

JazmineBrockington
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think black cats are notoriously hard to photograph and it's sad if anyone thinks so!!

surfmadpig
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7 years ago

Agreed. Also, cat color has nothing to do with race (most of the time). It's like saying blonde people tend to like carrots.

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AngelicaDigiArt
Community Member
7 years ago

they all are stunning, my favorite is the black cat, it is hard to capture the fur texture of them and you did an amazing job

JessicaBrewer
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful. I had a black kitty that i ended up rehoming to an elderly lady, but he loved having his picture taken

HedvikaRůžičková
Community Member
7 years ago

Awsome!!! :3 <3

AlexRichards
Community Member
7 years ago

Wish I had your talent. I'm working on a project for school where I need to take pictures of dogs in a shelter. It is sooooo difficult!

SeanSchultz
Community Member
7 years ago

Love them all, esp black cat brought out of the shadows!

VictoriaRoach
Community Member
7 years ago

Nice...

Kristie Nakamoto
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, love these. Wish you could take a soulful photo of my 17 year old cat before she dies.

stanleyscout
Community Member
6 years ago

Absolutely wonderful photos!!

Johnna
Community Member
6 years ago

Love it

Roswitha
Community Member
7 years ago

wunderbare Aufnahmen

KevinCrawford
Community Member
7 years ago

As beautiful as it gets

Roswitha
Community Member
7 years ago

SCHÖNE AUFNAHMEN

RoswithaCzeikowitz
Community Member
7 years ago

Herrliche Bilder

sctntxtn13
Community Member
7 years ago

Aww yhe pug looks like its going to cry. The rest are beautiful! God's amazing creatures

RickyRulong
Community Member
7 years ago

:) thanks beautiful pictures.

JujoeM
Community Member
7 years ago

the best!

DorotaKrupka
Community Member
7 years ago

cudne !!!

IrinaGalushko
Community Member
7 years ago

keep it up, you have a gift for seeing their souls <3

Lex
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to add a portrait of my animals, too bad I cant.

Lex
Community Member
7 years ago

For the black cat you could put- the mysterious and majestic one.

HabanaVieja
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful wonderful pictures. Amazing.

LindaJones
Community Member
7 years ago

These are amazing!

ShreyastaSamal
Community Member
7 years ago

Blue eyed Arabian horse Is really awesome

JulietSuriMcKinnon
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing!

Stanky
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful photos and beautiful animals. Tartufo Photo title could be The Shadow :)

AndreaVaughan
Community Member
7 years ago

Love them al but the NSDT are kind of special to me

АлександрБудников
Community Member
7 years ago

great!

АлександрБудников
Community Member
7 years ago

great!

MorganMcGhee
Community Member
7 years ago

Gorgeous

JonThomasSankey
Community Member
7 years ago

"I love horses and animals. Can you put more pictures of animals on the page?" Azalia, my 6 year old daughter.

MariaHooning
Community Member
7 years ago

Love, love, love! I could look at these all day! Thank You. :)

ionitunes
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful detail.

ionitunes
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful detail on the animals.

DebbieAshmon
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful photos!!! Owen has beautiful colorful eyes and Lissie needs cataract surgery ;)

MerryMarjie
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolute genius. You have captured every animal in detail and have presented such wonder-filled pictures for us to see!

FvdH
Community Member
7 years ago

sorry, psychologist.

FvdH
Community Member
7 years ago

These are great portraits. As an animal-psycholist I write personal biographies, but this comes closer ...

PatriciaHannigan-White
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful portraits . I also think the blue-eyed horse composition is stunning.

GreetDieren
Community Member
7 years ago

Great "faces" The black cat: Black is beautiful!! My daughter hase one, hy hates flashlights so we never get his eyes oke on a picture.

TanzilDip
Community Member
7 years ago

wow~!

LiseGodard
Community Member
7 years ago

excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!

BebaBalasevic
Community Member
7 years ago

Impessive! :) you have just made my day. I haven't seen anything deep and alive as this in a while.

ЛукеріяПолусмак
Community Member
7 years ago

Какая красота! Спасибо автору!

FrancesRyan
Community Member
7 years ago

Loving your work

IngridGrolin
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing photos!!!

MichelleCole
Community Member
7 years ago

Love these.

PeejayVillanueva
Community Member
7 years ago

So cool

LauraMay
Community Member
7 years ago

Perhaps it's a bit evil, but I really want to see gin & lissie in the same room :-)

DianaOrr-Bliffert
Community Member
7 years ago

Your portraits are beautiful!I don't know how you did it, and each animal shows their spirit.

DebiRagan
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't know who told you Kareem is an Arabian... He does not possess the facial structure nor the neck of an Arab... At least a purebred

DebiRagan
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't know who told you Kareem is an Arabian... He is not. He does not possess the facial structure of an Arabian..Possibly a small part A

CynthiaMiller
Community Member
7 years ago

They are all so wonderful. Scuba is my favorite. I love his expression.

SmileMaldonado
Community Member
7 years ago

I think is very cool to take picture of animals it is fun, I do it too, and love it makes my happy.

MartijnStraathof
Community Member
7 years ago

It's so cute, and amazing photos!

JenJohnstone
Community Member
7 years ago

They really do show their personalities. All animals have their own unique personalities. ;)

dancnjen
Community Member
7 years ago

Those are amazing - probably some of the best I've seen!

FritzDacquigan
Community Member
7 years ago

I loved all them darlings! And I didn't know horses could have blue eyes. :)

BronnieRoberts
Community Member
7 years ago

They are beautiful for the simplicity and the character they capture.

ЕмонаКинова
Community Member
7 years ago

They are all so nice! I love them! Amazing photos. So much meaning in each and every one of them! Beautiful.

KimAwui
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful pictures! So much character in their faces. Loved it! :)

AdenaWard
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic Work....keep it up!!!

JosieZhang
Community Member
7 years ago

Love it! Such characters- please check out my animal portraits also :) https://www.facebook.com/rainbowlisticalphotography

JosieZhang
Community Member
7 years ago

Love it- such characters. Please check out my portraits of animals too :) https://www.facebook.com/rainbowlisticalphotography

KarinaBerner
Community Member
7 years ago

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! Love, love, love :)

CarineHaïdopoulo
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful! They are all beautiful animals! And the pics show their true beauty! This job must be difficult but so great to do

P.BruxFHell
Community Member
7 years ago

su much pretty many awesomes wow such professionals!

JacquieHill
Community Member
7 years ago

Fabulous photos, you've captured the essence of each animal beautifully, well done. Particularly love Maffalda - fab.

HeidiBrodie
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning

VickyHall-Mccurdy
Community Member
7 years ago

Love the pics!!

Lisarose42
Community Member
7 years ago

Niiiiiiice

JoanLong
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful pictures! I absolutely love the expression on Scuba's face!

LizSutton
Community Member
7 years ago

These are all beautiful, you captured their emotions perfectly. Have you tried Dacshunds? They're tough!

LuluBrooks
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic portraits!!!

CarletteDobson
Community Member
7 years ago

Cracking! Thank you for sharing :)

LouieNeira
Community Member
7 years ago

I wish you could've added how long each session took. I'm sure some were more difficult than others.

LindaMcClainBasile
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome pictures! Just love how they look so serious and wise. Makes me want to toss a ball or piece of yarn to watch them light up.

Noor
Community Member
7 years ago

Hahahaha I love how the first cat, Scuba, isn't impressed with your skills :D He says "Hmpf" I on the other hand am.

Anne-CatherineStainier
Community Member
7 years ago

It's fine

AninditaSarkar
Community Member
7 years ago

Maffalda is captivating!!

SueTague
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful photos! Each shows so much personality of the dogs.

ChaimaLaouini
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing *__*

ValériaCamargo
Community Member
7 years ago

Fabulous! Congratulations, it is indeed very hard to take closeups of animals. I have tried zillions of times to do that with my pets.

ValériaCamargo
Community Member
7 years ago

Fabulous! Congratulations and keep doing it!

MarilynBaldwin
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful! They all show their personalities. For Tartufo - "Basement Cat in the Basement"

OanaMarin
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! What you do is cool and the result is perfect! I try to do this with dogs on my IG account @dogsinamsterdam Heb je IG so I Can Follow?

KristinStansell
Community Member
7 years ago

A light colored or white background would make the black animal stand out! Light blue for the blue eyed horse!!!!!

AlexandraSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

Actually the opposite is true... If you light for the cat, the background would be completely blown out if was white

Load More Replies...
AnnaSerbina
Community Member
7 years ago

Cool! It's hard to get a portrait of animals, they are very mobile and do not sit in one place =)

KristinaBastytė
Community Member
7 years ago

Some of them looks from picture with wisdom and intelligence, others look playful or worried. Well captured emotions! :)

MackenzieHarding
Community Member
7 years ago

ikr

Load More Replies...
MelissaLaPera
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning pictures full of personality and the character of the animal! Would love to make some paintings of these inspiring subjects!

JazmineBrockington
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think black cats are notoriously hard to photograph and it's sad if anyone thinks so!!

surfmadpig
Community Member
7 years ago

Agreed. Also, cat color has nothing to do with race (most of the time). It's like saying blonde people tend to like carrots.

Load More Replies...
AngelicaDigiArt
Community Member
7 years ago

they all are stunning, my favorite is the black cat, it is hard to capture the fur texture of them and you did an amazing job

JessicaBrewer
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful. I had a black kitty that i ended up rehoming to an elderly lady, but he loved having his picture taken

HedvikaRůžičková
Community Member
7 years ago

Awsome!!! :3 <3

AlexRichards
Community Member
7 years ago

Wish I had your talent. I'm working on a project for school where I need to take pictures of dogs in a shelter. It is sooooo difficult!

SeanSchultz
Community Member
7 years ago

Love them all, esp black cat brought out of the shadows!

VictoriaRoach
Community Member
7 years ago

Nice...

Kristie Nakamoto
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, love these. Wish you could take a soulful photo of my 17 year old cat before she dies.

stanleyscout
Community Member
6 years ago

Absolutely wonderful photos!!

Johnna
Community Member
6 years ago

Love it

Roswitha
Community Member
7 years ago

wunderbare Aufnahmen

KevinCrawford
Community Member
7 years ago

As beautiful as it gets

Roswitha
Community Member
7 years ago

SCHÖNE AUFNAHMEN

RoswithaCzeikowitz
Community Member
7 years ago

Herrliche Bilder

sctntxtn13
Community Member
7 years ago

Aww yhe pug looks like its going to cry. The rest are beautiful! God's amazing creatures

RickyRulong
Community Member
7 years ago

:) thanks beautiful pictures.

JujoeM
Community Member
7 years ago

the best!

DorotaKrupka
Community Member
7 years ago

cudne !!!

IrinaGalushko
Community Member
7 years ago

keep it up, you have a gift for seeing their souls <3

Lex
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to add a portrait of my animals, too bad I cant.

Lex
Community Member
7 years ago

For the black cat you could put- the mysterious and majestic one.

HabanaVieja
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful wonderful pictures. Amazing.

LindaJones
Community Member
7 years ago

These are amazing!

ShreyastaSamal
Community Member
7 years ago

Blue eyed Arabian horse Is really awesome

JulietSuriMcKinnon
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing!

Stanky
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful photos and beautiful animals. Tartufo Photo title could be The Shadow :)

AndreaVaughan
Community Member
7 years ago

Love them al but the NSDT are kind of special to me

АлександрБудников
Community Member
7 years ago

great!

АлександрБудников
Community Member
7 years ago

great!

MorganMcGhee
Community Member
7 years ago

Gorgeous

JonThomasSankey
Community Member
7 years ago

"I love horses and animals. Can you put more pictures of animals on the page?" Azalia, my 6 year old daughter.

MariaHooning
Community Member
7 years ago

Love, love, love! I could look at these all day! Thank You. :)

ionitunes
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful detail.

ionitunes
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful detail on the animals.

DebbieAshmon
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful photos!!! Owen has beautiful colorful eyes and Lissie needs cataract surgery ;)

MerryMarjie
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolute genius. You have captured every animal in detail and have presented such wonder-filled pictures for us to see!

FvdH
Community Member
7 years ago

sorry, psychologist.

FvdH
Community Member
7 years ago

These are great portraits. As an animal-psycholist I write personal biographies, but this comes closer ...

PatriciaHannigan-White
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful portraits . I also think the blue-eyed horse composition is stunning.

GreetDieren
Community Member
7 years ago

Great "faces" The black cat: Black is beautiful!! My daughter hase one, hy hates flashlights so we never get his eyes oke on a picture.

TanzilDip
Community Member
7 years ago

wow~!

LiseGodard
Community Member
7 years ago

excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!

BebaBalasevic
Community Member
7 years ago

Impessive! :) you have just made my day. I haven't seen anything deep and alive as this in a while.

ЛукеріяПолусмак
Community Member
7 years ago

Какая красота! Спасибо автору!

FrancesRyan
Community Member
7 years ago

Loving your work

IngridGrolin
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing photos!!!

MichelleCole
Community Member
7 years ago

Love these.

PeejayVillanueva
Community Member
7 years ago

So cool

LauraMay
Community Member
7 years ago

Perhaps it's a bit evil, but I really want to see gin & lissie in the same room :-)

DianaOrr-Bliffert
Community Member
7 years ago

Your portraits are beautiful!I don't know how you did it, and each animal shows their spirit.

DebiRagan
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't know who told you Kareem is an Arabian... He does not possess the facial structure nor the neck of an Arab... At least a purebred

DebiRagan
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't know who told you Kareem is an Arabian... He is not. He does not possess the facial structure of an Arabian..Possibly a small part A

CynthiaMiller
Community Member
7 years ago

They are all so wonderful. Scuba is my favorite. I love his expression.

SmileMaldonado
Community Member
7 years ago

I think is very cool to take picture of animals it is fun, I do it too, and love it makes my happy.

MartijnStraathof
Community Member
7 years ago

It's so cute, and amazing photos!

JenJohnstone
Community Member
7 years ago

They really do show their personalities. All animals have their own unique personalities. ;)

dancnjen
Community Member
7 years ago

Those are amazing - probably some of the best I've seen!

FritzDacquigan
Community Member
7 years ago

I loved all them darlings! And I didn't know horses could have blue eyes. :)

BronnieRoberts
Community Member
7 years ago

They are beautiful for the simplicity and the character they capture.

ЕмонаКинова
Community Member
7 years ago

They are all so nice! I love them! Amazing photos. So much meaning in each and every one of them! Beautiful.

KimAwui
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful pictures! So much character in their faces. Loved it! :)

AdenaWard
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic Work....keep it up!!!

JosieZhang
Community Member
7 years ago

Love it! Such characters- please check out my animal portraits also :) https://www.facebook.com/rainbowlisticalphotography

JosieZhang
Community Member
7 years ago

Love it- such characters. Please check out my portraits of animals too :) https://www.facebook.com/rainbowlisticalphotography

KarinaBerner
Community Member
7 years ago

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! Love, love, love :)

CarineHaïdopoulo
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful! They are all beautiful animals! And the pics show their true beauty! This job must be difficult but so great to do

P.BruxFHell
Community Member
7 years ago

su much pretty many awesomes wow such professionals!

JacquieHill
Community Member
7 years ago

Fabulous photos, you've captured the essence of each animal beautifully, well done. Particularly love Maffalda - fab.

HeidiBrodie
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning

VickyHall-Mccurdy
Community Member
7 years ago

Love the pics!!

Lisarose42
Community Member
7 years ago

Niiiiiiice

JoanLong
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful pictures! I absolutely love the expression on Scuba's face!

LizSutton
Community Member
7 years ago

These are all beautiful, you captured their emotions perfectly. Have you tried Dacshunds? They're tough!

LuluBrooks
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic portraits!!!

CarletteDobson
Community Member
7 years ago

Cracking! Thank you for sharing :)

LouieNeira
Community Member
7 years ago

I wish you could've added how long each session took. I'm sure some were more difficult than others.

LindaMcClainBasile
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome pictures! Just love how they look so serious and wise. Makes me want to toss a ball or piece of yarn to watch them light up.

Noor
Community Member
7 years ago

Hahahaha I love how the first cat, Scuba, isn't impressed with your skills :D He says "Hmpf" I on the other hand am.

Anne-CatherineStainier
Community Member
7 years ago

It's fine

AninditaSarkar
Community Member
7 years ago

Maffalda is captivating!!

SueTague
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful photos! Each shows so much personality of the dogs.

ChaimaLaouini
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing *__*

ValériaCamargo
Community Member
7 years ago

Fabulous! Congratulations, it is indeed very hard to take closeups of animals. I have tried zillions of times to do that with my pets.

ValériaCamargo
Community Member
7 years ago

Fabulous! Congratulations and keep doing it!

MarilynBaldwin
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful! They all show their personalities. For Tartufo - "Basement Cat in the Basement"

OanaMarin
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! What you do is cool and the result is perfect! I try to do this with dogs on my IG account @dogsinamsterdam Heb je IG so I Can Follow?

KristinStansell
Community Member
7 years ago

A light colored or white background would make the black animal stand out! Light blue for the blue eyed horse!!!!!

AlexandraSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

Actually the opposite is true... If you light for the cat, the background would be completely blown out if was white

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