BY MIKEY JONES
If these dogs are planning any holidays this year then their pawsport photographs are sorted.
The adorable collection of photos was taken to emulate human portraits that people see on Instagram, Facebook, CVs or passports.
Taken by professional photographer Belinda Richards, 39, from Melbourne, Australia, they took two years to capture and are now ready to be attached to the dogs’ next set of job applications.
Photographer and Creative Director of Frog Dog Studios, Belinda said: “Noises and peanut butter are our biggest secret in getting the subjects attention, a fun noise is key to getting that connection with the lens.
“Peanut butter should be in any pet photographer’s arsenal, dogs love it, it gets them to sit still for a couple of minutes while they lick so I can get a huge variety of different facial expressions.
“The idea behind each shot is to capture images which emulate human portraits and elicit a connection with the observer. We see headshots of humans in our lives every day on our social media platforms.
“It is a form factor which we have all grown accustomed to and is a staple of the digital age.”
These shots take more than an astute photographer, an assistant is key with getting our four-legged friends to sit still for the camera, so a Dog Wrangler is an essential part of the shoot.
Dog wrangler, Tony Ladson, 31, steps in to keep the dogs under control so that they are as comfortable as possible whilst images are being taken.
Tony said: “It’s on me to get the dog doing the things we need the dog to do. This is often very simple stuff like sit, stay and look cute.
“However, dogs and cats are very good at sensing when things are not normal which can often lead to some challenging situations.
“A photo studio is not a normal environment for a dog so a big part of my job is making the animal feel comfortable and safe which is done by spending time with the animals whilst they suss out the studio, giving them treats and playing ball.”
The pair have had an incredible response to the very formal photographs they’ve managed to capture, leaving people surprised by how they managed to get the dogs so comfortable.
Belinda said: “People are often surprised at how their pets come out in print, our clients are not able to vision what I am seeing through the lens and often assume we didn’t get any successful images.
“We work with the patience and focus of a golden retriever waiting for a treat, watching the animal’s behaviours and waiting for that split second to release the shutter.
“As we know what we’re looking for it’s just a matter of setting up the right situation for the pet and then waiting.
“Our clients will comment on the expressions and the personality we’ve captured in the final product, often bringing them to tears.”