Pouty frowns, Cheshire grins, and proud poses are just some of the beautiful moments one German photographer has captured from a group of precious pups.
From the ‘Confused Kiboyo’ to the ‘Intimidated Indiana’, Elke Vogelsang’s new series ‘Dogsonality’ features a range of custom pet portraits with a variety of adorable facial expressions.
Vogelsang specializes in dog portraiture, a dream job that she says puts her in the ‘very lucky position’ of making a living by hanging out with dogs.
Elke Vogelsang’s new series ‘Dogsonality’ features a range of pet portraits with a variety of adorable facial expressions
Vogelsang specializes in dog portraiture, a dream job that she says put her in the ‘very lucky position’ of making a living by hanging out with dogs
The photographer decided to make ‘Dogsonality’ because she realized how ‘unique every single dog is’.
‘Each and every one of them has its very special character, quirks, and personality,’ she writes on her website.
‘I try to portrait this in my pictures. I never tire of exploring the quirkiness and cuteness of our best friends.’
Vogelsang discovered her passion for photography during one of the most stressful moments of her life.
The photographer decided to make ‘Dogsonality’ because she realized how ‘unique every single dog is’
Vogelsang, who has been taking pictures of dogs for years, realized that ‘each and every one of them has its very special character, quirks, and personality,’ she writes on her website
Vogelsang she never tires of ‘exploring the quirkiness and cuteness of our best friends’ and always tries to portray their unique personalities in her photos
Vogelsang began specializing in dog photography purely from her own love of taking pictures of her three pups
Her husband Carsten suddenly had a brain hemorrhage one day, and was only saved because their dogs Noodles and Scout found him in time.
‘They heard that something was wrong and raised the alarm, running to the bathroom door,’ she said in 2015. ‘We found my husband lying in the bathtub unconscious.’
‘He spent weeks in a coma, months without any short-term memory, and months in hospital. My dogs and my photography were my comfort and distraction at that time.’
Vogelsang decided to take a picture every day as a diary for her husband while he was in the hospital and had no memory.
As Vogelsang began to post her dog portraits online, more and more people began asking if she would take pictures of their dogs as well
Vogelsang found that pups were extremely expressive subjects behind the camera, and she loved capturing their unique personalities in her photographs
Vogelsang discovered her own passion for photography when her husband was hospitalized for months after suffering a brain hemorrhage
It was Vogelsang’s own rescue dogs who saved her husband by bringing her attention to the bathroom door after he fell unconscious in the tub
‘This one picture a day project lasted much longer than that,’ she said. ‘Photography became something like an addiction to me, as it was such a great way to try and stay calm, to relax, to be creative.’
Vogelsang’s husband made a full recovery, and she found a new calling.
‘The stressful time made me think about life and what to do with it,’ she said. ‘I wanted to change something.’
‘I had a dull job as a translator. I loved photography a lot and didn’t want to do anything else anymore. This all led to me becoming a professional photographer. I do what I love now.’
Vogelsang began taking a picture a day to show as a diary to her husband because he had suffered memory loss after the accident and was in a coma for weeks
But the project lasted much longer than she expected as Vogelsang became addicted to photography
Vogelsang, who was working at the time as a translator, decided to quit her job and become a professional photographer
That includes taking pictures of adorable pups, which at first just started with Vogelsang’s own three precious rescue dogs from Spain.
‘My dogs found themselves in front of the camera very often,’ she said. ‘I posted the pictures on the internet, which led to people asking me if I could photograph their dogs too.’
Vogelsang found that pups were extremely expressive subjects behind the camera, and she loved capturing their unique personalities in her photographs.
‘Dogs are funny characters. They find pleasure in the most mundane things,’ she said. ‘My dogs are my joy, recreation, and constant source of laughter. They can be shy and sad as well.’
‘In my pictures, I try to explore the funny, quirky side of dogs and dog photography. It’s an homage to dogs, life, and photography.’