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This Photographer Takes Portraits Of Dogs And Makes Them Look Regal AF

"I really enjoy meeting and photographing all types of dogs. They all have such different characters."

Next time you want to get professional portraits done, you may want to bring along your dog. Award-winning photographer Alma Haser's ongoing project The Dog Photobooth shows how striking portraits can be if you turn your lens toward a dog. 

The 28-year-old, England-based photographer is revered for her inventive, complex, and meticulous portraiture in such projects as the Eureka Effect and her unsettling photo series Cosmic SurgeryBut she became inspired to start The Dog Photobooth project after a friend asked for a favor. 

"I love dogs!" Haser told A Plus when asked about the inspiration for the project. "But I was also asked by a friend if I would be up for setting up a photo booth at an open house event she was doing, all dog inspired. I said, yes, and then found out how popular it was from then."

Haser decided to continue to project by offering her contemporary pet portraiture service at a variety of events as well as offering private sessions to clients. She takes her canine subjects just as seriously as she does her human ones and aims to capture the uniqueness of every four-legged friend she shoots. And she gets to have a lot of fun while doing it. 

"I really enjoy meeting and photographing all types of dogs. They all have such different characters," she said. "I also can't keep my camera off my own dog." 


However, photographing pets is not without its challenges. Some dogs don't warm up to strangers easily or enjoy sitting underneath all the lights necessary for a photo shoot. Haser uses dog treats to help move the process along, but it doesn't always work. 

"There was one dog that would not sit on her own or stay in front of the camera. She just didn't seem to trust me at all. In the end, the owner had to sit next to her, and then slowly move away as I took a picture of the dog on her own," Haser said. "You have to be quick at coming up with new ideas with each dog as they all act so differently in front of the camera." 

Haser has also found that owners can be very distracting. "I think it's fair to say they are like doting parents, and want their dogs to behave and do as their told in the short amount of time. But it's often their need to get them to behave and the dog's ability to see their owners disappointment that will throw them off guard," she said. 

For this reason, Haser often asks the owners to sit aside so that she can calmly hold the treats out for the dogs and get the perfect shot. In the end, what she wants is for her clients to love the portrait they take home. 

"I do it mainly for the dog owners," Haser said. "But dogs and animals are so popular on social media and in everyday life, they always seem to bring a smile to peoples faces." 

You can check out some of Haser's pieces from The Dog Photobooth below:












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