Being a Professional Dog Photographer Is as Much Fun as It Sounds

Who's a good boy?! For around 45 years, William Wegman has been working with canine companions and exploring all of the peculiar possibilities that come to his mind. With a studio, lots of props, and a playful disposition, Wegman has crafted a career the revolves around man's best friend.

There's just something about the expression on the dogs' faces that seems to give it some kind of depth and personality when paired with silly hats or placed on colorful backdrops. Perhaps it is the big, innocent eyes and the relatively neutral color of their fur? Whatever the thing is, it definitely works and Wegman seems to have a great eye for it.

As Wegman points out, in his images people see that there is a dog, but more importantly, he wants people to notice what the dog has become, specifically pointing out that the dogs are "always in a state of becoming something."

Now in his 70s, Wegman suggests that Topper and Flo might be the last two dogs he owns, so his unique photography might be coming to an end, but his body of work will hopefully last for a long time.

Last year there was another video that went a bit more in-depth on Wegman's history and beginnings.

Great Big Story created this video as a part of their "Human Condition" series, which focuses on interesting, surprising, and remarkable stories of people around the world.

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Phil Wright's picture

I beg to differ!! Being a dog photographer is a mixture of the old saying, "Never work with children or animals" except you're essentially working with both at the same time!!

Who am I kidding, being a dog photographer is the best thing in the world. Endless entertainment and never a dull moment combined with being allowed to act the fool, make stupid noises and run around like a lunatic all in the name of "Getting the shot". What's not to enjoy? :)

Chad D's picture

mostly shoot pets and people these days and product :) my fav is the dogs by a long shot

Herman Krieger's picture

Where is William Wegman?
www.efn.org/~hkrieger/f1209.jpg
from the series, "Visit to Photo Festival Naarden",
www.efn.org/~hkrieger/fotofest.htm