This "Dogist" Has Photographed Over 50,000 Dogs

Elias Weiss Friedman, better known as The Dogist, has photographed over 50,000 dogs in his career, and as such, he has learned a thing or two along the way. If you are a lover of dogs and photography, check out this fantastic video interview with The Dogist, in which he reveals why he prefers photographing dogs over people and offers a lot of fun insight into his work. 

Coming to you from B&H Photo and Video, this great video interview features Elias Weiss Friedman, better known as The Dogist, who has photographed over 50,000 dogs in a remarkable career. No doubt, photographing dogs can be a tremendous amount of fun and quite rewarding as well, but it is easy to overlook just how much work it is as well. Whenever I have watched professional dog photographers work, I am always amazed by the incredible amount of patience and dedication it takes to get the shot. Even the most well-behaved dogs can be excited or a bit flustered by the process, and a lot of it comes down to building comfort with them. I certainly have nothing but respect for photographers who do it every day. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I love dogs and this would be a terrific photo business. I'm also one that runs numbers. With that, here we go. Let's say our photographer has been doing this for 20 years. That equates to 7300 days plus a couple extra for Leap Years. Divide 50,000 by 7300 and you get 6.8 per day. Do you see where this is headed?

The reason I do this is because I used to string racquets as part of my tennis shop business. I did around 2500 or so a year. I had a guy tell me he did 10,000 in a year. So I ran the numbers. That means he did 27 per day, every day. No time off. I strung a couple of pro tournaments and my busiest day was 26. I was there from 7AM to 8PM with a little time off for lunch on that particular day. I wasn't the fastest stringer in the cabin, but I was in the upper half.

Human nature dictates that we all 'embellish' things. I have no doubt that our photographer has photographed a lot of dogs. Even if our photographer was doing this for 40 years, it equates to 3.4 dogs per day, every day. Let the firing line open up.