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"Dog Face" series by Barbara O’Brien. These cute, up-close dog portraits make me so happy! Minneapolis-based photographer Barbara O'Brien provides pet, animal, and rural lifestyle photographs to advertising agencies, magazines, and book publishing companies. In her series called Dog Face, the artist has brilliantly captured the individual character of all types of dogs by narrowing in on each canine's face and using a very simple, neutral background. Each dog has such personality! There are side glances, big yawns, and straight on smiles as each pooch performs for the camera. O'Brien says that from a very young age, she has loved all kinds of animals. O'Brien travels all over the country to provide these charming and friendly portraits for ads and publishing firms.

Barbara O'Brien's website via [Design You Trust] "Least Likely to Be Adopted" series by LaNola Stone. Lincoln's dog Fido -- the 1st photographed presidential pet (1861) Dog photography by Alicja Zmysłowska. "SHAKE" series by Carli Davidson. "Shelter Dogs" series by Traer Scott. I came across Traer Scott's portraits of dogs living in American shelters and was immediately taken aback by the mix of emotions I felt. Look at these dogs' faces and you'll see what I mean. The Providence, Rhode Island-based photographer shoots up-close black and white portraits of shelter dogs, some of which found good homes while others were eventually euthanized. "Photographer Traer Scott's endearing portraits of dogs living in American shelters are irresistible and heart-rending - and make a passionate appeal to dog lovers everywhere.

The portraits reveal the strikingly intense emotion, dignity and, sometimes, humour and whimsy that Scott saw in each face despite the dog's circumstances. Shelter Dogs, the book, is available at ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) website with 100% of the proceeds going to that non-profit organization. Update: After we wrote this post, we got in touch with the photographer behind it. Traer Scott's website. Alicja Zmysłowska photographs her dog, Madlene.