Pet Photographer Captures Dogs Flying Through The Air
To infinity and beyond - these dogs have lift off... Or at least so it seems.
A photographer has released hilarious images of dogs, who we promise, aren't barking mad and although they look like they're flying, or hanging in space, it is in fact all an illusion.
Colin Crowdey, 53, who is also known as 'The Gloucester Dog Photographer' is renowned for his unique and funny pet photos.
He snapped the pooches from underneath a glass plate to get the quirky pictures.
The unusual perspective is one of Colin from Gloucester's most popular methods for playful shots and he captures them when the dogs look down from the glass above, directly into the camera lens.
He explained: "It's essentially a giant coffee table so it's a piece of glass that is safe for the dogs and there's a remote controlled camera underneath.
"I stand there with squeaky toys and treats because they have to look down otherwise you just get chins.
"It's quite different for dogs because most don't really stand on glass."
He said dogs with long legs were particularly challenging.
"Dalmatians have a high centre of gravity because of their long legs so you have to be really careful otherwise you get splayed legs!"
Colin also uses a various amounts of props including skateboards and is known by his customers for shooting quirky photos of pampered pooches.
He said: "I always ask what the customer wants but I shoot a variety of different things because people come to me for photos you won't get anywhere else in this area.
"I like to do things customers can't get anywhere else. It's all about the dogs, it's not about me.
"I don't pick up my camera for the first 20 minutes because I like to get to know the dogs, to make a fuss over them. I love the dogs."
"The more they get used to me, the more their personality will come out and you get better pictures."
After leaving behind family photography five years ago, Colin set up his own custom-built studio in Gloucester and has not looked backed since.
He said: "You do get the odd diva dog. I do about 25 dogs a week, every week so it's a lot of dogs!
"It can be challenging, especially the small diva dogs because they run off and hide whereas the bigger ones can't really hide anywhere and you can generally coax them into doing something."
Imagine the patience of this man!
"I don't often get stressed but sometimes in this job you do," he added.
Colin, who has a Tibetan terrier, said it's important to capture the dog's personality which is "challenging but fun".
"You can take a nice photo of a dog and the owner can say: 'It's nice, but it's not my dog, it's not their personality' so we always try to capture their personality and make it unique to every customer," he added.
"People bring young dogs, group of dogs and some people bring really old dogs who are coming to the end of their lives so it's really important to capture their personality."
However, Colin loves a challenge.
"I like something that tests me so when we have five or six dogs [at once] that is something quite fun."
It sounds like an energetic career, but a rewarding one too, with some of his customers often shedding tears over the snaps.
"It's fantastic, I love it!" he said.
What a pawsitively fun job.
Featured Image Credit: Colin Crowdey