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Pet Photographer Captures Dogs Flying Through The Air

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.

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Colin says Dalmatians have such long legs they find it harder to stand on the glass and look down. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
Colin says Dalmatians have such long legs they find it harder to stand on the glass and look down. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)

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.

The trick is to encourage the dogs to look down through the glass which isn't always easy. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
The trick is to encourage the dogs to look down through the glass which isn't always easy. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
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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."

The outcome can make some dogs look like they're suspended in air or flying, making for unique shots. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
The outcome can make some dogs look like they're suspended in air or flying, making for unique shots. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)

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.

Another tricky task is to try and bring out the dog's personalities Colin says. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
Another tricky task is to try and bring out the dog's personalities Colin says. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)

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."

Getting used to standing on glass is tricky for some dogs. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
Getting used to standing on glass is tricky for some dogs. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)

"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!

Some dogs seem to find the art of posing easy to master. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
Some dogs seem to find the art of posing easy to master. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)

"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".

Colin mostly photographs singular dogs, but loves the challenge of group shots. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)
Colin mostly photographs singular dogs, but loves the challenge of group shots. (Credit: Colin Crowdey)

"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."

Colin loves to give people unique photos they can't get elsewhere. (Credit Colin Crowdey)
Colin loves to give people unique photos they can't get elsewhere. (Credit Colin Crowdey)

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."

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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

Topics: Life News, Real, Dogs

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a journalism degree, Lauren started off in real life magazines before moving into the fashion and lifestyle sector at the likes of Mail Online and Sun Online. Contact Tyla: [email protected]

 

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