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Vibrant, Whimsical & Playful Photos of Happy Dogs by Pet Photographer Kaylee Greer

By Hanssie on June 18th 2014

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I’ve always loved dogs, even as a toddler, you’ll find pictures of me surrounded by puppies and playing with stuffed animal dogs. We always had one or three growing up and I knew that as an adult, dogs would always be a part of the family. As I write this, a one eyed, blind, 2 month old puppy is snoring and squeaking gently on my lap and a 95lb Great Dane is stretched out on the other side. And I’m looking at some of the most whimsical, playful and just plain fun portraits of dogs that I’ve ever seen. This is my heaven.

[REWIND: PUPPYHOOD: ADORABLE LIFE-SIZED PORTRAITS OF 6 WEEK OLD PUPPIES]

Which is why when I stumbled upon the work of Boston pet photographer, Kaylee Greer, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. 5 years ago, Kaylee was looking for her dream. She was at a crossroads in her life and trying to figure out what to do after college. By her side, a “multi-colored, 80lb, fuzzy wagging ball of love” gave her inspiration. She had always loved photography, and had taken classes in college, so photographing Toby, her shelter adopted pit bull came naturally. What started as an attempt to preserve her memories of him – his sweet smile, his pure happiness – for an inevitable time in the future where he would no longer be by her side, became her purpose in life. And that is how Dog Breath Photography was born.

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She began by volunteering at a local animal shelter, and now, Kaylee works about 80 hours a week, traveling across the country for her clients and photographing their adorable dogs, but no matter how busy she gets, she still schedules one day a week to kiss, cuddle and photograph adoptable dogs. As she puts it, “it’s sort of silly for me to call it work – it’s my favorite thing in the world! I basically live, eat, sleep and breathe pet photography.”

Kaylee shoots with a Canon 5D Mark III, and a large arsenal of lenses, as she tells Bored Panda, her two favorite lenses are the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 and the Canon 50mm f/1.4. All of her images go through a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop, where she adjusts things such as the sharpness, contrast and color cast, removing the occasion leash. Aside from that her photos are not manipulated in any other way, relying on in camera techniques and lighting to capture the essence of these adorable pets.

It’s my constant strive to capture that infinite joy and trademark canine spirit that drives the color and soul in my images. The happiness and energy that I hope for viewers to feel when they look at my images is a direct representation of the outrageous love that I find inside the soul of a dog.

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There were so many seriously adorable portraits that I couldn’t include in this article so to see more photos that are sure to make you smile, check out Kaylee Greer’s website, Dog Breath Photography, her blog, Facebook and Instagram.

CREDITS: Photographs by Kaylee Greer have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

Via Bored Panda/Hair of the Dog Blog

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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12 Comments

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  1. Tino Solomon

    Could we get some information on the post processing?? Looks so natural yet appealing and vibrant

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  2. Narin Pen

    Love the photos.

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  3. Kurk Rouse

    Animals with a wide angle lens close up are always a joy to look at. Very risking with a human being unless they have a quirky personality

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  4. alejandro behr

    love pet photography!!

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  5. Tyler Friesen

    I am not typically a fan of pet photography at all, but these were very well done

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  6. Christine Einarsson

    Amazing pictures, every single one of them.

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  7. Matt Walsh

    That second photo is so awesome. Perfect capture of the dog’s personality.

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    • Drew Valadez

      I read this article because of the Corgi but after seeing your comment, I don’t know which is my favorite.

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    • Hanssie

      That second dog is the photographer’s own dog, Joshie. I’m in LOVE with him. So cute!

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  8. Matthew Saville

    This is pretty much the coolest job ever. I dunno what I was thinking, going into wedding photography!!! :-P

    =Matt=

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  9. dstilio

    Amazing high quality flash photography!!!
    She is very good in handling flash light. Colour saturation and balance is great in these photos and in the website gallery.

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    • Hanssie

      I know! Aren’t the photos AMAZING?! I just love them. Can’t get over the first photo. The dog looks like a toy around all those balloons!

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