By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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A creative duo have come up with an innovative way to raise money for animal welfare; photographing dogs as you’ve never seen them before.
Professional photographer Jason Kenzie and designer Tania Ryan have created a unique set of images from the underside of dogs, named The Underdogs Project.
The project will be featured as a 2017 calendar, with each month belonging to a quirky canine.
Tania said: “A few months ago we created the Urban Pet Gazette, an online publication to, 'share the love of pets'.
“We both not only share the love of pets but also photography, and while we were working on creating the first of these photographs it became clear to us that we needed to do something special with these photos to help raise funds and awareness for animal welfare.”
With a little help from Tania’s dog, Rocky and pooches from a local doggy daycare, Canine Adventure Den, they took their first photographs for the project. They then discovered a worthy cause that could benefit from their initiative.
Tania explained: “A few weeks later we were attending an event that we were covering for our online publication and we felt so moved by what they were doing we asked if we could take photos of their dogs and help with their cause, Thank Dog I Am Out.”
But anyone with a pet knows that some animals are less obedient than others, bringing on some challenges when photographing them.
Photographer Jason said: “Working with animals can be challenging and requires a lot of patience and treats.
The duo refuse to reveal their photography secrets on how they captured the dogs from below, but are delighted with the results.
Jason explained: "The photography set-up took us quite a while, from the right balance of lighting, to creating a comfortable environment for the animals, and of course the camera settings.
"Then there was a lot of photos to go through after each photo shoot. So many cute photos to chose from."
Read more about The Underdogs Project and purchase their calendar at: http://www.underdogsproject.com