Renowned photographer Shaina Fishman is known for her inspiring, creative and downright adorable pictures of animals. Her photos have been turned into must-have books, including her latest, “Between Two Dogs,” which pairs up pups to show their dynamic relationships with one another.
Even though Fishman is the one with a keen eye for detail, every pet parent she encounters enjoys showing her their own works of art. “When I tell people that I photograph animals, the first thing they always do is take out their phone and show me pictures. People are very passionate about their pets,” she says. We know the feeling.
Fishman has struck a nerve with animal lovers because she understands the deep bond people can develop with their pets. Fishman—a dog parent herself to a 10-year-old Papillion named Cosmo—says that she works towards bringing out a dog’s personality in her photos.
“I want [people] to not only see a cute dog, but to see a personality and an emotion that is relatable and humorous … the book is unique in the fact that I actually photographed two dogs together to show these interactions in one image,” she says.
It’s hard not to smile when you’re looking at pairs of dogs caught in moments that range from silly to sleepy. Fishman found her subjects with the help of an agent to find a good mix of breeds, many of which were siblings, or parents and their pups.
“A few of the puppies were already in their new homes so the new owner brought the puppy to the studio. The reunions between the puppy and parent were delightful,” she says. “The short hair Dachshunds were a father and son pair reunited [and] in one image, you can see the annoyance on the father’s face as the puppy tried her hardest to get him to play.”
“I want [people] to not only see a cute dog, but to see a personality and an emotion that is relatable and humorous.”
Fishman had all of the dogs’ owners present for the shoots to make sessions fun and create a positive energy for the dog to feed off of and says that each pair of pooches had very unique relationship.
“The pairs that were the most fun to photograph were the ones that were genuinely best buds,” she said. “They wanted to be close and interacting no matter if they were playing, wrestling, napping, or posing for the camera. The Boston Terriers, Great Pyrenees, Springer Spaniels, Dalmatians and Corgis were all like that.”
Fishman—whose previous projects have included the delightful “Cats in Hats”—is thrilled that “Between Two Dogs” seems to be resonating well with dog owners and non-dog owners alike.
“I believe a person can relate to the image and see themselves and their relationships in the images,” she says. “When I post images on Instagram, I’ll see people tag their friend and say something like, ‘That’s me on the right and you on the left” or something to that effect. We humans can relate to the relationships shown within the images of the book.”
Loving how dogs bring out the best in all of us? Yep, that’s definitely something any pet parent can relate to.