Australian photographer Belinda Richards has been navigating through one heck of a photography series! As the founder and Creative Director of Frog Dog Studios, Belinda is well known for her unique and incredible pet portrait photography. The award-winning photographer has spent the last 2.5 years photographing 500 dogs, bunny rabbits, and cats to accumulate into her series titled, "Dogs Are The Best People."
Belinda told Bored Panda, "I spend my days speaking fluent dog. Well, sort of. I make funny noises and feed them peanut butter, and they give me weird looks that are so human it's ridiculous." Upon making funny faces and sounds at dogs, she snaps some of the most amazing animal portraits the world has ever seen and they're definitely the sort of thing any animal lover can and will appreciate.
The funny facial expressions are a sight to behold, and it comes as no surprise that Belinda is known for her amusing personality. She told Bored Panda:
My clients are of the four-legged variety. You see I'm an internationally awarded pet photographer and artist located in Melbourne, Australia. Most of the time dogs come to visit my studio but I welcome all animals; as long as they fit in the studio that is.
According to the photography business's Facebook Page: "The majority of Belinda's working life has been with animals."
A passion for animals appears to have always been at the forefront of Belinda's goals, because even when she wasn't a photographer, animals were on her mind: "Throughout her studies and upon completion Belinda worked in animal welfare for various local councils and organisations."
After starting and running an award-winning dog grooming business, "the decision to begin Frog Dog Studios in mid 2016 came out of love for animals, a passion to create art and fatigue of the animal welfare industry."
Frog Dog Studios opened in Yarraville Victoria in February of 2017.
By the time July of 2017 had rolled around, Belinda's full time commitment was fine art pet photography: "A logical step for a business owner who has spent her entire working life with animals and studying fine art photography."
Some of Belinda's awards include: "2018 AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year, First Place Creative Division Portrait Contemporary WPPI Annual Print Competition, the 2019 Epson AIPP Victorian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year, and the Nikon NZIPP International Photographer of the Year."
Clearly, she is a very talented photographer!
Belinda is dedicated to her work, too. So much so that her hands touch every aspect of the process, "from capture to print ensuring each step is executed expertly to perfection."
"Belinda currently lives in Yarraville, Victoria and continues to run Frog Dog Studios with her husband, two rescue dogs and rescue cat."
Frog Dog Studio's Instagram account is an easy way to keep up with Belinda's work.
But they also have a Facebook page, where you can see she works with her husband, Tony.
At Frog Dog Studios, Tony helps "wrangle" the dogs and does a lot of the business aspects as the Business Development Manager and Analyst. It's pretty clear based on the way Anthony helps run their social media accounts that he loves his job just as much as Belinda does.
The stunning portraits continue to gain momentum as they light up the Internet. In an interview with Mirror, Belinda said:
Noises and peanut butter are our biggest secret in getting the subjects attention, a fun noise is key to getting that connection with the lens.
She also added:
Peanut butter should be in any pet photographer’s arsenal, dogs love it, it gets them to sit still for a couple of minutes while they lick so I can get a huge variety of different facial expressions.
Belinda's series is not only visually stunning but it makes you think. Her goal was to show how "human-like" dogs can be. She told Bored Panda how dog's human-like quirks is what inspired her to make the series:
I believe this is why we have such a strong connection to our furry friends and I decided it would make a hilarious, adorable series.
What's the funniest picture of your pet you've ever taken? Share them with us in the comment section!