So nosy! Dogs get their close-up in charming photo series

Nice Nosing You photo project Elke Vogelsang - wieselblitz

Who knew a dog’s snout could be so photogenic?

German photographer Elke Vogelsang did, apparently. She’s behind the popular photo series “Nice Nosing You,” which features close-up pictures of dogs' faces and their often humorous expressions.

The photo series began a few months ago after Vogelsang purchased a compact camera and decided to put it to use by photographing her favorite subjects: her three rescue dogs.

“Since I spend a large part of my spare time with my dogs, it’s only natural for me to take pictures of them,” Vogelsang told TODAY.com via email.

In an effort to do something out of the ordinary, Vogelsang took turns putting each dog in front of a dark garden shed, getting as close as she could with her camera and documenting whatever expressions her pets gave her.

One dog sticks his tongue out at Vogelsang. Elke Vogelsang - wieselblitz.

What resulted was a collection of whimsical photos of her dogs liking, sniffing and staring at the camera. She began sharing the photos on her website and Facebook page, and they quickly spread around the world. 

To get each image, Vogelsang often lies on the ground to get at eye-level with the pooch, then tries to get the dog to look into the camera. "During a photo session with a dog, you'll hardly ever see me standing," she said.

She also gives the dog a treat to not only help the animal stay still, but also to capture a doggie tongue or two hanging out. “The secret is liverwurst,” she said. “The dog gets a biscuit, then I get really close with my camera and snap away.”

Vogelsang is currently working on turning the series into a book, and is beginning to capture similar photographs of other animals.

“I already got pictures of horses and am working on cats,” she said. “I won’t try this with tigers or crocodiles though.”

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    So nosy! Photographer captures up close and personal doggy pics

    Who knew a dog’s snout could be so photogenic? German photographer Elke Vogelsang did, apparently. She’s behind the popular photo series, titled “Nice Nosing You,” which features close-up pictures of dogs faces and their often humorous expressions.

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    German photographer Elke Vogelsang is behind the photo series "Nice Nosing You," which features up close and personal pictures of dogs.

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    Vogelsang began the series a few months ago by photographing her three rescue dogs. One pooch opens wide for a photo.

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    "The dog gets a biscuit, then I get really close with my camera and snap away," Vogelsang said. One dog licks up biscuit remnants while Vogelsang snaps a picture.

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    “During a photo session with a dog, you’ll hardly ever see me standing,” Vogelsang said. Two dogs stare at one another while Vogelsang captures the moment underneath.

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    One dog patiently waits for a treat. "This series would be difficult to do with a dog that doesn't like food," Vogelsang said.

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    "My favorite picture is this one with all three of my goobers," Vogelsang said. "It was one of my first tries and I still love it very much."

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    "The secret is liverwurst," Vogelsang said about keeping dogs sitting still during a photo shoot. Here, one dog finishes chowing down on the treat.

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    Two dogs stick their tongues out for the camera.

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    Vogelsang is currently working on making the series into a book. She also has begun photographing other animals in the same style. “I already got pictures of horses and am working on cats,” she said. “I won’t try this with tigers or crocodiles though.”

    © Elke Vogelsang / wieselblitz.de

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