I did some research about dog photography in both print and online, and I came to the conclusion that there weren't too many photographers who did it the way I wanted. Dog photography appeared to have something of a bad reputation. I saw many photos of lovely sweet dogs, wearing strange clothes and soft, kitsch-y colorful backgrounds. This brought me to the idea of approaching it from a different perspective. My goal was to capture dogs in a way that even people who don't own a dog could appreciate them -- or at least see the beauty in each and every single one of them. I came across the work of Tim Flach, Carly Davidson, Martin Usborne, and Jesse Freidin, and I really like the way they approach their individual concepts of animal photography. Knowing this, I started to take pictures of all the dogs I could get my hands on in varying surroundings.