Elke Vogelsang is a German photographer focused on pet photography. Self-taught she turned her passion for photography into a profession. Her funny and emotional dog pictures are known world wide and appear in newspapers, magazines, and books all around the world.
Born in 1972 in Hildesheim, Germany, Elke Vogelsang grew up in a photography- and dog-loving family.
When “Noodles,” her first dog, joined her family, she felt she needed to improve her photographic skills to do justice to the dog’s beauty and charming character.
On Christmas Day 2009, Elke Vogelsang’s husband suffered a brain hemorrhage. It was the dogs who found him in time to save him. He spent weeks in a coma and months with no short-term memory.
While her husband was in the hospital, Elke Vogelsang began taking a picture every day to keep a visual diary for him. Often, the dogs found themselves in front of her camera, becoming, like her photo-taking, a comfort and a distraction.
By the end of the one-picture-a-day project, which lasted two years and gave her time to think about life and what to do with it, Elke Vogelsang had found a means to reduce her stress, as well as a creative outlet. Ultimately, she decided to leave her smoothly running job as a translator to become a professional photographer.
In the time since, Elke Vogelsang’s photographs of her dogs have gained international fame, awarded with appearances on television, including the Good Morning America show, and features in publications worldwide, among them, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and La Repubblica. Her work has also been on the covers of more than a dozen magazines, including The Sunday Times Magazine. Her works were exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the world. She’s also the author of the book „Nice Nosing You – for the love of life, dogs and photography“.
Elke Vogelsang’s Digital Splash Seminars:
Dogsonality – working with dogs as models | Saturday 12pm
They say “Never work with animals“. Elke Vogelsang enjoys exactly this. She will talk about her approach to dog photography and how she makes sure her subjects – from puppy to senior dog – enjoy being photographed and pose for interesting, emotional and funny portraits every owner will love.
A guide to creative dog photography | Saturday 3pm
For many dog photography is a popular occupation these days. To stick out of the crowd you have to come up with new, creative ideas. Elke Vogelsang will talk about how to take your dog photography to the next level by developing your own style and shoot not-your-everyday dog pictures.