Wild hair, flopping ears, and jowls, oh my! Photographer Carli Davidson has managed to capture man's best friend mid-shake, in all his canine glory, in a delightful photo series which has now become a book. Davidson, 32, was inspired by her own dog, a mastiff named Norbert, who is prone to shaking. “I clean a lot of drool off my walls,” she said. Her first “Shake” photo shoot was in March 2011 and when she “couldn’t stop laughing” while looking at the photos, she knew she was onto something. "I realized that what I was capturing was something playful, light-hearted and somewhat bizarre," she said. "Watching the photos upload onto my computer is so fun."
Her photos went viral online and now a collection of 61 dogs shaking off water has been compiled in a new book, "Shake," out this week. Davidson has snapped pictures of over 120 dogs, she said, some of them are friends' pets from around Portland, Oreg., and others she found through local rescue missions. No matter the dog, Davidson said she seeks to show off the animal's true character. And there is one perk about photographing dogs and not their owners, she notes: "I never have to worry about an animal not liking the way they look."