Pawtraits! Husband and wife capture diverse personalities of a wide variety of dog breeds

Yahoo News Photo Staff

These adorable pawtraits seem to show the personalities of a variety of canines, capturing their incredible diverseness in their expressions and fine details.

Whether it be Chika the miniature schnauzer’s shy wave or Fiji the basenji’s cheeky side-eye, Alexander Khokhlov and Veronica Ershova allow the personalities of their subjects to really come out in their series, “The Dog Show.”

Khokhlov and Ershova, who are from Moscow, have taken portraits of about 50 breeds of pooches — earning much critical acclaim. (Caters News)

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<p>These adorable portraits look to show the wide-ranging personalities of a variety of canines, capturing their incredible diverseness through their expressions and finite details. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

These adorable portraits look to show the wide-ranging personalities of a variety of canines, capturing their incredible diverseness through their expressions and finite details. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>Whether it be Chika the miniature schnauzer’s shy wave or Fiji the basenji’s cheeky side-eye, duo Alexander Khokhlov and Veronica Ershova allow the personalities of their subjects to really come out in their series, “The Dog Show.” (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

Whether it be Chika the miniature schnauzer’s shy wave or Fiji the basenji’s cheeky side-eye, duo Alexander Khokhlov and Veronica Ershova allow the personalities of their subjects to really come out in their series, “The Dog Show.” (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>To date, the duo has made portraits of around 50 different breeds of pooches, drawing much critical acclaim. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

To date, the duo has made portraits of around 50 different breeds of pooches, drawing much critical acclaim. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>The first part of their series was released in 2017, and their latest shots were only recently revealed. Khokhlov, a photographer, and Ershova, a production expert, initially began working on pet portraits at the requests of pet owners. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

The first part of their series was released in 2017, and their latest shots were only recently revealed. Khokhlov, a photographer, and Ershova, a production expert, initially began working on pet portraits at the requests of pet owners. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>This soon formed the base for their series, which they then decided to grow int 2017 and 2018. Khokhlov said: “Every dog portrait is a challenge for me as a photographer.” (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

This soon formed the base for their series, which they then decided to grow int 2017 and 2018. Khokhlov said: “Every dog portrait is a challenge for me as a photographer.” (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov Ershova/Caters News)

<p>“Every dog has a certain exterior — long or short hair, light or dark, colored or monochrome — so I have to keep everything in mind during the light setup,” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

“Every dog has a certain exterior — long or short hair, light or dark, colored or monochrome — so I have to keep everything in mind during the light setup,” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>In photographing the animals, the two have taken a sharp-eyed approach. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

In photographing the animals, the two have taken a sharp-eyed approach. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>They make sure the details of each breed can be seen in the final work, from hair to wrinkles. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

They make sure the details of each breed can be seen in the final work, from hair to wrinkles. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>“And, of course, every dog has its own personality, and our main goal is to find and show it in the photograph” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

“And, of course, every dog has its own personality, and our main goal is to find and show it in the photograph” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>Khokhlov added: “We are trying to achieve the superb volume in the portraits, that allows you to see the fur texture, wrinkles, folds, muscles and other aspects of the exact breed.” (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

Khokhlov added: “We are trying to achieve the superb volume in the portraits, that allows you to see the fur texture, wrinkles, folds, muscles and other aspects of the exact breed.” (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>Through their works, the two look to capture “emotional and quirky” portraits of each breed. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

Through their works, the two look to capture “emotional and quirky” portraits of each breed. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>“We want to show that every dog is beautiful and unique,” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

“We want to show that every dog is beautiful and unique,” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>“We had a lot of fun during the shootings and really enjoy the process,”Khokhlov added. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

“We had a lot of fun during the shootings and really enjoy the process,”Khokhlov added. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>“A lot of people like the series and write the kind letters where they ask us to keep up the work” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

“A lot of people like the series and write the kind letters where they ask us to keep up the work” said Khokhlov. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

<p>“It motivates [us] to continue the series,” Khokhlov added. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News) </p>
Dog personality portraits

“It motivates [us] to continue the series,” Khokhlov added. (Photo: Alexander Khokhlov-Veronica Ershova/Caters News)

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