“Home” Video – Up Close and Personal

“Home” by Chris Burkard in Arroyo, California

To be inspired in your work, it’s probably the most important thing. To be surrounded by people and places that make you want to work creatively and do your best, it’s really the essence of what everyone is searching for… in their jobs and their careers. ~ Chris Burkard
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Her name is “Ramen Noodle” and on top of having the sweetest face…

… she is also handicapped and has no front legs. Not that it matters – as she seems to be happy and get around as any of her four-legged friends, and with a face like that she’s loved just the same. This series is the third I’ve posted on Carli Davidson’s work.

It’s truly evident, I’m truly a fan of this girl’s work. It seems that she has a knack for getting the viewer to connect with her subjects, which is really impressive. With the advances in technology, anyone now can take a crisp or clean picture with the improvements in cameras. But, there’s something about her shots that I love – how real her subjects are, how much personality she captures. With Carli’s work “imperfect” can evoke as much emotion and connection as those familiar cliché shots of cute, fuzzy animals. This is why I think her work is astounding and deserved another post.

I am not only loving how sweet this dog is, but her name is also just so fitting. I still feel that if Carli was to do these shots to help get animals rescued, we’d have a lot more pets in homes today.

I briefly featured Ramen Noodle in the last post, which featured Carli’s “Handicapped Series.”  The first of these three posts was the “Shake Series” – where she captured animals in the act of shaking – also worth checking out…

Animal Trainer, Caretaker & Photographer ::: Carli Davidson


Not only are her photos honest and real, but she has a knack for capturing the humor and personality perfectly in each shot. This series focuses on shots of animals who were caught in the act of shaking. Check out the detail, the expressions, the natural distortions that are so real they look unreal, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Carli has found a way to take her two loves (animals & photography) and bring them both together, which really creates the best of both worlds. Her talent in allowing the animals to trust her allows her to get close to them, closer than most in order to really capture their character in each composition. What you see in each picture is nothing short of impressive!

So, who is Carli Davidson you might ask? She describes herself as the following:

Carli Davidson is both an internationally recognized award-winning photographer and an experienced animal trainer and caretaker. She is able to capture the innate personalities of her subjects using her professional understanding of animal behavior. She is a freelance photographer for the Oregon Zoo, and works regularly with domestic animals both commercially and personally for her fine art projects.

Carli spends much of her shoots rolling on the ground with her subject, getting in their skin as much as possible and encouraging them to open up to the camera. Her history working at the Oregon Zoo an well as nature preserves and animal rescues has given her the opportunity to care for everything from chimpanzees to rats. She shares her home with a dogue de Bordeaux named Norbert and a small, incredibly loud black cat named Yushi. 

Find out more about her on her site, and take some time to look through some of her other galleries. They’re really quite interesting and unique in their own respect.