“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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Carli Davidson Photography ::: Pets with Disabilities Series


This grouping concentrates on showing these incredibly sweet photos of people’s pets that have disabilities. When I first clicked on this gallery, I was instantly connected with these really sweet animals. As humans, we are always quick to notice when something or someone is “different” from the “norm.” Well, these photos show the obvious differences between what we might term as “normal” pets, but she ever-so-brilliantly was able to again master her technique in really capturing their genuine sweetness in the shot. If there was a price tag next to these animals and a store hooked up, my bank account would be EMPTY!

Now, there are no descriptions available to tell whether these were actually her pets, someone she knows or just some random stranger she approached. She does have experience working with animals in the Oregon Zoo and has had multiple pets over the years. Without those details, your guess is as good as mine here. On a side note, whoever came up with those contraptions to allow these animals to function and explore life should win a serious award. It’s so heartwarming to see that someone took the time to go through the steps to allow their fur baby the chance to explore life at their fullest potential. This person just raised the bar of that potential exponentially!

None the less, let me re-present to you Carli Davidson’s and a preview into her stellar photography featuring cute fur babies with various handicaps.

In case you missed the first post I made earlier, check out her examples ftom the Shake Series – where she has mastered so perfectly capturing animals in the act of shaking.  

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.