Make no mistake world-renowned pet photographer Ren Netherland loves animals. In fact he initially owned a pet portrait studio in Florida for over 14 years, using custom Hollywood sets to photograph pooches, felines and everything in between. Can you imagine how much fun that would be?
But since 2003 & due to popular demand he’s been traveling around the US attending countless dog grooming competitions photographing furry contestants and their passionate owners. It’s a job which more than likely sees him grinning from ear to ear each day, how could you not when you have man’s best friend covered in spray paints, fancy dress & looking like cartoon characters?
It’s not all fun and games, there’s some a tremendous amount of skill and patience involved too. Some shoots can take Ned up to 3 hours just to get the one perfect shot. Rest assured that whilst Ren’s hilarious photographs will puzzle and amazed, the competitions are dead serious. If your pet is deemed to have the most extreme and insane design of all, winners can get their hands on up to $5,000 of prize money.
Here’s a look at some of the very best and some of the very worst doggie designs he’s caught so far on his travels. What do you think? A serious case of WTF or should their owners be applauded for embracing the absurd?