German photographer, Ines Opifanti is playing with the old notion that dogs and their human parents look alike in her ongoing photo series, "Dog People."
But with a fun, new twist on the idea.
Instead of just taking portraits of dogs and their owners, Opifanti asked each pup parent to imitate their dog as she photographed them.
The results are mutterly beautiful.
“While I don’t believe in the common folk wisdom claiming dog owners become similar looking to their dogs over the years,” the artist explains on her website.
“I do believe that they become really, really good in interpreting their pets’ subtle mimic.”
"Almost 3 years ago I adopted a puppy out of the blue and quickly noticed her amazing ability to pull off almost human-like facial expressions." Wrote the artist (seen here with here pup, Fleur) on Bored Panda.
“But what about the other way round? how easily can humans ‘read’ our dogs’ facial expressions?”
She writes about the process saying, "I photographed the dogs first, letting them sit on a small podium."
"Owners had to interact with them, telling them phrases they know the dogs will react to."
"Of course they got lots and lots of praise and treats so they quickly stopped caring about the lights or the camera."
"It’s important that dogs are calm and relaxed, so they can show their natural behavior and are not frightened."
"After the dogs were photographed, the owners have to interpret and mimic."
"I noticed that dog people get really good in interpreting their own dogs."
“It’s really a fascinating thing because we’re two completely different species after all.”
They say ‘you can never really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes,’ and though we may never fit in their booties, dog owners are the ones by their pup’s side for as many of those mile walks as pawsible, so it doesn’t take long before we know them pretty doggone well.
Check out Opifanti’s charming, cheerful, and thoroughly wagnificent photo series in the rest of the gallery and on Ines Opifanti's website.
"Such cheese, much happy."