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Featured Contributor : Ysbrand Cosijn's Pet Projects

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Shutterstock photographer Ysbrand Cosijn has a knack for capturing the personalities of our animal friends. From his studio in Haarlem, North Holland, he has created a unique and fun series of photos by applying a modern portrait style to pets.

“It’s all about patience,” Ysbrand says. For example, he gives dogs time to walk around the studio and get used to it before he starts photographing them.

A photographer for four years, Ysbrand shoots with a Canon 5d Mark II and illuminates the animals with Bowens, AlienBees and Lastolite flashlights. “I started with my own cats,” says Ysbrand, “but now all the pets in the collection belong to my clients.” Some favorites in his collection are the Danish Dogs and Sphinx Cats.

To see more of Ysbrand's dog pound, view a lightbox of his work on Shutterstock.

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