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Secrets of animal photography: BTS with Carli Davidson, the photographer behind the viral video "SHAKE"

12/20/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Animal photographer Carli Davidson, is famed for her book entitled 'Shake'. During the few days Nikon Europa Team spent with her in her hometown Portland, Carli showed us the secret of photographing adorable animals and the inspiration behind the global success of her book.

If you did not watch it yet:

SHAKE is based on a photography series of the same name by co-director Carli Davidson. The work was inspired by her own dog Norbert, whose drool she regularly cleans off walls due to his own frequent shaking.

In 2012 the Variable team stumbled upon Carli Davidson's photo-series-gone-viral, "SHAKE", and immediately fell in love with the images of dogs that she was able to capture. The combination of innocence and ridiculousness had us all hysterically laughing, and of course thinking; "We NEED to meet this Carli and bring her images to life!"

Fortunately for Variable , Carli responded to our enthusiastic e-mail with an even more enthusiastic e-mail stating that she was totally down to collaborate and had a very similar vision! After months and many meetings of trying to figure out how Variable could even afford to make this film, Variable all just decided to empty our pockets, pull some serious strings, and make the video purely for the fun of it.

If you are fans of the video, there is a very good chance you will enjoy the book as well. Check it out on the link below and please consider supporting our awesome friend Carli. This is her first book, and we are certain it won't be her last!

*No dogs were harmed during the making of this film. We love animals. Please reach out to directly if you have any questions or concerns about the animal’s rolls and we will get back to you asap. Thanks in advance!

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Video and text  via Nikon Europe |