Nice Nosing You: For the Love of Life, Dogs and Photography

Elke Vogelsang began taking photographs of her three rescue dogs, Noodles, Scout and Ioli, as a way to make her husband feel better. One Christmas Day, Elke’s husband, Carsten, suffered a major brain hemorrhage and had collapsed in the bathroom. If it had not been for the dogs discovering him in time and alerting her, he may have died.

In the months that followed, Elke turned to photography as a way to establish a routine and to find something to lift her husband’s mood. She immediately tapped into the playful energy of her dogs and her portraits capture their goofy, fun-loving natures in a way no other photographer I’ve seen does. And after taking on her project, she turned to photography full time.

Read more about Elke and preview some of her amazing photos in this article: 30 Joy-filled Dog Portraits That Will Bring a Smile to Your Face



Nice Nosing You presents Elke’s expressive portraits of her much-loved dogs; a collection compiled over two years in what became a personal and touching project for Elke and her husband, Carsen.

One year on Christmas day, Elke’s three dogs suddenly started barking outside the bathroom door. Investigating the commotion, Elke discovered Carsen collapsed in the bathroom. He had suffered a major brain hemorrhage and the dogs had in fact saved his life, discovering him at a crucial time. The months immediately following were filled with much uncertainty, and in an attempt to establish some sort of routine and find something to lift her husband’s mood, Elke started taking photos of their dogs to show Carsen in hospital. Over the next two years, as Carsen slowly recovered, Elke’s project became an obsession.

Gathered here in a stunning collection, Elke’s photographs are captioned with inspiring quotes, illustrating the personal encouragement she and her husband found in these intimate and playful images. Praised by Good Morning America – “people are going nuts over these photos” – and The Huffington Post – “Elke Vogelsang has taken dog portraits to a new level”, this is truly a collection to treasure.

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Hardie Grant (September 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784880051
ISBN-13: 978-1784880057
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

About the Author
Elke Vogelsang is a photographer specializing in animal portraits. She has a passion for creating unique, individual, and impressive pictures that always capture the essence of the moment and her subject. Her images have been featured in publications across the globe, including The Huffington Post and the Daily Mail. She lives with her husband and their three dogs.