By Rebecca Drew
IT REALLY IS a dog’s life for these adorable pooches who have been snapped enjoying a day at the beach as part of one photographer’s quirky new photobook.
The adorable images show Goldendoodles, Derby and Teddy, each sporting sunglasses and blue mohawks splashing around in the water, Labrador, Fred, catching the waves during a doggy surf lesson and glamourous Chihuahua crosses, Dizzie and Dottie, strutting along the sand in eye-catching bikinis.
Other hilarious shots show Boxer, Tom Tom, intently watching the rollercoasters at a seaside amusement park and British Bulldog, Goose, lazily flopped on top of some sandcastles in a Hawaiian style shirt, whilst a gang of canines race towards the sunset.
The stunning pictures appear in new book, Dogs on the Beach by photographer Lara Jo Regan and is published by Myth and Matter Media.
“Dogs and beaches share common purposes in our lives. Both coax us to live in the moment, more in sync with the rhythms of nature, helping us to find happiness in life’s simple pleasures,” writes Lara in her book’s introduction.
“Both induce spontaneity, laughter and play. Both treat us to boundless varieties of beauty we never tire of beholding.
“As a dog lover, photographic artist and long-time Californian, it seemed inevitable I would one day try to capture these two sublime subjects in the same frame.”
Lara Jo Regan is an award-winning photographer who is passionate about capturing man’s best friend in action. Her previous projects include Dogs in Cars and Dog Plays.
For her latest project, Dogs on the Beach, Lara spent three years traveling to some of America’s most glorious seascapes to capture the pets crashing through the waves, sunbathing on the sand and racing towards the water.
“Photographing the sensuous, exhilarating bliss of dogs interacting with sand, surf and the humans and friends they love, up close and personal, over several years, profoundly deepened my own appreciation on the beach and its eternal gifts,” added Lara.
“As if the dogs were totem spirits guiding me further home.
“I only wish there was room in this book to include the many more wonderful dog beaches around the world and the remarkable canines who unleash the best of their playful, primal spirits there.”
Lara Jo Regan’s new book is now available on Amazon for RRP £17.19.