This photographer captures the 'beauty of dogs'

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Dogs Get Prepped for 140th Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is a time for abandoning all other activities and looking at endless photos of pups. One photographer, Elias Weis Friedman (or @thedogist), has made it so much easier with his photo documentary series "about the beauty of dogs."

His series captures photos of dogs just as they are, full head-tilt, snoot in the lens, tongue lapping at the air — just being dogs. Friedman even has a book, The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs, which is just pages and pages of dog portraits. Talk about a comfort read.

See more photos from the Westminster Kennel Club dog show

24 PHOTOS
Westminster Dog Show 2016
See Gallery
This photographer captures the 'beauty of dogs'
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and her dog CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer, win Best in Show competition at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: C.J., a German Short Haired Pointer, wins Best in Show on the second day of the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City. The 'Best in Show' award is the top honor in the annual competition. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog competes during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: An American Cocker Spaniel gets in fur blown by a hair dryer in the grooming area on the second day of the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: The Miniature American Shepherd competes as a new breed during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: An owner grooms his Beagle during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A Standard Poodle competes during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A Maltese is seen in the competiton area February 15, 2016 in New York during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140th Annual Dog Show. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: Dogs compete during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A pair of Yorkshire Terriers wait in the grooming area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog waits in the grooming area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: An owner takes out his Bichon Frise from the cage during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog waits in the grooming area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A dog competes in the agility area during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140 Annual Dog Show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: Viggo, a Bergamasco, who was named best of breed in the first round during the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, sits at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is 'Best in Show.' (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A West Highland White Terrier runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Coton De Tulear runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Norfolk Terrier runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Papillon runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Basset Hound waits in the grooming area February 15, 2016 in New York during the first day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 140th Annual Dog Show. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Brussels Griffon runs the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen waits to run the agility course during the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 13, 2016 in New York, at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility demonstrate skills required in the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

This week, Friedman is at the Westminster show, taking some personal portraits of pooches at what is basically doggie fashion week. In a world where you're told to model, pose, and dress to impress judges, it's always a little freeing to just stick your tongue out and let the camera snap.

Perfect paws.

Taj, Bernese Mountain Dog (19 m/o), #WKCDogShow, New York, NY • "He sired his first litter today."

A photo posted by The Dogist (@thedogist) on

Last-minute lash check.

What?

Glitz.

Being coddled like a puppy helps with pre-show jitters.



More from The Cut:
Beauty Secrets From the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Fame Has Really Changed the Pope
Lorde Loves Her 'Adorable Giraffe' Friend, T-Swift

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners