Meet the creative genius behind those adorable YOGA Dogs and Cats calendars you’ve been seeing on the shelves. Dan Borris has been a photographer for a number of years, shooting for publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Smithsonian among many other publications. I’ve also shot for advertising and the music industry. Yoga Dogs and Cats is a complete departure for Dan and he exclaims “It’s an enjoyable one!”
When asked if Dan does yoga, he mentioned that he’s done Ashtanga Yoga on and off over the years. “That’s what got me interested in Yoga Dogs… that and a friend’s English Bull Mastiff,” says Dan.
Almost all of the puppies and kittens come from shelters. They allow Dan and his team to photograph their fantastic animals and in exchange, the team donates money and calendars to the shelter. The dogs and cats originally and continue to be mostly from family, friends and friends of friends. Sometimes Alejandra, Dan’s partner, stops people with cute dogs on the street and a random star is born!
The initial response to Yoga Dogs was immediate and completely upbeat. Dan received inquiries for interviews and products from around the world. He remembers getting a request for a calendar from a person in Tonga…the Yoga Dog’s and Cat’s most remote fan!
Dan states that the most enjoyable aspects of what he does are seeing the final images and receiving such positive feedback from the community at large. “Having sold literally millions of calendars and knowing how many people smile when they see them is a great feeling,” Dan expresses. The challenges of course are dealing with dogs and cats who have their own ideas of how to behave during a shoot. Regardless, the team always has fun and they do too! I asked Dan if he were in the process of working with other animals, and for now they’re just sticking with dogs and cats. Dan explains, “I like to think they’re natural yogis and have a strong connection with us humans.
Dan just wants to give a shout out for peace, love and yoga in the human and animal world!
[Photos C/O ©Dan Borris/YogaDogs]
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