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Photographer Specializes in Pooch Poses

Posted December 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The standard, off-the-rack Christmas cards are nice. But it's the personal ones that people like best. Nothing is more personal than someone's pet. That's where Great American Pet Photos comes in.

Thursday was a big day for Belle. She's going to get her picture taken. And with the right lighting and the right composition, Belle can look like a million bucks.

Great American Photo is sort of a Glamour Shots for creatures with four legs. The man behind camera is Simon Williamson. How does he do it? By making noises.

Say what?

"I have a pretty good bark," Williamson admits.

Yup. To get Belle to strike that perfect pose, Williamson speaks to her in her own language. He says you have to bark like a dog barks to get a dog's attention.

And different dogs have different barks. There's a bark for a little dog. And one for a big dog.

Williamson says his barks and whistles will even work on people, which is ridiculous. But it does work on Belle.

Williamson has photographed kids, and photographed dogs. So what's easier. Next question.

Williamson's mobile studio will be at North Hills Mall in Raleigh Saturday and Sunday.