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Anchorage photographer publishes pet portrait book

By Lauren Maxwell 11:36 PM November 7, 2013

David Jensen puts animals first in new book


ANCHORAGE – For nearly 25 years, an Anchorage man has made his living by taking pictures of people and their pets.

Recently, David Jensen has turned his talents in a different direction: He’s published a coffee table book that features some of his favorite portraits. The book “It’s Important To Paws” features Jensen’s own golden retriever, Layla, on the cover. Inside are hundreds of his other animal friends.

“Some cats and dogs I’ve known for years,” Jensen said. “I’ve photographed them since they were puppies up until the time they were 11 or 12 years old. Some of their owners come in once, even twice a year and we always do something new.”

Many of the animals in the book are shelter or rescue dogs that are waiting for adoption. Jensen has photographed them for free every Thursday for many years.

“I always approach it that if we can help just one dog, then we are helping one family,” Jensen said. “We are helping the family because we are bringing them together.”

There’s also a memorable shot that features dozens of Alaskan dogs on top of, inside and in front of a Subaru, taken after a local agility trial. That photo made it into a national ad campaign.

“What you don’t see are all the people in the background yelling, ‘Sit, down, stay!’” Jensen said.

Jensen funded his book with a Kickstarter campaign and says he’s grateful to everyone who invested. The book is available through his website.

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