Alex Cearns, creative director of Houndstooth Studio, has seen countless adorable, fluffy faces during her time as a pet photographer. Despite disabilities or medical issues, she sees each animal as beautiful, which is why she created a photo series of some very special animals. “Perfect Imperfection” is a collection of portraits that highlights how resilient pets can be in the face of adversity.
All of these cuties have gone through some kind of life- or body-altering event, but each and every one of them adapted to their new state of being. Cearns captures that amazing perseverance in her photos, and it’s truly an inspiration.
Tyson only has three legs, but he’s as regal as ever.
Spike, a pink and grey galah, has a fused leg, but that doesn’t seem to ruffle his feathers.
This pup recovering from mage doesn’t let his past affect today.
Cearns says that every photoshoot is an adventure…
Clients like Scrappy pull out a funny face or all their tricks in the book in hopes of a treat!
Sometimes Cearns ends up with a cat or bird on her head in the middle of a shoot…
Which, when you think about it, is an incredible perk of her job!
While the sessions can be a lot of fun…
They can also pull at the heartstrings.
When Savannah walked into Cearns’ studio, the photographer broke down into tears.
Seeing this dog, who’d undergone a partial leg amputation and received this fancy implant, bop around like any other happy pooch was enough to make anyone emotional. Sadly, the cancer that claimed her leg showed up elsewhere and took Savannah, but her attitude throughout the whole thing set an incredible example.
Cearns’ biggest aim is to “capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique.”
It’s safe to say she’s accomplished this with flying colors.
Why is she so passionate about showing this in dogs like Louie?
“Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”
The “deformities” become something of an afterthought, overshadowed by the charm of the animal.
Hedwig had half of his skull removed due to infection, but this little birdie’s just living his life.
Hannah only has three legs, but she’s still as spry as ever.
Cearns used to have her very own one-eyed cat roaming around the studio…
He used to greet the pup customers with a surprise bop on the head, startling everyone in the room.
He seemed to have no care in the world, despite his missing eye and tattered ears from a former life.
All of the animals in her unique series share that amazing quality.
One last takeaway from this wonderful collection of photos? Always do your best to find the positive in every situation, and never give up on living your best life possible! If all of these animals can do it, so can we.
Be sure to check out more of Cearns’ work on her studio’s website and Facebook.