Jess Lessard is a food photographer. This means that she spends hours setting up beautiful scenes of all kinds of food, lighting them perfectly, and shooting drool-inducing images. Needless to say, this requires a certain amount of planning, patience, and control.
But she”s also a dog owner. Her dog Kaya, a five-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback, is crafty when it comes to food theft. Like many of her breed, she also has a seemingly endless appetite. When you”re a food photographer, that”s a recipe for disaster.
Skilled as Lessard may be, she can”t always clear her shots of puppy tongues and snouts. Sure, Kaya”s trickery might be a little annoying, but it”s also undeniably cute.
This is one of the photobombs that would eventually inspire Lessard to create a unique series.
Kaya always had a way of inserting herself into photos, so Lessard decided to commemorate her dog”s sneaky ways in an adorable collection. For the official series shots, she always makes sure to set up dog-friendly foods (which means no pie).
According to Lessard, these antics go all the way back to her puppy days, when Kaya had a penchant for stealing burritos…that were still in the mouths of the people eating them.
As you can see, Kaya was more than happy to lend her talents to Lessard”s shoot.
Kaya and the Strawberries
Kaya and the Peanut Butter
We think Kaya is quite the star. You can see more of Lessard”s photography (which includes portraits of rescue dogs and cats alongside her foodie specialties) on her website, Facebook, and Instagram. Her dog and food photos are available for purchase, and if you purchase from her cat gallery, half of the proceeds go to Cat House on the Kings, which is the largest cat sanctuary in Lessard”s home state of California.
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