Capturing the incredible bond between women and their dogs

Ursula and her golden retriever Hugo

Photographer Ursula Daphne Aitchison’s joyful picture series ‘Phodography’ displays the special connection between women and their dogs she spots on her dog-walks. 

Ursula and her golden retriever Hugo are a familiar sight in London’s parks, scouting for dog owners to star in Ursula’s picture series ‘Phodography’. The photographer, 29, started snapping people and their pooches four years ago, posting the photos on her Instagram feed.

Her shots are so popular a book is planned for later this year. Worcestershire-born Ursula says: ‘I love that quote [by animal advocate Roger Caras]: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”’ As you can see below, her images are bright, full of vibrancy, colour and love.

Fashion blogger Caroline Receveur and her golden retriever Island in Kensington, West London
Tattoo artist Avalon Southall and her elkhound Kuruk in Stourbridge
Actor Nikki Taggart trained cocker spaniel Jasper for his owners and says, ‘I’m so proud to be his buddy’
After meeting Zoe Thras at Crufts, Ursula snapped two of her weimaraner puppies at their home in East London
Journalism student Anastacia Shuppe and her french bulldog puppy Lecter on Albert Bridge, London
Ursula photographed Abby Miller and her beloved Bruno after seeing the fluffy eurasian on Instagram
Ursula first spotted model Alexandra Panaite in Hyde Park taking a selfie with her miniature poodle Sofia
Ursula met stand-up comedian Kelly Convey and her bulldog Nelson on Tooting Common, South London; the pair are now close friends
Singer Kate Dowman says she and her Irish setter Fin are ‘inseparable Celtic souls’

Some great quotes about our beloved dogs

‘Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen’– Orhan Pamuk

‘Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job’ – Franklin P. Jones

‘A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself’– Josh Billings

‘Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace’ – Milan Kundera