In her new book, Newborn Puppies, photographer Traer Scott sought to share “a time in a dog’s life that even the most ardent dog lovers rarely get to see,” she tells PEOPLE. “As a photographer, it was very challenging to try and make artful photos of puppies, rather than settling for images that were overtly cutesy and sentimental.”
“They love being in puppy piles with their siblings and often end up making some really interesting formations,” Scott says of the perks of snapping newborns – such as these cockapoos – as compared to older puppies.
No sibling rivalry here! These Irish Wolfhounds can’t get enough of one another, and neither can Scott. “Irish Wolfhounds are one of my absolute favorite breeds,” she says. “I searched high and low for a litter to include in this project.”
The American Staffordshire terrier is a breed close to Scott’s heart, as she rescued one 11 years ago and went on to adopt one of its puppies as her own. “We took her at 5 weeks old and have cherished her ever since,” she says of dog Audrey.
A sleepy bloodhound may make for cute viewing, but not the best photography subject. “While we were shooting, we tried just about everything [to keep them awake],” Scott says, “but sleep – and persistent wrinkles – won out.”