Seth Casteel wakes up every day for the greatest job in the world. There’s a lot of people who make that claim; some are doctors, parents or even eccentric billionaires, but the real best job in the world is taking puppy pictures as they jump in a pool. He started taking photos of homeless pets in 2007 in an effort to boost adoptions. The results were beyond his dreams, an enormous spike in adoptions and renewed lives for countless dogs. Recently he released Underwater Puppies.
Seth was doing a shoot in 2010 for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; for some reason the dog didn’t want to stay dry and would rather be in the pool with his toys. So, Seth ran to the store to get a waterproof camera to get things done. He was inspired by the dog diving into the pool while chasing a tennis ball. Curiosity got the better of him; little did he know this would be the beginning of something much bigger.
His friends and family would tell him “You should photograph weddings!”, but this wasn’t what he wanted. Back against the wall in debt, Seth stuck to his guns and bought an underwater housing for his camera to take his pictures even further. He used the last available credit to his name for this project, he was maxed out.
It wasn’t until a few months after he had taken the first water photo that people began to really take notice. The photos went viral, he got a book deal and offers from National Geographic and was able to launch OnePictureSaves.com; a site dedicated to showing rescue dogs at their best to improve their chances of being adopted.
Now it’s a few years on and Seth is living the dream as an award-winning-photographer and a New York Times Best Selling Author. He’s not done yet though, he’s also an advocate for animal water safety and wants to save the thousands of pets that die each year from accidental drowning in backyard pools. Teaching your dog how to safely exit the pool or having a fence around it can save your dogs life.
It’s important to note that all the dogs are willing participants and jumped in of their own accord.