Cindy and Kirby Pringle have a simple goal: To bring joy to people’s lives through their words and art.


The Pringles specialize in unique, whimsical photographs with their “dog people” — dogs with humanlike bodies.  Their work can be seen in three books, the new “The Butterfly That Would Not Fly,” (2012) “Happy Tails: The Call of Nature” (2008) and “Happy Tails: Earl and Pearl on the Farm” (2006). Click the “Our Books navigation link for more information.


The husband-and-wife team have worked together as professional photographers for 24 years and own Dogtown Artworks, located in Tuscola, Illinois, about 25 miles south of Champaign-Urbana.  Cindy Pringle is an acclaimed photographer and past winner of the prestigious Ernst Haas Award as one of the nation’s top 100 photographers.  Her husband, Kirby, is an award-winning journalist and photographer.  Their work has been seen on everything from greeting cards to books to billboards  — even an independent film. The couple have a studio and gallery in Tuscola that features their dog art and a photography studio. Let the Pringles use their photo magic to capture a stunning image of your pet!


“We’ve always taken photographs of our dogs and we decided 10 years ago to focus on ‘dog people,’” Cindy Pringle says.  “We have a lot of fun coming up with the ideas and then watching them come to life.”


The couple also recently made an acclaimed documentary film, “Plight of the Monarch,” that examines the reasons behind the rapidly declining population of the monarch butterfly. Last year, the Pringles started giving popular presentations to interested groups around the country, where they talk about the monarch and show their 22-minute documentary.


Cindy Pringle is a University of Illinois graduate and grew up in a small town in Central Illinois. Kirby Pringle, who was also raised in small-town Illinois, is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and was a feature writer for The News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., for 23 years.


The two decided to specialize in creating “dog people” in 2002, using their own dogs as their models. The Pringles made photography, design and freelance writing their full-time occupation in 2008.


“This all started because Cindy likes to make her own birthday cards. She took a photo of me standing in the woods in a bathrobe and then took a photo of our boxer wearing the same bathrobe. Cindy blended the images together and replaced my head with our boxer’s head,” Kirby Pringle says. “I actually looked better with a dog head, so we just kept it up. We couldn’t stop once we got going with the ‘dog people’ because they’re so much fun to do and people really enjoy them.


“I can’t imagine doing anything else. Creating ‘dog people’ is the essence of who we are. It’s just taking our love for dogs (and all animals) a step further than most people,” Kirby adds. “As a newspaper article on us recently put it: Dogtown Artworks puts the ‘wow’ into ‘bow-wow!’ I couldn’t have said it any better.”


As photographers, they are represented by Corbis (search for Cynthia Pringle) and Next Day Art.

 

© 2014 Cindy and Kirby Pringle/Dogtown Artworks

Cindy, Barney, Kirby and Buster on a break from one of their photo sessions.

Dogtown Artworks in the news!

About Dogtown Artworks and co-owners Cindy and Kirby Pringle

Videos of Dogtown in action by the Decatur Herald & Review (left) and WEIU-TV’s Heartland Highways!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZKbZdLtBoM
Watch our new documentary, “Plight of the Monarch” on YouTube! Click here!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZKbZdLtBoM
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