Photographer Adam Voorhes is a shutterbug with a unique eye for the unusual. His photography style has earned him accolades from members of the photography establishment, including scoring a runner-up nod in both Amazon and Time’s Magazine Cover of the Year contest in 2009.

Looking through Adam Voorhes’ collection of dignified animal portraits, it’s easy to see why his avant-garde style has helped him carve a comfortable niche for himself in the photography world. In Adam Voorhes’ animal portrait series, he manages to make dogs, goats, iguanas, and bears alike appear stately, stylish, and strong. In just about every photograph, the animal exudes a confidence befitting a gorgeous supermodel, giving Adam Voorhes the hook he needs for his series—these animals know they’re posing, and they know how to do it well.

It’s for reasons like this that Adam Voorhes has captured the eye of corporate advertising agencies. His impressive client list includes work for American Airlines, Conde Nast, and Esquire. Take a look through his zoo animal portrait series to see how he did it.