Chaotic is how I would describe most of my photo shoots that involve animals and small children. At any given time, anyone or anything could be behind me, trying to open my camera bag and/or prepping to bite my legs. This pet portrait shoot was one of those gloriously chaotic mornings that wouldn’t have me changing my profession for the world.
This particular household consists of 4 dogs, a pig, a bird, several cats, rabbits and perhaps some other resident creatures that I missed in the blur of the morning. So it was like a home from home for me and I was a tiny bit envious of Truffle the pig as I haven’t managed to rescue one of those…..yet.
I felt the best plan of attack was to start with individual shots of the dogs first, then move on to group pics and then see who else might cooperate and pose for a portrait. Well, everyone had FOMO (roughly translated as fear of missing out on Marie Biscuits) and I was surrounded. Truffle the pig who is the most delightful creature I have ever met spent the entire shoot hovering around my legs, looking cute and then trying to nip me and chew my shoes. I suspect he was hoping to trip me over and steal my biscuit stash. When he got bored, he moved on to the garden hose, but for a short time I felt like he really liked me.
All of the creatures in the house are rescues. This bat eared beaut was rescued from Nigeria and the rest of the pack come from CLAW. I have three CLAWbies and I can vouch for the fact that they are the best dogs ever, often naughty, extremely loving and, if adopted under a year old, will probably grow to twice the size you expected them to.
Marie Biscuit monster Truffle was rescued from a petting zoo and now rules the roost, pottering around inside the house and stealing the dogs’ beds whenever he can. I wouldn’t argue with his teeth and I don’t think the dogs do either.
Brainy Bird rescue Rafiki watched the chaos curiously giving an unending commentary punctuated with roaring laughter every time Truffle tried to steal biscuits and the dogs didn’t sit still like they were told to. Hilarious.
And finally the money shot. I wish this photo had a sound track which would be filled with laughter (from Rafiki, Mom and I) as well as pig snuffles and snorts. This my friends is how you photograph four dogs and a pig, with Marie Biscuits and a sense of humour.