What does a beautiful woman and a beautiful rooster have in common?

Simply that they are both beautiful. Many women do not see their own beauty, yet every rooster sees his. He struts and shows his stuff, protects his hens, yet most people do not want a rooster. For one they crow at 4:30 in the morning to start with.

My intention behind this new series is to see things in a different light. To show that we are part of our past and still live in the present. To look at animals in a different way to see their beauty.

Rooster was upset

Dawn my model had never held a rooster before. In fact, I had never held a rooster either, lots of chickens, but alas no rooster. I borrowed this rooster from a friend for the photo session. Picking him up on the Sunday before the shoot, due to the crowing early in the morning the 4 other roosters were no longer alive. Rooster was visibly upset. Transportation was in large dog kennel and into my studio.

Over the next few hours I would visit him, but my hopes were not high that he would be able to be held for a photo shoot. Not wanting to harm him in any way I resigned that he would not be in the shoot.

Clove Oil is good to calm animals

Upon further investigation via the internet, clove oil is good to calm animals. A few drops on a tissue should do the trick. Monday morning,  he wandered around the studio, but certainly did not want to be picked up. Covering him with a sheet was the only way to get him back into the kennel.

Kyla Henderson makeup artist extraordinaire, is also a animal whisperer. Robbie (he now has a name)  wandered around while hair and makeup was completed. Kim Yanick from Kim Yanick Portraits was doing behind the scenes videos and captured Robbie strutting his stuff. Kyla picked up Robbie, showing Dawn how to hold him. Dawn, tentative as first, became a pro at holding him. Robbie was a perfect gentleman. He now lives on Salt Spring Island with a brood of 70 hens.

Contact me

If you are interested in being part of this series, please contact me.

If you have an animal (no dogs or cats), that you would like to see in this series, please contact me.