Jen Grantham Photography

Owl Portraits

I’ve always wanted to try photography with live animals.  Last week I had the pleasure of working with an exotic animal handler in Toronto.  My friend Nick and I teamed up on this photoshoot, as he had been wanting to shoot a model with a giant python.  I like snakes, but my personal request was for them to bring a gorgeous Eurasian eagle owl named Ruby to our shoot.

Eurasian eagle owls are one of the largest owls, and could kill a small deer.  Ruby literally took my breath away when I saw her.  Firstly, she’s huge.  Secondly, I’ve never seen an owl up close before, and it was pretty amazing.  She sat on my arm and I was able to pet her.  It was a really cool experience.

Here are some portraits I took of Ruby, as well as Ruby with a model, Camille.  The makeup artist for this shoot was the amazingly talented Nikkie Gatto.

Eurasian Eagle Owl by Jen Grantham

Eurasian Eagle Owl by Jen Grantham

Owl on woman's shoulder by Jen Grantham

Owl on woman’s shoulder by Jen Grantham

Eurasian Eagle Owl by Jen Grantham

Eurasian Eagle Owl by Jen Grantham

Owl on woman's shoulder by Jen Grantham

Owl on woman’s shoulder by Jen Grantham

Eurasian Eagle Owl by Jen Grantham

Eurasian Eagle Owl by Jen Grantham

Stay tuned for future shoots with live animals!

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