I’ve always wanted to try photography with live animals. Â Last week I had the pleasure of working with an exotic animal handlerÂ in Toronto. Â My friend Nick and I teamed up on this photoshoot, as he had been wanting to shoot a model with a giant python. Â I like snakes, but my personal request was for them to bring a gorgeousÂ Eurasian eagle owl named Ruby to our shoot.
Eurasian eagle owls are one of the largest owls, and could kill a small deer. Â Ruby literally took my breath away when I saw her. Â Firstly, she’s huge. Â Secondly, I’ve never seen an owl up close before, and it was pretty amazing. Â She sat on my arm and I was able to pet her. Â It was a reallyÂ cool experience.
Here are some portraits I took of Ruby, as well as Ruby with a model, Camille. Â The makeup artist for this shoot was the amazingly talented Nikkie Gatto.
Stay tuned for future shoots with live animals!