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Thursday, March 12, 2009

No Chickies Were Harmed in the Making of This Photograph - 2009 Version

No Chickies were harmed in the making of this photograph - the 2009 version

Most people who know me know that I am a big softie when it comes to animals! We always had lots of pets when I was growing up (between birth and 18 years old we had - 7 cats, 3 dogs, several fish, hamsters, a bunny, a turtle, 3 chickens, a rooster and a parrot. but not all at the same time!!!) I currently have 2 pets, a cat and a rat and would have more if I had to the room (and a nice big yard!) to take of them!

One thing that has always bothered me, is photographers who take Easter portraits of little tykes with bunnies and chicks.This is dangerous for both the child and the animal! The animal could make the child sick (as children are known to put their hands in their mouths alot!) or the child could accidently hurt the poor animal.

Several years ago, I worked for a place who did seasonal "bunny" portraits of children, with a live bunny. I love bunnies, and most PET bunnies are sweet and soft - but a bunny who has been handled by several curious hands all day long, in an strange enviroment - is not a happy bunny. I got scratched several times, and it was not a pleasant experience, when the day was over either!

Please also think before giving an "Easter" pet to a child as a gift! If you have the time, the place and the love to truly take care of the animal, then welcome them into their lives! Please check out this link for more information.

and of course, I have several Easter themed props available for portraits too!