Portrait of a Living Dinosaur: “Skinless” the Guinea Fowl

The fun (and sometimes terror) of being a photographer is being asked to do custom photography.   It’s one thing to run around and shoot whatever you wish/when you wish – but to shoot on demand, well…that’s another situation entirely.  My brother recently mentioned that if I didn’t want to go to his wedding, he would pay me to shoot it – an offer that I declined quite emphatically.  I’ll bring my camera – of course – but to be responsible for creating the images that will immortalize their special day?  No thanks, too much pressure for me.   Still, when my Mother-in-Law and Aunt asked me to create some photo gifts made featuring guinea fowl and chickens, that might be just right.   At lot worked against me that day, too: it snowed a good six inches the night beforehand and the fowl aren’t fond of the cold, for one.  But I think that I got a few priceless shots.

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“Skinless the Guinea Fowl” Contact me to purchase this print.

This is Skinless, my Aunt Stef’s adult male guinea fowl.   He refused to come down from the tree so I had to shoot from below and then crop the image in to highlight his skeksis-like features and prehistoric visage.

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