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.
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.