As Kanyana’s studio photography partner, I returned in early July with Susie and junior animal handler Erin, to take their next batch of wildlife pics. We photographed Pogo the bearded dragon, Precious the tawny frogmouth, two joeys still in their home-made pouches, a bettong and two green tree frogs.
Precious pulled out all of the poses you would expect from a tawny with a name like hers, and her eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw a container of fruit sitting on the floor! It was the most beautiful thing she had evvvvvver seen and so wanted to eat it all. The frogs just wanted to be sleeping, so to get this point across they got all three of us with a spray of urine. They had the best aim! What could we do but laugh! At least they shared it ’round and didn’t just target one of us (though I think I was the first to get hit). Ah, things like that are par for course in this profession.
Overall I think Pogo the bearded dragon stole the shoot - he was very well mannered (no sprays of wee, haha) and looked stunning against our white backdrop! And the chilled out little joey was a winner too! Such a cute guy, love his perfect kangaroo paws!
In early June I received a request from June Butcher, founder of Kanyana, to assist in making a short film documenting their new animal care facilities in Lesmurdie. With a background in journalism and media, Richard Barry from Richard Barry Photography was the first person who came to mind for the role of camera operator, whilst Suzie Phillips from Animism (who is also Houndstooth’s wildlife animal handler) was the perfect person to assist with the placement of the critters and creatures for the film. I always enjoy working alongside other like minded businesses, run by people who love animals and who have the same ethics as I do when dealing with them – and Suzie and Richard are two of the best.
The film Richard created is a 5 minute masterpiece and was presented at the 2010 National Wildlife Conference in Adelaide along with a Kanyana Wildlife Coffee table book created by yours truly and featuring studio shots of the Kanyana wildlife residents.
June was thrilled with the response to the film and book, saying both put Kanyana firmly on the map as an exceptional wildlife facility and the book could have been “sold 100 times over” – So I’m now looking at publishing options so that the book can be made available to the masses. In the meantime, you can check out Richard’s camera and production handywork by clicking here.
Also due out soon is the 2011 Kanyana Wildlife Calendar, produced in conjunction with our publishing sponsor Momento. Information on how to place your order will be available late July/early August. Watch this space!