The animals and us just had an amazing time with photographer Kurt Wilson. His work can frequently be seen in the Missoulian newspaper and Missoula.com Magazine. In conjunction with an interview for a feature in a magazine he wanted to photograph the animals and try to capture their unique personalities. This is easier said than done!
It takes patience and skill to get just the right shot of an animal that has a mind of it's own. Many times it seems like they can sense just what you want and play "hard to get" until just a split second of perfection. Kurt was patient and understanding and we can't wait to see what he's going to come out with. A few of the sneak peeks we got seem to point in the direction of pure brilliance.
For a few of the animals we were prepared for a handful. It seemed like each one we thought would be active or shy, decided instead to be quite willing to pose. Gonzo, the toucanette, was being worked in front of a stranger for the first time. We were expecting some nerves and suspicion coming from him. Instead, we watched him size up the situation and own it. He wasn't afraid or nervous, he was self confident, curious, and asserted his personality.
We were expecting unrestrained curiosity, enthusiasm, and energy from Seraphina the red fox. Though after the first few minutes, she completely mellowed and calmly observed the situation, the man with the camera, the light, and listened to most of her training cue.
We are eagerly awaiting the results and will share them with you as soon as we get them!