Live animal photos, not for everyone.
Before I started a photography business, I was all for going to other photographers for the cute themed sessions. I mean, who doesn't love their kids dressed up like angels or decked out in valentine attire. Adorable!
Then We did the live animals for Easter. The first year it was a fun experience with a live bunny and of course my daughter looked more than adorable.
The second time we did the live animal event would also be my last. It started off all fun and my daughter was excellent with the bunny and chicks...then came disaster when my son got ahold of the chicks. Yes, he squeezed them. We managed to revive one of the 3, but in the end he killed 2 chicks. Sad day for those chicks. Sad day for me.
I often get asked if I do these live animal events. I do not and will not for reasons stated above, it is cruel to some animals.
Another reason I will not do these sessions is I am not licensed to do so. Yes, you need to pay for a license to have live animals. If you do not, you can get slapped with a nice fine. The license also has requirements, so be sure to look into this beforehand.
My last reason, I do not want to expose my clients to animal scratches or staph infections.
I only know of 1 photographer in my area who is properly insured and licensed for all of the above...and that handles animals on a daily basis. Before you decide to do live animal events, be sure to do your research and know what is involved.
Yes!! Thank you! The reasons listed above is why I also do not offer live animal sessions....besides the obvious complete pain for little payoff :D
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