Foxes have a studio photoshoot and the pictures are adorable

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Foxes have a studio photoshoot and the pictures are adorable



(Picture: Rhiannon Buckle)This photographer was able to get up close and personal with a fox for this incredible photoshoot.
Rhiannon Buckle has worked in a portrait studio for three years now but started specialising in pet photgraphy last year.
When she came across these foxes, rescued by Joy’s Pets, based in Gloucestershire, UK, she decided she wanted to show their true character.
She explains: ‘I always photographed pets when they came in with their families but I wanted to produce some work that was solely mine, and minus the humans.
‘I’ve always loved animals and as soon as I started doing this solo I knew immediately this was for me.
‘My work is completely studio based which I’m passionate about. I love that you are able to create the entire picture; the lighting, the background, the composition and the way the subject is photographed.
‘There are no short cuts with studio-based photography and every element of the image has been created deliberately. I guess the only thing you can’t always control is the animal!
Rhiannon found the owner of the foxes through a Facebook post shared on a photography page. He was offering sessions for photographers to come and take pictures of the animals and she decided to get in touch to see if they could work with a studio setting.

(Picture: Rhiannon Buckle/Zzzone Studio)She adds: ‘Working with wild animals is a rare treat and to hear that there were foxes that were partly domesticated was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
‘Sadly foxes aren’t always portrayed in the best light; the fur industry, the hunting bans and the notorious annoyance of the urban fox. They are such beautiful creatures and should be appreciated for this.
‘These particular foxes have been brought up in an outdoor environment and have the freedom to live out their normal foxy habits.
‘The bonus is that they share the same comforts any pet might, like the sofa or a human cuddle.
‘I wanted to portray both their wild and tame characteristics as well as capture moments that brought compassion to them as an animal.’
But Rhiannon was more used to dogs and cats in her studio and she had no idea if she would be successful.

(Picture: Rhiannon Buckle/Zzzone Studio)‘There was no pressure on them and I was happy to go with their pace and make sure they were relaxed and got used to the studio and the equipment before I even started taking photos, she says.
‘Building a relationship and gaining their trust was crucial from the onset, if I made one wrong move or did something to scare them in any way then it would’ve been impossible for them to settle in the studio.
‘Their behaviour is neither like a cat nor a dog so this was a new experience, trying to understand fox emotions is definitely complex.
‘Getting them to keep still was also another challenge, as is with most animals I work with.
‘There were loads of times that the foxes jumped out of the set or looked the wrong way. Like most animals, you can keep them motivated by their favourite treats or toys.
‘With the foxes, it was raw meat which we ran out of. Unfortunately for me, this meant using my chorizo I had saved for lunch, and yes they ate it all!’

(Picture: Rhiannon Buckle/Zzzone Studio)For other photographers wanted to photographs animals, Rhiannon explains you need patience and show them respect.
She adds: ‘Don’t assume you can make your subject do everything you want, I’ve found particularly with dogs that they can get confused with being over commanded and you can see their frustration from this.
‘Giving yourself time to sit down and interact with the animal will help you suss out what they’re curious about and what they’re unsure of.
‘Slowly introducing any animal to your equipment is crucial, give them space and freedom to look around and approach you when they’re ready.
‘Be passionate about the subject you’re photographing and don’t be afraid to try new ideas. I always look for new inspiration from other artists and photographers.
‘It’s okay to get deflated after a shoot that didn’t work, this has happened more than once to me but if anything it pushes me to try harder next time.
‘Enjoy what you’re photographing and if you’ve had a shoot where you’re screaming inside because you just nailed it then you’re doing something right.’
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