Gabriela had found out about us through a previous client who owns a farm in Thurmont, MD, and for whom we had created horse photography & dog photography for her rescue animals last year. Gabriela and her husband had purchased their own farm in Middleburg, VA, and had rescued and welcomed their own group of farm animals, which included two pigs, three donkeys, and four horses (chickens to arrive shortly). They were preparing to launch a website for the rescue farm and contacted me about farm animal photography for their nine farm animals.
We had so much rain in May and June that we had to rescheduled their farm animal photography session several times. It wasn't enough to not have rain on the day of the session, but because of the mud around the barn, we needed several days of sunny weather for the ground to dry!
Arriving at the farm, we began with the pigs, and my first reaction to the two black & white pigs trotting quickly on their little legs was that they were awfully cute! Gabriela wanted pig portraits, donkey portraits, and horse photography of each individual animal, along with group portraits of each group of animals.
When I look back at the animal photography of the donkeys, some of the donkey portraits just make me laugh, especially the last one below, with the ears completely horizontal to the sides. And others simply make me say, wow, what a beautiful animal, like the first one below!
I have a similar reaction to the results of our horse photography. What beautiful animals! Standing atop a hill, surveying their kingdom or running through pasture, there's no denying the majesty and grace of these spirited horses.
During our time on the farm, an orange tabby cat made an appearance, and so we had the opportunity as well for a little cat photography - check out the portrait of the cat looking at the dog statue!
I must admit that pig & donkey portraits, and even horse photography and cat photography is not something that we do every day, but it makes for an exciting animal photography session and is something we look forward to that gives us fun and amazing stories and photographs with which to entertain and enthrall others. So enjoy this peek into the Radova rescue animal farm in Middleburg, Virginia!