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Think You Know What A Fox Looks Like? Check Out This Amazing Photoshoot
You've probably seen them crossing the road after dark or trying to get into your wheelie bin, but pet photographer, Rhiannon Buckle was able to get up and close and personal with some foxes for this incredible photoshoot.
When she came across these foxes, rescued by Joy's Pets, in Gloucestershire, she decided she wanted to show their true character - because foxes are pretty mysterious despite living in such close proximity to us in the UK.
"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," Rhiannon explained to the Metro.
"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 foxes through a Facebook post shared on a photography page by their owner.
He was offering sessions for photographers to come and take pictures of the animals, but Rhiannon wanted to see if she could photograph them in her studio.
"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," says Rhiannon.
"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. But 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.'
Rhiannon, who is used to dogs and cats in her studio, had no idea if the photoshoot would work and the foxes would cooperate.
"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!"
For aspiring photographers hoping to capture animal images, Rhiannon explains you need patience and to 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."
Featured Image Credit: Rhiannon Buckle