Even though the weather was a bit chilly, we were lucky with some bursts of sunshine coming through the clouds, and no rain (as forecasted earlier in the week). We were so happy to have baby goats or kids as they are called, and some ducklings as well. All the kids (the human kind) loved our animals. The baby goats loved to be petted and jumped and frolicked around.
We are very careful with any animals we use in our photography. All clients must sign a waiver and a contract agreeing to keep a close eye on their children. We will stop a photo session if we feel the animals are in danger.
If a child is too small to hold an animal, we have alternate ways to ensure they have their photo taken. That can include a parent in the photo with them, or having the animal in something for the child to hold. Some of the children are a little afraid of the animals as well. We do not push them to be photographed, instead we gently show them how soft and gentle the animals are by holding them ourselves while the children can pet them.
People ask us what happens to the animals afterwards. Well, the goats are on loan from a local farmer, and they, of course, go back. The momma goat (which is not in any of the photos) is nearby so the babies feel comfortable. The baby ducklings are ours, and we raise them in our backyard. They stay with us all summer, and in the fall, they go to the same farmer that owns the goats. They spend the winter in a warm barn with other ducks. In fact, our ducks from last year's Easter sessions are enjoying quite the life on the goat farm.
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Cobourg, Ontario.