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Spring Photoshoots - Why you shouldn't use live animals

The sun is shinning, the birds are singing, the bright and cheery daffodils have bloomed and winter has finally bid us adieu until next year.

With these seasonal changes come the much anticipated spring photoshoots. The soft pastel colors of spring are a coveted look for many peoples family portraits. In addition to beautiful spring colors, what could make this time even more delightful than that of cute furry baby animals?

But should we be using live animals in our photo sessions? The unfortunate answer is no, and here's why.


According to the United States Department of Agriculture, those individuals who are under the guise of proper business practices must purchase a license to own and work with the animal.

No Fun for the Critter

Lets' face it, these adorable bunnies, lambs, and chicks are not having fun while being handled. They would much rather be left alone doing what animals do.

Health of the Animal

Not only do the animals not have the greatest time being handled from one child to the next, it is important to remember that these animals are very delicate - especially if they are babies. These animals can become stressed easily, and could even die from the stress of being handled by too many people over a long period of time.

It is understandable how enticing and fun it is to have cute fluffy animals to hold and snuggle during your spring sessions, but the ultimate health of the animal is not worth the risk. But do not fear, there are alternatives that can still give you the spring look. Many professional photographers will have digital bunny overlays. Alternatively, you can also find faux critters on Amazon or Hobby Lobby.

*All real critters photographed in this blog are owned by the family farm.

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