Today, I had an outstanding experience in the studio.
I had the pleasure of photographing a young boy, Michael's, ball python. Yes, a snake. The snake, Rex, was brought into the studio tucked in Michael's jacket nice and warm within a pillow case with Michael's mom and dad and friend in tow.
I have always had a fascination with snakes and felt very privileged when I was granted permission to hold this delicate and precious creature. The sense of power and grace that radiates off of this animal is phenomenal. (No, I'm not crazy).
During our initial meeting and conversation, I learned a lot from Michael about ball pythons. For example, when they are afraid, they tend to curl up into a ball and tuck their heads within the coils to protect themselves; hence the name "ball" python. Who knew? Michael did. And, come to find out, they are not fans of being up high and will try to work their way back to the ground. When we put Rex on a relatively thick branch, I could feel the initial sense of caution he had when it came to letting go of me...he didn't want to. I was amazed.
The amount of knowledge, love, laughter, and care that exudes from the family is one to be admired. It was an honor to be allowed to photograph Rex and to converse with Michael and his family during and after the session. I greatly look forward to working with them again in the future.
RexThe ball python