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Thursday, May 8, 2008
Family Pictures

By Melissa L. Kauffman, Editorial Director BIRD TALK and BirdChannel.com
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Melissa and Carlisle
Melissa and Carlise pose for the camera.
Melissa, Scott and the dogs
Melissa, Scott, Tampa Bay and Sprey.

My husband, Scott, told me the other week that a friend of a friend of his was a photographer and that she was coming to visit the friend, and he wanted her to come over and take pictures of us and our pets. I was lukewarm about this suggestion. I had a hair appointment that day, I didn’t feel like cleaning the house, the floor under the bird cage would have to be kept pristine up until the moment she came over, and etc., etc. I also really don’t like strangers around the birds. I no longer find it fun to introduce them to people. It’s funny, but I never realized that until I just typed that sentence. Perhaps I’ve just turned more cautious overtime.

Anyway, back to my story. Scott insisted that we do this and the photographer came over early one Sunday morning. Although she had taken pictures of families and pets before, it turned out she wasn’t used to taking photos of birds. Having sat through numerous photoshoots with pet birds for the magazine, I knew how challenging it could be, even for someone who “shoots” birds for a living. Thank goodness I didn’t need to have worried. Carlisle was such an old pro at being in front of the camera that he was fine. Natty Bird was so excited Scott was hanging out with him that he, too, was on his best behavior.

I didn’t do my hair or dress up, but the bird cages were clean, and that was all that mattered. We are going to blow up the pictures, frame them and put them in the hallway. The overly bright walls of my house turned out to be great backgrounds for the pictures (sometimes the paint just doesn’t look the same as the swatch!). We took the pictures with the dogs separate from the ones with the birds because I still don’t trust the puppy around the `tiels. I’d love to hear if other people have tried getting family photos with the pets. Just leave me a comment.

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I had a friend do a photo assignment of me and my four birds and only one photos ever turned out where all four were on one cage and me in the photo. It looks like my female blue masked lovebird is telling everyone a story and the rest of us are listening with our heads cocked her way.
Rosemary, Edmonton
Posted: 6/25/2009 2:15:20 PM
very nice, turned out to be alot of fun i guess
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 6/16/2008 9:25:01 AM
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