This is officially my very first “formal” pet portrait, although the idea for it came up after I’d arranged a shoot with Carl Hunter – The Chicken Man (a post on him to follow), but was shot before that shoot.  Carl was both my chick supplier and wrangler, and the model is Victor, my sweetie’s nephew.

Carl arrived with a small, covered crate, from which teeny peeping sounds emerged.  It was precious.  Victor was… apprehensive. But game.  We tried a couple of set-ups, first using just one of the two chicks.  That’s when I discovered that when they are separated, the adorable chirping turns into a car alarm.  This image captured the little puffball between blasts, which is why he looks so peaceful.  I’m afraid Victor lost some hearing that day.