Rabbit Photography with my own twistIntroducing my Bunny Muse as…
Royal Lentil of Lettuce Land
A while ago when I first started taking photos of Lentil, someone said to me:
But there are only so many different things you can do with a rabbit Angie
I took me a while to start photographing Lentil, 6 months in fact (besides perhaps some phone pics to show the world he existed and how freaken cute he was… like… really cute!). But I didn’t really start photographing Lentil until I had got to know his personality, as this is what motivates my style of pet art, communicating personality.
Photographing Lentil does prove to have its challenges. There ARE only so many poses a rabbit can do, sitting at attention, relaxed sitting, lying stretched out, playing dead (otherwise known as sleeping, but if you have a rabbit you will understand) and sitting on his back legs while grooming. Yep that’s about it. And facial expressions, well there are even less variations, like… one… maybe two.
But once I got to know my little bunny muse, I got to know his moods. Not from expressions like you might a dog, but through his behaviour and body posture. If Lentil is pissed off at me, he will sit in the corner and face the wall, like a moody teenager just daring you to notice. If he is feeling sociable, he’ll sit close to me while still maintaining personal space. If he is happy he will jump and blink around like nobodies business. If he is feeling relaxed, he will stretch right out in the most heavily walked path in the house so that you have to either step over him or go around him. If he is a little edgy, he will sit under the dining room table and watch all the house hold goings on from there.
Then I started to learn why he might be in one of his moods. Lentil will often sit with his back to me like he is pissed off when I have gone away for longer than a week. Now by all reports, he was fine when I was away! Eating, drinking and playing. But he likes to show his displeasure with my departure when I get back, it would seem. He’ll often be edgy and under the dining room table if there has been another animal in the house, no matter to how short of a time, because he is an eternal bachelor. We have tried him with other animals and all he does is either run away to collapse in a nervous heap or try to hump their face, either way, not great. He will blink and jump for joy for food, I use to think he got this from me, but pretty sure it’s also a rabbit thing. And he does the strangest thing, he will be aloof and keep to him self for days, but when I have a really shitty day and sit down on the couch feeling sorry for myself, he will come and sit by my feet, and just stay there. He is cool like that. So all these things started compiling and his character started to come out.
His personality in a nut shell, he is a bachelor who is obsessed with food, cheek rubs take him to his happy place, somewhat moody but will be there for you if you need really need it.
But this particular image, was in reference to Lentil being the “Royal” in our house. He doesn’t do any of his own cleaning, gets all of his meals provided for him (even hand fed at times), gets groomed and pampered and has his diva moments, much like Louis the Third (or so I’ve been told). He is wearing his favourite things. Yes, his favourite things is food. Like I said… totally food obsessed.
Behind the scenes
It would seem that making a costume, that looks half realistic, out of salad was harder then what I first anticipated. I had to reshoot it several times, each time accounting from something that I hadn’t thought of until I uploaded the photos into Photoshop and tried to put them in place on Lentil. For example, the first time I shot, it took me a while to find the right positioning, by time I did, the salad looked a little…tired. There were several other issues, lets just say, I have a new found respect for food photographers!