animal portraits

Bobcat Devotion

On a recent trip to Texas I met Val Marler with the National Bobcat Rescue & Research at the Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch. New experiences like climbing in a bobcat shelter are what really thrill me about traveling.  While touring the property I was able to see racoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats, a porcupine, horses and more.  If an animal needs some TLC Val is there to provide.

Interestingly, she's mapped out 8 distinct personalities for bobcats.  If you scroll through the photos I think you'll see who is the 'playboy' bobcat. Really insightful stuff.  If cats are your calling help support Val through her website as she continues to provide care and shelter to these majestic cats.

The Goat Whisperer

I can never get enough of kids exploring mask wearing. Ten year old Payton's eyes lit up as I began revealing the masks I'd brought to his 'Little Urban Farmer' session at his urban farm in the city. He made sure that we used all his favorites during the session including the horse, zebra and hippo. 

This collaboration with his pet goat just cracked me up. Later his little sis' Rhiannon slipped on the 'fox' mask and began chasing the chickens. Rhiannon repeated over and over "I'm going get you chickens and eat you up." Payton even stepped in with a huge net to lend a hand. What a story these two could tell.

Interested in seeing their darling faces revealed? Mosey on over to my portrait site to see their 'Little Urban Farmer' pictures.

Hannah's Masquerade

El Corazon Photography by Kim Campbell.

10 year old Hannah is no stranger to creativity. I've had the opportunity to point my lens on her a time or two before and I couldn't wait to play with her in an El Corazón shoot. A week before our session we peeked into her closets, pulled masks, costumery, interesting clothes and what not into a basket for our session.

Together Hannah and I put together personas and characters for her to try on.  This hare mask (created by Newman's Commedia Mask Co.) was something I discovered at the Oregon Country Fair this Summer and I couldn't wait to try it out. It was wonderful to learn about Hannah's affinity for bunnies - in particular this little pal she's holding. I also learned she's a fiend for watermelon. Making her hold a fresh cut slice of watermelon while posing for these pictures was tantamount to torture for her so we had to take a watermelon snack break. Later evidenced in drippings on her clothes in this last shot. 

Oh Henry...Got a Fowl?

As I continue building up the gallery show based on the Mexican Lotería I knew I needed to find a friend who was comfortable handling friendly fowl. Henry was ready and willing to lend a hat and bring along two of his feathery pals. Taking care of chickens has been a passion of seven year old Henry's for a couple years now. We ended up having only about 20 minutes to do this shoot as it was a brisk Wintery day.

Out popped the chickens from an improptu cardboard carrier and Henry quickly scooped up one while I observed their interactions from behind my lens. In the end I had too many wonderful 'El Gallo' photos to choose from. I couldn't resist that stoic look on Henry's face...priceless. Although this image to the right is probbly one of my favorites it might have been the portfolio image if the chicken's head had turned sideways at just the moment of my camera snap.