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Whimsical by Kendra-Paige Whimsical by Kendra-Paige
Model: *MeganCoffey
MUAH: Angelina Vargas
Assistant: Chris Chetwood
Photography: `Kendra-Paige

This was my first shoot with animal co-stars, and it was by far one of my favorites! I always adore working with Megan, it's impossible to take a bad photo of her, and she's a joy. Getting to interact with animals was definitely a plus! Please do give Megan's profile some love, as well!

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You instantly connect the model with the doves; the color palette is beautifully used here. I love the idea and the title; "Whimsical" fits the mood of this picture perfectly. I feel like the girl has a very quirky, sweet personality; the birds and the expression on her face create an expression of curiosity and graceful intensity.
The composition is maybe not my favorite - the bird's head comes uncomfortably close to the top of the frame, and there's a lot of details at the top, with only a few towards the bottom. But that's a stylistic choice, and I think the photo still works and has a lot of impact. It's the kind of picture that pulls you in, rather than screams "look at me!"
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:iconfluffylover1986:
FluffyLover1986 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Meggy--friend to all living things =P
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:iconkimsingu:
kimsingu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
She is a doll
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:iconmyheadwonders:
MyHeadWonders Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love the composition 
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solloxr Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Animals will only approach people pure at heart. You can tell from looking at it how fragile Megan was at the moment this photo was taken. Probably even more camera shy than the birds at this very moment. Pure gold! :love:
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DudelRok Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet turtle doves where great to work with, since they don't fly. Ground birds are perfect for this kinda stuff. (Except for the giant and mean ones that can kill people, those ain't good.) Moving along ... like the photo, the work with colors, the dress with the birds and cage contrasted along a bright green background plays very well.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   Photographer
The turtle doves were definitely a lot easier to work with than the other animals we used that day. One of them liked to photo-bomb a lot by looking in weird directions (or tilting his head all the way back so it looked like he had no head at all), but the main thing was they didn't worry us, nor looked too nervous. They had King Pigeons, but those birds were way too big and scary for me to even try working with them.

I'm glad you liked the final result!
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DudelRok Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
King pigeons are gnarly birds, too. :XD:
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ExposeTheBeauty Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
She's gorgeous.  Beautiful composition.  How was it working with the birds beyond just fun?  Like, did they stay where you put them? Are they trained special for photo shoots?  Did they have a bird trainer there with them? What kind of birds are those?
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! The birds are turtle doves, and they're rescue animals that the model cares for at her old school. They don't have any training, and it was just the model that interacted with the turtle doves. They're very docile animals, so we weren't concerned with them harming her.  We had to create some distractions so they'd look in the right directions, but over all they were very well behaved.
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amygdalon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   Photographer
:heart:
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:iconbetweenasleepandwake:
BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely pose and colors.  The idea of the lady setting the doves free would come to mind :)
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   Photographer
I like that interpretation! Thank you for the kind words.
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:iconivanrostoff:
IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
This looks quite ... playful? ... fanciful? ... capricious? mischievous? odd? ... Oh what is the word I am looking for?
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Photographer
Haha, I like your sense of humor!
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:iconmetalheart1987:
metalheart1987 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
great shot
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much!
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:iconmetalheart1987:
metalheart1987 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
no problem its really well composed , and stunning model and birds x
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:iconpinklady92:
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Pretty,Love the composition :)
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconpinklady92:
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nps :)
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brushtail-thegreat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the attitudes of the doves in this picture. they are not just sitting there staring off into space, they are a part of the compositions as much as the human model is. I especially like the top dove, who has it's head raised, as if it is watching over its friends.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you for such a thoughtful comment! The doves were very well behaved in that they remained calm throughout the shoot, but it was very tricky getting them to look where I needed to. Fortunately in this shot, everyone aligned.
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brushtail-thegreat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
photographing animals can be challenging, but his shot paid off.
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:iconravenofthenight:
ravenofthenight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconradiantrarity:
RadiantRarity Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, dear!
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:iconmegancoffey:
MeganCoffey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
SO WHIMSY
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Do these lashes look...whooorish? 
Best shoot ever, glad you like the result!
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:iconmegancoffey:
MeganCoffey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013

It was def the most fun I've had on a shoot! :D

"What do your toes look like?"

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Slamdanc3r Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Lovely

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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconpastyourporchlight:
PastYourPorchlight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know I love this one <3
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
<333 :glomp:
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:iconhudporco:
hudporco Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You took in the right moment and it went perfect.
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much for the kind words!
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:iconhudporco:
hudporco Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No Problem.
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:iconjyzee:
Jyzee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gosh, Turtledoves not flying away :o Great.
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
I believe they're relatively domesticated.  The animals used in this shoot (there were also rabbits and a pony that we used), were all rescued animals. So, they've all gotten relatively used to their human caretakers.
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mora-KBM Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Unbelievable Photo & Model :D
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  Megan is always lovely.
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:iconmora-kbm:
mora-KBM Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Your Welcome :D I Sent A Message To Let Her Know How Awesome She Is In That Photo :D
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Danyasaur Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Gorgeous photo.
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :glomp:
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:iconhayleyguinevere:
HayleyGuinevere Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A really beautiful shot!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. =)
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adrasteia12 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Photographer
I really love this photo :) 
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