Easter Photos with Children and Farm Animals (Rabbits, Chicks, Etc.)

“What about Easter Mini Sessions?…. that’s all we are seeing everywhere….”Lots of changes taking place in the next couple months in regard to Newborn Photography.  I will be revamping websites and adding a few more sites, products, and offerings….  In the meantime, Easter is coming!

While I would love to share some of our new animals  here on the Otte Mini-Farm and Anomaly Rabbitry, I do like to disclaimer:

I do not offer photo sessions with “Easter animals”.  Photographers need special licensing in order to use animals in their photo shoots with children and can get in trouble if they do not have one.  Besides that, I look out for the safety of children and animals both.  Some important notes from me.  I have owned farm animals for years and of course I have a rabbitry with my daughter…

  • Rabbits do NOT like to be held especially by little ones that are unpredictable or are loud or make sudden movements.  This can cause a rabbit to defend itself and scratch with its powerful back legs.  If this happens, the child will be left with possibly very deep scratches (especially if the photographer is not well versed in how to trim nails).
  • Rabbits can and do bite.
  • Rabbits can easily break their backs if they are not handled properly and try to jump out of arms.
  • Chicks are very fragile.  Before they get full feathering which happens around six weeks, they should not be taken out from under the red heating lamp lights.  They can die especially if they are under a week old.  I cannot believe how many people I know who purchase chicks because they are cute and end up with dead chicks because they have no idea how to take care of them.
  • Chicks can carry salmonella.  Not good to mix with children.  I had salmonella when I was a teen.  It was the worst sickness I have ever experienced.  You do not want this for your children.
  • Again, chicks are fragile.  The last thing you want your child to have a memory of is accidentally snapping a chick’s neck or squeezing it to death.  Kids are kids.  Sometimes they will love a little animal a little too hard.  I do not wish to set children up for a bad experience all for the sake of a picture that probably will not even be displayed year round.
  • We’ve noticed that some think animals can be purchased for pictures because they are cute, use then, and then discard them.  What will they do with the animal once used?  Not everyone has space for farm animals.  This is a very important question to ask.

All that said, I will photograph children or families with their actual pets.  When families have pets of any sort, they are used to each other and have gotten to know how well they interact.

So.. what’s a post without some pictures?   We are going to be raising a few chickens again.  We have had up to 30 at a time.  We are just going to stick with four this time.  Our Anomaly Rabbitry is expanding.  We will be sharing our upcoming project on that in the future.  Meet our newest little Magpie doe below….


About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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