Modeling with Parrots

My galah, Bondi, was a recent inspiration for the above photo-shoot. Bondi is my all-time best parrot for modeling with. She has experience doing so and has been published with me before.

However, I found this shoot much more difficult to have her in. Last time her and I shot together, she was also on my shoulder but mostly used on my hand or arm. And although my last shoot with her I wore a crazy blue and black mohawk, my make up was not... 3D where she could actually see texture in it that looked fun to touch!

The other hard thing about it was being the only one in the room that was a trainer. Last time I had Dave with me who could handle her on off moments or work on getting her excited while I focused more on my own face rather than hers! But this time, it was just me and to excite her and then quickly calm my own expression down for the lens... proved challenging. 

Bondi did great, though. She is used to stage performance lighting so none of the flashes messed with her and her plumage looked gorgeous in the photographs. I was really excited with her performance and personality in the shoot. She even did the "bat" impression and laid on her back for some of the shots.   I used sunflower seeds and excitment and praise as her reinforcements for doing the shoot.  

  It wasn't until I smacked on some glitter that she just couldn't help herself.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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gorgeous pics – where i live (north of sydney, australia) we have lots of wild cockatoos and galahs – like your pink and grey galah there Bondi looks like she’s having fun – the tasting the glitter pic is just wonderful :)


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