From 2013 to 2015 I volunteered at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in Western New Jersey to photograph their rescued and rehabilitated wild mammals and farm animals. My photos were reproduced on calendars, greeting cards, and other printed materials that were then sold to raise funds for the sanctuary.
It was a magical experience. Never had I had such close and intimate contact with wild baby animals: skunks, raccoons, opossums, fawns, groundhogs, squirrels, rabbits, as well as goats, chickens, alpacas, and their resident therapy pig.
I quickly learned that photographing both wild and barnyard animals was a completely different experience than photographing the domesticated ones I had grown so accustomed to. They’ll rarely make eye contact, they won't strike a pose for a treat, and they never stop moving. Although all were absolutely adorable, my favorites were the baby skunks with their round bellies, soft bed-head fur, and surprisingly…. no smell!
Needing an enormous amount of patience paired with the skilled assistance of the sanctuary staff, and after hundreds of photos shot during each visit, we successfully carried it off each year.