Wings and Wheeks: Simon, Callie, and Pip

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” - J.M. Barrie 

The lovely Callie © 2014 Joey Phoenix Photography 

The lovely Callie © 2014 Joey Phoenix Photography 

Several weeks ago, just before Thanksgiving, I had the unique joy of traveling up to Reading, MA to hang out with my friend Rhonda and photograph her sweet kids: two adopted doves and the infamous Pip Pirrip Jackson. This was a brand new experience for me, because although I am well accustomed to photographing guinea pigs...I had never before photographed a dove. 

Would they hate the idea of having a camera in their face? How would they respond? Would they turn their tails to me and want nothing to do with me. 

It was worth trying, either way – especially because all 3 darlings were adopted from MSPCA at Nevins Farm, one of the best shelters in the country, in my humble opinion. 

Outside, I had been met with bitter cold and pouring rain. My arms were laden with backdrops and props (Pip and I were doing a Thanksgiving shoot for the Wheekly.) It was a bit overwhelming. Yet, from the minute I walked through the door, I felt there was so much love in the house. Little Pip was sniffing the walls of his cage expectantly, preparing himself mentally for his close-up. 

Pip Pirrip Jackson, #bluesteel © 2014 Joey Phoenix Photography 

Pip Pirrip Jackson, #bluesteel © 2014 Joey Phoenix Photography 

Pip spent about 15 minutes in front of the camera before demanding snacks and rest time, we gave him exactly what he wanted (he earned it) before I went to meet the doves. 

Simon, shown below, keeps to himself mostly. He occupies his time by keeping up to date with world events (he loves the news) and philosophizing about the way the world should work. A bit introverted, Simon didn't want any visitors in his cage, but he still looks just as gorgeous through the bars. 

Callie, shown earlier, was a gem to photograph. She stared right into my camera, knowing just how fabulous she looked. Rhonda keeps a mirror in her cage so that she can admire herself. The name "Callie," means "The Most Beautiful." Which is about as perfect a name for her as can be imagined. 

The über handsome Simon. © 2014 Joey Phoenix Photography 

The über handsome Simon. © 2014 Joey Phoenix Photography 

Thank you Rhonda for giving me the joy of photographing your sweet ones. This is an afternoon I will think fondly of for the rest of my life. So much grace and love in one house is truly hard to find. <3 

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