Anyone who has looked my photos have probably noticed that I use minimal props for my sessions. I do this because the focus should be on my subject rather the objects that appear around them. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE props!!! I just don't like too much and I think keeping it natural and minimal is important in keeping the focus on the person or people that I am photographing. It's my style. I also LOVE animals... All kinds of animals! I also care about animal rights. Because if we don't advocate for their rights, who will? Now I'm not super hardcore and I am not vegan, but I try to make an effort to purchase cruelty free products and I do not typically support businesses that don't support my beliefs (like circus' that use animals in their acts).
Fawn my husband rescued from the side of the road a few years back. He was taken to a rehabilitation center in Zebulon.
With that said, I also do not use bunnies, chicks, or other small animals for my photography sessions. Now if you live on a farm, raise those animals and would like to be photographed with them because they are a part of your family; well that is a different situation. I'm talking about using those animals solely for cutesy props… So, unless the animal is your own pet(s), these are the reasons why I do not use small animals in my photo sessions:
If a vendor is used they must be licensed, insured, and carry such a permit through the USDA.
Small and baby animals, like chicks and bunnies, can be easily injured or killed if they are mishandled.
Handling of the animal(s) may cause undue stress and that is just not necessary. PETA has written an article about bunnies being stressed and terrified. I feel that unjustly causing a small animal fear or panic is just not worth it.