Photographer Captures Charming, Extraordinary Pictures of Wild Squirrels Being Very Curious
Photographer Geert Weggen has a beautiful gift for getting the most out of the subjects of his portraits. And he has definitely got his work cut out for him, as his subjects of choice are not humans—they are red squirrels. Animals always come with an extraordinary set of photographic challenges, but Weggen can make it look easy with effortless photos of the creatures interacting with little props including balloons, shopping carts, and a makeshift bow and arrow. The resulting photographs, captured with a Nikon 810, are adorable squirrel pictures which showcase these animals’ curiosity and gregarious personalities.
How does Weggen capture such delightfully candid pictures? It helps to have a lot of potential subjects. “There are about 12 red squirrels living in the forest close to my house,” he told My Modern Met in an email. “Many I do not recognize anymore.” While they may be wary of Weggen at first, they soon understand that he is the one “providing the food” and quickly warm up to him.
Along with appealing to the squirrels’ voracious appetites, the photographer has also streamlined his setup for these photos. “At the side of my house I made an outside studio,” he explained. “Half with a roof and the rest is open for the rain and snow. From my kitchen window, I can shoot [photos].” Weggen also built a table in his studio which is at eye level so that he can arrange his scenes, hide the food, and inconspicuously snap photographs. The location is key, as well, for making it easy for the animals to approach. “The studio is directly connected with the forest and trees,” he said. “I hide a flash behind some scenes on a remote.”