For the shot with the owls, we had two Norwegian snowy owls brought into the studio. These owls are huge. Well, a lot bigger than I had expected. And not surprisingly, do not have a particular fondness to bright lights. We were not keen to find out how they respond to camera flash. But before the animal rights activists and PETA are on my case, I hasten to add that monsieur Georges Poirier Animal Handler Extraordinaire and his assistants treated the owls beautifully and respectfully. The owls behaved so well in front of the camera that we managed to get the shots relatively quickly; sparing the owls from too much stress.
We got to work with a great crew and even learnt that there are 2 words for owl in French; hibou and chouette. The difference? Well, after much discussion Amandine the stylist explained that un hibou is an owl without ears and une chouette are the ones with tufty ears. Hah!
The owl shot is just one image from a campaign of 5 images. I would love to post the finished ads but will have to wait until after they have run.
A couple of outtakes from the owl shoot:
and a few behind the scenes snaps: