I met Monica a few years ago when she moved to the Fort Worth, TX area from Los Angles, CA. She began to work at the veterinary hospital I was currently working at and we became friends pretty quickly thereafter. We both have a big passion for animal welfare. I knew when her mom moved to Benbrook, TX, bringing her long time snake friend, Ralphie, that I would need to do a photo shoot of the two of them. Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth was the perfect location for Monica’s portrait session with her snake.
I have always loved snakes. One of my best friends in elementary school had a very large Ball Python that we often played with. We would often go and catch snakes, befriending them for the afternoon, only to release them by evening. Obviously, I did not understand the dangers in “snake collecting” when I was young, but it goes to show that most snakes are harmless as I was never bitten. Sometimes I miss how fearless and pure my love for nature once was. I’ve tried to hold on tightly to my childlike attributes while becoming an adult, and I figured doing an enchanted photo shoot of a good friend and her California King snake would be a start.
We arrived at Tandy Hills Natural Area at dusk, laying in flowering fields and exploring the golden grounds and lush landscapes. Monica was incredibly easy and fun to photograph. I doubt most people would believe me when I say that she has no modeling experience. Although getting dear Ralphie to stay still for some of the poses was a challenge, he did incredibly well. He was very patient while Monica and I draped and wrapped him around her in various ways. Some friendships are unlikely or misunderstood, but a picture is worth a thousand words. In the end, I believe we, as a team, captured the essence of their friendship: mysterious, unique, and graceful. Click here to see another dreamy Tandy Hills Natural Area portrait session!