Tandy Hills Natural Area Portrait Session with Snake | Ralphie and Monica

August 9, 2017


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.

Growing Up

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.

Getting Started

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!

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  1. hannah says:

    I love this so much! She and her snake are both gorgeous. And you can just feel how bonded they are in these photos.

  2. I am in awe of this session! that snake is so cool!

  3. Stevie says:

    Holy unique session! This is amazing. The one of the snake coming through her hair is just WOw!!!!

  4. Brandi says:

    ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THIS SET! It makes me miss my snake.

  5. angela says:

    What a stunning set of photos! I love how unique and different it is, just beautiful!

  6. Kasey loftin says:

    I love these so much. Beautiful work!

  7. Wow!!!!That snake shot close up!!!! It’s absolutely insane!!!! Such an adventurous session!!!!

  8. Ithfifi says:

    Such beautiful photos, I really enjoyed seeing these and hearing about Monica’s experience growing up and making friends with snakes, I’d made the assumption that most snakes were to be avoided so I loved hearing her side. You should be so proud of these pictures.

  9. leena says:

    I never realised its so easy to pose with a snake.The pictures have come out so pretty and both she and the snake seem to look so comfortable and natural.

  10. Megan B says:

    These shots are gorgeous and the colors are absolutely stunning. Fantastic job! Plus… yknow, a snake is ALWAYS wild to look at in a shoot.

  11. Indu says:

    This is great seeing you so comfortable with snake whereas snake may give a terrifying feel to anybody. Wonderful portraits.

  12. Ching says:

    What a beautiful photo shoot! Your friend and the snake are absolutely gorgeous! I love the lighting and the capture of emotion in each shot.well done!

  13. Karla says:

    Incredible. I remember playing with snakes as a kid as well. I hadn’t thought of it until recently that I am not as fearless as I used to be. These photos look great.

  14. wild and classic kind of photographs. I liked the shadows of you being the model and the wilderness that the snake is showing off on the photos too.

  15. Joanna says:

    Your photos are beautiful but I have to admit that snakes freak me out big time. They are one of my biggest fears. Your model looks so natural with hers in the photos.

  16. Shell says:

    Your photographs are absolutely beautiful and gorgeous. They look absolutely stunning… You are very talented.

  17. Tizzy Says says:

    These photographs are amazing. I really love how you were able to bring out all of the details in the snake.

  18. Emily Leary says:

    Incredible, swoonworthy shots! Just gorgeous. I love snakes.

  19. Becca Talbot says:

    What beautiful shots! I especially like the one with the snake peaking out from behind your Hair, is gorgeous, and definitely canvas worthy x

  20. Ellie Plummer says:

    These photos are so gorgeous, you are such a talented photographer. I would have been slightly scared working with the snake but it adds so much to the photos.

  21. Shubhada Bhide says:

    Wow! What a stunning shot dear. You look gorgeous and you so brace in touching that snake. Well Done!!

  22. Elizabeth O says:

    This is so cool, I’ve never seen a shoot like this before but your photographs are gorgeous and I am sure your friend absolutely loves the results.

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