Lions, Tigers and Bear Cubs....oh my!

Remember when we were in elementary school and we all wanted to be a vet because that meant we got to work with cute animals? Well for Sharon Montrose she gets to work with cute baby animals (and adult animals too) on the reg. She photographs every animal from flamingos to yaks and sells prints of them on her website The Animal Print Shop.

Photo credit: Restoration Hardware Kids

Photo credit: Restoration Hardware Kids

While researching baby trends for work I started to notice pictures of these cute little guys popping up in nurseries everywhere. Most of the time I notice a grouping of multiple baby animal prints hung above the crib or throughout the nursery in small clusters. 

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The first thing I thought to myself is, jeesh how much did that cost? For a 8.5"x11" (image size 7"x9") is $25. So for that group of 8 photos that looks ah-mazing in that baby's nursery on Pinterest that you want to copy...thats a cool $200 (frames not included). Excuse me while I go pick my jaw up off of the floor. That's a LOT for artwork for your babe's room.

Now don't misunderstand me, these photographs are breathtaking and there is something about a baby animal that pulls at the heart-strings, plus that photo in the room of a precious newborn baby? My heart about EXPLODES! But I have noticed that a few nurseries opt for 1 larger picture of a single animal.

There is something so chic about a single, large photograph above a baby's crib. All of the photos have a lot of white space which really makes the animal the center of attention. Even when the animal isn't a bright pink flamingo but a white tiger with the brightest blue eyes you've ever seen, they stop you in your tracks. 

A blog I read called A Cup of Jo interviewed Sharon Montrose and I am going to share a few of my favorite question/answers.

Photo credit: Cup of Jo

Photo credit: Cup of Jo

Q: Are certain animals easier to photograph than others? A: Stoic animals like the buffalo or cow, don't move much. They just stand there. I'm just looking for an eye or their head to tilt in a certain way. For the animals that move around-chicks, bunnies, the bobcat-I have to focus and be ready for the split second when they're in the right position. Cats and kittens are really hard because they bob their heads a lot. Dogs are really amenable: sit, stay, roll over.

Q: What's your goal during each shoot? A: Capturing the animal's charms-it can be something in their eyes, their smirk, or the way they move. The animals generally fall into two categories: Some are cute, and some are striking, like the American buffalo. I would never cute him up. I wanted to capture how majestic he was, so that when people liked at the image, they'd say, what an amazing creature! With the grown up animals, it's less of I-want-to-bury-my-head-in-their-belly and more what-a-facinating-creature.

Q: Any sweet moments you'll always remember? A: I bottle fed a baby tiger in my arms. Abear cub sucked on my ear. When I hold an animal, I remember how lucky I am that I get to earn a living doing what I love.

Please read the full interview here.

As you can see the animal prints aren't just perfect for nurseries, they are the perfect piece of art for a teenagers room or a focal point in your living room. I love how the room below feels so complete with the striking image of the buffalo. Someday when I have my own home I would love to own a print from The Animal Print Shop to put in my living room or dining room like this one. 

Oh heck, y'all know I'm going to be one of those mom's who can't help myself and purchases a large group of prints for my baby because how can you pick just one?! Happy buying my friends!