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30+ Photos Of Animals Just Living Their Best Life

Wildlife photography is one of the most technically challenging and rewarding types of photography for both amateur and professional photographers. Whether photographing a herd of elephants on the Serengeti Plains or squirrels in your backyard, the name of the game, according to Cary Wolinsky and Bob Caputo, who have a combined 64 years of experience photography stories for National Geographic and other publications, is patience.

But sometimes the stars align and things just happen. All you have to do is take out the camera and press the button before their surprising display of affection devolves into chaos. Sure, these photographs aren’t going to win a competition like Wildlife Photographer of the Year, but they can nevertheless make people smile in different ways. The Snuggle Is Real, for example, is an Instagram account. It shares random animal photos that make people smile even on a gloomy day, and who cares if the images aren’t that high-res when you’re grinning from ear to ear?

Continue scrolling and check out some of the best pics from this wholesome account, don’t forget to upvote and comment on your fave pics!

More info: Instagram (h/t: boredpanda)

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#2 I am cute and loveable with a heart full love but I will not Moooove!

To know about the gist of capturing a good animal photo, wildlife conservation photographer Carla Rhodes is here to spill the tea. "Of course, gear is very important, but I also believe that the best camera is the one you have with you!" Rhodes told. "I’m a big fan of working within the restraints of what you have available, as the majority of us cannot afford a fast, prime 600mm telephoto lens combined with the latest and greatest camera body. The important thing is to get started and start photographing."

Limitations in gear, according to Rhodes, can actually let a photographer improve their skills and generate creativity in their work. "For example, mobile phone cameras have gotten to be pretty amazing. Though digital zoom isn’t going to get you the same results as a telephoto lens, you can often do basic shots, landscapes, and show an animal in its larger environment."

Better equipment, on the other hand, will always yield better outcomes. Only with the condition that you know how to utilize it! "Wildlife photography necessitates a diverse set of abilities.," Rhodes explained. "For example: Do you understand your subject and its behavior? How is your field technique? How well do you understand your camera and the basics of photography? Gear is truly only one piece of cracking the code of this difficult art form."

#4 “My ancestors were fierce dinosaurs. Dinosaurs, I say!!”

#5 Party time!

It is undeniable that all types of photography need talent, wildlife photography, in particular, has a high failure probability since there are so many variables outside of the photographer's control, as Rhodes pointed out! "Not only do you have to know how to use your gear, but you also have to know how to work within difficult situations which, from the outside, may look very limited due to the lack of control you have over the scene," she explained. "It’s paramount for me to understand the habitat, best times of day for light, subject’s behavior, and track and signs. Oh, and you have to know how to get ‘the shot’ within seconds."

A decent wildlife photograph usually requires a lot of time in the outdoors. Carla's favorite images, for example, took months to obtain. However, you will have the opportunity to interact with wildlife and view creatures in all their glories.

"Documenting the natural world is so incredibly important right now, and as a photographer, you can make a big impact with your work. Wildlife photography has the power to open up a secret world to the viewers, which hopefully leads to a deeper understanding of wildlife and, hopefully, conservation gains. I always shoot the natural world with the mindset it will continue on long after humans are extinct... So I approach my work with wonder, respect, and a deep level of gratitude."

#7 Being a bird sitter is lots of work, but I have mastered the art of Zen

The biggest advice Rhodes has for wildlife photographers is to always put the well-being of the subject first and to describe your photos accurately. "I’m part of a new movement of photographers who put ethics and the welfare of the subject before ‘getting the shot," she said. "My colleagues and I do not take shortcuts by baiting, luring, or calling subjects as this can modify their behavior and ultimately harm them. I believe possessing strong ethics makes one a much better wildlife photographer."

At the end of the day, you just have to get out there and start shooting—nothing can replace the act of actually photographing. Everything else should come into place naturally!

#9 Heyyy, you’re home early

"Storytelling to me is paramount," Carla Rhodes added. "Conventionally great shots that are tack sharp and super zoomed in of wildlife generally don’t move me as much as photos that tell a story. For me personally, I want viewers to feel engaged and curious about my subjects, hopefully turning their minds to respect and protect our natural world."

And you can see Carla's masterpieces showcasing on her Instagram account too.

"Our natural world is suffering greatly right now. Visual Storytellers are more important than ever and have the power to connect viewers with wildlife, ultimately helping conservation efforts," Rhodes said.

#14 I can’t decide which is cuter: those eyes or those little hands

#22 “Are the sheep still there, Bob” – “See it for yourself, Ben”I want what they have!

#24 “Hey, you! Yes, you! Did you smile today? If you haven’t, then do as I do!”


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