Flamingo

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Flamingo

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Flamingo

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Cougar

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Cat

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Sheep

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Sheep

When Sharon Montrose decided to approach photography as a hobby rather than as a profession, she began taking pictures of animals, which in turn launched her career.

Sheep

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Baby Giraffe

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Tiger

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Lion

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Bear Cub

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Baby Raccoon

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Baby Kangaroo

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Bear

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Otter (detail)

From L to R: Baby bobcat, lamb, baby monkey, baby fox, baby white tiger, baby kangaroo, lion cub

Co.Design

Warning: Dangerously Cute Animal Portraits Ahead

After trying all kinds of portraiture, Sharon Montrose finally settled on her true love: animals.

Ready for some gratuitous cute? We’ve got you covered. The Los Angeles–based photographer Sharon Montrose specializes in snapping animals removed from their natural environs. Pictured in front of a stark white background, the subjects display their own personalities and a peculiar awareness of the camera that makes them seem, well, human.

Montrose says that she began snapping animals after what she describes in the above video produced by Etsy as a “series of complete and total failures”: “I tried to do headshots, I tried to do weddings, I tried family portraits, and then I finally got the place where I really wasn’t digging it anymore.” At that point, she decided to shift her focus to shooting her family’s dogs. “Suddenly, I was just photographing dogs every day--that’s when it started.” Working with animal trainers, her purview has since expanded to include all types of wildlife, from otters to ostriches. “With these animals,” she says, “I prefer to kind of let them direct me, instead of me direct them. “They come in, they get in front of the camera, and they dictate what’s going to happen.”

These are among the pictures collected in Menagerie, available here for $5, a small-format book from HarperCollins that presents many of the photos in cloying frames. For affordable prints, visit Montrose’s online shop.

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8 Comments

  • Alice Ralph

    Love the giraffe photo... but the tiger, lion and bears look like they are floating in space. Have they been photoshopped onto the white background, or were they shot in a studio the same way? Likewise the flamingo's feet look wrong - was it already in flight or photoshopped?

    The giraffe photo is amazing though. 

  • Rockagen

    This is a sponsored post, correct? It's been done before many times. Hope she brings a different angle to it. And $5 for a small format book?...that's way cheap. Must be 5 pages stapled with $20 shipping.

  • Steven Leighton

    "finally settled on her true love"
    Yep ... well not the only person with wasted years.

    Good Luck!