Calf Portraits

The other night 2 of the young cows asked if I would take some portraits of their baby calves. This being their firstborn and all, they are wanting to do scrapbooks for the occasion.  So I obliged and took a bunch of pics.

Here’s the portrait studio.

And here’s the first calf.  He’s just a month old this week. You can click here to see how he looked way back when.

This being his first formal sitting, he was a little nervous and I let him explore my boots.

Then we got down to business. First he wanted everyone to see how much he’s grown in the last month. Notice how he’s filled out and put on some weight?

Then I took a couple closeups to show off his large eyes and soft fur.

He got distracted after that and wandered away.

So I moved on to our second calf’s photo shoot. He’s kinda shy too and it took a while for him to warm up.

But he soon got into it and showed me his best side.

What a nice profile you have.

And then he was ready for his close up.

And then he said, “Look, I can stick my tongue up my nose.”

It was at this point that his mother stepped in, took her son to another part of the pasture for a “talking to”, and the photo session was at an end.


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18 Responses

  1. Joani says:

    Those R such adorable pictures of the calves.

  2. Dianna says:

    Such adorable pictures and captions! That first calf looks just like a panda!

  3. Evelyn says:

    really, really cute! especially the part where Mom takes baby away for a “talkin’ to”.

  4. Pam K. says:

    Oh, they are still so cute and soft looking! Love your little “interviews” of them!

  5. Kelly says:

    They are adorable!
    Thank you for sharing them!

  6. What good looking critters! I wanted to touch the ones with the close ups. You could see the softness!

  7. It was so nice of you to oblige… and your studio (and your subjects) is simply gorgeous. 🙂

    It’s so amazing how quickly they grow, isn’t it?

    • Suzanne says:

      Yes, and especially so considering they are gaining weight and growing on nothing but milk at this point.
      Thanks Justina!

  8. Mary says:

    I love these pictures. Our calves we handle from as early as possible because of showing them. They truely that soft and fluffy. I get wrapped up in snuggling them that they run when they see me coming. They say ” oh no here comes that lady that squishes us to death!”

    I wanted to tell you a tip on the tomatoes that I learned from our Amish neighbors. Once you harden off your tomato starts to the outside climate I plant mine, even if there is still a chance of a frost. What you then do is take a milk jug, with the bottom cut out, and place it overtop the little plant you just planted. Heap dirt up around the base of the milk jug to help keep it in place. And there you have it, a mini grean house. Make sure you leave the milk cap off for ventilation. Also do you know the old trick to put crushed up egg shells in the hole before you plant your tomato plant. This adds calcium to the soil to prevent blossom end rot ( I think that is what it’s called).

    Thanks for praying for our friends 6yr old son Paxton. Just found out tonight that he might be able to come home but still in isolation. He has stage 4 cancer in his liver and lungs. We know that through God all things are possible so we are praying for a miracle. He has alot of chemo and radiation treatments ahead. Thanks for praying. God bless you

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Mary,
      We don’t handle our calves much, and so they are shy around us. But I would like to hug them if they would let me.
      I was considering putting the tomatoes out this weekend, but the forecast later in the week is calling for lows in the 20s, so I’ll hold off for now. We have those “wall of water” tents, and they work pretty well too. I’ve used milk jugs also. Hadn’t heard about the eggshells, so I’ll have to give that a try.
      Will say a prayer for Paxton. Take care,

  9. Becca says:

    Thanks so much for keeping me entertained! When I’m too busy to read all my emails…I always make time to read your blog….the others have to wait…LOL..! Say hi to Kitty and Harland for me…
    Hugs from Florida,

  10. Becky says:

    Loving the calf photos. Reminds me of the farm. thanks for sharing!

  11. kay keen says:

    They are so cute, Looks like they were ready to have their pictures made. Thanks for sharing this. Kay

  12. Teresa says:

    They certainly are growing up quickly! It’s nice they’ll have a photobook to look back on when they have their own calves some day!

  13. Suzanne, these little calves are so precious. Your photos are so great! Of course I have no experience with cows and calves, so I am going to ask this question..don’t laugh…but I was wondering, would those calves let you come up and hug them around the neck…cause they look like they are so huggable…well I mean, like I would want to hug them…but I wonder if their mother would come running over and put a stop to it! what do you think?

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Not a bad question at all. We don’t handle our calves much except when they are sick or need regular shots, so they are quite timid and run away from us. If I could catch them to give them a hug, they would let out a loud bawl guaranteed to bring every cow within earshot and they would get all hostile at me. But I can and do pet them when they are only a day old. They aren’t scared of us then, and they are so soft.

  14. Peggy says:

    My oh my! I just love your photos. You do such a super job. Love the babies.

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