A family photo shoot got an unexpected dose of cute when a tiny fawn showed up.
A Chapel Hill, Tennessee family recently went to Henry Horton State Park for a family photo shoot. It wasn’t long before they had an unexpected guest show up and photobomb their pictures. That unexpected guest was a young fawn who was abandoned by its mother.
According to ABC News, Amber Rogers, the owner of Big Dreams Photography, had already rescheduled the family’s photo shoot twice. That turned out to be fortuitous for the photographer and the family.
“It was totally unplanned,” the Big Dreams Photography owner said. “We had actually rescheduled this family’s shoot twice. I drove from Knoxville to Nashville and was setting up for the first shot when this little deer started running towards us.”
The young fawn, which likely was drawn in by the movement of the group, immediately seemed to know exactly how to pose for some very cute pictures. Once the fawn approached, it began to sniff and play with the family as Rogers took some candid shots. She then made the decision to pick up the young deer and place it in a posed shot with the family.
“I picked it up and put it in the family shot. She looked right at the camera,” Rogers said.
While it is generally advised that people leave baby animals alone when they come across them in the wild, the fawn in this story had already been showing signs of humanization. It was likely fed by a human at some point and began to associate the strange, two-legged creatures as a source of food.
After taking the photos, the group found a park ranger to find out more about the deer and alert the ranger to its behavior.
“He said the fawn was just 1 day old and was already showing so many signs of humanization [that] they planned to send it to a deer reserve to keep it wild,” Rogers said.
Rogers noted that neither she nor the family fed the fawn during the photo shoot.
ABC News later learned from another ranger that the fawn has already been relocated to a wild game preserve in Nashville in order to keep it wild. It will hopefully be able to be released in the future.
It sounds like there was a happy ending for everyone in this story. The family got some incredible photos and a great story to tell. The fawn got a new chance at life and Rogers has turned the photo shoot into even more bookings for her photography business.
I’m sure that everyone involved was glad that the photo shoot was rescheduled so that this amazing event could occur.
All photos via Facebook/Big Dreams Photography