One year ago I had a photoshoot with real white tiger (his name is also White "Вайт"). He's suppose to be my Ash'Alah and I am his Tyrande :)
Photos by @kmitenkova
Tyrande full costume made by me (@narga_lifestream). White's owner @mihail_tiger is a professional who trains predators for zoos and circuses. But White is his own boy, not from circus or zoo, he lives in his big tiger family.
I know that some people have bad associations about photoshoot with animals but for me there is nothing bad with these photoshoots if animal is safe, healthy, feels good and have a loving family. I had few photoshoots with wild animals and I know that no Good owner would force them to pose. That's why photoshoots with animals are very difficult and always stops when animal feel tired, angry or scared. Luckily White was very affable and joyful, we liked each other from the first sight. But it was almost impossible to catch a frame cause he moved every second. Only in rare moments when he stopped and sat down we had a chance to take a picture. 😁 That's why on all the photos he lies and I sit near him.
Also it was quite hard to find a location, because tigers need lots of space, parking in front of the studio, first floor only, no ladders etc. Just few studios allows such big animals inside. Oh, and the photoshoot was in the middle of winter. So, we found a studio with classic interior. We imagined that it's Tyrande's bedroom or something inside Temple of Elune. I also didn't want a photoshopped background to keep everything as real as possible. Maybe I should wait for a few month and make outdoors photoshoot but I love this result anyway. We all did our best. 💙
BTS video and full photoshoot is up on our website 💜