Over the years, I’ve had some entertaining and interesting sessions, but this one involving newborn baby goats may just take the cake. It was oddly adorable and I absolutely loved every minute of it. The goats are 2nd generation Yoga Goats from Arizona Goat Yoga, owned by April Gould and taught by Sarah Williams. These two ladies offer super fun yoga classes in a Gilbert AZ field while mini goats run around and play (and happily jump/pose on participants’ backs). It’s a yoga experience like no other. I first photographed a class for them a few months ago, and found out about the pregnant mamas. Now, the baby goats are here!! There were 4 born, including a set of twins. I packed up my newborn studio set up (using older props & headbands that have been retired from use on human babies), and headed to April’s farm in Gilbert. We set up in her living room the way I would for a regular baby session, including my posing bag, props, and hats! We joked that the kids were at school, and here we were dressing up baby goats in hats & tutus.
April is known as the “Goat Whisperer” (so much that she’s auditioned & appeared on American Ninja Warrior with that title), so it didn’t take long for us to settle the baby goats in for some snuggly naps and cute poses. They loved the warm blankets and basket cuddles.
Soon enough, they were over naptime and ready to play! This is where it became a comedy. Trying to get 2 (or 3) goats to stay in one spot long enough to photograph them, without them eating a prop, or wandering off took patience and skill. Of course, we snapped a video of the madness in between bouts of laughter. It really wasn’t all that different from a photo session with toddlers or multiples! 😉
And although you probably can’t realistically buy a goat of your own for cuddles, you can buy a calendar of baby goats! We’ve designed a “Babies of Arizona Goat Yoga” using some of our favorites photos of the session (not shown here). So, if you want to enjoy baby goat cuteness year-round, you can order yours here with free shipping (to US addresses) or local pickup (I suggest signing up for a Goat Yoga class and picking it up there for the full goat experience, lol).