monkeys and meerkats and owls—oh my!

D14_063_168Perhaps the only thing more challenging than photographing children is photographing animals.

Thankfully, our ace shooter, Jeff Watts, was up to the challenge. In June, Jeff went to small mammal house early in the morning to get a photograph for the opening spread of the magazine. Per our alum, Kenton Kerns, many of the animals are most active in the morning—especially at breakfast time.

Jeff spent a couple hours at the National Zoo snapping the residents of chez mammal. He came back with hundreds of shots and we had a tough time narrowing it down to just one. We were torn between the image of the black howler monkey mama snuggling with her son (as the mommy of a 1-year-old cuddle bug, this photo melted my heart), and Jeff’s beautiful shot of twin golden lion tamarins. After much deliberation, we went with the latter.

Here are a few more of our favorites: