I know it might sound incredible, but I have never seen alpacas before. I mean, not in real life. Of course, I liked and saved a multitude of photos with alpacas on Instagram or Pinterest. But I never saw a real one. Not until I got the opportunity to do a wedding photo shooting at the Alpakahof Mitterdorf, near Graz. The farm, opened in 2016, is run by a very nice family. Everyone on the farm is treating the alpacas like a member of their family. There is so much care for them. And the beautiful animals make this spot a great wedding photography location, in Austria.
My first impression? They are such gentle creatures, very shy and sweet. We did not disturb the alpacas. We let them run around us and have their fun. And being extremely curious animals, they would come from time to time close to us, so I could touch them. They are so fluffy and soft like a cloud!!! I cannot believe it.
But we were there on business, so after the initial “ice-breaking“ with the alpacas, we started our wedding photo shooting. The whole session was very natural and full of emotions. On our way there, the sky was full of clouds - and not the soft ones, like alpacas, but the dark and heavy ones. To our luck, when the photo session started, the clouds moved away and we had a perfect sunset and an idyllic golden light.
I cannot finish this post without mentioning the two Theodores. One is my new friend, a 4-month-old alpaca, brown, with a white face and always full of grass - easy to spot in the photos below. I hope to see him again soon! The other one is smaller, fluffier and sitting quietly in my living room, on the piano. My souvenir of a perfect photo shooting day.