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Smile for the 'farmily' portrait! Photographer travels the world capturing families and animals

A photographer has travelled the world capturing families alongside their beloved animals in a stunning album that includes alpacas posing alongside pigs, cats and dogs sitting on laps, and chickens perched on tractors.

Tasha Hall, from British Columbia, calls them her 'Farmily portraits' in which she assembles parents and children, along with all the animals on the homestead for photos set against stunning backdrops, including mountain ranges, lakes and snowy forests.

She first got the idea in Christmas 2014, when she decided she wanted to take a special picture which would feature all of the family - not just the people.  

Since then Hall has travelled all over the US and even journeyed to Africa to take photos of families and their farms, including every animal 'from the largest horse, to the smallest guinea pig.'  

A 'Farmily portrait' taken by Canadian photographer Tasha Hall featuring alpacas, pigs, a horse, chickens, cats and dogs on a homestead in the United States. She took her first 'farmily' photo in 2014, when she wanted a special Christmas picture with her family, and since then her concept has grown into a business

A mother and father with their two boys, and a menagerie of farm animals including dogs, cats, cows, geese and chickens at Wild Woods Farm

Four children sit on a bale of high surrounded by the family alpacas, goats, sheep, dogs, a horse, a few cats and a dog. Hall said: 'I started creating these images because I wanted to create a full farm portrait of our own farm. To me, all of our animals are also our family, and having a portrait of all of us together was something I really wanted to create.

A stunning image of Hall and her family shows their animals gathered around a digger as a goose flies across the snow-filled British Columbia woodland. Hall has travelled all over the US and even journeyed to Africa to take photos of families and their farms, including every animal 'from the largest horse, to the smallest guinea pig.'

A family gathered by a lake with dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and with a boat full of children in the background

A couple gathered with their two horses, five dogs, four baby goats, two ducks and two chickens in front of a stunning mountain range

A red-painted barn with a little boy and his dalmatian posing with horses, donkeys, goats, two cats and a peackock perched on a fence

Photographer Tasha Hall has travelled all over the US and even visited Africa to photograph 'farmily portraits'

Hall said: 'I started creating these images because I wanted to create a full farm portrait of our own farm. To me, all of our animals are also our family, and having a portrait of all of us together was something I really wanted to create. 

'After I had figured out how to make it happen, and shared it online, people started messaging me to see if I could create something like that for their farm too. I started practicing on other farms, and slowly my business was born.

'The images themselves take some time to create. We spend most of a full day at a farm, spending time with our clients and their animals.

'The "set" is created, and then we start photographing the animals. Sometimes we do one animal at a time, sometimes more, depending on how well behaved they are.

A couple sit on a digger beside their horses, dogs, cats and two geese who are seen squawking at each other in foreground on either side of the image

Children sitting on a tractor surrounded by pigs, sheep, chickens, goats and even a peackock

Tasha Hall's animals gathered around and inside a stable at her farm in British Columbia, Canada

Hall said: 'The images themselves take some time to create. We spend most of a full day at a farm, spending time with our clients and their animals. The "set" is created, and then we start photographing the animals. Sometimes we do one animal at a time, sometimes more, depending on how well behaved they are.'

We take our time and work on getting the very best portrait of each animal. Once I get home, the real magic begins as I put it all together to create one final portrait.

'You always see family portraits on the walls of people's homes, but for me, the family doesn't stop with the people.

'What about all of our furred and feathered "Farmily" members? They are just as much a part of the family as any human component, so I decided to change the way people look at family portraits! I travel the country photographing full "Farmily" portraits. We include everybody from the largest horse, to the smallest guinea pig, mouse, or snake.

'The last four years have seen us travelling all over the place, visiting farms, and meeting some of the most wonderful people and animals! Most of our work has been in BC and Alberta so far, but we have also been to Tanzania, Africa, and created two wonderful "Farmily" images there as well. We are starting to book farm tours in the USA and other parts of the world as well, so the sky's the limit!'

A couple sitting under a stable surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and lots of chickens

A host of farm animals in photography by Hall. She said: 'The last four years have seen us travelling all over the place, visiting farms, and meeting some of the most wonderful people and animals! Most of our work has been in BC and Alberta so far, but we have also been to Tanzania, Africa, and created two wonderful "Farmily" images there as well. We are starting to book farm tours in the USA and other parts of the world as well, so the sky's the limit!'

A group of Hall's animals gathered in front of her house. 'You always see family portraits on the walls of people's homes, but for me, the family doesn't stop with the people,' she said. 'What about all of our furred and feathered "Farmily" members? They are just as much a part of the family as any human component, so I decided to change the way people look at family portraits! I travel the country photographing full "Farmily" portraits. We include everybody from the largest horse, to the smallest guinea pig, mouse, or snake.'

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