Kids and animals are a double dose of cuteness. Their friendship is so sweet and innocent that you can’t help but go “aww” every time you see them together. Photographer Andrea Martin celebrates the joy that comes from these duos in her photos of children with baby animals. The adorable scenes each feature a small child and a similarly-sized creature as they cuddle in a rural setting, making for beautiful portraits that showcase not only their bond but the idyllic surroundings, too.
As the mom of four children who also helps to raise animals, Martin sees the magic that comes from children interacting with ducks, goats, puppies, and kitties. With this intimate knowledge, she understands how to embrace the playfulness of the kid’s age by allowing her subjects to play in giant puddles and roll around on the ground. The images, while masterfully composed, don’t take themselves too seriously; in doing so, they show how Martin is adept at knowing the perfect moment to hit the shutter. These sweet pictures effortlessly convey fun, innocence, and the beauty of nature, children, and animals—all at once.
If you’d like to learn how to edit photographs like Martin, she sells video instructions and Photoshop presets through her online shop.