Photographer – Katerina Plotnikova

Katerina Plotnikova



What you see is not Photoshoped –  Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova has captured these stunning images with the help of real live animals!
While seemingly dangerous, these shots were made possible with the help of professional animal trainers.


 She often provides a few adorable behind-the-scenes photos showing how the animals are posed by their trainers.

Even without the well-trained animals, her photos possess a rich mysticism and dream-like quality that makes them absolutely enchanting.


She is a photographer that you wouldn’t want to miss. Her work is glorious, I love it.

In an interview here are some of the questions and answers given by Katerina.

Hi Katerina! First things first, we’d love to hear it from you straight — are the animals in your photos real?
Of course they are real! The fox, for example, is a real domesticated animal. His name is Adyssey. He has a bit difficult temper, but he is very loved by his owner. All the animals that are in my photo shoots are treated really well. Sometimes, I even think that their owners treat them better than their own kids!

How adorable! Can you tell us more about yourself?
I was born in a small town near Moscow, where I still live to this day. My life revolves around two things — photography and travel. However, my travel experience is not too extensive. Last year, I travelled all over Russia, from Moscow to a remote Sakhalin. This year, I visited a number of South East Asian countries. My big dream is to travel around the world, and see all the corners of our amazing planet.

If you had to photograph just one place, person, or thing in the world, what would it be?
That’s a very good question. But I don’t think I have an answer. Every day, I either want or imagine something new, so if you ask me the same question again, I’d answer it differently.



Photographer – Salli Gainsford

Salli is completely self-taught based in Laindon, Essex.

Her work is amazing, I mean really stunning.

She has a team who work with her: a make-up artist, ocstume designer and hair stylist.

I first came across her work when I was checking out the breeder we used for our puppy. Salli does a lot of work with them. (Dog Breeder is Honiahaka)
All of the animals used in her pictures are there, real life animals with no photoshop.



Edinburgh Zoo

Please note: Edinburgh Zoo is located on Corstorphine Hill, and some of the paths around the park involve steep slopes. We would advise visitors to plan their route and bring suitable footwear – the views from the top are worth it! The workout on your calf muscles has got to be equivalent to hours in the gym!


It’s hard work but there are a lot of benches to take breaks.
Trying to find the tigers?  Lost near the lemurs? With over 80 acres of hillside parkland it can be hard to find your way around but the staff are very helpful, there are loads of maps and you can download one off the website so you can plan your trip before you go. Also the guidebook is informative and has loads of information on the various animals and getting around.
Wet weather and Indoor Activities
11 indoor animal housing areas and 6 sheltered observation areas ensure that even on a rainy day, a trip to the Zoo is an enthralling experience.

We didn’t get to see many of the big cats as they were cleaning enclosures at that time. And it took ages!


However we hung around near the lions and were able to watch feeding time.


Ticket Prices
Price as of 3/4/15 – 1/11/15
Child 3 – 15 years
Child (under 3)


Wheelchair and Mobility Access
Many of the paths around the Zoo can be accessed by wheelchair.  However some routes involve steps or steep slopes which are unsuitable for wheelchairs.
We are also pleased to be able to offer a dedicated mobility vehicle to help visitors access areas of the park that may otherwise be difficult to reach.

I’m not sure if they are still doing it or how long it will last but they were doing specific studies on the lifes of various monkey species when we were there.
The information was really interesting and we were able to get really close.