Geert Weggen captures candid photos of wild red squirrels being inquisitive
Geert Weggen is a Swedish/Dutch national and an internationally awarded nature photographer. He has worked extensively with wild squirrels and birds over the past several years. In 2013 he became a full time photographer, and his current focus has been on photographing wild squirrels in a unique, beautiful and often whimsical way. Scroll down to see 30 of Geert’s works featuring the adorable and inquisitive red squirrels.
About Geert Weggen and how he captures such amazing shots
All photos come directly out of the lens. There is no Photoshop used to bring in new elements.
Weggen built an outdoor studio near his kitchen window. Using a bit of food, usually edible seeds or nuts, to lure the squirrels, the studio allows him to capture these cute photos from the comfort of his own home.
Thanks to the various props and sets he created, Geert’s squirrels can be seen whispering to mushrooms, putting on the kettle and getting some work done in the garden.
The studio is conveniently placed one metre above the ground and connected to Geert’s kitchen window three metres away, which enables him to photograph the visiting critters at eye-level.
A partial roof allows the use of a flash and additional lighting, remotely operated, and a big reflector hanging in a nearby tree helps with the fill light.
Geert Weggen’s portfolio also includes landscapes, macro shots, interiors and people.
His work has been published in many countries, newspapers, magazines and videos.
He is the author of 8 squirrel photo books; published in 4 different languages.
“Creation and to create is my life. Love in light are my goals and my living. With my company hardeko I make my living as a builder, masonry, carpenter, photographer, garden design and artist.”
Since last year he has been organising Squirrel workshops at home. These workshops are organised to occur 2 times a year when the young squirrels arrive. A maximum of 3 participants can join this 5-day workshop.