Don’t feel badly, we have taken thousands of llama photos in the past couple of decades
and this page shows a few of the things that the llamas will do
just as you click the shutter.
After you have seen this page, your own photos will start to look much better.
You have to be really lucky to manage to get a new cria to give you the cud-chewing expression. Jubilation, on the right, won’t really start to chew her cud until she is a couple of weeks old. Really she is much prettier than this.
I am not sure whether Brandy was bored but she looks as if she is yawning in this great ears back portrait.
Another useful tip is to wait until there are lots of flies around. This can cause them to flick one ear just like Conquistador did for this portrait.
If you have made sure that there are a few flies to make them flick their ears, you might be very lucky and get a one-eared portrait similar to this one of Mayflower.
Llamas are always curious about a camera and will often stick their nose right on the lens. In this case, I had planned on getting a great photo of Priscilla standing in the snow, when another llama wandered in from out of sight to check out the camera exactly as I clicked the shutter.
The old stick my nose in front of the lens trick works twice as well with the 3-D stereo camera which takes two images at the same time.
At least Trillium still showed up in the left image as Llamathyst only managed to get her nose completely in front of the right-hand lens and only a little bit in front of the left lens.
We finally broke down and bought a digital camera so now we start to find out how the llamas can ruin these photos. I had RainDancer all lined up perfectly and clicked the shutter. Digital cameras have a delay before the photo is actually taken which gave RainDancer plenty of time to get his nose right up to the lens.
We have more wonderful examples of llama photography
on our Digital Disasters page.