THIS coming year will be the tenth year I have been photographing the miniature pigs of Pennywell Farm for a calendar.
This little piggy is December’s calendar picture for 2019.
A career in which I’ve photographed royalty, politicians, film stars and footballers, the little cute piglets are still holding their own especially in the United States of America where a calendar called ‘Pocket Pigs Calendar’ has sold tens of thousands across the USA, Canada and Australia.
This year the calendar attracted the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, the most popular day time TV show host in the USA.
It all started on farmer Chris Murray’s family attraction farm, called Pennywell in Buckfastleigh. The American publisher ‘Workman’ of New York saw a picture of mine in the American press and so started a decade of photographing pigs, albeit little ones.
This picture was shot having built the set with false snow, props and a great deal of patience. The pig’s stage name is Broderick and he was absolutely brilliant, totally unfazed and very well behaved – an advantage being that he has been cuddled by children and adults since he was born.
The piglets have been filmed for dozens of TV companies both home and overseas. The next shoot will be for 2022 calendar.