Every year I help Italian charity "La Collina dei Conigli" with my pictures to raise awareness and funds about their activities. La Collina dei Conigli rescues rabbits, mice, rats and Guinea pigs who were used as "test subjects" in labs; when they are fully recovered (sometimes it takes years), volunteers look for a new forever-home where they can finally live free and loved.

I'm not a professional photographer (I work in the Communications field), but photography is my passion together with animals, so I'm always honored and very, very happy to help this amazing charity with my pictures! I'm also a proud member of HeArts Speak international network of photographers for animals.

After Alice in Wonderland and The Little Prince, this year the theme of the photosession were children books and fairytales, because they teach us that we can reach a happy ending even through hard times and that each of us can be a hero. It took more or less 12 hours to have all the pictures taken (and a lot of time to create and find scene objects, even with other volunteers' help!).

My little models were amazing: sweet paralysed Guinea pig Paquita agreed to play the Little Mermaid in change of some sweet tomato slices, eleven little mice were involved in sewing Cinderella's dress while finding tasteful drops of soy yogurt around the set, New Zealand Opicina tasted for the first time the feel of grass and sunrays while modelling for the Secret Garden's scene, as it was her first day outside a cage...

My hope is that my pictures can help to spread the world and the work of La Collina dei Conigli and that adoption, the real happy end for my wonderful models, can finally be written! The results are featured in 2017 calendar of La Collina dei Conigli, which you can buy to support the charity.

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#1 Opicina In "The Secret Garden"

Opicina In "The Secret Garden"

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

great job...book cover indeed!

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#2 The Mice Crew In "Cinderella"

The Mice Crew In "Cinderella"

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Veronica Noechel 2 years ago

So darling! The mice were always my favorite part of Cinderella's story.

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#3 Audrey In "Around The World In 80 Days"

Audrey In "Around The World In 80 Days"

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Liz Sowinski (suckitchumps) 2 years ago

I hope Audrey discovers her forever home soon!

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#4 Paquita In "The Little Mermaid"

Paquita In "The Little Mermaid"

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Lou Wow 2 years ago

Is it an elderly guinea?

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#5 Pouf And Poseidone In "Beauty And The Beast"

Pouf And Poseidone In "Beauty And The Beast"

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Lynne Hicks 2 years ago

May they find their happily ever after soon! :)

#6 Cilla And Kauri In "aladdin"

Cilla And Kauri In "aladdin"

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shellu 33 spotnick 1 year ago

I don't understand who would want to test make-up products in a lab on these adorable animals!

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#7 Gianni, Michele And Sam In "Peter Pan"

Gianni, Michele And Sam In "Peter Pan"

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Lou Wow 2 years ago

Middle rat checking the moon-made-of-cheese theory.

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#8 Piero And Pelù In "Hansel And Gretel"

Piero And Pelù In "Hansel And Gretel"

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Nini 2 years ago

Fun fact for the non-Italian bored pandas out there: Piero Pelù is an Italian singer, which is why these names are exceptionally amusing together :)

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#9 Il Carota In "The Enchantment Of Adoption"

Il Carota In "The Enchantment Of Adoption"

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Lynne Hicks 2 years ago

The title says it all. :)

#10 Hati, Leda And Tebe In "The Wizard Of Oz"

Hati, Leda And Tebe In "The Wizard Of Oz"

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Anna Kachelries 2 years ago

I know you rescued these babies, do you have the back story to whats wrong with the cutie on the left's eye?

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