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Shelley Mamott, Staff Writer
This photo looks like a dream but to photographer Richard Barry, it was anything but a dream.
It took him five hours and 30 attempts to capture the shot of these five-week-old Chihuahua puppies snuggling up with eight-day-old Matilda.
While baby Matilda fell asleep easily with the help of a warm room and cuddles from her mum, the challenge came with trying to get the four playful Chihuahuas to nod off at the same time as the baby.
Mr Barry, 44, from Perth, Australia, said: ‘The objective was to get the baby and the chihuahua puppies all asleep on a beanbag at the same time. It is undoubtedly the most difficult photo I have ever taken.
‘The image was captured in just two frames, and catches the moment Matilda leant in to one of the puppies. One second later, the puppy woke up and the shoot was over.’
‘At five weeks, the puppies were far more lively than I expected at that age. Baby Matilda was also in quite a lively mood!
‘We turned up the heating in the room we were using as a studio, and Matilda’s mum Jessica managed to get her asleep. We had seven puppies to choose from, all in a box.
‘And as they fell asleep as well, I carefully lifted four of them out.’
He added: ‘The baby’s grandmother had won a prize on my website for a free photo shoot and she gave it to her daughter. I jumped at the opportunity because I used to work at the RSPCA, and animals and babies are two of my favourite photographic subjects.’