before Tim starts setting up his lights or taking photos, he studies the animal to work out which colours and tones to expose, and the colour of their eyes. “I’ll then use one of my stuffed animal toys with the same fur colour and face shape to set up my lights. The grey koala toy was an ideal stand in to use before we photographed the Great Grey Owl. With the toy in position, I then think about all my lights and adjust their height, angle, power, distance,” reveals Tim. He also uses different props to attract an animal’s attention to capture good expressions. Some wildlife are attracted to noises where others have better eyesight and will follow props as he moves them.