Photographer Elena Shumilova has captured the inseparable bond that exists between animals and children in a heart-warming selection of pictures.


They capture children and animals at various moments in every-day life in Moscow and Andreapol, Russia.

Children are pictured playing with animals in a woodland, gazing out of a frosty, steamed up window before bed and finally snuggling up with them

Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works.

‘When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image,’ the photographer said.