I am what they call a 'Textural Photographer', which means I use multiple photographs ( all my own nowadays unless stated! ) to overlay on to my original image and create an atmosphere and story. I often do water colour washes on paper, photograph them, and add them as textural layers....you could call it mixed media! The layers should enhance, not overtake, the original image, and the original image is the most important part!
To capture the essence and character of an animal with a fleeting look, a pose, a shape and form, and show just how precious and rich this world with them in it - that is why I make my pictures.