Photo: Robin Schwartz

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That encounter inspired Schwartz to continue photographing the ways her daughter, now 15, bonds with animals. The pair have become creative partners, dreaming up whimsical, sweet portraits with all kinds of furry friends: Amelia leading the way for six llamas, curling up among kangaroos, cuddling with a camel, sitting next to a wallaby at a kitchen table. The 12-year project is now a book, Amelia and the Animals. "We try to create a world where there's no line between humans and animals," says Schwartz, who finds her four-legged subjects, many of whom are privately owned, through her network of professional connections.