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Kids pose, hug for a photo with baby bunnies | Kitsap Week

North Kitsap Herald Reporter
April 26, 2014 · Updated 2:06 PM

Cristina, right, poses with a fluffy friend for Easter photos at Lollipops Children's Boutique on Bainbridge Island. / Richard D. Oxley / Kitsap Week

What is more cute than a baby bunny?

Four baby bunnies.

“I love them so much,” said 3-year-old Kailani, who posed for a photo at Lollipops Children’s Boutique on Bainbridge Island on April 19.

Karin Lehotsky, owner of the children’s clothing store on Winslow Way, holds an Easter photo shoot each year — with live baby bunnies — providing an opportunity for families to make a unique holiday memory.

Families such as Kailani and her mom Teresa Yette.

“They wiggle around,” Kailani said about the bunnies, before doing an impression of how bunnies hop.

“It has fur and it’s cuddly,” she noted.

Kailani also said that if she ever had a bunny of her own, she would name it Frankie.

Michelle Blackmon also waited in line with her daughter Stella, 3, to snap a shot with the little bunnies on April 19. Stella took a bunny photo last year as well.

“She loves the bunnies,” Blackmon said. “The enthusiasm of getting to touch the animal is overwhelming. And it’s a cute picture. It’s Easter. It’s a great tradition.”

Then it was Cristina and Sofia’s turn.

“We come for all of (Karin’s) seasonal photos,” said Lisa Juarez, the girls’ grandmother. “She does them on Halloween and Christmas and Easter. We always come. We have a photo every year.”

Lollipops not only holds photo shoots for little ones on holidays, but also other special events, such as the upcoming visit by renowned silhouette artist Karl Johnson.

Johnson will offer his talents at Lollipops on May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The master of scissors takes just minutes to create an artistic likeness of children, for a remarkable preservation in an art form not commonly practiced today. The silhouettes are then framed.

Johnson has been featured in a variety of publications from People Magazine to Oprah and even USA Today. He has also been hired by a range of celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Lopez to name a few.

Silhouettes will be $25 per sitting. Time slots can be reserved on the Lollipops Children’s Boutique’s website, www.lollipopsboutiqueonline.com.

Johnson’s work can be viewed online at www.cutarts.com.

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