I still can’t get over this shoot. It was perfection. I was approached by Katie way back in November, December maybe? She wanted to shoot with her husband and their two huskies in the snow. I was so down, but snow shoots require a lot of patience. For six weeks we waited and waited for the perfect opportunity. Boy, did we get it. I met Katie and her husband, Blaine along with their two pups at Cave Spring Park on a frigid afternoon to shoot. We opted to go the day after the snowfall, rather than during due to the difficulty in getting to the location. The snow was practically up to my knees in some areas. It was obvious no one had been in the park since the snow and it conveyed an ethereal untouched beauty. I don’t think I felt the cold the entire time I was shooting. This is easily my favorite pet shoot to date.
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Every once in awhile I feel the need to photograph something challenging, fun, and utterly adorable. For me, that’s cats every single time. Cats are temperamental beyond belief, completely unpredictable, and unlike dogs who you can usually guilt into behaving, cats could care less. If you’re a cat lover and a wedding photographer this is an excellent exercise in capturing things as they occur! However, I definitely learned a few things along the way:
Don’t expect to get a “money shot.”
I shot six cat sessions and not once did I get a perfectly posed, everyone looking pleasantly at the camera moment. Since I learned quite quickly this wasn’t going to happen I choose to focus on capturing their personalities and interactions with their owners. Luckily, since this is my style anyway all the clients I worked with seemed perfectly happy with the results.
Other people’s cats are not going to treat you like your own.
Being a photographer, I handle and photograph my cats constantly. All five are used to my cameras and easy to handle. This is not true for most as I quickly learned. Expect to be met with a lot of hissing, running, and maybe even a few battle scars. (Lookin’ at you Jude.) For these particular mini sessions I offered 30 minutes of coverage, but all sessions took at least 45 minutes to shoot, with the exception of one (Bless you, Peppa.) This was because it would take at least 10 to 15 minutes to get the kitties used to me and my camera, which I didn’t take into account.
Find a source of motivation
I had all my clients play with their cats favorite toys while shooting; cat nip, a feather toy, a string, a laser pointer, etc. This allowed for a tiny source of control when wanting a cat to look or move in a certain way. It takes trial and error, but most every cat seemed to be fairly relaxed by the end of the shoots.
Overall this was a super fun project to take on! If you didn’t see it advertised, you’re not alone. I offered these sessions to my personal Facebook friends only. If I get enough interest I may offer them again in a more expanded means! I also may have exaggerated just a bit when implying I’d photographed 19 cats; I may have included my five kitties plus my mother’s three cats as well…. Whatever.
Katie & Rosalind + Barb
Melaney & Wolfie + Internet
Jessi & David + Case & Molly
Cydney & Daniel + Maxwell, Scout, & Josey
Shelby & Daniel + Jude
Summer & Elliot + Peppa
I’ve loved Westside KC since a good friend of mine moved there a few years back. I’d had my eye on it for a long time shooting wise, but finding a couple to trust my vision had been difficult. I’d been stood up for a shoot there once, and other KC inspired couples had passed it up for Liberty Memorial, and the Nelson more times than I can say. Naturally, I was over the moon when I finally found the right fit.
These two were so much fun! I loved that they wanted to stop for a coffee at GoatHill, and even asked to incorporate the picturesque little houses that reside in the area. They’re getting married in only a few short weeks, so it was nice to get to know them so quickly beforehand. They were a total breeze to photograph. Hopefully come January, their wedding day will go just as smoothly.
Brooke and Kyle let me have a lot of free reign in relation to the location of their engagement shoot. They choose the River District as a starting point, and wanted to incorporate the city skyline into their images in a different way. Being a professional photographer there is one skyline view of Kansas City that rises above all others, Liberty Memorial. Obviously I wasn’t taking them anywhere near there. Instead I choose two of my favorite views of the city; the first near City Market, and the other tucked in the midst of downtown where the high rises surround you on all sides. These are two of my favorite “secret” spots. I have a few of them throughout Kansas City, and they are hidden in plain site and totally public, yet almost always deserted.
Throughout the shoot Brooke and Kyle were super fun to work with. They were laid back, posed themselves easily, and were just generally friendly and warm. I always love laid back engagement shoots because they are usually the day after a wedding, and are a great way to end my “work week.” This shoot in particular really allowed me to focus on the basics of what I love to capture; effortlessness, subtly, the lesser examined views of Kansas City. I wanted to shoot these images in a way that embraced the romance between my clients, but also allowed the city to become an active part of the images themselves, rather than serve as a mere backdrop to a pretty portrait.