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.
Filtering by Category: Pets
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 think anyone who knows me well knows I have a huge heart for animals. For a long time Michael and I were known as "that couple with five cats," and recently we added a Great Dane puppy to the mix. Throughout my life I've had a lot of pets and I've seen them leave this world multiple ways. However, the three that have always stuck out the most were Chance, Levi and Luna. (I know I know, I'll get to Peaches in a minute I just need to provide some context here.)
Chance, Levi and Luna were three cats I had as a teenager. Each of them died of cancer (various types of cancer) within a year and half long span. It was a horrible, awful thing that happened to them, and to all of us as a family. Owning a pet means having to make very difficult decisions for them, and deciding when their quality of life is compromised. The hardest thing is knowing when it's time to let go. While we had many beautiful photos of Chance. Levi and Luna were cats we'd mostly shot images of on early 2000s cellphones. We didn't back them up, and my mom ended up losing her phone some time later. Two and half years after the images were lost my mom found the old phone buried under the seat of her car. There they were; our few pictures of Levi and Luna in all their glory. I could've cried.
And so enter Peaches, a dog with cancer. When I read the simple request for photography the words really hit home. "Beloved family dog recently diagnosed with cancer." Within 48 hours I was meeting Peaches and her sweet family. We went through all her favorite activities; laying bedside while reading stories, playing ball in the backyard, taking a walk through the neighborhood and down her favorite trail, and even getting to sit on her mom and dad's bed. (Because this was a special occasion.) I am overjoyed I was able to take these images for Peaches and her family. Peaches is a beautiful dog, and while her prognosis is uncertain, it was wonderful to get to see her as her happy, content self in her home, surrounded by her people, and all the precious day to day joys of dog life.
In the words of the bride to be herself, I am obsessed with these! I seriously could not have asked for a more beautiful day to shoot at Burr Oak Woods. The sun was hitting the trees just right, my couple was way way cool, and there was dogs, you guys! DOGS. Plural! Anywho... in spite of how perfect everything came together this place was crowded as f, and man was I about to get after some people stepping into my frame. Thanks to the magic of Photoshop and a lot of patience to remove intruding figures, limbs, and trash (seriously pick up your trash, guys) it was as if no one else was there after all. I can't thank these two enough for letting me be apart of documenting their engagement, and I hope they have the best time at their destination wedding in Mexico!
Hayley, Justin & Knox made the sweetest little family. I met them at Central Green Park during golden hour one week day evening. I couldn't get over how cute and silly Knox acted; so calm and collected one moment, and then bounding off to excitedly greet other dogs with Justin and Hayley chasing after him. We had such a wonderful laid back shoot within this beautiful small park and gorgeous weather to match. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day to photograph this lovely trio.