I know what you’re thinking… more cats? Seriously!? But when you’re not fostering and you’re traveling and the only four legged subjects you have to take photos of are cats, then cats are going to have to take up some time on the blog. I don’t mind it actually – taking pictures of kitties is a nice change of pace from photographing dogs.
Cats are notorious for being a big pain in the you know what to photograph. They’re usually not like dogs in that they’re not particularly inclined to give you their attention for more than about .06 seconds. You have to get seriously creative to capture their attention for long enough to take those dreamy eye shots. For dogs, you can often just use a treat or a squeaker toy. For cats, you have to pull out all the stops – toys, weird noises, sparkly ribbon, cat nip. . . you name it, I’m sure a photographer somewhere has tried it.
I’m lucky with my Aunt’s rescued kitties, Cosmo and Angus, because they’re actually pretty food motivated and a few pieces of kitty candy can sort of hold their attention. It’s brief though, because once they realize you’re not going to give them the candy every time you hold it in front of their face, they pretty much tell you to f-off. Such characters.
Their love for food helped me capture a few decent shots, though you can tell I was working as fast as possible because some faces aren’t quite as crisp as I want them – but they were the best I ended up with. In the end, Cosmo (the grey one) vomited because I gave him too much kitty candy and Angus (the black one) fell into a deep food coma, but it was a fun photo shoot and a deeper introduction into kitty photography. Enjoy!