Merry Christmas to your family from the Peace, Love & Fostering family!
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!
The kitties celebrated Christmas, too – with their wish for Santa being a forever home. I’m not a cat person because I have insane allergies to them, but I know if I wasn’t allergic I’d be a crazy cat lady. Photographing cats in costumes is significantly more difficult than dogs though (despite the show Otis put on in Monday’s post), but it makes that close-to-perfect shot very rewarding!
These kitties are awaiting their forever homes at the Montgomery County Humane Society!
Sometimes things just aren’t as easy as you think they’re going to be. For those of you who might marvel at our photos of dressed up pooches, this is usually what the majority of the shoots consist of (and yes, it often requires at least two people):
Ultimately, if you’re lucky, you might end up with one or two sort of decent shots.
Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
I can’t believe time has gone by so quickly, but the big reveal for the Pittie Posse Secret Santa is finally here! A reminder that the participants included Our Waldo Bungie, Love and a Six-Foot Leash, Two Grad Students and a Pittie, Pittieful Love, Kate With A Camera, Two Pitties in the City, A Heartbeat at My Feet, That Touch of Pit and Two Kitties One Pittie.
I actually had a big overachiever as my Secret Santa, and my present arrived before I had even sent mine out! I was thrilled when I received a package in the mail with Kate With a Camera in the return address. Yep, that’s right – Kate With a Camera was my Secret Santa! I know how fabulous her taste in dogs, photography and blogging is, so I knew I was in for a treat with her gift – and I was right.
Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!? I am totally in love with it. It perfectly sums up how I feel about
every single dog ever all the dogs I end up fostering. I knew the absolute perfect place to put it: above my foster wall of all the dogs I’ve loved.
To add the perfect touch, Kate included this hilarious and oh-so-relevant (just wait until you see next week’s posts. . .) Holiday card:
I opened the card and immediately cracked up. This card is so spot on to my life and the life of my foster dogs! Thank you so much Kate for such a thoughtful Secret Santa gift! I absolutely love it!
Now to find out whose Secret Santa I was, head over to a blog about an adorable black pittie named Havi . . . (hint: Two Grad Students & a Pittie!).
Last year a group of bloggers started the Pittie Posse Secret Santa exchange where everyone received another blog to send a Holiday gift to. I enjoyed reading each blog’s entry that day and seeing who got each other what. This year I was honored to be invited into the exchange myself!
Otis and I have been working hard on our gift all week, and finally have it ready to send out to our designated blogger today! We’re so excited for them to get it, and really hope they like it. Check out which blogs are involved this year to see who we might be sending our package to:
We’re all doing a big reveal on Friday, December 21st – so be sure to check back then! Happy Holidays everyone!