Friday, August 12, 2011
I've recently been working on a pet calendar for A Paw in the Door, a rescue organization primarily for cats. I've also done some volunteer photography for their adoptable kitties, just to get some good photographs of these sweet cats. Just like houses, most people start their search for a pet online, and I thought I'd help out with some nice photographs of these guys. As well, its nice to see my name in print, and I'm going to transition into more pet photography in the future. I've also been doing some pet sitting, (Scoot Pet Care) so its good promotion for this business as well.
Here are some photos of recent cat shoots.
Marley - a very sweet cat. So affectionate I had to push him away a bit so I could get decent pictures of him. He's FIV positive, but not contagious to dogs or humans. He's at Wags & Whiskers, a pet store in Bath, ME. Look for a large poster I took of him in the window.
Maisie and Baby
Maisie was shy so stuck to her dog bed (they were in Pet Quarters in Brunswick) so it was a bit tricky to shoot pictures of her. I didn't want to freak her out, so just took pictures of her sitting down.
Baby was in a cage and didn't feel like getting out, so I tried to minimize the bars and did tight shots of her. What's important in pet photography is to work with the animal as well, trying to pull out the best in their personalities, and not pushing them if they don't want to be pushed. That's most important with cats, though dogs can be a challenge as well. They tend to be in motion so I push the ASA up pretty high to freeze their activities.
She was also at pet quarters and had such beautiful markings that I worked with her quite a bit to get her relaxed. The store manager helped me as well, playing with her so she would be distracted from the intrusive camera.