People love their cats, no doubt about it, but how many of them would be willing to hire a professional photographer to do a photoshoot of them?
One Reddit user did just that, and she was extremely satisfied with the result. Judging by the speed that the pictures of her cat Kazmir became viral, the internet loved them too. That whole project set the Redditor back 175 Canadian dollars (123 US dollars).
The photos were made by Sarah Bourque, a professional pet photographer from Canada. “I was pleasantly surprised when Kazmir’s mom posted the photo we took at his photoshoot on Reddit, and it got such a positive response. He’s a handsome fellow,” Sarah said.
“Our photoshoot was on a blustery afternoon in January. We’d had some stormy weather but the sun peaked out just in the nick of time for us,” Sarah explained some details about the photoshoot. “I met Kazmir and his mom and dad at a local park where I knew there would be some lovely quiet spots for us to use.”
“Kazmir was used to being outside and was in his harness with a leash. We wanted him to be safe and comfortable so his personality would shine through. (I removed the leash and harness with photoshop so no one would know he was wearing it.)”
Sarah said the cat was a “wonderful model,” and had a “lovely personality.”
“So, basically, I just followed him around like his personal paparazzi. We would guide him in the direction we wanted him and then I’d go up ahead and crouch down so I could get the photos as he approached.”
The photographer said that it was very easy to take pictures of Kazmir. “I live on Vancouver Island and my pet photography is primarily out in nature, so I’m never lacking good photo spots or backgrounds.”
“The park we went to has a lovely area with moss-covered rocky perches to sit and across the street is the beach. We decided to do both locations for extra variety. I like to keep things simple and stay as close to eye level with my subject as possible. I want them to be at ease and happy.”
Sarah spent a lot of time laying in the grass and crawling so she could get the perfect shot of the cat. “I find cats are natural posers, and we let him find spots to perch in the area where the light was prettiest and then I would take photos from a variety of angles and get in nice and close. This usually lasts a few seconds before they tire of my shenanigans and move on. Luckily I’m quick so a few seconds is all I need!”
“It can be tricky to get a cat to look at the camera, so we use toys, noisemakers, and I get the families to bring along their favorite treats. Never underestimate the power of shaking a container of treats!” Sarah shared some advice on professional cat photography.
Sarah says that she adores her job. She started taking photos almost 11 years ago when she adopted her pooch Walter and hasn’t stopped since.
“Initially, it was my hobby, but two years ago, I was able to make the leap to being a full-time pet photographer. My dogs Walter and Rupert are my muses so they got the business named after them (Wally & Roops).”
The photographer says that holding a camera is her happy place and she’s “smitten” with all of her models. “From zoomy puppies to stoic seniors, from aloof cats to llamas or chickens, they are all incredible and I love being able to capture their unique personalities. I also love the interactions with the families, we are all animal lovers so we tend to spend the photoshoot sharing stories and having a laugh.”
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