Your Albuquerque Cat Photographer
How to Have a Photoshoot with Your Cat
Cats are a special kind of animal. Cats are sometimes loving and sometimes skittish- and a cat friendly photo session can be tricky. But don’t leave out the kitty friends in your life! Take the time to capture the special bond between you and your cat in a cat photo session.
Make sure they are comfortable. Pet them and give them time to acclimate to the area. Cats don’t do well in new or strange locations. Consider having a photo session in your yard or at your house.
Sometimes just say no! If your cat gets very anxious being held or being outdoors, then a group portrait outside will not be good for your cat. If your cat can’t stand strangers then perhaps a professional photo session isn’t the right option for your pet. You know your pet best.
Avoid over stimulating. Constant noise and flashes can overstimulate an animal. Your goal is a relaxed kitty. Don’t play rough wild games with your pet- this will lead to over stimulation.
Prepare your photographer. Your photographer may want to research the best way to capture your cat’s personality. If you have a shy cat or a cat that loves to play, let your photographer know!
Make sure your photographer takes time get to know your cat. A stranger can be very frightening to even the friendliest of cats. Hire a pet photographer who takes time to greet and gets to know your pet. Your photographer will be able to capture your cat’s true personality.
Do not put your pet in danger. You never know how an anxious or excited pet may react. Do you want to take your indoor cat out to the neighborhood park? You never know when your pet might react erratically. A normally calm cat may dash out of your arms and be lost.
Stay calm yourself. If you are nervous or anxious your kitty will sense the change and it will react negatively. Take time to relax and bond with your kitty at the start of your session.
Hire someone with experience. A friend who enjoys casual photography might be a terrific photographer but take time to look over their portfolio. Do they have any pet experience? Do they have a variety of people and locations? Would you be happy if you received the photos you see? Remember a photographer’s portfolio is usually their best work, if you aren’t impressed then move on!
Do not expect perfectly posed pictures. A cat is not a prop! The best photos will be you interacting with your cat. Your portraits should highlight your relationship and your animal. How do the two of you interact with each other? Your photos may be the two of you snuggling, perhaps playing together with a kitty toy. Professional photos with a cat will be very different than a typical photo session.
Have patience and have fun! Your perfect photo of you and your pet might take time. Just relax and let your photographer do what they do best! Anna Cummings Photography is excited and ready to meet you and your cat family member. Schedule your session today!