Oftentimes I hear “I’d LOVE to have my cat photographed but they are shy…” They seem worried about it being too difficult and maybe even embarrassed that their cat won’t behave for a photo session. We all know – cats have their own agenda and we are supposed to follow! I share with them that I once had a kitty like that (in fact it is my kitty Jake, nicknamed Greyboy, whom I had named this pet photography business after). He would run and hide if anyone came over besides my close family and a friend or two. He was loyal as heck but shy of strangers; a momma’s boy. This is exactly how Kathi and Chester were. Kathi asked me to come out and photograph her black and white tuxedo cat in their home. I assured her that we would just be patient, take our time and follow his lead. I was there for a little over an hour (without any time constraints) but we spent almost the whole time chatting and getting Chester to realize nothing scary was going to happen. Kathi had shut all the bedroom doors so he couldn’t run and hide under the bed. Kitty knew something was up and had to ease into things. After around 40 minutes or so, Kathi brought Chester into the tv room where Chester likes to sit in her lap. She gave him some pets and talked with him to assure him. We ended up with some endearing images of the two of them together and a couple of Chester by himself. Here are just a few:
He was so cute how he looked up at her for assurance while she talked gently to him.