I would love pictures but I own a cat and she's kinda picky... - Wichita Pet Photography

I love my cat - she's my girl and I would love to get some photos done of her She is a little bit of a scaredy cat.

~John, human pet/movable furniture to Fred the medium haired brown tabby cat.

Ah yes cats. We are very familiar with the four legged purring kind. Believe us when we say, we understand the ever changing finickiness and fickleness of felines but we also know that we are owned by them, not the other way around. We are owned by two pampered pussy cats who run the house. Sound familiar? To cat owners, we are sure it does.

Our two come out and about until guests come over and then they get very selective with whom they choose to associate. If you are of the under 13 crowd and don't live here, you are persona non grata with our two kitties. Add to that, anyone with a big black clicky box otherwise known as a camera, hit the road Jack, unless we are in the mood.

We have worked extensively with cats during our time with the Kansas Humane Society shelter volunteer work. We have experienced pretty much every feline personality known to cat kind. Friendly but aloof to face snugglers to text book scaredy cats to two steps from feral.

The key element of working with felines is you can't rush them. They take the time they need, which means a lot of patience is required by everyone in attendance at the session.

While it is all too easy to get frustrated and upset with your pet because they are taking a lot of time to come around but that only makes your pet more agitated and fearful. During your cat's session, it is more productive to just let them be themselves and give them some space. You will be rewarded with better photos of your beloved fuzzy if you respect their innate nature.

We are firm believers that we will spend the time that is needed to allow the pet to be comfortable.

If you are thinking of a session for your cat, please let us know! We are happy to come to your pet and meet them in person. We can discuss what your goals are for your session and we can see how your cat reacts to strangers. No strings attached, we are here to provide an honest opinion.

With a little bit of planning....

So you are thinking about booking a photography session?  Awesome, let's talk.  

Planning can provide guidance for a successful portrait session.  Your session is an investment in your memories so a little planning can go a long way.  

At your preconsultation, we discuss your goals for the session. 

Do you want all posed shots?  Are you more a candid person?  Would you like a combo of both?

Have you had a chance to look at the products we offer?  Are there any products you are interested in?  Are you looking for a signature piece for your wall?  Or would you prefer an album?   

Are there any images in our portfolio that you like it are drawn too? If so, please let us know!

If you have a product in mind, it's best to plan for it before your session starts.  Photographing for an album is quite different than planning a single art piece.      What types of places do you and your pet go?  Are they more comfortable at home or in your backyard?  Are they adventurous?  Do they encounter other pets, like a dog at the park, with fear or a calm demeanor?  

The safety of your pet is of utmost importance so if there is any concern we stick to locations where they will feel comfortable.  If your pet is concerned or stressed, it will be reflected in the images we capture.

If your pet doesn't handle being taken out of their comfort zone, maybe we plan the session indoors or in your backyard.  If your pet is rambunctious, maybe we plan a session with lots of space to move around.  Is your favorite four legger more of an uptown kind of pet?  Maybe we plan a session amongst the brick streets of Old Town. 

When thinking about your session location, what tone of colors are you drawn to?  Does your decor have warm tones or cool tones?  If your decor leans more towards crisp and fresh greens and blues, perhaps we schedule your session for spring when the outdoor landscape is lush and green.  

If your decor is filled with warms rich tones, perhaps we plan your session during the autumn or downtown in the brick filled streets of Old Town.

By taking a few minutes to talk and plan your session, the resulting images from your session will be well worth it!


The Phoenix Session

When my husband and I adopted our first cat together, we were experienced pet owners.

That said nothing prepared us for the day when our sweet little orange tabby Marmalade (Marma was nearly 18) passed away from chronic renal failure. When we returned from the vet's that day, all we had left was her collar, some toys and a few snapshots. Our hearts were at a loss.

When we adopted our new furry friends, our second cat was an orange Tabby. We had started with a Harry Potter theme when we named our cat Gryffin (he came to us with the name Spunky...yeah no). When the only girl kitten in a sea of orange Tabby boys wiggled her way into my husband's heart, he had a name instantly - Phenix (as in Fawkes the Phoenix from HP; she was a beautiful auburn Tabby).

Yes I know her name is spelt wrong. Our then vet misspelt it and well, we went with it.

Our Phenix has been truly a rebirth of sorts, both good and bad. She's an orange Tabby just like Marms with an equally strong heart and personality. She is also afflicted with the same end of life disease, chronic renal failure that Marms had.

In mythology a Phoenix is a creature who dies and is reborn in fire.

Our end of life session is very similar. It is an opportunity to capture images and memories of your furry friend.

Photographs are a return ticket to a time otherwise lost to time.m

A Phoenix session is a celebration of life, but it's okay to show emotion.