Link, the former shelter cat.

Ugh, getting up early on a Saturday morning to do the laundry. Not cool.
In Sweden most people have a washhouse where they book a time on a board to do their laundry on a specific day. Here it’s very common to do it on Saturday mornings – for some reason this seems to be the preferred time and neighbours even have a tug of war about who gets the best laundry time. I’ve had neighbours ‘stealing’ my time at several occasions, and then we have the classic one where people simply don’t clean up and let whoever is using the washhouse after them to deal with their mess. Sigh. I really cannot wait to move to the U.K. and use J’s laundry machine that he has in the kitchen. No tumble dryer, but I can live with that. This basically means that I can do the laundry whenever I want, I get to sleep in the mornings and I don’t have to deal with other people’s mess. Win!

Yesterday I had a bit of a nostalgia moment.
I was going through some old photos and came across one of Link, a cat that I photographed a few years ago for a cat rescue in Norrköping.

I remember getting a lot of good photos of him and him getting adopted within a few days after the rescue posted his photos on their Facebook page.
A lot of people ask me how I get the animals that I take photos of to sit still and how I get them to pose. With dogs it’s quite easy – by using treats and their favourite toys, you can get them to sit down, tilt their head to the side and make them lift their ears up slightly so that they look cute, yet attentive (squeaky toys are great for this). Cats, and especially the shy ones, are much harder to work with – they require a lot more time to get them to trust you enough to get a good photo of them and any sudden movements or sounds, even from the shutter, could potentially make them run away and then you’re back to square one again.

In Link’s case, he was a prime example of a cute and cuddly rescue cat that his previous owners couldn’t take care of for whatever reason. He was interested in me and my camera, the latter which I let him smell so that he would get used to it, then I simply spent half an hour or an hour playing with him and getting some good shots in. ♡

When shooting pet portraits, I would advice to use natural light and not to use the built in flash on the camera, if you have one. I’ve seen examples of pet photographers who use an external flash, along with a few other tools, to get some impressive outdoor photos of their client’s pets.

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