Selma.

Continuing with the cat theme!
This blog is called purrfect photo, after all. I found some photos that I took of my friend’s cat named Selma a few years ago when she was a kitten. The photo on the top of the entry won a competition on Facebook, and was shown on national TV during prime television time!

If I was editing these photos today I would do the post-processing a bit differently, but I’m still quite pleased with them!

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Roxie.

While going through my archive of photos from 2013 up to this point, I found some old portraits of Roxie, who belongs to my former boss. She wanted some photos of Roxie (at that time she was a young cat) and I needed a long-haired feline for my portfolio, so it was perfect timing. ♡ These are some of my favourite pics.

These photos were taken on location, next to a balcony to create a nice flow of natural light. Very little post-processing was done before the photos were delivered to my boss. It wasn’t an easy task to take pictures of a young and energetic maine coon, but I think that with my boss assisting by getting Roxie’s attention I managed to capture some sweet shots.

Going through all these pet photographs, I really want to get working with pet portraits again as soon as I’ve settled in Liverpool. ♡

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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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