»Come on, let’s take a few pictures of them«, said my friend, the photographer Melanie Hagenreiner when I visited her on vacation. Hesitant at first I became gradually drawn into capturing the two young, feline models Frieda, the full tabby cat later in this post, and Findus, the curious tom cat pictured here.
Particularly drawn to his bow-tie shaped mark on the neck, hunting for the right shots of Findus finally woke my ambitions. He was a real teaser with his curious button eyes and round face. Frieda was of a somewhat calmer nature, had a more natural look, and could pull off some more elegant movements.
The spirited kittens reminded me a bit of my own cats at home. Maybe this has been Melanie’s intention from the beginning: Finally triggering me to take such beautiful pictures of my fur friends as well. Given, I can set up a wonderful background like the one we had here. I’m definitely better equipped now after learning some tips and tricks from a professional animal shooter like her—make sure to visit Melanie’s portfolio for animal and event photography, Jigus Art & Photography!
I’m certain, I won’t turn towards the profession of animal shootings on a commercial level. But this has been a fun experience, combining leisure time with a lecture to learn something new—how to find the best focus on fast moving motives, to act quickly and intuitively, and to initiate an eye contact with models who don’t speak human.
So maybe, there will be other animal shootings coming on occasion. But for sure, I will always look out for moments like the ones below to capture wherever I go.
shooting exercise / 2018
cats / Frieda (full tabby) & Findus (white paws)
assistance / Melanie Hagenreiner (Jigus Art & Photography)