I don’t think I’ve met a Wings of Rescue mission yet that was all cats but this one was cats AND Jackson Galaxy, and I do believe it was the first time he got the chance to fly on one of the flights up from California to us here in Seattle. His report was that the lone puppy that was on board was responsible for any stinkiness, he did nod off for a second, and it was clear weather all the way up on their trip.
I love meeting these flights, knowing that all the animals are getting a second chance up here, that so many people have come together to make it happen…it’s really quite amazing. Those worried little faces in those crates under the wing of the plane on the runway will soon find homes up here by way of several different rescues; naturally since I’m out there taking photos for Seattle Area Feline Rescue, we picked up six kitties to take back to the North end in ‘William’ (that’s the name of our stylish van).
For the FULL ALBUM of images that I took, click HERE!!
**Link for the rescue’s Nine Lives Gala will be up soon!
It’s that time!! I’m so excited to say that I’ve finished designing the 2018 calendar for Seattle Area Feline Rescue and it’s ready to go! It’s always so hard for me to narrow down all the photos that I take in the year of all the rescue kitties and choose JUST twelve for it, but I eventually decided (no small feat).
So how do I choose?
First of all, I usually choose some of my favorite photos and kitties – they represent me, after all! And I want everyone to be seeing beautiful images all year long. Secondly, I try to put cats in the calendar that have awesome rescue stories, since we get so many kitties that come through with memorable tales that are hard to forget. It’s also so important to what we do at our rescue, since we take in so many difficult cases and it’s always so wonderful when those cats get their forever homes. Thirdly, I try to show a variety of the kind of cases and cats that come through our doors: we get everything from bottle babies to seniors, from cats who are highly special-needs cases to ones that would seem to be adoptable at first sight. We get our kitties from all over: Eastern WA, California, Hawaii, and this year, from the floods of Texas and the wildfires of California, but I can’t all of them in; alone I do my ‘special photos’ of hundreds, but we adopt out over a thousand a year (which is a lot for a small rescue). I’m so proud!
And the cover goes to…
This kitty was the lucky bidder (well, his mama was) at our annual benefit in September for a chance to be on the cover of the calendar, so I went over to his house to get his photos…the above were some outtakes. Stealing catnip, enjoying a lot of catnip, cleaning himself… But his cover image is VERY handsome. He will be very pleased.
Details: THE CALENDAR is 11″ x 17″ wire-bound, lots of room to write, and I included lots of cool cat holidays. The paper stock is a smooth satin finish that is nice to write on, and of course, has 13 glorious kitties for you to gaze upon.
Below is the link to the form to order the calendar; you can pre-order now (they will be at the rescue for pickup on Black Friday/Nov 24 or there is an option for them to be mailed). $19.99 in person, or $24.99 with S&H.
Every calendar helps support the rescue; keep these kitties in your home all year long! They make perfect holiday gifts and this batch might sell out so order right away.
Thanks for all your support!! Let me know if you get one. I’d love to hear!
So it has been a rather long time since I published a blog post; I keep my Facebook page updated, post pretty kitty photos on Instagram, and also post on Twitter, but I’ve been a bit naughty with my blog lately. Personal reasons have kept me from doing so. *That is a good opening reminder to everyone to go and follow me in all those places though, isn’t?!
I want to share a few great photo sessions that I haven’t managed to show people yet…
First of all, I can’t believe it’s the end of summer time; my cats hunt down the remaining sun patches on the floor during the daytime hours, and had sadly been spending less time sleeping on my bed at night because it was too warm to be near at night.
And my old pup Apollo was walking around with his mouth open panting, or lying asleep most of the day, exhausted by the heat, even if he hadn’t done a thing (he is 13, so that’s okay, I guess). He does like lying in sun patches too, even though he has black fur (going grey), but like me, has less tolerance for the heat these days than he used to. Luckily this is Seattle, you say. We had MONTHS of the hottest summer days I can remember here; we only JUST had our first 2 days of rain that I can recall in the longest time. Fall this year is welcome relief for Seattlites, especially after all the smokey skies from the wild fires. My pets can come back and lie on the bed!!
But I wasn’t going to write an entire post about my dear Apollo and my cats Hailey and Jeffers (one day you’ll get your star blog post, guys, I promise). Most people land on my page, or know my photography, because of my volunteer rescue ‘work’. I hate to call it work because, while I know that it takes a bunch of time and effort, ie photography, editing, etc, and that I’ve done photos for the same cat rescue for 6 years now, it rewards me personally so much. But that’s a whole different post.
That said, I want to remind people I do private photography sessions: some people are actually surprised to hear this. I guess I’m not the marketing superstar I wish I could be, and I have not been great at tooting my horn and telling people that I do more than the rescue photography. That’s my quiet admission to you all today! I’d love to take more photos of people’s pets, and people with their pets, and pets with their people (I also do documentary, events, and families too). I’ve photographed some wonderful cat and dog (and chicken) families, and I want to share some of my favorite images with you.
‘SHIRLEY & ANDY’
‘EMMA, FRIDA, TYSON, ASHTON, & BABY’
‘SEPHY, APOLLO, ATHENA, EBONY & 4 CHICKENS (INCLUDING BLACK WIDOW)’
Never wait too long before you get photos with your pets and of your pets! One of the reasons I really want to urge people to get some great images of their pets done by a professional photographer, is because I never want to hear from someone again, “I wish I’d had my pet’s photos taken before they died”…which is the saddest thing in the world for me to hear. Information about session rates, can be found HERE, and please talk with me a little bit more if you have a pet on ‘borrowed time’ and you’d like some special photos done. Email me for more info.
I’ll be doing a kitty photo session at someone’s home this week, and it’s also the rescue’s annual Nine Lives Gala this weekend, where I’ll be taking probably about a thousand photos as always. This year’s theme is ‘Caturday Night Fever’ so that’s going to be totally groovy. I’m looking forward to getting everyone’s photo at the ‘photobooth’ and to see who bids on having their cat on the cover of next year’s rescue calendar. I’ll be working on that soon.
I hope to hear from you soon! CONNECT WITH ME!
**This post is dedicated to the beautiful Baby, the smaller tabby cat in the second slideshow. She latched on to me immediately when I was taking photos at her mama’s house, and she passed away recently, Rest in peace, sweet kitty.
*2nd dedication to the beautiful chicken Black Widow!
UPDATE: SECOND BATCH IS SOLD OUT. If you would like to order a calendar, contact me directly by emailing me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello lovelies! Good MEWS – a second CALENDAR SALE!
Thanks to everyone’s super (fast) enthusiasm, the first batch of 2017 Seattle Area Feline Rescue Calendars sold out within a WEEK (I knew they would!!), and we need to order again, so we are having another FLASH PRE-ORDER SALE! If you missed out last time, you MUST ORDER this time round!
The pre-order deadline is this Friday 12/30/16, and then there will be a small amount available at the rescue, here in Seattle, when they arrive.
Calendars are $19.99 in-person and for rescue pick-up ($24.99 if you would like it mailed to you). This is a fabulous 11 x 14 smooth card stock, wire-bound calendar, featuring my photography, and I included some fun holidays on it, and there’s still lots of room to write! And best of all, you are helping rescue kitties and you get to look at these beautiful #cats all year long! I’m so proud of this lovely calendar, and I hope you love it.
Make sure to order right away because it will be a limited supply again. I’m so excited we are ordering more so more people can get one!! Thank you for your support!
*Update: Please email me to order now as they have sold out at the rescue! Thank you for all the orders and all the support!
Here is the direct order link https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/upMd6PjrRJv5-ygWKY1m4Q