8 Favorite Things About My 2014 | Seattle Pet & Lifestyle Photography

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Wishing for a new lens…

It’s the end of yet another year! Not quite sure how that happened! The older we get, the faster the years go by, don’t you think? And like me, I expect you have spent some time reflecting on what the last year has represented to you, what’s been great, what has been crummy, and what resolutions you are making for the next year. I’ve definitely been reflecting on this last year; actually I’ve spent months doing that, with a good chunk of time during my holiday back to England spent in reflection mode.

I have almost filled an entire Moleskine book with so many notes in the last couple of months, while I’ve been doing all this refocusing, reflection and rethinking. So I’m now waiting on a couple of Kickstarter projects – Spark Notebook and Passion Planner, to fulfill my important stationary needs (I’m kind of a stationary nerd). I have been rewriting an all-important new business plan, feverishly watching photography and business webinars, and reading all sorts of things, in order to reinvent my social media side, repackage my brand, and present the best photography session offerings that fit what I believe my photography stands for (I’ll reveal what’s new soon!). I want more people to enjoy and share what it is that I do, by way of having me capture their companion animals and families with beautiful images that they will hold on to forever. Since my actual business has taken a backseat in 2014, with me focusing quite a bit on rescue work as well family issues, I’m ready for this next year to be different!

8 Favorite Things About My 2014

1. First great thing was definitely getting a new laptop, one that could keep up with me and all my photos. I can’t express how much of a difference it makes having the technology to keep up with you when you’re dealing with and processing hundreds of large image files. I would definitely express this to a photographer starting out, when determining what gear to make sure they have. That, along with some good external hard drives for digital storage. Efficient digital asset management is so important!

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Rachael Hale McKenna with Katherine Moore

2. Being a part of the studio audience of Rachael Hale McKenna’s course ‘Animal Photography’ on CreativeLive. I felt so honored to be chosen to be on set for this course (luckily CL has a studio here in Seattle!), to get the chance to see how Rachael works her photography magic on everything from a rabbit, to a pot-bellied pig, to a pair of Great Danes. Being among my pet photographer peers was an added bonus; it woke me up to the importance of networking with your peers, which can be a bit tricky when people are working in home-based businesses. Rachael’s approach is one of patience and simplicity, which I also feel are paramount to good animal photography; patience is vital for connecting with your animal ‘subject’ and keeping it simple is definitely my style: I believe animals are beautiful in their own right and don’t need bells and whistles to make them shine.

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Our beautiful new sign at SAFe

3. This year saw the official opening of a new space for the rescue that I volunteer my photography for: Seattle Area Feline Rescue became the cat rescue so many of us imagined and worked hard for it to be, and it was and is wonderful. With a light and airy space, brand new state-of-the-art enclosures for the cats, new protocols for handling the cats, and it being so much easier for me to get good images in there without flash photography and such tight space limitations, I know it has made a difference to all of us volunteering, and ultimately for the cats. We are adopting out kitties at a much higher rate and morale is so much better. Cats being at the rescue for a shorter period of time before we get them new homes is just fabulous. More and more lives will be saved in 2015!

4. We moved. In my book, this was a personal victory. My family and I had been living in an entirely unsatisfactory living situation for way too long, and although this was just a move within the same zip code right here in Seattle, barely a 5-minute drive away, it had to happen. We moved away from landlords that didn’t care, and a nightmare of a neighbor, and gained a space that felt safe and clean and hopeful. I also finally got my own workspace, where I could keep all my gear and use my laptop in peace and comfort. I can’t even describe how good all of that was for my psyche and outlook. Never underestimate the need for a healthy living space for keeping you sane and productive!

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On the CreativeLive set with Kirsten Lewis

5. I was chosen for a second time to be in the studio for a CreativeLive course and this time it was for a different kind of photography that resonates with me and am passionate about, Family Photography: Modern Storytelling with the brilliant, talented Kirsten Lewis. This changed me…really changed me. It gave me the permission to move forward in the future with the kind of family and pet photography that I’ve always wanted to do. Since studying photography and journalism in college, I’ve been fascinated with photojournalism, war photography, and candid, lifestyle photography. It’s the raw, unposed, everyday moments that need to be captured on camera to tell our stories; our stories are important and they need to be captured, recorded and shared. So many memories slip by, our children grow up, our pets never live as long as us…moments are fleeting. Recording all of those things is what I know I am here to do.

6. Click Away Conference 2014. This was my first photography conference, and first trip out of town alone since having a child (7 years!). It was put on by the fab Clickin Moms forum that I belong to, which inspires, teaches, and encourages photographers the country and world over. Aside from getting out of town to Salt Lake City, which I so needed, and attending workshops that gave me lots to absorb, what really was wonderful was connecting with so many of the talented photogs, and getting to know some of the Seattle ladies, which I’d not had the fortune to do before. Extra brilliant part of the trip: seeing the Salt Flats. Amazing.

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7. I was able to go home to England for the holidays. My previous plan had been to go back again in the summer, but I felt my son and I really needed a trip home to see family sooner than that. We had had a tough few months at school, and my boy especially needed some grandparent time. I hadn’t spent Christmas back in the UK since 1999, so it was a treat, even if it was a bit crazy as compared to the usual holiday for us here. Being with family again, and around all things English (you know, castles, chocolate, biscuits included) made it really hard to leave…it gets harder each time we go back, it seems.

8. Ultimately, this year was one of great reflection and a time to refocus for me. I’ve worked on a business plan, reevaluated priorities in my life, and helped my son through some really tricky spots. These things have all been quiet, solitary and sometimes very frustrating endeavors, and from the outside, I could look at 2014 as a bit of a wash in some respects. I didn’t do the business I really wanted to, I let too many personal photos go unprocessed again (naughty me), and I discovered my first couple of grey hairs. Some relationships were really hard. But I’m trying to look forward, work on acceptance, and to embrace opportunity and change.

So, onto 2015! A re-launch and rebrand of my business is to happen, and there are tons of photos to be taken, and many cat’s lives to be saved. And I want to tell as many stories as I can with my images, so that they may be revisited and enjoyed tomorrow. I wonder what’s on your list…. Why not resolve to get your family and pet’s images taken by a photographer this year, for starters?! Make it the year you commit to preserving your memories for years to come.

Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all. ” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

Happy New Year!!

Home, where you are loved, is the best place to be... Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Home, where you are loved, is the best place to be…
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Wings of Rescue Mission 12.5.14 | Seattle Rescue Pet Photography

Hi there everyone –

I had the fortune of documenting a Wings of Rescue this week, and oh, what an amazing thing to be a part of…

Many dogs, as well as some cats, arrived on several flights (at Paine Field, here just north of Seattle) from Southern California destined for new lives by way of some great local Washington rescues. Close to 600 animals arrived on the rescue transports that day, not really knowing what is in for them, but were met with open arms and second chances. There are many words I could say to explain what this sort of thing represents to me, and how it makes me feel, but I’ll share my images with you instead, and maybe you can sense the hope and relief. You can see that there are many people involved – missions like this don’t happen without a lot of people involved.

I’m still overwhelmed at the sight of the sheer number of animals that came here…I wish we didn’t have to fly animals around to different places to find them homes, but I’m very, very glad we can. Wishing them all homes for the holidays!

*You can see a bigger and better version of these images over on My Flickr album.
**Many thanks to all the rescues involved…you rock!

PS. Make sure you come on over to my Facebook page to say hi too!

A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any “thing” you can ever own.”
― Elizabeth Parker, Paw Prints in the Sand

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Henry & Clyde | Seattle Dog Photography

I desperately need to catch up with all sorts of things that I’ve been up to lately, but this is a quick dose of canine sweetness for you today. Meet Henry & Clyde (so it’s actually a double dose), who I photographed on an overcast morning at Magnuson, here in Seattle. After all the shy cats I’d been photographing of late, the big dog energy and naughtiness made for a delightful change, and a wet one; almost immediately after we got to our shooting spot, Clyde (the big ‘brother’) found one of the teeny hidden spots that go down to the water of Lake Washington, and got himself soaked. Naturally he told Henry, the younger ‘innocent’ pup that he should follow, so they both right away got their groomed coats all soggy. Such is the doggy life!

Of course these two were/are very friendly, as you would probably suspect, and Clyde has a deep bark that commands the attention of everyone around him. They both went barreling around the area with so much excitement – it’s hard not to be enthused when you are around Labradors, retrievers and dog mixes of these breeds; they’re loony!! Cats would just not approve…

You can check out more of the photos from this session over at my Zenfolio Henry & Clyde gallery and be sure to visit me on my Facebook page; lots of news about the new Seattle Area Feline Rescue that is about to open and all the cats that I’ve been photographing.

Enjoy the sun!!

xo ~ K

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Henry & Clyde ~ looking for trouble
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Seattle Dogs Wanted For Portfolio Photos | Seattle Pet Photography 

Calling all #Seattle doggies!! It’s time to update my portfolio and get a few more gorgeous canines on the roster, to join all the fabulous felines.
If you are interested in having me photograph your dog, in exchange for some digital images, let’s talk!! You can email me at katherine.moore.photo@gmail.com (include a simple cell phone photos of your dog if you can), or fill out the form below.  I’d love to hear more about you and your dog; let me know why you would like to do this and a little bit about your dog’s personality and anything special that you may want to share about him/her.
I’m hoping to get both some indoor and outdoor sessions done, using dogs of different ages, sizes and breeds. It will depend on timing and the particular dog, as to what I may end up trying. Feel free to check out some of my work here, if you want to see some of what I do.
Thank you!

~ Katherine

 

**Note: you must agree to have your dog’s image and likeness used for my portfolio and business, and agree to my copyright agreement. You must also  live within the Seattle metro area.

 

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Going Creative…Live! | Seattle Pet Photography

Fabulous opportunities come around every once in a while, and you just have to snatch them up. Many photographers and creatives of all sorts out there know about the amazing creativeLIVE, who put on all kinds of amazing live internet workshops. With workshops most often spanning about 3 full days, you can tune in online to watch and learn from the best of the best on everything from photography, photo-editing, business, music/audio, art and design, video production…and this week, Animal Photography. I just had to try and be there for this one…

 

After sending in a one-minute video blurb and application explaining why I want to be at the live workshop, I’ve been invited to be in the studio learning from the one and only celebrated Rachael Hale McKenna, an amazing animal and child photographer originally from New Zealand. I’m also super lucky that the CL studios are right here in Seattle. I get to bring all my own questions for Rachael to add to the ones that the web audience send in, and along with the other pet photogs in the studio, learn from Rachael’s insights and wealth of knowledge. Rachael’s work is world-renowned, published in books and magazines, and I can’t wait to hear what she has to share (*oh, and you can see what I’m talking about on her website at the link via her name above). I also just found out that 2 other HeARTs Speak members that I’ve not yet met will be there; it will be great to hear about their rescue pet photo work too. I’m stoked!

 

One big thing I hope to bring back from it all, is a whole host of new ways to implement all the plans and ideas I have swirling around in my head, and finally put them into action. With all the intense focus and time I have spent on my Animal Talk rescue work in recent months – so many foster home visits! – I’ve not been able to develop much for my business or personal work. Must get creative juices going again to add all these services and ideas to my pet photography roster. Exciting!

 

Well, thank you to those at creativeLIVE for inviting me along for the ride this week, and if you’re reading this because you found me through recent social media links thanks to the workshop, HI!!

Be sure to leave me a message and let me know what you think of my work; and please do pop over to my Facebook page too. I love hearing from people!

xo ~ K

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