Wings of Rescue Mission 9.27.18| Seattle Pet Photography

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.

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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!

Wings Of Rescue, Summer ’16 | Seattle Rescue Pet Photography

I did a bit of a goof and left this post in my drafts, even though these images of mine make my heart sing. I’ve photographed a couple of these amazing Wings of Rescue missions before, but hadn’t for a while, so it was high time I documented another flight coming in.

The rescue I photograph for, Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFeR), is now regularly receiving rescue transports from California and Hawaii, thanks to Wings of Rescue AND the ASPCA (via our friends Alaskan Airlines), and I can’t explain how blown away I am by the power of this community rescue work. The math is pretty simple: we have higher adoption rates here in the Greater Seattle Area, than in CA, Hawaii, and in Eastern WA, where we usually get our cats from. Many times, these animals will have been waiting for a while in shelters where they came from, but will get adopted in a fraction of that time on this end.

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Love is in the air…and on the ground, waiting for them, every time. There are also smiles all around when that plane touches down; with this flight, I was able to meet the Founder and Pilot in Command, Yehunda Netanel, as he was flying the flagship plane that day. And that little plane holds a lot of crates!!

EVERY time I document any rescue transport coming in, and I photograph these little animal faces peering out, with them not knowing what’s going on, I see this contrast of their anxiety with the smiles of the volunteers, and I wish I could assure them that their second chances had already arrived and it would be okay. The whole experience really warms my soul.

Let me know what you think when you see these images, and about these missions! I’d love to hear from you!

**And remember to check in with me on Facebook; I’m always there!

Seattle Meowtropolitan Pop-Up Cat Café Event | Seattle Cat Photography

Cats and coffee.
That’s the winning combo behind cat cafés (maybe you’ve heard about this brilliant idea?) and Seattle is about to get two of them! I’m so excited…

On Valentine’s Day, one of the cat cafés that has plans to open here had a ‘Pop-Up’ Café event down at Flutter Studios in Pioneer Square, and I was invited to come and take photos (*scroll down for lots of photos), so of course I’m going to tell you all about it. When I was in London at Christmas I had plans to go and visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London’s first cat café (but more tea there than coffee, and quite rightly so), BUT with it being the holiday season, I just couldn’t get a spot. So sad! This event was a chance for Seattle Meowtropolitan Café to do a weekend test-run and I’d say it was a success; there was definitely no shortage of people who love both a cup of local coffee as well as hanging with cool cats. Because you have to limit the amount of people that are in the space at one time, so as not to overwhelm the kitties, people had to buy $10 tickets ahead with assigned times, and they were SOLD OUT for both days that weekend. Now I know just how many cat lovers there are in Seattle; so many that there wasn’t even space for any walk-ins!! That makes me happy there’s so much kitty love swirling around…

Aside from having a coffee, the real reason to come to a cat café anywhere in the world that you may be, is CATS. Two rescues brought cats to the studio, MEOW Cat Rescue of Kirkland, and the Seattle Animal Shelter, but the kitties from MEOW mostly had the run of the place, save for upstairs where the coffee and cookies were. I’m sure the rescue was very selective about the kitties they chose to bring, to make sure they got on well together and were great around people. Along with tables and chairs set up for people, there were cat trees, cat toys to get the kitties playing, and Jennifer from The Cat Ball brought along one of her amazing, yes, you guessed it, cat balls (you can see it in a few of the photos; I so want one for my cat photography!). And although the cats couldn’t be taken home with anyone on the day, people could fill out applications for the cats that were there; I know Seattle Meowtropolitan really wants the future permanent cat café to be a haven for rescue cats and a means for helping some to get adopted.


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was also there with a table set up so you could make catnip toys for the kitties that MEOW had brought along (or others back at the rescue), or for cats at home, and I almost didn’t mention the coffee! That was provided by Seattle’s own Herkimer Coffee, and some yummy cat-shaped cookies were made by volunteers (a couple of those came home with me for my boy). I do believe that Hermiker Coffee has been chosen as the future permanent coffee roaster for Meowtropolitan.
Since I was lucky enough to spend the whole morning there, I got to spend lots of time snapping photos and getting acquainted with the cats. I think a few cats didn’t spend the whole time out (and different ones came for ‘the second shift’) but the ones that hung out to mingle were:
Suzie Q, a tabby girl, who seemed to like cuddles and investigating; a pair of kitten sisters called Holly and Ivy, that I think literally jumped around for a solid couple of hours playing with feather toys; Larson, a handsome Siamese boy, who was guarding his cat tree hideout until someone coaxed him out to play; and a medium hair tuxedo called Archie, who was happily lazing high in a cat tree for just about the whole time I was there. He was not at all bothered by all the humans…

I wish I could have stayed even longer and perhaps had a sit down with some coffee and a cat, but I left during the lunch break (both cats and volunteers needed some down time), which was actually when a news team visited to get some footage for a local news story on the event. *I wish they had come sooner because they brought a nice light with their camera (it had been quite dark in there before then, and I couldn’t use a flash, so it was a bit of a challenge getting noise-less images)! I expect that in the permanent space there will be some lovely windows through which the cats can watch the world outside go by; we all know how much cats love sitting by a window, watching birds and who knows what else… I also imagine books and newspapers, since cats love to lie on those when you’re reading them. Oh, and I’d also love to see some of my cat photography on the walls…naturally!

Judging from the success of cat cafés elsewhere (Portland already has one) and by this event alone, this combo of cats and coffee (or tea) will be a hit, and I actually do think there’s room for two such venues in Seattle. The city is known for loving its dogs but now cats might get some coffee shops to call their own. Once these cafés can get through the red tape of combining animals + food/drink (although I’ve probably eaten my fair share of cat hair in my own food, having had cats all my life…), it will be great to see where this all goes.
It really would have been interesting to hear from people who came, whether they have cats at home and are just major cat-lovers, and if they don’t have cats, maybe a cat café would be a cool place to come and hang out with kitties for a while. I’d love to hear what prompted people to come; I would imagine if I couldn’t have cats at home (like if a roommate or partner was allergic to them, or landlords didn’t allow pets), I’d just jump at the chance to hang out with my laptop and a mug of coffee for simply hours. What about you? Would you go to a cat café?

I hope this was as successful an event as it seemed to be and these cafés are indeed brought to life here in Seattle, for both cats and cat-lovers all over the city.

And I’d love to hear from you, either here or over on my Facebook page; come hang with me over there too!!

*Note: Seattle Meowtropolitan Café raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to get their venture off the ground and this was all made possible by donations made through Indiegogo. It’s great to see crowdfunding bringing great projects and dreams to life!

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…
Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Obligatory Halloween Photo! | Seattle Cat, Music Photography 

Holly here decided to give me a yawn instead of a scary Halloween cat pose; I didn’t get any ‘scary’ kitties on this day of rescue photographs at all, in fact. Lots of shy ones instead.

Holly. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

Holly. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

So the cat and Halloween… There are many associations of cats and bats and rats (my son loves that these rhyme) when it comes to Halloween, and black cats have particularly had a bad rap when it comes to legend and folklore. Our largely-nocturnal furry friends have/are said to be familiars of witches, and cats belonging to condemned witches during the time of the witch trials, were tortured and killed along with their pet guardians. There is zero correlation between witches and cat sacrifice, so put that idea out of your head; for starters, no true Pagan witch would ever harm a cat. Black cats though, have notoriously been vulnerable around Halloween, thanks to superstition and reports of ritual use; many shelters will not adopt out black cats around this holiday for fear of them being used for ritual sacrificial purposes. I’m a proponent of keeping cats inside (in the city, particularly) where they’re safe from cars, other animals and disease, but I’d say tonight is THE night to do so, rituals or no rituals. And keep them away from the chocolate and sweets!! (more for you that way)

I’d like to share my Flickr set of trick-or-treating for last year: Halloween 2012! My favorite holiday for taking photos. Last year, we were still all about superheroes; this year I have a werewolf on my hands… Sadly I haven’t had the chance to dress up for Halloween this year…quite sad about that (last year I was a zombie cheerleader when I took photos of live music at the EMP).

All Mixed Up, EMP, 2012. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

All Mixed Up, EMP, 2012.
Copyright K.A.Moore Photography

Well, everyone have a fabulous, safe and candy-filled Halloween.

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.”
~ Author Unknown

xo ~ K