Pet Photo Sessions with ME! | Seattle Pet Photography

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’

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‘EMMA, FRIDA, TYSON, ASHTON, & BABY’

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‘SEPHY, APOLLO, ATHENA, EBONY & 4 CHICKENS (INCLUDING BLACK WIDOW)’

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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!

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!

Celebrating Your Pet’s Life with Photos | Seattle Pet Photographer

I recently had the great privilege of photographing a good friend’s family and her dog that was dying of a fatal heart cancer. We knew that Phoenix, who she had since he was a puppy, had only a few weeks left to live, even though outwardly he seemed pretty vibrant and energetic when I saw him for our photos. We didn’t have a long time to do photos that day, and we knew we wanted to get a good family picture, and undoubtedly some photos of Phoenix with their (now) 3 year-old. She hadn’t quite grasped that Phoenix would be ‘leaving’ soon…

There was still craziness getting the two dogs to sit side by side (although so much better than my dog ever could), and we talked a lot. I love hearing about how an animal came to be in someone’s life; everything about an animal is about the present, it’s not about the past or the future. Phoenix wasn’t worried about what was happening to him. He kept us right there with him. After the session, Phoenix was with them another 18 days, and so when I look at these images I know that I’m looking at a family and a beautiful animal and friend at a precious moment in time, and I’m so glad I was there. Time is so fleeting. It’s a bittersweet thing to take final photos like this but there’s great joy here. It’s celebrating the connection, the family, and how important that life is. Phoenix was important.

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So there may be a few people out there who don’t understand the bonds that some of us have with our pets, our companion animals. I like to think they may just not have found the right animal buddy yet. Some might make you feel silly for making such a fuss over your pet and don’t understand the grief you can feel at the loss of a beloved animal friend. I believe life is precious, and most definitely the life of an animal that has loved you unconditionally and always been by your side. And we all know that our animal friends never live as long as we wish they could…it can be really hard to say goodbye.

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I know what it’s like to lose a pet (well, several), one that’s been in my life through thick and thin, not judging, always comforting. Words can’t always easily express that bond. Our companions leave us way too early and more often than not, we don’t capture the unique bond we have with our dog or cat on camera. Sure, maybe there are a bunch of not-too-awesome cell phone pictures, but maybe not some professional images. I even wish I had better and more pictures of several pets I have lost in my past, especially with me in them too.

So why do I want photograph your pets in their last days? And why should it be me?

Phoenix puppy

Phoenix as a puppy

I don’t want other people to let days with their pets slip by, especially the last ones. Too many people lose their pets and tell me they wish they had got professional photos done with them. They tell me they wish I had taken the photos; I wish I had too. I know we can’t always anticipate an animals’ passing, but we do know when they are living on borrowed time, when they’re old, getting grey whiskers around their noses, and when they’re ill. We don’t always want to face it either. Having worked in veterinary clinics (and in rescue work) I have helped treat and been around many frail, old and sick animals that need extra special care. I want you to know this because I do understand the delicate nature of photographing a sick or aged kitty or pup; I also know what you go through getting closer to their passing, and eventually, saying goodbye. I’ve also been there for many people as they’ve said their final farewells with their precious companions in their arms. You can put your trust in me when it comes to recording and honoring an important and sensitive time.

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My father’s cat, Jack, before he passed away

Some people are hesitant to get ‘last’ photos taken, since their pets may not look as they always have, not looking as healthy or as young as they once did. I think that all their life stages deserve to be remembered and I still hope to capture the spirit of that animal in the most honest and beautiful way. The feeling of regret over not getting images taken is not something I want other loving pet guardians to feel anymore!

I believe that our animals’ spirits stay with us when their bodies are gone, and this is something that comforts me. Their souls are so innocent, pure and loving, and we are so lucky we can have that in our lives. So many animals are never given the chance to be loved and then honored in this way, with a portrait and some images of their life, just to show how meaningful they were to someone. I hope I get to meet your beloved friend and companion, and that I can be entrusted with commemorating any of their days. Let’s celebrate the life that they have lived! The life they lived was important.

You can leave me any comments on this subject on this page, but you can also contact me with any questions about booking such a session over on this page here.

The problem with living is that pets don’t last long enough and people last too long.” ~ Anonymous

Louie

Louie (passed away at the grand old age of 20)

RIP Phoenix 10/19/2003 – 11/24/2015

**An expanded update of this post was published on the Katzenworld blog can be found by clicking HERE!

The Purr-fect 2016 Rescue Cat Calendar | Seattle Cat Photography

I’m writing after a really busy week (being on CreativeLive for a Street Photography course, meeting the #CatDaddy Jackson Galaxy, plus photographing a Wings of Rescue mission, which I’ve already shared about in my previous blog post), but now I DO need to feature the 2016 calendar that I just finished for Seattle Area Feline Rescue…because I’m just so excited about it!

For several years, I’d been thinking it would be great to put a calendar out there featuring cats from the rescue (I usually create a personal one for myself, as it is), but it’s something you need to have some investment in on the back end, and we hadn’t got around to organizing in recent years due things like our rescue moving.

So when the Director of the Board asked if I could I put a calendar together in a few weeks to see how well we do this year with one, I jumped at the chance. I wouldn’t have time to do styled shoots for each month with such short notice (although that’s not my general M.O.), and I was entrusted to make my own choices of the cats based on a variety of adults, kittens, and seniors, but then I started looking at my massive catalog of cats just from this year, and it looks something like this…

I ultimately realized how HARD it was to make choices about which cats to put in! I have so many favorites images, but there are only 12 months, and I didn’t dare ask a bunch of people because then I could disappoint people who are volunteers, who foster our cats, etc., who would like to see their cats featured. All these cats are special, and I remember them all. Their stories are all unique and I could write a BOOK about all the cats I meet and about the time I experience when I photograph these sweet felines.

The only image I was sure of immediately was the cover, and that was to feature James. He came to us in a terrible state, transferred in from another shelter, suffering from diabetes, malnourished, shaved to rid his fur from fleas and terrible matting, and he had loss muscle tone in his legs. He had to have all his teeth removed due t0 his dental problems and he required a large amount of medical treatment and TLC. BUT he has come a LONG way since that time, and was adopted by his foster ‘parents’. (I’d like to do a follow-up photo session now!) But his image was and is a favorite of many, and it stands out. When Jackson Galaxy took a calendar at his booksigning event the other night, he was an immediate fan of James’ funny little face too.

Below is a slideshow featuring the cats from the calendar; they appear in this order: James, Mia, Muffin, Gonzo, Stella, Dora, Princess Buttercup, Jack, Moose, Halo, Black Violet, North & South, Cortana.

*All Images Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

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Calendar details: In the calendar I made sure to put in pet and animal holidays and important days to remember, like National Black Cat Day, for all you cat fans out there. The images are full spread so you can gaze upon the one cat of the month, and the spiral bound calendar is printed on matte paper for easy writing. There are also reminders in there about how you can support our rescue, and all the proceeds from calendar sales support the cats and kittens of the rescue. It is the average calendar size of 8×10 inches, and if you are a Seattle local, you can pay and pick up at the rescue with no shipping charge (an excuse to come and look at cats), but you can also pay to have a calendar shipped if you are further away.

Make your calendar purchase by clicking HERE (links to rescue page)

**Update: Calendars are now only available for sale AT the rescue. If you would like to CUSTOM ORDER one (I will start with next consecutive month), contact me directly**

  • 1 x 2016 Calendar for $15 if picking up locally at the rescue
  • 1 x 2016 Calendar for $20 includes shipping
  • other quantities are available on the rescue website link too

All proceeds benefit the cats and kittens in our care. And remember this is a limited run of the calendar so get it now!!

My copy has been signed by Jackson Galaxy though! Yours won’t be scribbled on.

This really is a beautiful rescue calendar filled with images I made with a lot of love and care; when I photograph cats at the rescue, I’m not doing it just to get a photo up on the web (although that’s something I need to do to get them noticed), I’m trying to show the beauty I see in that cat, so that others will see that too. I hope that shows in my work, whether you see it as a rescue cat or as standalone artwork. These really are some of my favorites from this last year; feel free to ask me why I featured them, or ask me their stories. I’ll be happy to share. I love them all!

Thank you for your support, and enjoy your purr-fect rescue cat calendar! Again, just click the following for the Seattle Area Feline Rescue Calendar purchasing page.

Bonus: If you get your calendar at the rescue, be sure to pick up one of these Rescue Special cards for half off a pet portrait session. This also goes for any cat adopter!

Happy National Cat Day!

You might have heard it’s ‪#‎NationalCatDay‬. A cat probably decided that! And if you have a cat at home, your cat will tell you that EVERY day is National Cat Day. But you know that there are tons of kitties out there without homes, and don’t live great lives. So today, while I snuggle on the couch with my awesome cats, I think of all the cats, big and small, young and old, who need a lap and someone to love/adore them. It’s why I do what I do! I’m so grateful to all the amazing people in shelters and rescues and feral projects everywhere for doing what they do for these amazing creatures that bring me such joy. They bring me joy just looking at them. Now go hug your kitty (even if they hate it)….

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

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