It’s the Little Things… | Seattle Pet Photography

I hope this finds you well on this holiday, #Thanksgiving, one that I hope you are spending with family, friends, and animal friends who you love and cherish. I think it’s a great time to stop and think about not only the big things we are grateful for, but also all the little things that make our worlds complete, and for me, that boils right down to even the shortest of comments I get from you on my posts so I know that checked in with me that day, here and on my Facebook page. THANK YOU for following along and appreciating my work, my images; I appreciate every one of you. It’s the little things…

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I am insanely grateful for every single person who volunteers with animal rescues, I love you all!

And I’m beyond grateful for the animals in my own life, for their companionship, their unconditional love, them being my inspiration.

And holy moly, I am grateful to every pioneer of photography and the camera (they are my superstars). Now that it’s 2015, we take for granted that they exist (although we could without all the selfies), but imagine the world today without the invention of photography. Had pioneers like William Henry Fox Talbot not created the first photographic negative in 1835, taken of a small window at his home, we wouldn’t be quite where we are today. Being able to encapsulate our lives and memories on camera, freeze time and tell stories, make change and stir feelings within others with single images, as well as with the moving image, is something I’m so grateful for.

Anyway, have a fabulous holiday weekend. Be good to your loved ones. They’re there when everything else is stripped away.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~  JFK
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Instagram Contest Win | Seattle Street Photography

Originally meant to post on August 13th, 2014….

I’m writing this late, and I’ve had an emotional evening so maybe it’s not utterly the best time to write anything anywhere BUT I’m going to blow my horn for a moment. And in a moment…

I am at the end of Day 2 of being in the studio audience at creativeLIVE for Family Photography: Modern Storytelling with Kirsten Lewis (who I will have to say more about soon) and I have to say it has been an amazing course. Exploring the art and business of documentary-style family photography and learning from the best there is, from Kirsten Lewis has really got my ‘creative cogs’ turning. For some time now I have wanted to do sessions that are more lifestyle and documentary than posed, including ‘End of Days’ sessions for companion animals, and for families with pets included. This current course totally bookends the other Creative Live course I took part in, ‘Animal Photography with Rachael Hale McKenna’, along with my extensive pet photography work, and the style of shooting is just me. I’m at a crossroads with my business and so much more so I’m excited.
But my big deal today was winning 1st PLACE in the creativeLIVE Instagram challenge contest for Day 1 and I am thrilled. Stoked. Honored.
The challenge was this: Make a portrait of a stranger. You must take the time to talk to them, connect with them. Get to know them and share their story. This is to challenge your fear and reinforce how just taking the time to connect will gain you access and trust. Don’t forget about finding good light.
Well here’s the story and photo I posted. I received such overwhelmingly great feedback on Facebook and Instagram about it that I am genuinely touched and honored. Please feel free to leave any comments and feedback here – it’s utterly inspiring to hear from people!

I feel like I hit #kirstenoncreativelive1 contest gold this evening. When I heard we had a CL Instagram challenge: great. When I saw that it was to introduce myself to a stranger to get their portrait and ask them their story: yikes. I’ve always wanted to do such a thing but honestly never had the gumption. But I couldn’t have been happier that I did. While at the farmers market with my boy, eating freshly-made quesadillas and ice cream, this street musician with a kind face and one of those boots on for a hurt foot, played his guitar, and I finally got myself up to talk to him. Within seconds of me talking, he asked if I’m English (which I am), immediately recognizing my accent and from then on he couldn’t hold himself back on sharing his story. In his own muddled English/American accent, he told me his name is Joel Fleming, “but really I’m a ‘Davis’, of Welsh descent”, and he turns 60 this year. His military father had moved their family to England when he was a teenager and he spent the early 70’s there, a time that impacted him greatly. He told me fond tales of going to the summer solstice festival at Stonehenge with his friends. About meeting numerous musicians he admired (still to this day) at concerts. About hanging out at Hyde Park in London, and calling into a radio station and getting to say hello to John Lennon. He talked with fondness about the country that I love and miss myself, and how desperately he wishes he could visit again and find a way to stay there. Joel wanted a portrait of himself holding his new Stetson hat that he had saved $230 for, something he was obviously proud of. He showed me where in his jacket he’d hide his money so it wouldn’t fall out and also explained to my inquiring son about why he had the protective boot on: he’d had the tip of his big toe removed because of diabetes. He bared so much of himself to me with his stories, his openness, and probably spoke for half an hour or so. I don’t know if he’s homeless and I’m not sure that it matters, but I feel like many pass people like Joel by and never give a second thought to that person. He just wanted to share and for that I’m grateful.

I hope you enjoyed this post, the workshop (if you saw it) and I am excited to see where my new inspiration leads me. I’ll be back on here soon!

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Friday Share | Reflections

Things to share! The recent creativeLIVE workshop that I took part in about Animal Photography was beyond inspiring and maybe some of you caught some of it. Rachael McKenna did photo sessions with cats, dogs, a bunny, a pig…it was a great chance to get to see how she worked, and gave me many thoughts and ideas for my own future shoots. Networking with other pet photogs was an added bonus, and I had the chance to meet some fellow members of HeARTs Speak – other photographers who devote their time to photographing rescue and shelter animals. To hear how Rachael went about her amazing book project ‘The French Cat’ and her latest, ‘The New York Dog’, was enlightening (although it just made me want to get on a plane and travel – I miss Europe especially!).

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Me with Rachael McKenna! Photo by Karen Fosberg Photography.

The greatest message that I got from her was something she wrote in my copy of ‘The French Cat’ for me –  a reminder to “shoot from the heart, and be happy.” It’s something that I will keep in mind when I am bogged down with things, feeling challenged, and need a bit of a lift. It’s easy to forget to make sure to do some of what you want to be doing…

 

Another fab thing that popped up here at the start of April was being contacted by someone at everydayhealth.com, about having an article written about me. Little old me. I couldn’t even fathom why anyone would want to do such a thing, that it took a couple of tries by the writer to convince me that she had really been given an assignment to write about ‘Katherine…a Seattle-based photographer that also suffers from MS.” I’ll be interested to read her article, plus it forced me to reflect on how MS affects me being creative, and to create a headshot for it; I didn’t have one already so that was a task for me. I’ll have to teach my boy to do portraits soon! I’ll share the article here once that’s done.

AND I’ve been invited to photograph at the Average Joe Cat Show, which is put on by another cat rescue close to Seattle, Purrfect Pals, as well as have a booth/table for displaying my photography and work (my first chance to do so). The hard part so far is deciding what products to have ready, what kitty faces to show off!! It should be fun.

 

Enjoy this spring weekend. And here’s the headshot I submitted for the article…I’m being brave by sharing, so be nice if you say anything!

xo ~ K

 

“When do I see a photograph, when a reflection?”
― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
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End-of-life Photos of a Special Cat | Seattle Cat Photography

I took some photos of my mum’s cat Louie on my recent trip back home to England; a beautiful white cat – even with him being ear-less, he still was handsome (lost his ears to skin cancer some years ago). Yet I knew these would be the last photos I would take of him. After twenty years, his body was ready to shut down, and I could see that in his every move and his tired but still-magical eyes. I would watch him slowly make his way up and down the stairs, with much effort thanks to arthritis. He couldn’t see properly anymore; high blood pressure had made his retinas detach and caused blindness. And he couldn’t hear anymore either. Sometimes he would sit basking in the sun, looking happy as most cats do when doing just that, but he usually seemed restless, not knowing how to be comfortable.

A loved companion animal has a gift in terms of a loving human caretaker knowing when it is time to end the suffering by choosing euthanasia. Most animals know death and illness far more cruel, or have never even felt loved before. But it’s the hardest decision to make, even when you know it’s what is best; to end the suffering and give that animal peace, after giving so much of themselves to you. Twenty years is a long time, so much can happen in two decades. There’s so much love and attachment that happens in that time; they become part (and so often, become the spirit) of your home. It’s very hard to let go…

I’m glad I was able to get some end-of-life photos of Louie, particularly to give my mum and stepdad. Photos don’t replace memories, but they are a way for us to freeze time and hold those special moments close. So as much as I love taking photos of all sorts of things that embody life – new babies, children, parties, of animals looking for a new life (and family) of their own – I actually hope I can capture more special and precious memories like these, of companion animals before they pass on.

You fought hard to stay alive, my friend.
In the end, though, you couldn’t conquer death.
But neither did death conquer you.
Death cures all diseases, mends all broken bones,
Breaks all chains.
And made you free at last.” ~ Anon

Rest in Peace, little Louie. xo ~ K

Louie, May 2013 Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved

Louie, May 2013
Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved

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Rolling into 2013 | Reflections

It’s already a week into 2013 and I have yet to add my two cents to the blogosphere about the passing of the old year to the new…so, Happy New Year!!

I always look forward to the new year, far more than the holidays preceding it. It signifies a new beginning, a fresh start, a chance to move forward on existing goals, and to create new ones. If I didn’t do something right in the previous year as I had wanted to, it’s time to take a look at what I can do better from here on out. I achieved some of my goals for last year and even superseded my own expectations with some things.

But then there are more personal challenges, some that I have to wrestle with others for control of, where I feel I am failing. I have already taken steps to try to pull me/us up out of the proverbial quicksand; it’s just not good to feel as though you are sinking! I’m trying to hold on to my inner strength that has served me well in the past, to get beyond some of the current hurdles. Quite aptly, I came across a picture today with the quote “The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks if you’re okay”…

As far as my photography goes, I look forward to every day that I can learn more, try new things and challenge myselfhelp more rescue animals, and add new creative avenues to my work and endeavors. Already this year, I’m moving forward with all sorts of new projects and sessions and it’s exciting (if not exhausting!). I’m grateful to those who have lifted me up so far and inspired me to do more.

When I made a resolution at the start of 2011 to get back to volunteering, and so began my photography venture with Animal Talk Rescue (where I had previously spent hours volunteering cleaning out crates and so forth), it got me back to not just a creative pursuit  that ballooned into so much more, but it also filled me up in terms of my spirit. If there’s anything I can suggest to anyone else who has yet to make a resolution for the new year, it’s to give back. Give back and volunteer your time and your energy to something or someone other than yourself. When you look outside of yourself, however fortunate or unfortunate you think you are, it truly does your spirit good. When it comes to animals in particular, there’s always a rescue that could use your help, your donations, a home to foster animals in…something.

I’ll start the New Year as I mean to go on, by posting a photo of a beautiful rescue kitty by the name of Sally, who needs a new home, and also with the same eternal wish for peace, strength and good health. And not just for me either!

xo ~ K

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~ Helen Keller

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