2016 Pet Blogger Challenge | Seattle Cat Photographer 

So I stumbled upon the post for this year’s Pet Blogger Challenge on the fab pet travel blog Join the Pet Blogger Challenge Jan 9th, 10th and 11th GoPetFriendly.com and thought I’d give it a go, just to connect myself with other pet bloggers and to share some things about me and my blog! It’s a little diversion from my usual posts, for a bit of fun, and some reflection. I’ll tell you what though, if we’re talking about travel at all, I wish I could do way more of it.

Blog Challenge Questions – 1. How long have you been blogging? 

So I had to look this up because I couldn’t remember, and I should probably clean out my archives (it’s one of my 2016 website goals) but I’ve been chattering away about my photography, cats, my rescue pet photography work here in Seattle, since the start of 2012. It has evolved a lot in that time, as has my photography, which is what I hope everyone who comes to my blog, and looks over my site, will end up enjoying.

2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of 2015 Seattle Pet Expo KAMoore Web-345it, that made you most proud?

I’m always proud to share my photography with people, but I do know that I was asked to be the Official Photographer for the Seattle Pet Expo, thanks to my blog/site. This was a great privilege for me, and documenting the event was a highlight. I also have been asked to join Getty Images as a contributing photographer, thanks to them finding my work on here, so that looks like something that will happen for me this year. I was also very proud to have my cat images come together to create our rescue’s 2016 Cat Calendar, and then to meet and have Jackson Galaxy go home from his book signing with a copy was icing on the cake. 

   

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? 

I would have to say my Wings of Rescue 11.20.15 post. I documented planes landing here with dogs and cats bound for rescues and shelters (from CA to WA) hoping for new homes for the holidays. It’s the second time I’ve documented one of these amazing rescue missions and they just blow me away. My first Wings of Rescue 12.5.14 post was probably more emotional for me but smaller in scale, but I want to continue to spread the word about these rescue flights, and show everyone just how many animals are in need…and can be helped.

4. What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?  AshleyGilbertsonGroupPic

Not only has being on CreativeLIVE driven traffic to my blog, I believe there has been so much that I’ve learned by being a studio audience member and watching their online courses that has helped me in many ways. When I was lucky enough to appear on an online course that the amazing pet photographer Rachael Hale McKenna taught, as well as one by the photographer Kirsten Lewis, I had a ton of traffic to my blog. These were great learning experiences for me, and they inadvertently put my face out there (it’s still out there forever when you buy the courses!).

5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? 

I believe my Seattle Meowtropolitan cat cafe posts have been the most popular, as  

 well as the Wings of Rescue posts. The cat cafe was highly awaited here in Seattle, so lots of people wanted to see photos! 

6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader?

Just ONE?!! That’s so hard. I read a bunch, but it’s probably got to be Clickin Moms for tutorials and the photography community.

And Boho Berry for planning inspiration!

7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?

As a photographer, I practice my craft, of course, but I read many sites to stay on top of the latest, I read photography magazines, in print and digital, I also love TIME magazine, and following photojournalism blogs and sites. I watch online classes on CreativeLive on photography and business, and there are many great ones on social media too. There’s really not enough time to do it all. I really wish I had more time to read, but the most inspiring book I read last year was Lynsey Adarrio’s memoir ‘It’s What I Do’.

8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?  Cat feet

I’d never think I’m the best one to ask for blogging advice, only pet photography! (Feel free to ask me!) My advice would be what I’d give myself: keep it fresh, post regularly, and make it authentically you. 

9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?

I need a better plan than last year but it was a difficult personal year for me (not that this year won’t be!) so things became erratic in the middle, including my posts!

I plan to have art prints of my cat photography for sale this year, and am going to start work on a rescue cat photography book (I keep getting asked!), so these things will all be reflected but my blog will always be home for my rescue work and my pet photography. I hope to get more personal projects done because they keep me creative!

10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?

I just have to move over to a full WordPress site…I  just have to have all capabilities of customizing and adjusting everything. I’m also frustrated by a WordPress.com site not acting like a regular site for the average visitor, and therefore it’s difficult for them to interact with it. I’m a little intimidated by the idea of changing it but I think it’s time! My ‘One Little Word’ of the year is Change so it’s 2016 or bust (that goes for a great many things).

Thanks for checking out my blog! Hopefully you will stick around and check out my many pet photography posts.

~ Katherine

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Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

A Cat’s Holiday Wish | Seattle Cat Photography

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays, whatever you celebrate at this time of the year. And mostly, warmth and love for all those animals out there that need homes. I believe that there’s the right home out there for every one of them. Peace and love to you all!

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I took these photos of Bend just before Christmas, as he had been waiting a while to get adopted, hoping that our holiday campaign would get him noticed and that it would get him a home for the holidays. As luck would have it,  just as I was finishing processing them, Bend found a home; funnily enough, several otherBend 2 web times this has happened too, for other cats… It’s as if I’ve sent some kind of energy out there to say “Adopt this cat, his photos are almost ready!”. But here they are anyway. I’m thrilled to pieces that Bend has found a home. He had fast become a favorite of mine at the rescue, waiting far too long, in my opinion. I was so happy to see him every time I went in to the rescue and it’s always bittersweet to see a favorite cat start their new life. Wishing you a long and happy one, Bend. You beautiful boy!

 

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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Songs of Life, ‘Feels Like Home’ | Seattle Pet & Lifestyle Photography

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I have a done a post for the photography blog circle I’m in but the latest song that came up for February – ‘Feels Like Home’ – really made me want to post a particular cat…this guy you see below, Scarecrow. Our blog circle (Songs of Life) centers around a song each month that serves as our theme for the images we post.

I actually had a ton of different ideas this month, and lots of things came up for me that I felt like sharing:

  • Going back to England at Christmas, which was so important for; it was just so good to be back amongst family at that time of year – the first time I had done so in 15 years (but I figured people wouldn’t want to see holiday photos in February)
  • Getting BACK home here after the holidays…I had missed my animals, and home so much, even though it was good to go away for a bit
  • The city of Seattle, because I have lived here for 20 years now, and I have a deep
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    Seattle City Skyline. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

    connection to it; plus I had all these mushy feelings thanks to the Super Bowl (but I figured no-one would want to hear about the Seahawks right now…too sad). Although, you should check out my city skyline shot that I took last week larger, here on Flickr.

But then I realized, after taking photos – scroll down – of a cat (surprise!) the other day, that THIS is what I needed to post. I’m always thinking so much about what home means, when it comes to not actually having a permanent home yet; being around animals that need forever homes will do that to you. You will see below that Scarecrow came to us, well, looking like a Scarecrow. When he was dropped at the police station (see file photo below), he was covered in dirt and fleas, looked yellowish-brown, was unneutered (hence his great big baseball head!), and definitely needed some major TLC. He ended up at the amazing Seattle Area Feline Rescue  and you can just see by looking at this cat, what a difference that meant.

Right now Scarecrow is in an amazing Seattle foster home and quite obviously it ‘feels like home’ for him. It’s sometimes a challenge to get a 12 year-old cat (a senior, but theoretically, middle-aged!) adopted, and so until the right person (is it you, perchance?!) comes along, that’s where he’ll be. Hanging out with other cats, playing with toys, rolling around in catnip, enjoying life inside with people that care for him and love him…life is pretty good for him now. But after his rough life so far, he deserves to always have a great home. Foster homes are literally the lifeblood of rescues and shelters because they enable animals to be rehabilitated, and re-socialized, and essentially mean more can be cared for. And the best part is that they feel like home.

So if you want to help homeless pets and can’t give money to a rescue, volunteer. If you can’t adopt another animal, you can foster! For so many rescued pets, it makes a world of difference.
*If you are in the Seattle area and want to meet this awesome cat Scarecrow, please email adoptions@seattleareafelinerescue.org

As for me, I’ll be posting info here soon about the in-home photography sessions for pets (and families) that I will be offering. I can’t wait!

Make sure to follow all the way to the end to link up with the next photographer in our ‘Songs of Life’ circle! The next link in the blog circle can be found below my images so be sure to follow the circle around!

*Please click on the images to get a better look.

Next up in this fabulous circle of amazing photographers is Sharon Spall of Sharon Spall Photography and you can find her post right HERE! She is a super talented photographer friend of mine, who I met while away at Clickaway, so it will definitely be something good…

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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