Hello friends, cat lovers, soon to be cat lovers and everyone in between. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend. Since “Black Friday” was less than a week ago, and there is always so much fuss that surrounds it, I thought I would post about one of my favorite subjects…the black cat! Some…maybe all of you may know that black cats have a harder time finding their forever homes in the United States. Why is this the case? Evidently it all goes back to long held superstitions that people have about black cats being bad luck. And why exactly do people hold these beliefs? According to Wikipedia, “in Western history black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens.” Furthermore, black cats have been associated with witches and some people even believed that witches could turn themselves into black cats. This sounds crazy I know?! What amazes me is how long superstitions can stick around for so long even when there is absolutely no single shred of truth surrounding the beliefs. What is interesting, however, is not all superstitions surrounding black cats are negative. In some parts of the world, like Great Britain and Japan, good luck is associated with black cats. To read more about this check out what Wikipedia has to say here.
So I grew up, like most people, hearing the old adage “if a black cat crosses your path it’s bad luck.” I never really gave any of this much thought. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned that black cats do not get adopted as easily as other cats. This bit of knowledge both surprised and concerned me…especially since I love black cats. Truth be told I have never met a cat I didn’t like, but black cats in my opinion do have a certain charm to them. This charm could be partly because I always feel I am the midst of a baby panther. This feeling became especially strong when my sweetie and I adopted a black kitten following the death of our beloved Cleo. Ray Charles (a.k.a Baby Bear) will always be our forever “baby panther.” Baby Bear is the sweetest, most endearing cat who is always happy. When I get down on the ground to do Yoga stretches he will stretch with me. It’s beyond adorable and makes me swoon every time! To check out an image of Baby Bear click here.
As a cat lover, cat guardian, and cat photographer one of my life’s purpose is to inspire other people to love these “little panthers” as much as I. Below are a few images of some of the black cats that have warmed my heart over the past couple of years. To see more beautiful, black beauties click here to check out a photo gallery dedicated to them. So if you or a friend are thinking of adding to your family, I encourage you to consider adopting a black cat. How about adopting a black cat this Friday. That would give a whole new meaning to the expression “Black Friday.” I really do believe that black is the new cat. What do you think?
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today kicks of the third “Wanderlust Wednesday.” In an effort to give my site the love and attention it deserves I have set a goal to post weekly and I’m calling it “Wanderlust Wednesday.” These posts will be dedicated to writing about one of my favorite subjects the beloved feline.
Being a cat lover and guardian for many years now, I can honestly say there are a few habits I could do without: throwing up hairballs, clawing furniture and trails of cat hair just to name a few. However, we all have our own habits and habits of loved ones that we would be glad to do without. Let’s be honest there are things that our favorite people do that drive us crazy at times…that’s just life. So why would things be any different with our beloved furr-babies?
Now to get to the positive. On the flip side, there are things our kitties do on a daily basis that we find so endearing, habits that garner much adoration, praise and kisses. I expect most, if not all, cat guardians reading this can totally relate. On that note, I decided I would share some endearing sweetness about my kitty Baby Bear. And since I’m all for equal opportunity, in the following weeks I will also share about my other kitties Sheba and Smokey Robinson’s endearing habits. I promise these posts will not always be about my cats. For now I’m merely trying to give you a better feel of how exactly how much I love cats and why I love photographing them. Anyway, getting back to the point. Baby Bear is our baby panther…at least that’s what I like to call him since he is all black. He is just over 1.5 yrs. old and Baby Bear is a bundle of cuteness. Baby Bear is the sweetest, most loving and happy cat. He loves being in the mix of things and is very playful. One of the many things I find incredibly endearing about Baby Bear is one of his morning rituals. Since Baby Bear is an avid bird watcher, most mornings he loves sitting on the back of the couch and looking out the front window. Somehow he figured out his morning ritual would be more pleasurable with a canopy so he found a way adjust the curtain sheer so he could sit on top of it while being on the back of the couch. The effect is that he looks like he is on a canopy bed. Sure I worry about Baby Bear pulling the curtains down but I gotta say it’s pretty darn cute witnessing this activity. These sweet moments make my daily life much less mundane. They warm my heart and remind me that a few hairballs etc. is well worth all this sweetness. Though there are many other Baby Bear habits that I love I will leave it at this so as not to have a post that is five pages long. Before I wrap up this post I want to add how glad I am to have taken the time to photograph Baby Bear doing the things I love.
What about your cats? Do you have a list of endearing things they do that you love? I would love to photograph your kitty and/or kitties doing these things. Best of all all Boudoir Kitty-Cat portrait sessions are done in the comfort of your home. To learn more about our sessions check out our Boudoir Kitty-Cat Portrait Brochure. If you know of any other cat lovers and guardians who would enjoy these posts we would love it if you shared them.
What constitutes the American family has been changing for sometime now. It is becoming more common for individuals to defer marriage until later in life, for couples to forego having children, and for gay couples to adopt. Family is, and will always be, family no matter how it looks from the outside. So where does this leave our beloved pets..? or as I like to call them “fur-babies.”
For many couples who don’t want, can’t have, or don’t yet have children; their fur-babies are their children. I have several friends who do not have children and fall into this category. My sweetie and I can be added to this category too as we take the steps to have our own children. Whatever the case, our version of family is cherished albeit the fact it isn’t exactly traditional. I know there have been times where people have made fun of me, and other animal lovers, for the way we adored our fur-babies. What some nice and well meaning people may not have realized is that there are also people in the world who may have wanted children but things haven’t quite worked out as hoped. This can be the case for a variety of reasons.
I guess what I’m trying to say is everyone’s life takes a different path…sometimes by choice and sometimes not. It doesn’t mean that someone’s life is in anyway less meaningful merely because they regard their fur-babies as their children. Actually, I have friends who have children who regard their fur-babies as children too, and they make sure their fur-babies never take a backseat. So the next time someone makes fun of you, or someone else you know, for treating your fur-babies like children I challenge you to gently remind them that just because your version of family is not the same as their’s doesn’t mean that it is any less sacred…it’s just different.
It is a human need to love and nurture, and there are many different types of love. Whatever the case, it is love that gives our lives purpose, depth, and meaning. As a cat photographer and cat guardian I believe your feline companions are family members and they deserve to be celebrated with beautiful portraits that honor them now and when they have long passed. Below are a few photos of my fur-babies: Smokey Robinson and Baby Bear (a.k.a. The Snuggle Brothers). They are every bit family to me and to one another. I hope these images brighten your day a little.
Know someone who feels this way? What are your thoughts on this subject? Feel free to comment and/or drop me a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who is a cat guardian knows how these little creatures are consumate models who usually love our attention. Quite honestly, I think they know how endearing, radiant and often whimsical they are in our eyes. From the very beginning of my photography career when I was learning the ropes, my cats Cleo & Sheba were frequently photographed. Then Smokey Robinson was added to the mix my camera came out even more often to document all the little moments that made my heart swell. One day back in February of 2011, while changing the sheets on my bed, Sheba jumped up on the bed and started rolling around. Her sweet, irresistible nature and that fact that she looks like a big ball of cotton, is enough draw for me to photograph her in general…let alone when she is rolling around being so playful. When she saw my camera up against my face it was as though she really started “working it.” To be quite honest I think the experience was a fun for her as it was for me. At the end of Sheba’s portrait session, I told my sweetie (Brian) that Sheba’s had her first boudoir session. We both laughed and then the light bulb went off in my head. Thus, the idea of Boudoir Kitty-Cat was sparked! Boudoir Kitty-Cat is all about celebrating the beautiful, playful, elegant nature of our feline companions. After 10 yrs. of being a wedding photographer, I found it was time to move on and pursue my true love of photographing cats. I am so excited about this transition. I know it will take time, but that is the case with everything in life that is worth pursuit. For more information on Boudoir Kitty-Cat please check out the Boudoir Kitty-Cat Brochure we recently put together. If you like what you see here you may want to check out the Boudoir Kitty-Cat Promo created by the talented Brian Hallett. Anyway, below are some images from Sheba’s session that sparked the idea of Boudoir Kitty-Cat. I hope you like what you see and look forward to meeting you and your beloved kitty/kitties!