Are you a cat lover? If the answer is yes, then I bet there must be hundreds of cat pics in your phone’s gallery. Don’t worry this is super common between us animal lovers. We basically become amateur photographers ourselves. But have you ever considered having a professional one to take photos of your feline buddies? I will give you one example to show you why you definitely should. Check out this Redditor’s post about giving her cat pet a professional photo shoot that received 135k upvotes. The shooting cost 175 Canadian dollars (123 US dollars), but it worthed every single dime.
Our little star’s name is Kazmir. Kazmir’s professional photographer, Sarah Bourque, was reached out for an interview, in which she shared her working experience with him. “I was pleasantly surprised when Kazmir’s mom posted the pet portraits we took at his photoshoot on Reddit and it got such a positive response. He’s a handsome fellow,” she said in excitement. She also gave us an insight into her incredible animal photography job.
Check out the famous Reddit post of Kazmir’s owner that had received over 135k upvotes
The shoot took place in a local park
Sarah and Kazmir’s parents decided to pick a local park as their shooting location. The weather was a bit stormy, and they were afraid that it would be difficult to get good shots. Luckily, the sun actually came out just in time, making the photoshoot a complete success.
Shooting outdoor is actually one of Sarah’s specialties, so she found no difficulties in finding the shooting spots or angles. “I live on Vancouver Island and my pet photography is primarily out in nature, so I’m never lacking good photo spots or backgrounds.”
Kazmir was actually in his harness with a leash so he would be safer during the shoot, but Sarah photoshopped them out
Sarah gave Kazmir many compliments on his ‘modeling skills’
Sarah complimented the fur baby on his wonderful personality. One thing that made it so much easier for Sarah to take wonderful shots was Kazmir’s curiosity and his love for exploration. “So, basically, I just followed him around like his personal paparazzi. We would guide him in the direction we wanted him and then I’d go up ahead and crouch down so I could get the photos as he approached,” she explained.
Sarah told Bored Panda that it was very easy to take pictures of Kazmir
She let his curiosity led the way. Kazmir would walk around and choose the location he liked
“The park we went to has a lovely area with moss-covered rocky perches to sit and across the street is the beach. I like to keep things simple and stay as close to eye level with my subject as possible. I want them to be at ease and happy.” she shared. “I find cats are natural posers, we let him find spots to perch in the area where the light was prettiest and then I would take photos from a variety of angles and get in nice and close. This usually lasts a few seconds before they tire of my shenanigans and move on. Luckily I’m quick so a few seconds is all I need!”
They had a little help getting Kazmir’s attention by using his favorite toys and treats
Speaking from experience, Sarah said that it could be quite difficult to make animals looking directly at the camera, and Kazmir’s case was no exception. That was when squeaky toys and favorite treats came to the rescue. “Never underestimate the power of shaking a container of treats!” she joked.
Looking at these amazing photos, we could see how Sarah is dedicated to her job
Sarah took up photography 11 years ago. Soon, it became her full-time job, and she absolutely loved it. “Initially, it was my hobby, but 2 years ago I was able to make the leap to being a full-time pet photographer. My dogs Walter and Rupert are my muses so they got the business named after them (Wally & Roops).”
We all have our own happy places to escape reality once in a while. Lucky for Sarah, her reality is her happy place. She enjoys every single moment of her pet photography job. “From zoomy puppies to stoic seniors, from aloof cats to llamas or chickens, they are all incredible and I love being able to capture their unique personalities. I also love the interactions with the families, we are all animal lovers so we tend to spend the photoshoot sharing stories and having a laugh.”