Today was not the best of days freedom wise. You see, it turned out that my human – Laura – had arranged for a gentleman by the name of John Bentley to come and photograph my best side ( a specialist in Cat Portrait ). In view of this occasion my human thought it warranted me being under house arrest for the morning. You see, John the photographer was arriving at around 11am and he obviously needed me to be around or he would have had a wasted journey.
For all intents and purposes, John seemed a reasonable guy, who immediately did what it was i needed – he reached out to me and gave me the attention I needed to make me feel this imprisonment in my own home had been worth it. He spoke to me by name and certainly seemed genuine in his adoration for me. Granted, he didn’t have much of a choice but to pay me the respect needed to get me to pose for him and my minion.
We started off in the living room whilst i posed by the patio doors – my hint at the potential of natural light – then I moved into the shadows of the curtains and then behind the sofa. John did mention to Laura that maybe we should move to a part of the home with more light. She suggested the landing where there was floods of light coming in. I decided that the patio was the best location especially as it was opened more 😀 My human dutifully opened the patio doors and the Cat Portrait session was to begin outdoors – I love it when a plan comes together.
My human dutifully opened the patio doors, allowing for me to casually wander out onto the wet flags. John followed with camera in hand and then began to tweak the camera and balance the settings for outdoor light. He did a bloody good job of it too, as you can see from these shots above.
As you have heard and can see from the shots of Smeagol, the 1 hour 45 minutes spent with this beautiful cat, paid off. Sometimes all it takes to capture the character of pets is to get down with them, have a lot of patience, and shoot with the aperture as wide open as possible. This allows for any distractions to be blurred out naturally.
Absolutely beautiful photos of my Siamese cat Smeagol! John wanted Smeagol to be at his most relaxed and in his own environment, so decided to come to the house to take the pics. Being a young cat, Smeagol was very unpredictable, but John worked wonders! Crawling around and even following him into the garden! He managed to get a really good variety of photos that truly captured Smeagols character. But as well as this, John is a really fun guy who just happens to be awesome at his job!Laura
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