cat portrait – Siamese patrol

cat portrait – Siamese patrol

Cat Portrait

Smeagol

Smeagol

Human Owner

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.

 

John Bentley

John Bentley

Photographer

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

cat portrait – Siamese patrol

cat portrait – Siamese patrol

Cat Portrait 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...

Pet Portraits pawTwographs

Pet Portraits pawTwographs

What a great and unusual request   We are often asked about or Pet Portraits here at fourTwographs. The other week we was asked if we would be interested in photographing a couple of snakes...

Customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction

Last month you may recall I had a photoshoot with a wise gentleman and his three dogs. Mal, Sam, Brett and Molly. Well yesterday Mal came into the studios to collect the purchased fine art prints from that shoot. He was absolutely over the moon with the shoot and...

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Pet Portraits pawTwographs

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What a great and unusual request

 

We are often asked about or Pet Portraits here at fourTwographs. The other week we was asked if we would be interested in photographing a couple of snakes and possibly a bearded dragon. Not one to turn away a little experience I said yes why not, but could we possibly make some art with them. For example maybe we could look for a bald headed lady.

Well what  pleasant surprise when Linda the owner of these reptiles said ‘I know just the lady you need’  A couple txt messages and a quick phone call fixed us a date.

On the day I had to pick up the owner of the reptiles. I dutifully arrived to be met by four snakes – a royal python, a milk snake and two corn snakes – and then a quick 500 yard drive to her daughter’s house and pick up the bearded dragon.

Emma* – the bald headed lady – arrived at the studio and we spent 20 minutes getting ourselves acquainted and discussing the process we would be doing to capture these wonderfully, sublime images.

 

 

Emma has autoimmune problems whereby her immune system attacks the body. Mainly her hair and skin but also some of internal organs when it gets bad.

Emma said ‘I’ve had this since I was a teenager and now I’m very comfortable with the way that I look. I have the opinion that if people don’t like the way that I look then that isn’t my problem’

I would like to thank Emma for being a great sport and helping us create both art for the studio and some amazing pet portraits for Linda the owner. Who by the way can be seen in our next blog post when she decided that we did such a great job of the photography that she felt the need to be in front of the camera herself for some beautiful and sensual shots to be handed to her husband.

See we create a wonderful set of images her at fourTwographs that you can share with your family, no matter what the style, we can always help you capture some truly wonderful memories.

Customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction

Last month you may recall I had a photoshoot with a wise gentleman and his three dogs. Mal, Sam, Brett and Molly. Well yesterday Mal came into the studios to collect the purchased fine art prints from that shoot. He was absolutely over the moon with the shoot and therefore order several prints and of course these two beauties here. One 24″ x 16″ fine art canvas and one 16″ x 16″ fine art framed print.

 

We here at the fourTwograph Fine Art Studios would like to thank Mal and the dogs for being part of the family and that day and from this day forward.  Thank you very much Mal Firth from myslef and fellow artists here at the studios.

 

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Th’owd rambler and his dogs

Th’owd rambler and his dogs

Last week  at the studios we had the pleasure of Mal and his three border collies. What an experience this was about to be. We started the shoot with a chat about the process I was about to undertake, which was that the dogs were  allowed to settle into the studio environment for around 20 minutes just by allowing them to have a drink from the dog bowls provided and to sniff around for all the new and unusual smells most dogs pick up in new spaces. Sam ( the black and white dog ) was  the most difficult to photograph, due to his fear of being banged on one of his hind  legs (see note below), and did not want  to settle with the other two dogs, mainly Brett the larger of the three. So whilst Sam was sat in the corner of the studio alone I began the process of setting up the lighting and the platform we were about to have the dogs sit/lay on for some of the shots. Mal was looking to have a shot of each dog individually, one of the three together and of course one of him with all three,  being the master of the pack ( this was the funny bit … Mal being a master of the three dogs; I got the impression Sam – the Top-Dog  – was the leader of the pack )

The shoot took just over 2 hours – this is normal for most shoots here. We do not set any real time restrictions, it’s really down to the clients and their time available to complete the sittings.

We started with the capturing of Molly ( the youngest of the pack ) who, as it happens, is the easiest to have sit for the shots provided she was being fed the treats 😉 Next up was Brett ( the tan coloured one ) who again was cooperative in the sittings but not wanting to really look at the camera – he was more concerned with the treats that Mal had in his pocket. Whilst all this was happening with Molly and Brett, Sam was happily lying in the corner of the studio snoozing. Sam proved to be the most difficult to get to cooperate, the end result being we only managed to get one shot of Sam alone.

The final task to hand was to have all three dogs photographed together on the podium and then one final shot of Mal lording it up with the three border collies by his feet. This worked a treat, well it would have done but for Molly taking charge and finally resting in the lap of the master!

All in all the shoot was fun, tiring, but productive. I find this is often the case when photographing animals or even children for that matter. They need to be allowed to explore first and then give you their character.

Below are the images taken during the shoot. Images processed and ready for print will be posted later in the week.

Note: It  turns out that in his early years Sam was hit by a car and was left with a broken bones in the back right leg, and during the healing process was often on the receiving end of Brett ( the gung-ho dog of the pack ) accidentally knocking that leg whenever they were around each other.