National Cat Day | Kitsap County Pet Photographer | Four Foot Photography

Aha! Where are my feline-loving friends?! Today is National Cat Day, so I present a collage of some of my favorite kitteh pictures over the years. My own is among them – at just over 20 years old (but who is counting?) she is kind of loud and kind of gross, but I have lived with her longer than my husband, longer than my parents, she has outlived her share of dogs, and earned her queen status around here. Luckily, my husband is extremely patient and tolerant {because I am not even kidding about the gross}. Love you Jasmine.

Often I utilize a photo-ninja-sniper process with cats, so it tends to be more lifestyle, documentary photography, but can be really cool. Many of the cats in these images are rescues, and for most I was there to photograph the dogs, but I highly encourage you to photograph your cats as well, their personalities are so STRONG. Love it!

 

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Arin and Jeremy 2014 * Kitsap County Photographer * Four Foot Photography

Arin Williams is an annual client and everyday friend, and never disappoints in arranging her session. Girlfriend does her homework, and always knocks it out of the park. Last year we had the Narrows Bridge in the background, this year in Wright Park in Tacoma. We did not let a little rain stop us, it was a good trial run for my emergency wedding umbrellas! This is the 4th time I have photographed Titan and Chai, and as much as Chai makes me work for it, I can always count on Titan to pose majestically on a rock (you can see the original, when he was less than a year old, on a large canvas in Pet Town, Port Orchard). Arin has volunteered extensively for Kitsap Humane Society, and is a tireless animal advocate. I kid you not, that Jeremy is not only a cutie, he is the best sport around, I have not caught him so much as rolling an eyeball (he COULD be an eyeball roll ninja, but I have a 6 and a 9 year old, so I don’t miss much!). I super love their connection, and there is no where on the planet that “love me, love my dog” applies more. Fortunately, Jeremy does. Here’s to the family we choose, here’s to love.

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Jake * Snohomish High School Class of 2015 * Senior Portraits * Four Foot Photography

THIS guy. I love him. That is all.

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Ha! Well of COURSE that is not all. Y’all are silly if you believed that. This is Jake, my handsome, talented and sweet nephew. I have loved him since before he was born, so it was really my great honor to be asked to photograph his Senior Portraits (or maybe I forcefully volunteered…). The day we hit Indianola beach, we had Jake’s Aunt Marianne with us – she is an accomplished portrait artist herself, the first person to hold Jake when he was born, and the kind of funny that makes for a super good time. I know I had fun, and Jake was most tolerant of the zany aunties. Jake is kind and intelligent, and sings like an angel – a very macho angel, but still, it is beautiful. Can’t wait to see where you take it from here, buddy. Mad love, Auntie Mary.

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Samson – Kitsap County Pet Photography Session – Four Foot Photography – Kitsap County Photographer

I had the excellent good fortune to be contacted by Samson’s momma in June to do an on location pet photography session. Although Theresa is affected by RA, she was up for capturing Samson’s doxie good looks in the beautiful, … Continue reading

The Stables Wedding – Jodi and Peter get married in Georgetown – Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

“And they danced…” Let me just say that from the first email, I knew Jodi was going to be great to work with, and was this ever a fun wedding! What I really love about modern brides (at least the … Continue reading

Port Orchard 2014 Senior and Family Photography – Matala Family – Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

High School Seniors are always such a fun assignment! Not only are ALL 18 year olds good looking, they are vibrant, interesting and full of anticipation – and that is where the similarities end – it is cool beans to meet, even for a short time, these young adults, who seem to be all lit up from inside, and focused on what lies ahead. I love to include mom, dad or a sibling/friend in the session, but my favorite is to photograph the whole family, and the Matala family was all in, even Sadie the Sheltie. These folks are a blue print for how to enjoy your family photography session. More fun, open and playful I could not have asked for, but I suspect they are always genuinely enjoying their life together. A senior’s achievements are always impressive, but how awesome to take the time to freeze this moment, enjoy each other, and make memories together as your young person goes out into the world. Thank you!

 

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Winter Lighting Challenge – Week 21

This week’s challenge was to use an umbrella to diffuse artificial light – as with each previous task, I found trying something different to be *illuminating* {sorry, bad photographer pun}. It was also the perfect opportunity to introduce a juicy new (to me) macro lens, perfect for ring shots, should you be thinking about getting your wedding on! My models tonight came out of my china hutch – the tea set was one of about 5 things my Grandma Jacobson kept for my sister and I to play with when we visited, and I have always loved stacking dolls, maybe I have two sets… I had a little depth of field fun with the dolls as well.

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There are only a few weeks left in the lighting challenge, and I will miss participating! It has been such a fun way to add techniques, I do love to learn just because, but many of these skills will be great additions to my image making.

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Winter Lighting Challenge – video light

This week’s lighting challenge was to use a video light – my models grow weary of my lens, and were not buying into my concept of the shoot, but the video light looks a LOT like a light saber, so I had plenty of volunteers to assist, even if they were not terribly cooperative!

The last image, “A “Boy” and His “Dog”” is done in natural light, so you can see the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio Work at Cindy’s Grooming Styles – Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

This week I was delighted to be asked by a middle school student if she could job shadow me. The specific day was Friday, my plan was to edit and work on taxes – a realistic view of my workday, but not something I thought would be too exciting for a 13 year old! The weather did not allow for outdoor shooting, but Miss S’s mom happens to own Cindy’s Grooming Styles, which has a large area for doggie daycare (and some beautiful wall art by Four Foot Photography)! We have talked about doing some limited edition sessions in the shop for Cindy’s clientele, so this was a great opportunity to do a dry run. Without much time to put out a model call, I decided to work with my own four foots – unfortunately, my wingnut Bichon was still several weeks from his next grooming appointment, and I really haven’t worked with our rescue pug that much. To that end, Cindy agreed to work Fabio in to get him camera ready, and I thought I would set up my mobile backdrop and bring Gladys along for a realistic study on how it can be to work with an animal who doesn’t have much experience at posing or isn’t particularly trained (Gladys is quite deaf). We had a lovely day – Ms. S is a bright, eager learner, Cindy did a beautiful job on Fabio, and Gladys was a pleasant surprise. Over the past several years I have been looking for the words to explain how the process of having your pet (or family) photographed can be very validating to the strong connection people have with their pets (and each other) – and also it is so FUN! The shared experience brings an emotional element to the images that is reinforced every time you look at those photographs. This was first called to my attention by the fabulous Stephanie Wright, whose rats I photographed my first year in business (Click here to see the images). She told me later that the evening after the photoshoot she just couldn’t put her girls down, seeing them through the camera’s eye she fell completely in love and just sat and cuddled them. This was the best compliment, and after photographing Gladys Friday, I got a taste of my own medicine. We loved her right away, stinkiness and quirks and all, but I am now SO IN LOVE with her adorable little head tilt! Here are my babies!

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I genuinely prefer to shoot in more of a lifestyle format and natural light, but this really got my studio juices flowing! Miss S had an opportunity to photograph as well, I will add some of her shots in the next few days (I REALLY have to get my taxes done!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FFP Tribute to Sneaky the Wonder Cat – Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

You love your animals. All of them. Their quirks, their paws, their cold noses, their slobber, their smell, their attitude, the way they walk. Every pet you have ever had (and some of you have had a lot!) lives in your heart, I know that. You always wish you had more time with them, but there’s one who was special. Your heart dog, your soul mate. They might have been gone for years, or it is the rescue you brought home last week, your puppy or your 8 year old cat, but they just get you, there is a connection, a deeper understanding. This post is a tribute to Sneaky, Dr Monica Wlodarchak’s best friend, her love, her confidante, advisor, keeper of secrets. She had to say goodbye to 19 year old Sneaky last week, and while she has other pets and has cared for so many others through Tender Touch Animal Hospital , Poulsbo Animal Clinic, and as an emergency vet, my heart breaks for her. Is it inevitable? Yes. Does that make it any easier? Not at all. I covet your prayers and positive ju-ju for her to get through the next few weeks.

 

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If you click on the Tender Touch Animal Hospital link above, you can read Sneaky’s biography, and get a glimpse into his life with Dr Monica, from a tiny, abandoned kitten, to big cat on campus, to vet companion. 19 years of devotion. I first met Sneaky in the summer of 2011, while photographing the staff for their employee portraits – he lived up to his name! Dr Monica does have some beautiful artwork from that session to validate her years of memories, and I hope that is a small comfort. Many people tell me they are afraid they will forget the details of their furry companions, but I can tell you from experience I still remember each of my pets’ smell, their fur, their favorite things, although I last said goodbye in 2006. I saw Sneaky most recently at the Tender Touch Open House in September (the images with the blue sweater!), and watched in amazement as Dr Monica flipped him over and nonchalantly did a blood draw from his jugular mid sentence. He was really just there for her, hanging on to provide the love and companionship she needed. Sneaky was a one of a kind wonder cat, and to say he will be missed, well, it just isn’t enough. Love you little guy, rest well.

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