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This week at the shelter I set about re-photographing some cats who have been waiting a while to be noticed. Sometimes I photograph them upon first arrival at Raystede, when they tend to be frightened and unsure, so their photos don't show their true personalities. Armed with a list, I revisited a few lovebunnies this week for some new and improved portraits.
Pixie has been waiting for a new home for a few months now, which surprises me every week when I go in and find that she's still there. This purrpurr is loving and sweet and is a stunning beauty, which only sort of shows in her original picture:
And just look at the sultry stare she gave me this time:
Also, she looks great in pink
I got some help from Jane to provide a lap and some loving strokes for Nellie, who needed a little gentle TLC to bring out her softer side.
Beautiful Fluffy often suffers from Resting Bitch Face (which is what I got in our first photo session) and so I worked with her to find her 1940s Hollywood starlet look.
Here's the before shot:
And here's her new, improved and more optimistic look:
Darling little Pye had a very traumatic kittenhood and because of that she has some trust issues. So when I walk in with my giant camera and flashing light, it's easy to understand why she has trouble looking relaxed for her portrait.
Here's the original shot, taken when she first came in to the shelter and was hiding out in her covered bed:
And here's our second try. She managed to look pretty relaxed, all while giving me a deep warning growl.
Sweet Mary (who is Fluffy's daughter) suggested we do a shot of her while she attacked a tiger's tail, which I think was an inspired idea and really shows her personality.
Here's her original photo:
And the re-shoot with creative direction by Mary:
And finally, a bonus shot of Jane feeding a teensy kitten with a syringe. This baby is the smallest of the litter and needs a bit more nutrition so she can keep up with her siblings.
All of these gorgeous cats and more can be found at Raystede.org
This is Betty.
This is Betty on catnip.
Find Betty and many others at Raystede.org
Max came to Raystede back in January after his human decided to move away and leave Max behind. He was a big handsome boy, full of loving cuddles and somehow without even one tooth in his mouth.
It didn't take long before he found some new humans to love him and he went off to what was supposed to be his forever home.
But something wasn't right and then he became spooked by some houseguests, so he ran away and went missing for two months. No one but Max knows what happened, but he was finally found -- skinny, missing some fur and a bit rough around the edges.
It's anyone's guess how he found food considering he has no teeth!
His adventures didn't change his loving nature, though, and he's just as purry as he was before. He's on the mend and looking better each time I see him at the shelter.
Here's hoping Max finds happiness in a new loving home soon.
Meet Tigger. He's a big ol' ginger kitty who loves to talk. Getting a picture of him with his mouth closed is actually hard to do because he has so much to say.
Really? And then what happened?
Oh! I can't believe she said that to you.
Oh, interesting. Could you elaborate on that?
A knock knock joke? OK. Who's there?
Ha ha ha, that's a good joke
Hey Tigger, can I tell you one of my jokes?
OK, maybe not.
By Cammie Toloui
Inspired Wedding Photojournalism, Portrait, Cat and Event Photography in Lewes, Brighton and beyond
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