Any animal is unsure of a new place. How they react to it is different depending on animal breed and species, specifically dogs vs. cats. Dogs more or less will tend to rush in and scope out the studio and keep moving while cats will slink around and crawl under something to hide—be it a couch ion the front area or behind the backdrops.
No matter how super laid back and cool you think your cat is it is a whole new ball game bringing them to a place where they can smell other people and animals. That’s why we never rush animal portraits and let them have time to find their way around and decide what works for them. Especially with cats. They more or less will come when they feel like it while dogs can often be coaxed with a snack.
At Springs Pet Portraits we are all about pets—but mostly that ends up being dogs. Not that we have anything against other animals it’s just that overwhelmingly it’s dog owners who come to us with their pets.
Cat Portraits tend to go a bit differently than dog portraits. For one thing we will go on location for portraits—especially for cats as they do not always love to travel (the way dogs do). And any cat owner can tell you cats can be a bit aloof and not open to the same types of posing commands that dogs are.
Capturing a pet and owner can be difficult. Especially when the pet is a cat. We have been doing more and more cat portraits. Cats have their own sense of timing and decide things on their own terms—much more than dogs do. One of the keys to a great portrait—in addition to subject, lighting and posing- is color harmony. Having the subject wear an outfit that matches the background.