I would be lying if I said I wasn’t giddy like a schoolgirl about capturing these images. Honestly, I expected this to be a complete disaster, and I went into it hoping by some miracle I would get one good shot. This is after all the same kitten who tears through my house knocking over and chewing up everything in his path, and thinks 3:00 am is a great time to use me has his own personal jungle gym. Most of my concern came from the fact I’ve been so busy I figured if this was going to have worked, I should have done it when he was younger, for the same reason I photograph newborns between 4-14 days old. They are typically so darn sleepy you can move them around without waking them.
This little cutie is now 15 weeks old and is the newest member of our family. My husband calls him Tuco. His name was Frito when we got him, which I didn’t love, so I have tried out Mini-Meow, Corn Chip, Bad Kitty and a few others, but I’m still not sold on any of them. Poor kid is going to end up with an identity crisis! I imagine at this point Tuco is probably going to stick.
I’m sure my husband thought I was nuts when I asked him to come to the studio to help me out. But him thinking I’m nuts is not anything new! Thankfully Jimmy is a patient guy and puts up with the majority of my shenanigans.
I am absolutely in love with this little bear I picked up from the TinaBoBeanies Etsy shop! I used it during a real newborn session earlier this week, so you will be seeing it again on the blog soon.
“Um, Mom. What’s going on?”
And of course I couldn’t let him leave the studio without a proper “headshot”. If he keeps chewing up my stuff he’s going to have to go find a job soon to pay for the damages.
So how did I do it? This really was a combination of a lot of luck and some thoughtful preparation. I brought him over in the evening around the time he typically starts to mellow out. I worked at my desk for about an hour with him there, so he had time to explore and get comfortable with the space. I would occasionally trigger my studio lights so he would get used to the noise and the flash. I put the tie on him for a bit, knowing initially he was going to fight to get it back off, and I left the props out for him to check out. Once he stopped exploring and laid down on the window sill by my desk, I crossed my fingers and got to work. I had to laugh because I really did pull out some of the same “baby whispering” techniques I would use in a real newborn session. I put him in the prop and then softly rubbed his nose to soothe him until he fell asleep. Once he was asleep I would take some “safe shots” to ensure I had a shot, even if it wasn’t perfect, in case he woke back up, and then I would work on moving him into a more ideal position.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the images as much as I enjoyed sharing them! Please contact me if you are interested in booking a newborn session – furry or human.