Laura is the best domestic cat photographer I know. So good that her photos from Paw Placement Animal Rescue enticed me to adopt 2 cats in 2013 and then hire her to photograph both of them at my house. She captured their individual personalities in her photos and I am grateful for her services. Here is Laura’s story and some of her special little cat photos…
I specialize in pet photography and mainly I photograph little cats. My love for cats was the beginning for me…. I had a rescue cat for 15 years that I adopted when she was 1 year of age. She was a rescue calico tabby and for years I took photos of her not realizing the love I had for photography. After she passed away at 15 years old, I stopped taking photos. I didn’t realize it until I adopted another cat and picked up my camera again and started photographing the new kitten I adopted from Paw Placement Animal Rescue. This was the moment I realized that I had a passion for photographing cats. I went to Paw Placement and offered to take photos of their cats. I was complimented on my photos and it encouraged me to go further with my photography.
Summer of 2011, I signed up for a beginning photography class and purchased my first DSLR camera. I met Kathleen in the fall of 2012 in her first photography workshop at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona. I found out about her workshop from a volunteer at one of the animal rescue groups I was helping and it sounded interesting so I went online and signed up immediately. During that time, I was looking to improve my photography skills. Kathleen and I connected with the same interests for the love of animals and photography. It was a great weekend of fun photographing the whole day and meeting new friends who enjoy photography. Kathleen’s class improved my outdoor photography. I still have my photos up on my website from the first workshop. After that, I assisted Kathleen with future workshops at the park. I have great memories and I highly recommend her workshops.
From that time on I haven’t stopped taking photos and I’m still working with Paw Placement Animal Rescue photographing their cats and sometimes dogs to help these deserving animals get adopted. I also do an annual cat calendar for Paw Placement and 100% of the proceeds are donated to the rescue group. (Click my LittleCatPhoto.com website link below to purchase my calendar). And I offer services to everyone who has a pet they love and I work on location.
Are you interested in pet photography? If so, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind that have helped me…
- Be patient. Animals must feel safe and comfortable. Never rush them or give a vibe that you are impatient, animals pick up on that and they can become less responsive. Understand the animal you are photographing. Cats are more sensitive and can sometimes be more on guard or afraid. In animal rescue, both cats and dogs can be on guard and afraid. When the animal is ready, then we are ready to photograph. I find that sometimes at the end of the session I will get the best photos because the animal is feeling more comfortable and confident by then and trust has been gained.
- Love what you photograph! I cannot stress this enough – and this goes back to number one, if you love what you photograph you will be more patient and your subject will become more comfortable and will be easier to photograph. If you have a passion for what you photograph you will have great photos.
About Laura Cervantes
Thank you Kathleen for inviting me to your blog to talk about my photography. It’s a great honor!
I’ve met thousand of cats photographing for Paw Placement Animal Rescue in Scottsdale, AZ. I’m published in Rescue Me. I have two beautiful cats of my own that I adopted from Paw Placement. I enjoy sharing my passion with my husband, Rodney, who assists me with photo sessions. My nickname is Little Cat – hence the name of my website.
I’d love to photograph your little felines. My rates are very reasonable. Please visit my website and contact me at www.littlecatphoto.com. And while you’re there, please purchase my annual cat calendar, it makes a great gift to other feline lovers. Every photo I take and every calendar helps to rescue animals.
When I’m not photographing, I work in the field of audiology helping people hear better.