This post was originally from summer of 2014 but seemed oddly appropriate for Ash Wednesday. Please enjoy and, remember, if you have cats close those fireplace flues!
As a professional pet photographer I’m pretty used to working with subjects that don’t act as expected and rarely do what you ask them to do. For some this would be frustrating. For me it’s really what makes this job great: you never know exactly what you’re going to get.Â Sometimes, however, things can tilt a bit more to the unmanageable: like the shoot I had with a cute little kitten last week.
Grappa is an adorable 9-month old Calico who moved in with my longtime client and all-time favorite subject: Guido the Italian Kitty. Grappa and Guido’s mom bid onÂ a photo session with me at a recent San FranciscoÂ fundraiser so this was going to be young Grappa’s first professional photo shoot. I was forewarnedÂ sheÂ was a bit of a pistol andÂ in 6 short monthsÂ had already trashed a 32-inch flatscreen tv,Â shreddedÂ a pricey set of drapes and caused general mayhem on a daily basis. No problem, I thought. I can handle this.
The shoot started out normally. Grappa was initially a little nervous and wary of the camera but that often happens with cats and we wereÂ slowly getting comfortable with each other. I got some fun shots of her in the powder room, thenÂ with her mom holding her. Great,Â she’s loosening up, I thought. So I switched to different lens to get in a bit closer. That’s whenÂ things went Â bad.
I looked up and Grappa wasn’t where she’d been over near the fireplace. Now allÂ I could see was a tinyÂ Calico tail hanging down inside the chimney like Santa Claus’ bootÂ on Christmas morning. GrappaÂ was heading up the flue! Her mom was thereÂ in a flash and quickly extractedÂ aÂ now-extremely sooty kittenÂ who promptly squirmed free and beelined it to the powder room leaving a black-paw printÂ trail behind her and on all of us. We were all completely trashed.
Now that aÂ onceÂ tricolorÂ black, white and orange cat was now one color, black,Â Â we called it a dayÂ andÂ sealed off the fireplace to prevent future expeditions. Don’t believe it?Â I have photographic evidence below.
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