Last Updated on: October 21, 2009 by Ingrid King
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Megan Lee of Paws and Claws Photography. When I wanted to get a professional author photo for Buckley’s Story that also included Amber, I turned to Megan. I had seen her work on her website, and had also seen her in action at the annual Santa Portraits event at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital Resort and Spa in Great Falls, VA. I figured if Megan can take amazing photos of dogs and their owners in the chaotic setting of an event that attracts hundreds of dogs, she would be able to take a great photo in which both Amber and I looked at the camera at the same time!
Megan brought a complete photo studio to our living room. While Amber was not too terribly thrilled at having her space invaded in this way, she was a good sport about it. For her perspective on the photo shoot, click here. Megan took a lot of photos of Amber and me in various poses and in front of different backdrops for about an hour, and I was thrilled with the end result.
Megan was kind enough to answer the following questions for us:
I specialize in unique portraits of pets and their people by coming the location of your choice.
Is it more challenging to photograph cats than dogs?
Yes because cats won’t sit and stay.
How do you get dogs and cats to look at the camera?
I use a combination of treats, squeaky toys, and verbal requests.
You have a way to capture the essence of the pet, as well as the relationship between pet and person in your photographs. How do you do that?
Photographing in your home or at a location that you and your pet feel comfortable in cuts down on a lot of the anxiety that the animal or human might feel.
What was your most challenging or funny experience at a photo shoot with a cat?
Once while shooting several cats in a client’s home, one of the cats got loose and ran into the master bedroom. After searching for 30 minutes we finally found him in the box spring of the master bed. This particular cat was adopted the day before and didn’t come out until after I had left. So far it’s the only animal that I couldn’t successfully photograph!
Do you have any tips for our readers on how to take great photos of their cats?
Lots of patience and either no flash or an off the camera flash.
For more information about Megan and Paws and Claws Photography, and to see more of Megan’s wonderful photos, please visit her website.
Copyright for both photos used in this post: Megan Lee, Paws and Claws Photography.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.