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Simple Drama

I know many times I go over the top with props, necklaces, and backdrops, but sometimes just simple black with a focus on the model is nice. I wanted to try for a “hair lighting” effect for this session with my kitten model “Dire”. At the bottom of the post you will find a behind the scenes photo as well as my settings as usual!

Lykoi Kitten

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I changed out the black cloth backdrop and floor drop, but left the lights in the same position for the next image with Dire’s sibling-


Now for the behind the scenes info! This was a two light set up, and is shown here-

BTS_Hair Lighting

My camera is the Nikon D810 and my lens is the Sigma 35 1.4 Art…which is nearly the only lens I use in studio with pets! My settings were mostly the same and were- ISO-79, Shutter Speed 1/100, F/10. My images are always edited in Photoshop. These were mostly edited completely by hand, but I did use several of the tools from Chasing Light Chemistry Set. They provide quick adjustments to speed up editing workflow :). The purple backdrop is found HERE. The black backdrop and floor cloth were from the fabric store (I like the velvet and crushed velvet best!).

Cat Show Days

If you have never been to a cat show, I highly recommend you go to at least one! You will never be around a larger group of cat adoring fans..not to mention kitties of every shape, size, color and personality! These are just a few of my favorite images! show-2 Malice fbLykoi fb Cat Show1 Cat Show Cat Show 7 Cat Show 6 Cat Show 5 Cat Show 4 Cat Show 3 Cat Show 2

All images shot with my Nikon D810 and either my Sigma 85 1.4 or Sigma 35 1.4 Art. All with natural light. I tend to carry a small wand in my back pocket or inside my boot and will jingle them to get the cat’s attention. Do make sure that the owner has a good group on their kitty before letting the cat see your toy or you may get a face full of playful kitty. Also keep in mind to not let the cats touch your toy or pet the adorable kitties unless the owners offer. Cat illnesses are easily spread and most owners take many precautions to keep their kitties in tip top shape! The wand shown in the video clips below are from Ceylon’s Wand-erland. She has so many beautiful styles available HERE. They are a cat photography MUST (also they work for most small children and some dogs as well! LOL).

Here is a video with more images and some Lykoi video clips. Enjoy!

A Dire Post

It was a Dire day in the studio…


It was a Dire day in the studio! sn’t he cute? Wait, you thought I had a horrible day? The kitten’s name is Dire!


“You look tasty!”


Those whiskers though….




And then a couple of friends dropped by for some quick photos too!


Lykoi Kitten

My camera is a Nikon D800 and my Sigma 35 1.4 Art lens was used. Two flash units were also used. My settings were- ISO-100, Shutter 1/100, F/8. The backdrop is one of my favorites from Lemondrop Stop. The water in the first image was created in Photoshop using a plug-in called “Flood” by Pear. 

What Lykoi Are Made Of…

I have had this idea in my head for some time, but need to gather all the perfect little props and finally set aside some time to make it happen!

So now you can see what Lykoi are made of ;). Cat’s Meow, Toadstools, Jellyfish Stingers, Fairy Dust, and Deadly Nightshade. Be sure to scroll down for the video too! And feel free to share and pin!

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“Did you say I was pretty?”




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Trick or treat…Smell my…feet?

Smell My Lykoi Toes


Lykoi Kittens In a Cauldron


Behind the scenes stuff…

I used to flash units with soft boxes for this set. I also used my Nikon D800 and Sigma 35 1.4 Art lens. Most of my settings were ISO-100, Shutter 1/100, F/4.5. 

The backdrop of the tree is from Photo Prop Floors and Backdrops and is sold HERE.  I used some of my actions from Chasing Light to speed up editing. They are sold HERE.

Behind the scenes!