I love doing kitten mini sessions for my families before their new little additions go home. One of my requests this week was “bubbles”. This adorable girl is going home to Calley P. next week :). I also did a video which I have posted at the end. I apologize for the terrible video quality :(. I had to use my cell to record since I need my pro camera to shoot with. If videos of behind the scenes with the kittens in the studio (with camera settings, and whatever “tips” pop into my mind), kitten playtime (random videos in our house), as well as Q&A type of things (cameras, Lykoi, genetics, etc) is something that our followers would like me to try and post more of, then I am willing to get better equipment for videos. I don’t really enjoy being in front of the camera, I prefer being behind it! But I have made many friends because of the Lykoi (as well as my pet photography), so I am willing to stop hiding and start letting you guys meet my nutty self (and to the friends that already know I am a nut, you would get to see more. Hahaha!). We have also welcomed two baby fox into our family (legally…not captured from the wild) and I could share more about them as well…after all I think most of our subscribers love baby animals of all kinds! Let me know what you guys think in the comments below, or a FB comment as to whether you want more videos (better quality too! LOL!), or should I stick to rare videos and lots of photos like normal ;).
Anyway, all the photos below were shot during that video (I didn’t go back and photograph more after clicking off the video). Isn’t she a cutie pie?
Two corrections from the video…I switched my ISO to 100…I had accidently set it to 50. I never shoot at ISO 50. The second thing is the reason I tap alternate lights is to get the cats to look where I want. I often turn one light up a bit higher and that helps me to get more dramatic shadows, or to light their face better so that when I add a fairy/glowing light/sunbeam to the image I have the correct lighting on the face…this makes it more realistic 🙂
I love it when a family of one of my kittens suggests a theme and it is my job to find the props and make the idea come to life! This was a quick session done in a hurry to help surprise this little feller’s new dad with a birthday gift! This is more a gallery posting, then a behind the scenes post like I normally do…but I thought I would post it anyway! My model is a 5 weeks old Lykoi kitten who is just beginning to “wolf out”. That is the joking term we use for when the Lykoi molt their coat and grow that patchy hair back in that is reminiscent of the old werewolf movies.
For my photography friends, this was shot using two Alien Bees (a B800 and a B400 both with softboxes). I used wood backdrops from Lemondrop Stop. I used clear plexiglass to cover the bottom drop. I purposely left the scuffs on the baseball equipment….so yes, I could have clean the gear up in PS, but chose not to. My camera is now the Sony A7rII. I used the new Sony 24-70/2.8 GM lens at varying focal lengths. The settings were ISO 100, SS 1/200, F/7.1.
Blooper shot….Not suitable for work 😉
Sometimes I have a backdrop that I have to resist using because it just becomes a favorite! I have already posted this one recently, but since my little model Pharrell the Lykoi was so adorable that I decided to turn it into a post anyway! 🙂
Settings- Nikon D810 & Sigma 35 1.4 Art Lens. Shutter Speed 1/125, ISO- 100, F/8. The backdrop is sold HERE.
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!
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-
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!).