Dallas, Mochi, and Haku

I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner for a friend and client today. Naturally, I took photos of the get-together, but my favorites were of their pets Dallas (pomeranian), Mochi (shiba), and Haku (kitten). They’re so adorable.

Seattle, WA. July 1, 2017. Fujifilm X-Pro2 + 16-55/2.8.




Sheena was very curious about the softbox I was holding above her. However, she lost interest very quickly and walked away immediately after I got this shot. I couldn’t even get her to acknowledge the softbox again after this. Cats are funny sometimes.

portrait of jackson


Photographing cats is hard. They don’t take direction well (if at all), and they do whatever they want whenever they please. All you can do it sit and watch and hope that you can get the right shot at the right moment. Most of time, you miss the shot (well, at least, I do), but sometimes you get lucky and capture a winner.

Earlier this week, I got lucky. I had just finished working on a self-portrait with off-camera lighting and decided that I would try to photograph Jackson as well. I already had my lighting ready to go (D300 shooting at 1/800th sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200 in commander mode, SB-600 with a Lumiquest Softbox III attached), so all I needed to do was get in position and get the shot.

Here’s the progression of events:

1. Sit near Jackson and wait for him finish scratching his neck.

2. Hold out flash with left hand and wave it around to get Jackson’s attention. Make sure camera is pointed at him.

3. While he is distracted, take a few shots (I got 3).

4. Watch Jackson get bored and run away.

5. Pray that one of the shots is in focus and properly framed.

All of this happened in the space of about 2 minutes. Of the 3 shots I took, this was the only one in focus *and* framed well. I wasn’t even looking through the camera – I was too busy watching Jackson and making sure I was holding the light in the correct position. I got incredibly lucky.

The only post I did was cropping the image tighter and brightening up the exposure just a bit, so we could see more detail in his body. The rest is as-is. I am incredibly happy with how this image turned out and will definitely be attempting more off-camera lighting with Jackson.