Pet Photography in Kent
Running your own business can be a bit of a struggle. Most photographers go into business with a passion for taking photographs and capturing memories. But running a photography business is so much more than that. Its marketing and advertising, its insurance and taxes and accounting. A large part of my business is not about taking photographs at all! And it can come as a bit of a shock to the system. For some, it can take all the pleasure out of photography, reduce it to something you do by rote instead of with enjoyment.
For me, the way I stop this from happening is by planning little personal projects alongside. So I am shooting for me, not just for clients.
My children often feature in my projects, and often I don’t share the results. Because these are for me, not for business!
But I wanted to share these with you all, because these babies are as much a part of my life as my human ones! And its only right that I introduce them 🙂
**********WARNING: If you have a fear of snakes or lizards, you may want to stop scrolling!**********
So here they are, my fur and scale babies!
Panda is a 7 year old moggy, and the fluffiest, soppiest cat you could ever meet! He is big, and can seem intimidating. But he is really cuddly and loves to socialise.
Pixie is Panda’s half sister. We got them from the same home as kittens, but from different litters (born a week apart). She is quite skittish, and likes to keep to herself. But she can be very very loving. She has learnt how to nudge open doors, and likes to sneak into my bedroom at night and curl up on my pillow!
She is really difficult to photograph, as she hates being in one place for too long!
Pebbles is the newest addition to our cat clan. She has just turned a year old, and is confident and feisty. She loves nothing better than climbing trees and trying to catch the magpies that roost there, much to my disappointment. She hasn’t managed to catch one yet though thankfully!
Benjamin bunny belongs to my littlest panda cub. We fell in love with him because of his tendency to keep one ear up and one down.
He is a house rabbit, and happily hops around with the cats (I think he secretly thinks he is one!). He is such a friendly boy, and will hop up on your lap for cuddles.
Mole is a black Syrian hamster. He was my Mothers day present last year, and he is the cutest little hamster ever. He will do anything for a piece of cheese!
Blaze is a bearded dragon. He loves watercress, rocket and locusts. He will let you know when he wants to come out of his viv by scratching on the glass doors and waving!
Astrid is one of two crested geckos we have as family pets. She is a beautiful girl, who can appear anything from a really pale beige with black spots, to a really dark chocolate brown. She loves mango and pear, and sitting on people’s heads!
Norbert belongs to my biggest panda (and assistant), Sasha. He was our first reptile. He is a beautiful orange/yellow colour, with amazing eye crests (cresties are sometimes known as eyelash lizards). He is a little cutie. Although he technically isn’t a family pet, as he no longer lives with us (he lives with Sasha), he is still part of the family.
Bellatrix is our beautiful corn snake. She belongs to Sasha, but lives with us. She eats mice, and is a bit greedy! All the children love it when she sheds her skin, and argue over who’s turn it is to take the old skin in to school or nursery. Snakes get a bit of a bad press, but she is lovely. None of us have ever been bitten by her, she isn’t slimy. Shes a bit grumpy when shes coming into shed, but her eyes go milky, so we know not to handle her then. Shes active and fascinating to watch! Not scary at all 🙂
We have had other pets over the years: a giant millipede, a hermit crab, various types of stick insect, other hamsters and rabbits. But these are our current residents. My aim is to make this an on-going project, updating my photos of them as they grow or change.
Photographing animals requires a whole different set of skills to photographing babies! I love it though, and will happily take on commissions for pet photography. Please do contact me on the form below, or on my Facebook page, if you’d like to book to have your fur or scale baby photographed 🙂