A Commercial Cat Photo shoot

While we’re best known for our outdoor dog photography, we do photograph other animals. When given the opportunity to get stuck into a commercial shoot for a new pet-food brand, of course we said “Yes!”.

This was the perfect time to break out the (brand new) portable studio and really show what we can do. All images in this article are copyright and for the sole use of diffuse photo and Muezza Foods PLC.

 Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo

Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo

To say cat photography is difficult would be an understatement. Cat photography within an small clean white space is much harder. Our setup consists of an arctic white ‘infinite’ backdrop; hung from a support and extended along the floor in a smooth curve, and two flashes on mounts with modifiers. This gives a small, perfectly lit area in which we photographed Muezza. Keeping the cat entertained and within that perfectly lit area is the key to engaging photographs. That, and finding a comfortable position on the floor from which to shoot.

 Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo  Some cats find the string more entertaining than the toy.

Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo
Some cats find the string more entertaining than the toy.

Kerri, my trusty assistant took on the huge responsibility of keeping Muezza entertained with fluffy toys and squeakers (AKA playing with a kitten), while I was firmly planted to the floor with the camera. It’s times like this I thank the technology gods for the invention of remote flash control. For our shoot we used two Yongnuo YN560 III speedlights with integrated wireless controllers, and a YN560-TX hotshoe mounted controller. While a preferred setup would be a set of Profoto studio lights, for a small-scale, portable setup, the Yongnuo setup works wonderfully and is cost effective.

 Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo

Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo

 Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo

Image: © Copyright 2018 diffuse photo