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6 December, 2016
December 6, 2016
It’s that time of year!! I love seeing blogs filled with so many holiday how-to’s and Christmas traditions, it’s enough to keep me scrolling and scrolling all day. I don’t think there isn’t one Christmas inspired recipe I haven’t re-pinned! And one of my favorite reads are all the holiday traditions everyone shares around this time.
Holidays around the a balancing peach world are always a little crazy! With a hyper active mischievous cat and a overly laid back dog, my home is a bit hectic. Finnick hardly ever stops moving, so including him in my annual Christmas photo is nothing short of a challenge. But I love him and want him to treat him this Christmas!
So I’m sharing some easy to follow steps that can help you get the perfect in-the-moment photo for even the most rambunctious of kitties.
^^ He rarely ever sits still!
Find a well lit area of your house that’s empty enough for you to easily move around with props and your kitty. It’s important it’s a well lit area and you only have one source of light, as it will save you headaches later trying to distinguish between the hues of natural vs indoor lighting.
Make sure to also choose between an unassuming background. Whether that’s a patterned rug or comforter you want your kitty to take center of attention.
Most kitties aren’t just going to curl up into an unkown object right off the bat. Lay your photo props on the floor or the bed and just let them get used to the new object. I typically don’t leave Fin alone with my props because I want him to be used to me around him and the prop. Interacting with him with the prop helps him see that he isn’t in trouble for sniffing or even chewing on it!
This is key for kitties! You are going to have to find the balance of keeping the cat intrigued, but not bored.
I let Fin lay on the ground roll around with the wreath for a few minutes and then took it away. If I left it he would end up getting bored and uninterested. And forcing him to interact with anything typically leaves me with a couple of scratches.
Let’s be honest – Finny is never going to do what I want him to do… but his favorite Temptations® Classics Catnip cat treats help me ‘tempt’ him to be a good kitty for even just a moment so I can snap a photo of him. I like grabbing these treats from my local Walmart because Fin loves their taste so much that I have to make sure to not give him too many treats before our photos are done.
Typically just the rustle of the bag of these or the Temptations® Classics Tantalizing Turkey Flavor Cat Care & Treats is more than enough to keep him intrigued!
You’ve let your kitty be a kitty, you’ve given yourself the best light, and you have treated him to stay still just a bit more… Now take the photo!
Ok… my holiday card winner (if you keep going you’ll see it at the end) took more than one simple snap, but with some patience, planning and just knowing how Fin operates I was able to get a winner.
Since I couldn’t quite fit all my little family into one photo (that is just a headache I’ve not even willing to try) finding a card layout that showcases more than one photo is a must! I’ve been leaning towards the minimalistic cards lately that lets my photos speak for themselves.
^^ He loves his treats!
^^ Holiday photo winner 🙂
I’m really excited to share my holiday photo card with Finnick wrapped up in a wreath! He unfortunately missed out on the holiday card last year, but this year he’ll be on the front with Zeus and I, as well as getting a few extra treats.
PS I finally ordered some extra large mudcloth pillows and I love them!