Firefighters And Shelter Animals: Photo Shoot NO.5

A Sneak Peek of The Photo Shoots for The New Rochelle Humane Society 2012 Calendar

Hello everybody! Please do not get confused. I know, my blog underwent a bit of makeover, but it is still my old good blog so please do not go anywhere. Sit back, relax and let me tell you a little bit about our photo shoot number 5 featuring a firefighter James Foti and the greatest cat of all time Mr. Shamus.

Fireman with a beautiful red cat

Photo of fireman and a persian red cat

James has been a volunteer firefighter at the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department for six years. On May 27, 2011 just a day before our photo shoot James graduated from the Police Academy and is now employed as a police officer with the Mount Vernon Police Department. Congratulations James! His four-legged family members include two German shepherds, Allie and Cody.

Fireman and persian red great looking cat

Shamus has been at the New Rochelle Humane Society since April, 25 2011. He was hanging out around an apartment building at 46 Park Place in New Rochelle. Sadly no one has claimed him. He is adorable and super friendly cat.

Fireman and red persian shelter cat

If you read my previous posts then you already know that photographing cats in studio settings can be very difficult and challenging. So there I was that morning before the photo shoot, armed with tons of patience, a list of the friendliest cats at the shelter and ready for a possible failure in capturing perfect photographs within the one hour’s time slot that we had.

Fireman and shelter persian cat portraitFireman and red persian shelter cat

As my friend and a volunteer at the New Rochelle Humane Society, Barbara Gallo was opening the little door of the crate with Shamus we were all waiting in anticipation to see what he would do and how he would react to, for him, the new environment of the training room where our portable studio was set up. Shamus got out and… he was great!!! The easiest photo shoot so far!!! . He was very collaborative, mellow and easy going. He really seemed to like James and as long as James was petting him he was willing to stick around with him. It was great! We were done within forty minutes. And not only that, Shamus had a number of expressions under his sleeve. Just like any talented professional model does :). If you look closely at the photographs there you will see Shamus sometime maybe a little surprised, sometime looking cool, sometime playing tough and sometime just being silly.

ffireman and persian shelter cat portrait

I know that James likes big dogs and he felt a little bit disappointed that we photographed him with a cat, but he understands that it is not about cats or dogs but about all the animals that need our help. I am really thankful to James that he agreed to be photographed with Shamus, because looking at the photographs I think that they created a great team and really worked well together.

Fireman and shelter persian cat


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