Meet Bebop. Bebop is a cat who lives in a skyscraper in downtown Raleigh with his owners, Kerry and Alex. Bebop enjoys looking out the window at the little cars, watching the hawks who live in the Wachovia building, chasing his treats across the floor, and staring intently at his parents while they cook dinner from a bar stool at the counter. Kerry and Alex were the main focal point of this engagement session, I think, but we temporarily forgot this when we met Bebop and Kerry and Alex subsequently took a back seat for a while so we could make a new best friend. We’re afraid to post the following pictures because then Bebop might see them and realize that he wasn’t 100% the star of the show and be upset with us, so Kerry and Alex, please try to stop him from looking at them after the first couple of photos. We wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings.

Objectives: to photograph the amazingly talented and gorgeous Perry Vaile of Perry Vaile Photography alongside her handsome husband Shawn. Also, to photograph the slightly elusive and slightly adorably-crosseyed cat Lexie. Also, to photograph the previous racing dogs learning how to be precious house dogs Huckleberry and Finnigan. This was the mission I accepted at their house. The second mission was to go to Perry’s neighbor’s farm down the road and photograph them there… where there happened to be the most adorable miniature donkeys ever.  Now, I’m not sure that “ever” really describes it as I’m fairly certain that miniature donkeys ANYWHERE would be the cutest ever, but, you know what I mean. So the house mission combined with the farm mission was total cuteness overload and WAY too much cute to photograph in 2 hours… so just know that I tried, Perry, but your family is way, way too cute… and thus this was only a glimpse into its cuteness.

I was super honored to be chosen by Perry to photograph her family this year as she is a WONDERFUL photographer and I was crazy nervous a bit like this. She and Shawn were so amazingly sweet to me and made me feel perfectly comfortable though… and I’m so happy to have worked on this for them!

I always hear people talk about how photographing their kids is a lot harder than photographing other people’s kids. I think this is also true of your cats, which (if you’re like us) are your kids… only the furry, four-legged kind. I’ve been realizing lately how little I take pictures of our own little guys. We have a lot on our phones, but not true genuine pictures. So, while there’s still down time for another month before wedding season, I took some pictures of our boys. :) The CSP Spokescats are ready for the 2012 wedding season… and they’re chasing their tails and sleeping with their mouths open to prove it.

Cat Key:

Dolfy (“Dolfs”, “D”) – Brown stripped tabby

Buckles (“Beebs”, “B”) – Tuxedo cat