This window is unmistakably the window of a house with animals. It is lovingly spotted with nose prints and maybe an occasional spray from a sneeze.
New clients sometimes feel intimidated about creating art in their homes, especially when going elsewhere isn't a possibility due to health (or in this case, a cat who despises travel). They fret about the quality of their furniture and lighting. They feel their homes aren't "pretty" enough because they don't look House Beautiful or Sunset. They worry about extra hair on the sofa.
Life is art. Your home is where life happens.
Those nose prints on the window will be the ones that will be hard to wipe away someday because they are the last ones. That extra hair on the sofa is an indication of how much joy and love happens there. Your life together is beautiful, and that kind of beauty isn't staged for a magazine.
We can talk more about why home is the ideal place for photographs when we meet. For now, it's worth noting that anything less than a hoarding situation can yield breathtaking art. Stacks of boxes from your move don't have to be in the frame - we can work around those. We can create images that are narrowly focused to exclude distractions, which is what normally happens in portraits, anyway. It doesn't matter if your furniture doesn't match, because we'll see just once piece at a time in a photograph (and believe me when I say I'm in no position to judge).
The photo above happened on the back of an overstuffed, green leather chair that matched nothing else in the room. It had some cat damage. The three cats in this family have had their way with the window. And none of that matters, because the important piece of this photograph is the subject. This guy who sleeps everywhere and anywhere with style is what the family wanted to capture. He is most stunning in his natural habitat, as is every other creature.
So there's no pressure. You don't have to clean everything. You don't have to clean anything. Do what feels right and the art will follow.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.