Burlap & Boxes – JANUARY

 Kitten Photography

Burlap and Boxes Kitten Photoshoot JANUARY

our 1st LuvKelly Recycles = save the earth + save the kittens photoshoot.

For the entire year of 2015, Kelly Richardson Images has chosen to create a monthly rescue kitten photo shoot with all natural materials and recycled items that can be found around the house. We are going green in an effort to raise community awareness for the planet earth and for the innocent kittens and cats that are in need of rescue. We hope to encourage our communities to recycle to help save the environment, save energy, and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer of the earth; We hope to raise community awareness for kittens on death row in county shelters, and get help and support for the private rescue organizations that save them,  take them off death row, foster them with adequate supplies, attend to their medical needs and find them a furrr-ever home.

 

For this photoshoot we wanted a raw, natural look using “green” recycled materials.  We came up with Burlap and Boxes.  The Burlap is leftover scrap material left over from Fall.  We used a large Burlap piece of material for the background approximately 3’x5′, as well as a Burlap “tablerunner” that was purchased on clearance at a discount store.  The boxes are leftover from Christmas.  We ripped some of the paper from the box lid flaps to get the beautiful texture underneath.  The kittens loved playing with the burlap strings and had a great time, pulling them apart.  They enjoyed rolling around in the on their backs and playing hide and seek.  It was not difficult to get them inside the box. We left it in the kitty room for several days before the photoshoot for them to sleep in and get used to.

Kitten wrapped up in BurlapIntroducing “Authentik” kitten images NEW Gallery for Luvkelly 2015

  • Pure, Natural, Authentic
  • Neutral Color Palettes, Muted Hues
  • REAL, Simple, Organic, “Green”
  • Touchable Textures, Fibers and Textiles
  • Each image can “Stand Alone” – poster, greeting card, bookmark, notepad, journal, school folders
  • Gallery Worthy, Classical kitten images
  • LuvKelly is a Fundraiser for a good cause: a portion of licensing proceeds goes directly to save a kitten’s life

The newest kitten images Authentik Kittens are definitely worth a look.  These kitten images are taken in natural settings using ambient light (natural light) with “green” materials.  The newest images for 2015  are Pure, Real, Simple, Neutral Color Palettes that can stand alone or be used as greeting cards for any occasion. There are over 100 freshly made images in a variety of crops available for licensing- 2×6 crops for bookmarks, 5×7 for cards, 8×10 for puzzles and much more.  Just shot last week, these have never been seen before.  Be the first to license these beautiful, gallery worthy, stand alone images! By doing so, you will also help support LuvKelly Kittens cause and make the world a better place!

Kitten Playing in Box
*1/22/15 Photos of kitten images above on this blog post were taken last week. This is a beautiful, friendly litter of 6 kittens, still unnamed just 6 weeks old. These cute kittens were found in trash bags inside a dumpster by a Burger King employee. They were taken to a shelter, placed on death row due to over crowding, then saved by friends itsallaboutthecats rescue group.

Here are a few images from the shoot- these are available in all crop sizes including 2×6 for bookmarks (see samples below) :

 

Using Backlight Photography

Kitten on Windowsill
IMG_4226 Gracie Rescue Kitten

 

Shooting a backlit scene can be more technically challenging. Backlight photography exposure can be tricky.  And as we all know, an important rule in photography “101” is to avoid shooting against the sun. If you do, you will usually end up with either completely over exposed photographs, or a dark and indefinite shadow. However, certain subjects, such as pets  may warrant backlit exposure – as they wander into their own purrr-fect candid pose (on a windowsill with the sun shining behind them!).

It is always best for photographers to know how to handle lighting techniques for every situation, and backlight is one of them.  Backlight can prove to be a beautiful source of light in its own, creating dynamic beautiful shots that glow!

kitten sitting windowsill
IMG_4219 Abby Rescue Kitten

The tricky part when it comes to backlit scenes is getting the proper exposure. When your camera is set to evaluative metering it meters the entire scene to determine the best exposure. In the case of a backlit subject, evaluative metering will fail because the background is so brightly lit by the sun.  Your camera can’t meter for both the bright background and the front subject at the same time.  To over come this technical issue, you can set your camera to spot metering to tell the camera which part of the picture is the most important to you.  You can then meter the subject’s face (kitten face in this case) and let the highlights go completely white.

In the image above, the majority of the sunlight was coming from behind the kitten through the window, causing the fur around the edge of the kitten body to glow, with still enough ambient light to capture detail in the front. I used spot metering and metered the kitten’s face.  Light was reflected all around creating the catch lights in the kitten’s eyes from the white shutter doors that were opened on each side.  Settings are as follows: ISO 250, f2.8, ss 160, canon macro 100 mm lens, Canon mark II 5D

BACKLIGHT TIPS

  • Change your exposure mode to spot metering, and meter the subjects face.

  • When there is not enough ambient light to capture the details in the foreground subject,  you can use fill flash or a white reflector.

Gracie & Abby

The foster rescue kittens photographed for this weeks blog and newsletter are Gracie and Abby, two sisters who were rescued with their mother from a high kill shelter. They have had very little contact with humans and came to us very frightened and scared.   We have been working with them 24/7 showing them as much love and attention as possible, to help them overcome their fear of humans and prepare them for adoption as a sweet loving pets.  After the third day in our care, they began to trust, became very playful,  and accepted our touch, with much more relaxed personalities.  They were still just too shy to be posed. These are candid natural images of them sitting alongside the windowsill with ambient backlight.  This is a time when knowing how to backlight a subject with correct exposure comes in handy!

2015 New Year’s Resolution: Purr More with Luvkelly

Rescue Kitten PhotosNew Year’s Resolution: Purr More with Luvkelly

Looking ahead into the New Year 2015, Kelly plans to Purr even more by creating more fresh and colorful luvkelly rescue kitten images. LuvKelly brand, established in 2014 by Kelly Richardson, will continue its mission to raise community awareness and money to help foster parents and private organizations continue their efforts to rescue, socialize, vet, foster and re-home as many homeless cats/kittens as possible to avoid them from going to a high kill shelter.  A portion of the proceeds generated through licensing the luvkelly foster kitten images will go directly to save abandoned kittens.

Introducing LuvKelly Recycles 2015 = save the earth + save the kittens

For the entire year of 2015, Kelly Richardson Images has chosen to create a monthly rescue kitten photoshoot with all natural materials and recycled items that can be found around the house. We are going green in an effort to raise community awareness for the planet earth and for the innocent kittens and cats that are in need of rescue. We hope to encourage our communities to recycle to help save the environment, save energy, and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer of the earth;  at the same time, we hope to raise community awareness for kittens on death row in county shelters, and get help and support for the private rescue organizations that save them,  take them off death row, foster them with adequate supplies, attend to their medical needs and find them a furrr-ever home.

Kelly hopes the future 2015 will bring worldwide recognition for Luvkelly foster kitten images, hoping it will enable support to reach a national level for kitten rescue groups.  Kelly would like to see Luvkelly kitten images on products on shelves of retail stores in the form of stationary, calendars, school notebooks, bookbags, stickers, folders, notecards, lunch boxes, gift bags, gift wrap, greeting cards, puzzles, coffee table books, children’s books, kids’ unique gifts such as umbrellas, rainboots, luggage tags, partyware, bedding and housewares, and much more!  Contact Kelly for more information on licensing luvkelly images to help support rescue kittens and get involved in this amazing Luvkelly fundraiser.  Kelly is always available and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours.  She enjoys meeting new licensees and … Kelly offers free design services!

2014 studiopets – What’s Not to Love About…

12 Puppy Puzzle Square-upsWhat’s Not to Love About… is a 12 collage studiopets puzzle created by Kelly Richardson, available for license now. This is a small representation of what Kelly has to offer. KRI has hundreds of studiopets in every category imaginable: holidays, birthday, food, coffee, beach, school, diva, flowers, bath time, kids toys, work/office, sports, and much more. See slideshow below. All studiopets are isolated on a white background, so that beautiful complimentary colors, and background patterns can be added in post. Studiopets are extremely versatile to fit any product specs. Kelly is available to help with your project needs.

What’s Not To Love About… 12 collage studiopets Christmas puzzle available for license now.

Christmas Puzzle Pet Square-ups

Slideshow below shows a variety of favorite images of StudioPets from categories and holidays that are in the Image-Bank. This is a small representation of what is available. Please check the image-bank for more. *If there is something particular you are looking for, please contact Kelly. There are still so many images that are not yet uploaded in the image-bank.