Kathleen Riley Photography: Blog http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kathleen Riley Photography kathleen.riley.daniels@gmail.com (Kathleen Riley Photography) Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:47:00 GMT Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:47:00 GMT http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u60144703-o11696648-50.jpg Kathleen Riley Photography: Blog http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog 93 120 Here's where to find stock images http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/2/heres-where-to-find-stock-images The Beej - a beautiful Chinook dog running in the Minnesota winter snow. The Beej The Beej - a beautiful Chinook dog running in the Minnesota winter snow.

It's a GREAT idea to shoot your own stock images so you have exactly what you are looking for, but sometimes that isn't an option. There are lots out there and I've written about 5 FREE Stock Photo Sites before.  

Before you go wildly downloading images to use, be sure to read the licensing and rules and be certain you're willing to work with those. Do NOT search for an image and download it for your project - using search engine images without proper licensing / permission is wrong and illegal. Don't steal other people's work. 

Here are some to get you started

Captured By Carrie this site has animals, objects, textures and backgrounds. There are single items and bundles and the prices are good. Most of what is on this site is already extracted so that will save you time!  

PixelSquid has design ready objects that let you to unleash your creativity. Improve the efficiency of your workflow with photo-real objects available at any angle with perfect transparency.

Freeimages FREE has lots of free images for you to use. Some are higher quality than others, but there are lots and lots to select from so you should have something that works for your project. 

Adobe Stock single images start at about $10 ($9.99 like Macy's Bargain Basement) and there are subscriptions available too. The photos are beautiful and you'll be able to preview them first before purchasing to see if they work for you.

Unsplash FREE high-resolution images for you to use. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

Creative Market ready to use designs to help you get your creative on! Ready to use graphics, fonts, themes, photos and more starting at $2.

Pexels FREE All photos on Pexels are free for any personal and commercial purpose. All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Morgue File - FREE photos for commercial use. 

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Deviant Art - The largest online art gallery and community. There's lots of variety and almost anything you might imagine needing. Founded in August 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community. We have over 38 million registered members and attract over 65 million unique visitors per month. Our members — knowns as deviants — upload over 160,000 original art works every day, everything from painting and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, films, and anime.

BlogPiks - Thanks to Stuart Miles for sharing this site in the comments. Free Images For Your Blog, Website, Social Media Or Presentation. 



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Indian Relay Racing | Shakopee Horse Photos http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/indian-relay-racing-shakopee-horse-photos Indian Relay Race Rider

Indian relay is America’s oldest sport. It dates back over 400 years to when the horse was first reintroduced to the native cultures of the Americas. The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association, PIHRA, is the organizing body of Indian Relay and represents over 50 Indian Relay teams and events. 

Indian Relay Racing Competitors Indian Relay Racing Competitors






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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association | Winona Horse Photos http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-winona-horse-photos

We always enjoy going to Winona for dog and horse shows - life really is a dog and pony show! The city of Winona is located in Winona County in the State of Minnesota. The area is picturesque with bluffs soaring up along the Mississippi River. The most recognizable of the bluffs is Sugar Loaf. The town's name is said to have been the name of the first-born daughter of Chief Wapasha III. This isn't a huge town with a population of about 28,000 that increases during the school year as students arrive at Winona State University and St Mary's. 

I love creating memories like these for my clients Get in touch to discuss a Portrait Session with your horse.





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Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/rose-the-german-shepherd-dog-des-moines-iowa-pet-photos Meet Rose the German Shepherd Dog! 

Rose the German Shepherd Dog Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos

Trips to Iowa dog shows have been few and far between the past several years and I was really glad to be able to get there for the 2016 Autumn shows. Added bonus, this lovely German Shepherd Dog attained her AKC Champion title at this show and we were able to celebrate with a photo shoot. Rose turned out to be a wonderful poser and we got some really fun images of her at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

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I love creating memories like these for my clients. Get in touch with me today if you’d like to discuss booking a Portrait Session with your pets.


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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association Carnival of Color http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-carnival-of-color

The Kathleen Riley Photography team are professional photographers who mainly photograph dogs, horses and the people that love them. (It really is a dog and pony show!) Yes, we do private photos shoots too! 


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What should you do with all those photographs? The easiest thing to do is keep only the very best ones. Any photos that are out of focus, too dark, too light, or are not making you happy should go. (This applies to printed photos as well as your digital images.) 


If you're wondering what are the best images, keep in mind that they may not be the posed portrait images. You may have favorites that show people living their lives. For us, it often involves dogs, horses, funny faces, sticking our head through themed cut outs. You'll know the ones that make you feel good. 


Share your images with people! Family and friends appreciate getting images, and I've been known to send old photos off with notes that instruct people to keep them. 


Make you life, and those of people you love, easier. Label all your images on the back with names, dates, locations and other important information if you know it. There are specially made pencils for writing on the back of photographs, or use a soft lead (#2) pencil. Family Tree Magazine has some additional tips at their site too. 


When you are writing people's names on the back of images, be sure to use their actual names. Grandpa may make sense to you, but down the road that won't be helpful to other people. List them by first and last name and if you want to make genealogy folks happy, list women by First Name (Maiden Last Name) Married Last Name. 


Boxes of Photos - I love this for family members, and children in particular. Toss your best labeled images into an archival box and mark the outside with the person's name and the date range of the images. Simpler than keeping up on photo albums and easily transported when your child moves to their own place. 


Movies - okay, not really a photo, but you will want to take your old film and get it updated to a more modern alternative. Right now that is DVDs, and it will provably change, but having backups is a good plan. 


What are your favorite tips for preserving your photos? 

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The Charles H. Burwell House is an historic house museum in Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota. Built in 1883 by Charles Henry Burwell (1838–1917) for his second wife and their growing family. The land was purchased for $1,000.00 and the house was built for about $3,260.00. It is said the home's design was found in the Palliser's American Cottage catalog and is in the Carpenter Gothic/Stick style architecture. 

Burwell was the secretary and manager of the Minnetonka Mills Company, the first mill west of Minneapolis, founded in 1874 and ending with the demise of the mills in 1886. The Minnetonka Mills area was the first permanent Euro-American settlement in Hennepin County which is located to the west of Minneapolis. This property on Minnehaha Creek, including the house and two outbuildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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Genealogy and History - Glen Lake Sanatorium http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/genealogy-and-history---glen-lake-sanatorium Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees done in wet plate treatment by Kathleen Riley Photography, Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees at what was once the entrance. A sanatorium (also spelled sanitorium and sanitarium) is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis (TB) before antibiotics.

Glen Lake Sanatorium was originally a tuberculosis treatment center serving Hennepin County in Minnesota. The facility was opened on 4 January 1916, with a capacity of 50 patients. The sanatorium had its own post office, and the mailing address was Glen Lake Sanatorium, Oak Terrace, Minnesota, and remained that until the surrounding area was incorporated into the City of Minnetonka. The sanatorium became a state-operated nursing home in 1961, but cared for tuberculosis patients until 1976. My mother, sister, and numerous friends were dedicated volunteers at "The San" when it was a nursing home. The buildings were demolished in 1992 with the exception of two summer camp buildings in Eden Prairie, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Related books and movies

  • Minnesota author Frederick Manfred was a patient at Glen Lake Sanatorium from 1940 to 1942. While there he met his future wife and fellow patient, Maryanna Shorba. Manfred later fictionalized his stay in the book Boy Almighty, published under his given name of Feike Feikema.
  • Dr. Harry Wilmer, coincidentally a roommate of Frederick Manfred at Glen Lake Sanatorium, wrote Huber the Tuber which was published by the National Tuberculosis Association in 1942. It was used in educational campaigns against tuberculosis. 
  • The opening black and white sequence of Untamed Heart was filmed at Glen Lake Sanatorium shortly before it was demolished. In the movie, it represented the Catholic orphanage in which Christian Slater's character grew up. The bedside scene was filmed in the Children's Building and the other scene took place in the main first-floor hallway of the Administration Building. At the time of filming, the working title was "Baboon Heart."
  • The video documentary From Beginning to End: Glen Lake Sanatorium and Oak Terrace Nursing Home was produced in 1990 as a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Sanatorium. The video, produced at Paragon Cable Studios by Steve Perkins, Mary Krugerud, and Colleen Spadaccini, is available for viewing at the Hennepin [County] History Museum. 
  • "A Girl at a Tuberculosis Sanatorium" recounts the story of Theresa Ledermann, who was 13 years old when she entered Glen Lake Sanatorium for what turned out to be a four-year stay. 
  • San Memories, a collection of photographs and oral histories, was published in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of Glen Lake Sanatorium. 
  • "The Christian Family's Fight Against Tuberculosis" details the many efforts of George Christian and his family to use their personal wealth to improve the care and treatment of people with TB.

Additional Resources from The State of Minnesota 

Video about the Glen Lake Children's Camp 

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5 Free Stock Photo Sites http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/5-free-stock-photo-sites FREE Stock Image Sources from Kathleen Riley Photography

In addition to photography, I help businesses with marketing, social media and branding and I like to make use of free resources for designs in addition to my own work. Yes, there are times I don't have everything I need!

First big tip on finding images. When you do an Internet search, those photos that show up aren't necessarily free for you to use. Make sure to check the image license so you know you are okay to use it for your projects. Not sure from the license if you can use it? Contact the photographer. Be sure to check Creative Commons for various licensing options too, knowledge is power.

Flickr so many images! Some of mine are on Flickr too and it's a great place to get seen and have some recognition too. Want to get really specific with your searches, you'll be able to do keywords, colors, shape, minimum size, license, and more. License: Check each image for the license as they vary, some are high resolution.

Pixabay doesn’t provide as many images as Flickr, but it more than makes up for it with quality and restriction-free licensing. Pixabay’s images are released under a CC0 license, which means the creators have ceded all rights to their work. License:  Creative Commons 0 (CC0), high resolution images.

Gratisography Ryan McGuire cracks me up and I hope you'll love his work too! His site offers lots of mainstream images but where I spend my time is loving his sense of humor and it shines through in “whimsical” category. Have you ever thought about how to use a man in a suit wielding a banana as a gun? Okay, maybe I'm weirder than you are, but I want to find lots of ways to use that image! License: CC0 and high resolution. 

Free Food Photos this one is great for those of you wanting to make your own food posts and pins. Images are yours for personal or commercial use as long as you provide attribution and don't resell them as stock photos. License: Creative Commons, read more about their licensing here. Images are high resolution.

Skitterphoto unique photos and some even have tales about how and where the picture was taken. Some you'll likely recognize and some will be fresh and wonderful. License: CC0 and they are high resolution.

Do you have a favorite stock image site that we missed? Be sure to let us know!



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Valentine's Day Pet Photos 2016 http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/valentines-day-pet-photos What a fun day seeing all the dogs (and their people too) and getting these fun "Love" shots. Thank you to Pet Stuff in Minnetonka Minnesota for the space and to all the excellent wranglers for getting dogs in the right places at the right time.

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Pet Valentine Sweetheart Photos Saturday Feb 6th in Minnetonka http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/pet-valentine-sweetheart-photos-saturday-feb-6th-in-minnetonka

Valentine’s Day comes early at Pet Stuff of Minnetonka and we would love to meet you and your pets and see what makes them special! Pets of all types are invited to the store at 14731 Excelsior Blvd for photos with a Valentine’s Day theme on February 6, 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

WHAT:  Valentine’s Day / Sweetheart themed pet photos

WHO:  Kathleen Riley Photography and Put Stuff of Minnetonka

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016 || 11:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: Pet Stuff Minnetonka || 14731 Excelsior Blvd || Minnetonka, MN 55345 || 952.930.9383

CONTRIBUTION:  A $20 suggested donation for the digital image which will be posted online at Kathleen Riley Photography and delivered electronically. (Additional items will be available for purchase.) Profits will be used to purchase pet food to donate to the ICA Food Shelf. 

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3 Tips for creating better family portraits http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/3-tips-for-creating-better-family-portraits Sara (one of our talented shooters) and her children Laughter is good medicine. Having your personality shine through is what makes me happy in a photo shoot. I want to work with you to make something that you want to show to people and share with your family and friends. 

Some tips on getting those timeless shots?

  1. Push your forehead toward the camera. Pushing your forehead forward helps your jawline and neck look their best. Does it feel unnatural? Why yes, yes it does, but do it anyway. 
  2. Squint Eastwood. See what I did there? It probably gave you the great visual, unless you are too young to know who Clint Eastwood is... Be like Clint and squint your lower lids a little, you'll look great. 
  3. Laughter is good medicine. I'm great at getting people to interact and chuckle and sometimes we go full guffaw on shoots. The trick is talking and talking and talking some more. The art of conversation is a wonderful tool for getting great portraits. 

Bonus tip: when shooting with children start out by saying "Let's go to the park and have some fun!" It's a great mood setter and reminds everyone that this isn't brain surgery or rocket science. 

Take a look at the Orr family from our morning in Anoka, Minnesota along the Mississippi River, we had a lot of fun and the boys invited me to breakfast when we were down shooting -- now that's a great indicator that the day went well. This family was so fun!


Orr Family Video || Family Photographer Anoka Minnesota || Kathleen Riley Photography ||


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Dogs || Chinook Dogs http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/dogs-chinook-dogs Chinook Dogs || Kathleen Riley Photography || Dog Photographer ||

We have had Chinooks since the early 1990s and it is a breed I have come to really love. I've included two photos in the snow and an old timey video from Archive.org (a great resource for historical information on all kinds of topics) Hope you enjoy the video!


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Children || Fun Weekend Activities http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/children-fun-weekend-activities Children || Kathleen Riley Photography || Minneapolis-St Paul Children's Photographer

I've been working on ideas that let children have fun and have some wonderful photographs with memories of the events. Even though these events are geared to children, I think adults could do the same thing and that might create some amazing images too. Let's create an event for you today!

  • Outdoor Saturday Rock and Roll Camp with a performance at the end.
  • "Mountain Climbing" at a local hill while telling mountaineering tales. Show a climbing movie at the end of the day.
  • Writing camp to help develop their inner author.
  • Photography camp to let them experience what a photographer does and cap it off with an exhibit or performance.
  • Farm visits - a day in the country to experience life on a farm.
  • Farm cooking trip - traditional American cooking school with a meal at the end of the day.

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People || 5 tips on taking better portraits of people http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/people-5-tips-on-taking-better-portraits-of-people People || Portraits

Kathleen Riley Photography || Minnesota Portrait Photographer

I love taking photos of people and I hope that some of these tips will help you take great photos of your family and friends. Here are some helpful tips before the 5 tips.

  • Give everyone the star treatment (Yes, everyone!)
  • Showing your soul to the world is my goal any time I point a camera at you.
  • When shooting on a movie set Call Times are exactly when a shoot won't happen.
  • I want you to feel like the sessions are upbeat and fun with a little mystery too.
  • How do we like to do it? Shoot fast, have fun and keep the mojo going.
  • If you have more than one person in the image ask: "Which one of you has more dirt on the other?"
  • Best tip for getting a great natural look? Tell you subject "Think about smiling, but don't"

Scroll through the images for the 5 tips

1940s boudoir1940s boudoir Rosie the Riveter from the 1940s shoot with MonaRosie the Riveter from the 1940s shoot with Mona Red head at the playgroundRed head at the playground This is how it looks to get your first horseThis is how it looks to get your first horse High School graduationHigh School graduation The happy couple - engagement photosThe happy couple - engagement photos This girl loves dogs!This girl loves dogs! Working for Lego moneyWorking for Lego money Weddings are wonderful and we love sharing your dayWeddings are wonderful and we love sharing your day Thanks for scrolling through to get to the tips!

  1. Get close - I know, you think you're close enough, but get even closer. When in doubt, closer is always better. You don't even need to show the top of people's heads -- yes, that close.
  2. The Eyes really are the window to the soul - If you are close to your subject you'll be able to see where the iris (the colored part of the eye) is located. Depending on what "feel" you are going for you may want it as close to the center of the eye as possible. I shoot centered eyes, sideways eyes, squinty eyes, it all depends on what I want the image to tell you when you look at it. (Roll back up and look at the various eyes in these images, lots of variety but each one has a feel that the eyes help convey.
  3. Let the children run wild - Don't worry about your children being children (unless it is dangerous, then ride herd on them a little to keep them safe) Children and animals love me and I am happy to chase them around to get those magical shots that you want to display as art in your home. Don't worry if they have a melt down, those make for great pics too. Kids are speedy and you'll want to capture them doing their thing which probably isn't sitting on a stool in a studio.
  4. Hands - help people in your images to look natural with their hands. For women, shooting the hand in profile and having the fingers curved will make them look better. If people aren't sure what to do with their hands, give them something to hold and an activity so the hands do what they are supposed to be doing. I could write a book on how to shoot hands, hey there's an idea!
  5. Shoot into the sun - If you haven't practiced shooting in the early morning or late afternoon, get out and give it a try, the lighting is lovely then. I especially love those times for backlit images.

Do you have tips that have helped you? Be sure to share them!


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Dogs | Orlando Florida | 2011 AKC Eukanuba National Championship | Kathleen Riley Photography

Here it is, 2016, and I'm going through older images and videos and enjoying reliving the experiences. One of the really fun photography trips was to the AKC / Eukanuba Championship in Orlando Florida December 2011. I was pleased to attend as an official blogger at the event and met many wonderful people and dogs.

I've put together some of my favorite shots from the show and hope you enjoy them. These and more are on the web site.


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Photographer Gear Camera Straps | Kathleen Riley Photography



Certainly not the first thing most people probably think about when they are looking at cameras, but there are lots of options available and you'll find something that works for you. In the photo, you'll see a Joby sling and a regular Canon neck strap that came with one of the cameras. I'll share with you the sling style is by far my preferred strap after using them for several years. (In case you're wondering if we always look this glamorous, the answer is yes! Actually this was a COLD and WINDY November day in Minnesota and we were feeling lucky to not have three feet of snow of the ground!)

BIG tip on any straps that are attached to your gear, check that they camera is snugly attached. You'll also want to keep checking your connections throughout the day to be sure your gear is securely attached. (Yes, I speak from experience! Nothing like seeing thousands of dollars of gear falling toward the ground... or in this case the racetrack surface.)

  1. JOBY Camera Straps - I got the one in the image as a test run to see how I liked it and write about it. I still like it and am still writing about it so there's my brief testimonial. JOBY offers a variety of straps for men and women including the sling style in the photo above. They also have hand straps but I haven't tried those yet. This is a wonderful alternative if you don't like the traditional neck strap. We all like the sling style straps and I think that is partially because most of us prefer not having extra pressure on our necks -- yes, old riding injuries... 
  2. Black Rapid Camera Straps - lots of slings and straps available for men and women. (Yes, there is a structural difference between men and women.) There is a double strap that lets you carry multiple cameras. The strap we are currently using is "okay" but there are newer ones that would likely serve us better. I do like the Joey option for carrying things along with us, but not enough to spend the money on it yet.
  3. Spider Camera Holster - Unique camera holster/belt system that gets your camera from your hip to your hands quickly. The belt goes around your waist and your camera rests on your hip. If you're anything like me, you would want to add the hand strap to your gear for a little more to grab on to as you grab your camera.
  4. FotoStrap Camera Straps - I like the look of these canvas and leather straps. This camera strap hangs lower on your body than an average camera strap and has a padded shoulder pad too. Strap also has 5 adjustable holes to adjust a bit more to your body and preferences. Styles for men and women and this group donates some sales proceeds too.

There are lots of options out there for camera straps beyond these four and a quick search of the Internet will show how much variety there is available. The key is finding what is comfortable for you and your style of shooting.





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Chinooks Dogs in the First Minnesota Snow http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/chinooks-dogs-in-the-first-minnesota-snow Dogs || Chinook Dogs || Playing in the Minnesota snow || Kathleen Riley Photography || Music "Freestyle" by Richard Lacy and Nik Haigh

Watched this on the television tonight and still really like how joyful these dogs are. I'm still loving adding video into my skills and hope you enjoy watching the Chinook dogs as they race around the yard. Since this was recorded we lost our old girl, Bailey. Shed a few tears watching on this tonight. So important to record our loved ones.

Bailey, The Beej and Minnow enjoying the BIG yard and the first snow of winter 2013. Chinooks are sled dogs so snow is always fun for them to play around in it. Bailey (up ears) is 13 and she still gallops around, not as fast, but still enjoyable for her. You may see more about Outlaw Chinooks and you may find my photography at my site Kathleen Riley Photography

Thanks for stopping past. 



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Cats || Minneapolis Saint Paul Twin Cities Cat Photographer http://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/cats-minneapolis-saint-paul-twin-cities-cat-photographer Cats are interesting subjects to photograph.

Like all shoots, I want to showcase their personalities while they are in front of the camera. As you might imagine, this can be challenging! The images I've included in this post were shot for Animal Talent Pool at Pet Stuff in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The "studio" is the training area of the store and the cats that came in for their open talent call did an outstanding job, and yes, that is a good indication of how they will work at gig.

Thanks for stopping past and let me know when your cat is ready for their close up!


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