Giant Cat Face

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS

Photographer John Keatley helping his subject feel more comfortable with a giant cat face.

I get a lot of questions about how I work with my subjects to make them feel comfortable.  A photographer’s interactions and technique with his or her subject(s) is one of the most important aspects of a photo shoot, next to being prepared.  I have a lot of thoughts and ideas on this subject, but one idea I thought I would share today is a giant cat face.  I don’t think I need to explain why this works, but here is how you can try it out on your own.  Place a giant cat face over your left shoulder so it is facing your subject.  This will generally help your subject feel more at ease.  If they hate cats or giant cat faces, then they may not feel so comfortable, but at least you will still get some interesting expressions.  It’s a win win for you.

Here is how you can approach it.

Subject: “What’s with the giant cat face?”

Photographer: “What giant cat face?” (It’s important to pretend you don’t know what they are talking about.)

Subject: “The one right behind you, staring at me.”

Photographer: Slowly look around the room, and then discover the giant cat face.  ”Oh, that giant cat face.  Don’t worry about him.  Dante is here to help you feel more comfortable.”

There you have it.  Now you know one way to make your subject more comfortable.  Use a giant cat face.




Best blog post on any photography blog ever

posted by Clint Davis on 06.27.11 at 5:52 pm

awesome post.

posted by c3 on 06.27.11 at 5:57 pm

Yeah. This here is a pretty good blog post.

posted by Becker on 06.27.11 at 6:53 pm

I have a giant dog face.

Eh… wait, that didn’t come out right.

I meant to say huge dog face.

posted by Ivan on 06.27.11 at 7:53 pm

Very cool idea. And a great looking cat !
Looks a little like a Maincoon. hehe

If your model is allergic I wonder if they would start sneezing from the power of suggestions. LOL

posted by Lee Love on 06.27.11 at 8:40 pm

Haha! Awesome. The way you wrote this post was very Jack Handey-esque!

posted by Chris Kennedy on 06.27.11 at 9:29 pm

And all those amateurs complaining about cat pix – if they only knew!

posted by Eric Mastrangelo on 06.27.11 at 9:32 pm

I’m totally going to use this.

posted by Heather on 06.28.11 at 2:09 am

lol nice! :D

posted by jeffrey chan tin on 06.28.11 at 10:56 am

haha hilarious. any examples of the faces on the other side :-)

posted by Frederik on 06.28.11 at 1:49 pm

HAHAHAHAHA this is hilarious – I think I might be laughing too hard to keep calm, but I guess then the subjects will feel even more comfortable then. ;0) Great idea!!

posted by Barbie Hull on 06.29.11 at 12:21 pm

This reminds me of something my friend Pie Frog would do… oh wait.

posted by NeckBeard on 06.29.11 at 2:01 pm


This feels like a joke. Brilliant.

posted by Scott Reyes on 06.29.11 at 3:37 pm

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I wonder if that would work for interviews…

posted by William Brian MacLean on 07.01.11 at 7:00 am

It works in all kinds of situations. Job interviews, first dates, grand jury hearings…

posted by John Keatley on 07.01.11 at 3:53 pm

Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. Mr Keatley you are a genius.

posted by Damian on 07.04.11 at 1:23 pm

funny but you are absolutely right. boy i love cats!

posted by dslr photography lover on 07.08.11 at 2:39 am

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