Back in February, we introduced you to Lindsi Jones, a professional photographer who volunteers at Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary in Thomasville, Georgia. Lindsi photographs the kitties at the sanctuary and you can read the original post about Lindsi here.
During her time with Miss Kitty, Lindsi started a photographic series called Cats in Bow Ties, with the goal of photographing 101 cats modeling bow ties in an effort to raise awareness for adoptions and also show how beautiful cats truly are. All cats in the series are either current residents, former residents, or fellow kitty supporters of the Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary.
A Conversation with Lindsi
How did the “Cats in Bow Ties” project come about?
This past summer I created a few bow ties for my own cat and shot some photographs for myself. After viewing them, I knew that this would be a fun project to do with the cats of Miss Kitty. In the beginning, I started shooting this just for fun. But after the first group of cats, I decided I wanted to make it a full series and came up with 101 Cats in Bow Ties.
What is the purpose of the series?
The goal and purpose of the Cats in Bow Ties series is to raise awareness for shelter cats by showing off the beauty and variety of amazing cats in the Miss Kitty community. As the creator of Cats in Bow Ties, it is my hope that all who see these photographs will smile, laugh, and feel that warm, loving feeling that can only come from looking at a cat. It is my dream that someone who has never considered adopting will head to a shelter – and that America will one day be a no-kill nation.
What surprised you the most about taking pictures at Miss Kitty?
I am surprised with how cooperative cats have been. Most of the cats don’t mind wearing the bow ties at all and seem to enjoy their portrait sessions. They like all the attention, extra petting, special toys and treats that are a part of the Cats in Bow Ties setup. Some of them refuse to pose and need to be bribed with catnip, treats, or feather toys. Several of them just flop over and want their bellies rubbed. It has been a lot of fun to shoot the series and also a lot of hard work.
What is the hardest part about taking pictures?
With the Cats in Bow Ties project, I changed how I photographed the cats by bringing in a full studio setup with lighting, a backdrop, and a wardrobe that I crafted by hand. For this, I crammed the whole setup at the end of a narrow hallway where it’s hard to move around but doable.
Does anyone help you during the photo shoot sessions with the kitties?
My sister-in-law, father, and one of my close friends have come along on some of the shoots to help in handling the cats.
Have you photographed your 101st kitty yet?
Yes, I photographed cat number 101 in February.
What do you plan on doing with the series now?
This coming summer I will be exhibiting the photographs in Thomasville, GA.
I see you’ve started a Cats in Bow Ties shop. Does this benefit Miss Kitty?
Yes, a portion of the proceeds from the shop are donated to Miss Kitty.
To help support this wonderful photographic series and Miss Kitty, Three Chatty Cats has purchased a limited edition 4-pack of magnets for one lucky reader! A portion of all proceeds from the Cats in Bow Ties shop are directly donated to the Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary to help fund the lives of their resident felines.
Giveaway: Leave a comment below by noon Pacific on Saturday, April 30, 2016 for your chance to win the 4-pack of magnets. One winner will be chosen via Random.org. U.S. entries only. This is not a sponsored giveaway.
The cats have been working hard on making the magnets!
Thank you to Lindsi for sharing her photographic series Cats in Bow Ties with us! Her photography talents are exceptional and the series is so inspiring! You can connect with Lindsi via her website, Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit the Cats in Bow Ties shop to support Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary.