Chiana and My Photoshoot

The weather has been all over the place lately with the sun poking out its head and then rain on and off, several times a day. I decided that I would pick some flowers before they became all rusty from the rain and do a shoot. A couple of days before I brought in some forget-me-nots that I noticed were blooming when I went out to put some clothes on the clothes line in the back yard. On a side note; it was just a load of towels and the first time I’d put clothes out this year because of the weather. Well, to start off, all my plastic clothes pins just snapped in two. I had left them out during the winter, and believe me, they were no longer good for holding anything. I did however have some wooden ones and since I didn’t have that many pieces decided that  I probably had enough. So I began to pin them up when what happens? The clothes line breaks! yes… my towels on the ground in the grass and now I have to bring them all in, all wet and heavy and put them in the dryer. Now I need to buy not only new pins but a whole new line! Yes, the life of a photog is very glamorous as you can see! :-D

Back to my photo shoot. :-D

So anyways, I decide to see what’s blooming that I can use. There are some Lupins that look fine. They are not bright blue like the Texas Bluebonnets variety, but they are a mixture of a subdued pink and some darker, murkier blues but I think I will be able to do something with them. Oddly enough, these flowers grow in my yard but I have never planted them. They grow wild in the woods and I think I may have somehow dragged some seeds on my pants while out wandering around doing what I love to do… taking photos. I also find that I have some irises that have bloomed, not many but that’s okay and my lilacs are just starting to bloom so I should just grab a bunch of those too. They are not completely open, but we are expecting rain on and off so figure that some is better than none.  I rummage through my containers to choose items I could use for this shoot. I actually like to use small teacups and stuff the most but these are all quite big, so out come the teapots and yes, a large vase. The vase is out of crystal and not something I would ever buy myself as it’s fancy and I prefer a more minimalist look but it’s from my dad and he brought it back from Europe and I have to say that when the light hits the cuts on it, the rainbow of colors that spills out is amazing.

choice of containers

Okay, I think I’m ready. Of course, Chiana, my cat, has noticed that I’m going to do a shoot and comes to investigate. What you all must understand is that she is never available for a shoot if I want to shoot her, but almost always available to stick her head or her butt in when she has not been called upon. Some of you may think that I’m a cat person and that is odd because I grew up with dogs and never thought I would ever have a cat but friends of my son had found a pregnant abandoned cat and brought her home to take care of her. Once she had her kittens, they were all given away, but nobody wanted Chiana as she was the runt. My son said, maybe you’d like a cat, mom. And I said, no, I don’t think so.. but he brought her home just to show me.. ahem… yes, then you put this tiny thing in your hand… she was so small and your heart just melts. I could not send her back.  I named her Chiana because of the name of a female alien in a sci-fi tv show called Farscape. She was all grey and silver and very catlike and I thought her name fit my new cat to a T. It’s been already 11 years since I got her, but look at how tiny she was with her eyes just bulging out of her head, could you have sent her back?

My Cat, Chiana

So back to the shoot. Once I placed the lupins on the table, I had not even chosen how to place them yet when she got upon the table  and decided to check out what was going on.

Cat notices I'm doing a shoot


Hey Maggie, are you doing a shoot? Perfect, time for me to see if you are doing things correctly!

Cat confirms I'm doing a photoshoot

Actually, do you know what? I think this looks like a very comfortable place to lay down! Let me test this out.

The Cat settles in


Oh, Chiana.. you are not serious are you?  I take a shot from the other end of the table.. yes, that is the vacuum cleaner you see… and behind that my computer area… oh, yes, if I knew beforehand,  the monitor would not be showing my spam folder. LOL

The Cat gets comfy

She is a beautiful cat though, you have to admit.  Look how much she’s grown!

the cat is pretty

I figure I’ll lure her away with some lilacs… they smell nice but cats can be finicky about such things… so we shall see.

cat smelling lilacs

Cat will not budge

They smell fine, Maggie. Continue with your shoot! :-D

Well, the morning shoot was not to be… Chiana stretched out and settled in for a snooze and I decided I’d try later in the day.

Preparing for her cat nap

Later that afternoon, I did do a shoot but I promise you, she was on the table but at the other end. I really didn’t get to do the shots that I thought I would.

So I did a couple shots of some forget-me-nots closer in:

polka dots in the morning

The old copper pot

Copper pot and an apple

then finally decided to do some shots closer up

Never forget our love



Forget me not

and a triptych of some irises

Triptych of Irises

I also did the featured image at the top with the forget-me-nots and the feather.

Some people may say that I should have just shoved the cat down but really, it was kind of funny. ;-)

Also, if some of you missed my last blog entry about my run in with a duck and what I thought was a beaver but turned out to be a muskrat! http://maggieterlecki.com/fine-art-photography/2436/here-comes-the-sun

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:-) Maggie