Contributed by November Blogger of the Month, Robyn Icks
When someone says they’re not a cat person, that’s usually met with a response of understanding or a shrug. But when someone says they’re not a dog person? That usually gets a response similar to if you physically just punched a puppy in the face. Why is that?!
I recently photographed an engagement session at my client’s quirky filled-to-the-ceiling-with-books apartment in Tulsa, where I had the pleasure of meeting their cat George. My initial thoughts went straight to “how can we include this kitty in the session?” and “oh man, I’m gonna forget to photograph the humans in the house and just focus on this fluffy ginger face of cuteness!” because, you guessed it, I’m a cat person. Not only that, I’m quite high on the spectrum of crazy cat lady. And it’s a good thing.
My hubby and I both are actually crazy cat ladies and we have an abundance of cats. Five fully-grown adult cats to be exact. Linus, Mrs Doyle, Oliver, Pepper Potts and Walter. They’re hilarious, endlessly amusing, and sometimes the biggest pain in the keister. But there’s nothing we love more about our house than the five frisky felines who make it a home. I think everyone should share their lives with a cat so much, I’ve actually made it a side business (in addition to my wedding photography business) to photograph shelter and stray cats who are in desperate need of a home.
A cat’s independence and focus on achieving the goals that are important to them without asking anyone’s approval is what draws me so to them. I understand and relate so well. Cats are basically apologetically unique to themselves, on-selfish-missions, introverted tiny humans with a fur coat. If a cat wants that elusive reflection of light on the wall, they are going to use every ounce of their will to make it theirs. If a cat wants to break their current nap record, and hit a solid 15 hours without moving once, they’ll make it happen. And you better believe if a cat requires that you pet them twice but NOT thrice, they will enforce their rule with whatever measure it takes.
While I can’t quite get away with those particular examples, I do understand having goals that are important enough to me that I will stop at nothing to achieve them. Goals that may seem far-fetched, implausible and sometimes completely unattainable, but who cares? They’re mine and I don’t need others approval or okay to go dream chasing.
Best of all though, cats are okay with being weird. They embrace their personalities and quirks that make them them. They’re not going to change who they are to fit “social cat norms” or to be more popular. That’s not going to happen. They’re awesome just the way they are. And so are you.
I know you’re probably to the point of thinking “Uhhh, guys, this Robyn is bonkers…” And you’re totally right – but in full cat attitude, I’ve embraced being such a crazy cat lady. I’ll even admit to have once studied cat psychology (yes, that’s a real thing to study and it’s enlightening to no end) and am so fascinated by these creatures that I think they should receive way more credit than they’re given. They’re much more than the hilarious cat memes and cat videos we’ve embraced. Although, seriously, those are the best.
Cats rock and so do crazy cat ladies. High fives to all for unapologetically being you!
Oh and in case you were wondering, yes, George stole the show during our engagement session in Tulsa. He was on a mission to get at least one body part in each image, and he succeeded quite well. A tail here, a full smooshy face there, he had a mission and he wasn’t going to let anyone stop him. And my clients love each image dearly.
Follow my crazy cat lady adventures at Weekday Whiskers, and leave a holla in the comment section regaling your favorite feline anecdotes!
Robyn was born and raised on the Oklahoma plains. She’s traveled far and wide, but always comes back home to her favorite state. Infatuated with being surrounded by true love, she is lucky enough to photograph weddings by day. By night, she reads, snuggles her five cats, and plans road trips with her hubby. Online you can mainly find her spending too much time oogling images on Instagram, and also on her Facebook and Twitter pages.