It’s Week 24 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52. Our theme this week is “backlighting.” Backlighting in photography is, pretty much, what it sounds like…the light is to the back of your subject. Backlighting is especially useful for portraits taken outdoors in the sun or for showing off silhouette images. Because it was an especially busy week this week with clients and volunteer photography, I let Mr. Bojangles sit this week out. Instead, my backlighting subjects were adoptable cats from the League for Animal Welfare.

The League for Animal Welfare (LFAW) was founded in 1949 and is a no-kill animal shelter located in Batavia, Ohio. They seek to reduce the homeless population of dogs and cats in the Greater Cincinnati area through their shelter and the services they provide, including responsible care programs. 

This week I spent several hours at LFAW photographing most of their adoptable cats and kittens not only for adoption portraits but for photographs for my book about rescue cats that I am working on with Amherst Media for publication next year. I’m so excited that the publisher has asked me to work on a second book before my “Rescue Dogs” book is even released! I don’t know that these images will make it into my book, but they certainly have made it onto my blog to represent our theme of backlighting.

First up is Daffy, a beautiful seven-year-old torbie cat who came to the League as a stray. She is a quiet kitty who loves to explore. She gets along with other cats and would love to have a family of her own.

Daffy | League for Animal Welfare | Batavia

Next we have the gorgeous orange tabby Tygger, who is around one year old. Tygger loves to be petted. He is gentle and friendly and would love to have a place to call home. He came to LFAW as a stray.

Tygger | League for Animal Welfare | Batavia

Our last subject for our backlighting theme is Mai Tai, an approximately 13 years young tabby cat who was found abandoned by some lake cabins in Kentucky. She is part of LFAW’s “None Left Behind” program where adoption fees are waived and some medical expenses for pets with special needs are covered. She is a friendly, attention-loving girl who gets along with other cats.

Mai Tai | League for Animal Welfare | Batavia

These three cats—and many others—are currently available for adoption from the League for Animal Welfare. Contact LFAW for more information or to help them with their no-kill mission.

To see more of the light, head down under to Jodie from Pawtrait Purrfection, serving Pets and People in Ipswich, Australia, then head around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session in your home or other favorite location send us an email to suzi [at], or give us a call at 513.655.5696.

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