Brooklyn photographer is happy to debunk the way people perceive cat ladies

Woman and their cats
Photo: Brianne Wills
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Brooklyn, New York: Brianne Wills has found unexpected success in photographing attractive women with their attractive cat companions in their attractive homes. They certainly present to the world what a lot people would see as atypical cat ladies. But that is because, as Brianne says, a lot of people do have misconceptions about woman who own cats. It is because the press like to paint this picture; oldish, intelligent but slightly eccentric women both independent and living alone in a rambling house with several cats. These woman do exist, of course, but it is wrong to exclude the full spectrum of woman who love and live with cats. I am very pleased to see these photographs. On a technical note she uses a bounced flash on the camera (the light is bounced of the ceiling) which produces a clearly defined, even and well lit image full of colour. The representations are realistic.

Note: on this page there is a video and photos. They are all ’embedded’ by code into the page. They are served by other websites controlled by third parties which means they may disappear one day. If that has happened I am sorry. I have included one photo held on PoC at the top of this page to give you a feel for her photography if the other stuff disappears.

This video explains her modus operandi. She takes bookings from New Yorkers. I guess you have to be attractive, female, youngish, live in a nice home, have cute cats….The video may need two clicks on the play button to make it play!

Brianne has a book and an Instagram page: @GirlsandTheirCats (GATC). She says in the video:

Here is this beautiful cat lady and her beautiful cat and you just don’t see positive representation of cat ladies in the media so I sort started out to change the way people perceive cat ladies.

The series became very popular which led to more work including fashion.

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These photos are from my shoot with @kittenxlady for Girls and Their Cats book. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Did you know Hannah's cats are trained to give high fives? When I learned this, I knew I had to get a shot of it in the book. But I also knew it might be challenging to get the cats to "perform" if they didn't feel comfortable around me. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Lucky for me, Coco and Eloise warmed up to me immediately, and it didn't take too many attempts to get the perfect shot. Swipe to see the cute outtakes!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Preorder Girls and Their Cats to see more photos from Hannah's shoot and to read her heartwarming story about Coco & Eloise. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Preorder links in bio.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @chroniclebooks⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #CatLadyRedefined ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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"Gizmo is the more outgoing cat. He’s incredibly smart and food motivated. I have to hide their treats in the fridge because Gizmo will find a way to open the bag and eat them all. He is also a lap cat. Gizmo will spend almost all day on my lap if he can. He likes sitting on other people’s laps, but only if their lap has a pillow on it. Cosmo is much more easygoing and doesn’t like to sit on laps but will do anything for pets. He does a “dolphin dive” to reach your hand for pets if you put it above his head. He has the loudest purr and is always ready to be loved. He has had a few health scares including a urinary blockage, and once he accidentally ate an ibuprofen (which is incredibly dangerous!) but was a giant sweetheart even during those stressful vet visits.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I work from home, so I very much appreciate having the boys with me as my cat coworkers. I imagine the work-from-home life would be very lonely without them. Even though that often involves having someone sleeping on my desk and trying to walk on my keyboard, I don't know what I would do without my giant 12-year-old gingermuffins." @geeg_d⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ GG deFiebre was born and raised in New York City. For work, she leads the research and education programs for a patient advocacy organization and is also a public health Ph.D. student.

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Gizmo is the more outgoing cat. He’s incredibly smart and food motivated. I have to hide their treats in the fridge because Gizmo will find a way to open the bag and eat them all. He is also a lap cat. Gizmo will spend almost all day on my lap if he can. He likes sitting on other people’s laps…..


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"Leaf biting aside, I love love love Chai. I love her yellow-green eyes, her tiny white chin, her giant whiskers, and her front legs that are different colors. She’s everything I wanted in a kitty. She’s really playful and sassy, sleeps all day and night, and is extremely food motivated—she’s basically me in cat form. She likes her own space, but lets me pick her up like a baby and smother her with kisses whenever I want to, which is, hint: all the time. When she’s had enough she’ll put both paws on my mouth as if to signal, “alright, back up woman”. At night she loves to cuddle, spoon my neck, and knead my pajamas, but ONLY between the hours of 3am and 7am. God forbid she show any affection while I’m awake! When it’s time for breakfast she sits on my shoulder and purrs loud as hell into my ear until I wake up. I’m a heavy sleeper though, so if that doesn’t work she’ll go ham on my jewelry—biting my earrings, necklace, and rings. Once she’s had breakfast, she jumps back into bed, only to pretend my feet are mice that she must catch and bite through the blanket. She then spends the rest of the day staring out the window, talking to birds and making strange noises.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ When I'm away for work, my boyfriend, roomie, and landlord all pitch in to feed and play with Chai. I'm so very grateful to have such an amazing support system. I feel so lucky. It’s so funny how and when pets come into our lives. It almost always feels meant to be, right? Although I've only had Chai for a few months, she brings so much happiness into my life. With a career that's literally all over the place, she makes me feel grounded. Chai truly makes our house a home, and I look forward to coming back from each trip knowing she’ll be there." @yungjetlag⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Born in D.C. to South Indian immigrants, Daphni Edwards is a flight attendant who’s made Brooklyn home. When she’s not flying, she's most likely catching up on Zzz’s and anxiously waiting for the day Chakka & Chai meet. She also blogs about her travels and life in the sky at www.yungjetlag.com. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #thisweekoninstagram

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