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

Photo: Brianne Wills

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.

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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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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