When I was young, the back pages of comic books often ran ads for posters wide-eyed cats printed on velvet. Pets were not a part of my childhood but I always wanted one, so I would look at those strange, colorful pictures and fantasize.
Many years and a few cats later, my pet “art” consists of a few peeling Polaroids and blurry shots from a camera phone.
I have a new respect for pet portraits, thanks to HawaiiPetPhotos.com.
Photographer Deb McGuire is the creative force behind these pictures that elevate pet photos from awwww to oooooh. It’s a nice blend of artistry with a glimpse into an animal’s soul.
After years of selling photo stock and photographing pets part-time McGuire opened her business last year. Success followed quickly, thanks to a lot hard work — and discerning pet owners.
She said the subject of elderly cats is dear to her heart because her shared her life with Rockford, a grumpy but loveable cat who lived to be 19.
McGuire’s site states that animals are her passion and that photographing then is a “privilege.”
We’re privileged to see the results — and leave the velvet for jackets.