Rooney’s family has a soft spot for Siamese cats. They put their name on a wait list at Dumb Friends League to be notified about adoptable Siamese kittens and were eventually matched with Rooney. I photographed their other Siamese cats a few years ago so they wanted a metal print of their new kitty to hang with matching ones of their other cats. With my software, we were able to mock up exactly how the new photo would look hanging next to the former portraits.

We had a short window of time for the photo shoot because it was a surprise gift. Rooney didn’t get the “hurry” memo. She hung out under the couch for a good long time until she trusted me. That’s pretty much par for the course with cats. Our patience paid off because once she decided she was ready, Rooney was picture-perfect!

After the photos were taken, the challenge was to pick one that would match the existing art. I mocked up a bunch of ideas with my interior design software so they could visualize how they would look and we played around with ways to arrange the four photos on their wall. They picked this arrangement with Rooney in front of the bookshelves.

In memory of this family’s (late) cat, Lucy, who passed since I took her photo in 2015, here’s a bittersweet closing thought:

“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch”.

Leo Dworkin