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Moments of Kitten Stillness

Today’s kittens are lucky captures from my recent kitten photoshoot. I did spend time trying to capture fun kitten antics (like last week) but sometimes the kittens seem almost thoughtful with moments of kitten stillness as if they want to watch rather than be tiny hell raising hooligans. I try to get some of these quieter shots too, I hope you enjoy them.

Kitten Lenses

I tried to make use of both my longer lens (Canon 55/250 mm) and my 50 mm. The 50mm lens takes sharper photographs but doesn’t zoom so you have to “zoom with your feet” which is tricky with a room full of kittens. I managed to get around this by sitting down or kneeling carefully and letting kittens come to me. The longer lens came in useful for kittens causing mayhem further away.

My first share is of two lovely tabbies. I did not capture their names, just their poses but they were happy to lounge on one of the visitors who took photos as well. You can see a bit f smartphone top left. The front tabby seems to be wondering. What? Should I play? Or, should I nap in the sun? The wand toy suggests this moment of stillness may not last long.

Kittens resting on denim jeans looking to the left in a moment of stillness
ISO 100 50 mm f2 1/1400

The second kitten was a really lucky capture as I struggled with exposure a bit for the darker shades of fur.

A tired kitten begins to fall asleep on a sneaker, enjoying some sunshine in the middle of the noisy hubbub. The person sat on the floor didn’t move while the kitten napped and you can see the sun shining on the fur of a well looked after kitten waiting for his forever home.

Kitten resting on a 'converse' style trainer
ISO 400 135mm f5 1/250

The third kitten, another black boy, shows that a closely cropped photograph can focus on a lovely kitten face once the busy and unsuccessful background is removed (I am including the second unedited shot). The original photo looks unfocused and is not a success, but see how it is transformed by cropping. The black kitten’s eye is sharp and his fur clear as he watches other kittens running around. I was pleased to see I got the settings right!

You can see three layers in the photograph. Closest to you there is out of focus carpet then, like the filling on a sandwich, a sharply in focus kitten and, beyond him, a sightly overexposed background where a pink shirt is catching the sun. It’s not perfect, but I love how quiet and thoughtful the kitten is.

Have you ever taken kitten photos? Do you find them harder to snap that more grown up cats?

Kittens resting on carpet looking sleepily to the left
ISO 320 50mm f3. 1/60
  • The Snapseed filter can improve photos on your smartphone.
  • Cropping for success

Figure of a woman with a Silver Tabby


Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can create impressive cat photographs and fun movies with the camera they carry.

She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

11 thoughts on “Moments of Kitten Stillness”

  1. As always, your tips and pics are fabulous! I, too, love that sneaker one. It just speaks to me! I love the contrast and it also shows the size and coziness of the kitty on it. Just fabulous! Pinning to share!

  2. These are so adorable! Kittens and Puppies are so hard to capture being still, as they rarely are still and “thoughtful” like this. I adore the little black kitty resting on a sneaker – that one is just so precious! Terrific shots, every one of them.

  3. Excellent job capturing the joy of kittenhood! You definitely have to be quick and as you said lucky. I’d say you had both on your side this day. These photos are absolutely adorable!

  4. Such fantastic captures! I found kittens hard to photograph until they got a little older … Long waits for still times …

  5. I love these pictures!!

    I often crop down my images; it makes our eyes see the subject so much better.

  6. Amazing! Great lighting, and I love that you were able to catch these little ones in repose — they usually go a mile a minute, don’t they? 🙂

  7. Images of cats and kittens never fail to impress. I’m not sure there is a state in which cats aren’t in some way photogenic, just so long as the lighting and setting are right.


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