Fail: Christmas Kitty

Pin Reaper: Jillybean

Original Inspiration:

Pinterest Fail Christmas Kitty inspiration

What I Did: I got a kitten this year and since everyone insists she’s very spoiled, I decided to try and recreate a Christmas-themed baby photo shoot for laughs. I had big plans to use it as the Christmas card. A combination of bad lighting and keeping her from actually eating the tinsel (don’t worry she was well supervised) meant this was the best of a bad bunch – joke’s on me.

My Result:
Pinterest Fail Christmas Kitty result

Next Time I Will: Well… I’m moving, so next year I can take advantage of better natural light. I’ll probably also do it in summer, and I might sedate her. (Kidding . . . kidding . . .)

Pinterest Fail Christmas Kitty storyboard


  1. Hermione

    I love it. I hope you sent this out.

  2. Alice

    Speaking as an avid amateur photographer and “cat person,” and meaning no disrespect, but you might want to temper your expectations. The baby photo was shot by a professional in a studio setting complete with multi-source studio lighting, a very expensive camera & lens, that lovely backdrop that she no doubt uses for hundreds of different clients (so she made it or had it made with great care and can just roll it into position), a posing table covered in some sort of baby-safe material, etc. By my judgment, she’s a pretty darn good pro, so us mere mortals with cameras that cost less than $5000 are not at all likely to be able to get the same results. That being said, I love the idea of a holiday kitty photo so I hope you’ll keep trying using whatever resources you have available, your imagination, and of course your love for your adorable cat. To me, the last one is the most important because since you love her and (rightfully) find her every move & look adorable, you probably have unlimited patience when it comes to taking photos of her! The best advice I can offer for taking photos of animals is: (1) find the best possible natural lighting, (2) have lots of toys and an assistant to keep the cat attentive and alert, and (3) take lots & lots & lots of photos – cats’ expressions can be quite mercurial and you can always delete the bad ones!

  3. Sheila

    Come on, that’s fabulous!

  4. Belle

    Wait until the kitty is napping, then quietly place the items around her and snap a picture before she wakes up.

  5. Olivia

    The baby picture is quite cute, but it’s easy with a baby. Well, easier than a cat. And probably part of it was because you disturbed the cat during something Its OK

  6. Carrie

    In addition to Alice’s great take on this, the photographer was also clearly using a lens that enabled that depth of field effect (how the background and baby’s feet were all blurry) which would be a key part of the success of the original photo, I think. All in all, though, your pic is adorable and made for some great memories, I’m sure!

  7. Nop

    @Jillybean & @Carrie For really shallow depth of field like that, I shoot at f1.8 or thereabouts. It makes it very easy to blur out the background, which is important when you’re trying to shoot something as impossible to pose as a cat. And no kidding, cats are really hard to photograph well, even with $10K worth of equipment & a decade of experience as a photog. Babies are WAY easier! 🙂

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