Is your cat in the picture? Animal photographer Jolanda gives tips in book

Cat pictures, they rank well on the web. Although every cat owner will know that it is not always easy to take a nice picture of your animal. 57-year-old Jolanda Boekhout from Zeeland has now written a book about this: Poes poes poes! It contains tips and inspiration, but Jolanda also wants to indicate that you absolutely do not need an expensive camera to take nice pictures of your tiger.

In 2012, Jolanda – an animal photographer by profession – gave an animal photography workshop at an American platform. Five years ago she translated it into Dutch, whereupon a friend asked her when a coffee table book would come out. “Normally I photograph animals in people’s homes. That’s fun to do, but during the lockdown I came up with an even nicer idea.”

Jolanda Boekhout with her book

© Jolanda Boekhout

That turned out to be the cat photography book. The idea for this book arose partly as a result of a project from 2014. “Then I photographed my own cats every day for a year,” says Jolanda. Her partner first asked if that was a good idea, because how interesting is a cat’s life like that? “But it’s never been boring. They really have a nice life.”

Kat Blackie peeks from behind the curtain Kat Blackie peeks from behind the curtain

© Jolanda Boekhout

eye level

Jolanda deliberately chose cat photography because that is where her personal interest lies. What also helps is that she has four cats of her own. Her golden tip for photographing your animal is to start at eye level. “Get on your knees or, if necessary, lie on your stomach and approach your cat very slowly.” She also has some other important tips. “Have patience, shoot lots of shots and practice often.”

There are also things that, according to Jolanda, you should not do if you want to take a few nice pictures of your cat. “Don’t grab him or make him do something he doesn’t want if he doesn’t feel like posing or doing anything with you anymore,” she says. “Then you go on another time.”


Although cats are not always easy to photograph due to their stubborn nature, Jolanda still enjoys photographing them. “What’s great about cats are the details. Their outstretched paws when they’re sleeping, or when you see all those beautiful hairs. If you take a close-up of the face, you can see the nose and whiskers. Details what you’re looking for have fallen.”

Piet and deceased calico cat Tara, with an orange heart on her ear Piet and deceased calico cat Tara, with an orange heart on her ear

© Jolanda Boekhout

One of the cats the photographer himself once fell for was a calico cat that has since passed away. “She had a red heart on her ear at the tip. I didn’t realize that in the beginning,” she says. “It’s so beautiful that you look at your cat with a new look through photos.”

Evoking feeling

Evoking feelings is perhaps the secret of a good cat photo. “That I hold my breath and think: that’s beautiful. Or that I think: he or she really is.” According to Jolanda, a photo does not have to be technically perfect. “Blackie, one of my cats, is very focused on treats. I would hold him a treat once and he would stand on his hind legs to grab the treat. It’s hard to capture sharply, but it’s a certain memory: that’s for me Blackie.”

Cat Piet is in a box Cat Piet is in a box

© Jolanda Boekhout


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