Years ago a friend had a kitten that would take every chance she got to pounce on me. I had become allergic to cats as a teen so I had avoided them for years but this one I couldn't. It was embarrassing being so nervous around this tiny ball of fluff, but those needle sharp claws!. Every so often I'd tempt fate and pet a nice, docile cat, but it would always turn out the same and I would become a sniffling mess. Kittens were always the worst because one little claw in my skin and I'd welt up in hives and become all itchy and sneezy... fun times.
In the years since, I've photographed some kittens but they were so young they didn't have the strength or energy to pounce, jump and attack so it all worked out. Again, I know how crazy this sounds...
A few years ago I started visiting a friend regularly who has two very chill cats. Maybe it was the routine exposure, maybe I grew out of the allergy, I don't know... but I can pet those cats till the cows come home and have no problems (thanks Techno and Pop-E). So, when my dear friends Bronwyn and Gareth and their lovely daughters Enid + Lyra (a.k.a. the Monster Sisters) adopted two kittens recently I was afraid I wouldn't see them until the kittens grew out of their 'crazy' stage... but the other night I faced my fear (I know, it's ridiculous) and we went to visit and I'm so glad I did. With my camera as a buffer, I focused on taking photos and aside from a couple curious moments, those adorable baby felines didn't give two hoots about me... fear averted... for now.
So here is my Study in Kittens #1: Buster Kitten (black) and Adele/Hermione (gray).