This was certainly one of the most memorable photo sessions I have ever done- how completely awesome to get to photograph these beautiful cats in the snow! And you won’t even believe the incredible grand finale of a spectacular sunset we got at the end of our session. It was one of the most stunning that I have ever witnessed, and it felt like perfection that it happened behind a couple of the most gorgeous kitties ever. I was in pure awe of all the glory in front of me!
Lewis and Clark are Siberian Forest Cats that live marvelous lives of grand adventure with their pawpaw Jory. They go on daily fun walks on leashes around their Westmoreland neighborhood, where of course lots of people know them by name. They were even featured in news stories recently, one of which you can see here.
When they aren’t exploring their SE Portland streets, they love to hang out in their custom built backyard catio, designed by Jory. They also can be found relaxing in boats in the summer, content to watch the birds and fish and contemplate life with their favorite people.
The first time I photographed these two, it was a couple years ago at 5 am in a colorful garden in Washington, so we could be sure to have the place to ourselves. They have grown a lot in confidence since they were kittens, and it was awesome to watch them walk around like they owned the mountain. We even found a Sno-Cat, which they of course were delighted by and claimed as theirs quite immediately.
By the way, for their safety and our peace of mind, they were wearing harnesses and leashes the entire time, which were edited out afterwards. Just a lil’ Photoshop magic to help bring this beautiful snowy dream to life!
Here’s some of my favorite photos of our adventures in the snow on Mt. Hood below. And make sure to follow these beauties on Instagram here: @lewis.clark.explorer.cats