We had the good fortune of connecting with Makenna Mackey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Makenna, how does your business help the community?
The biggest goal for my business is to help cats. With my photography not only am I showcasing the beauty of cats, but I also try to end many stereotypes about them. I want to show the world that cats are not elusive creatures that hide all the time. To do this, I try to capture the curiosity of cats, their friendliness, and their sweetness. I show that they can go outside and walk on a leash, that they can be trained, and that they can sit still and not run away and hide. Ultimately, I want to turn more people away from hating cats and into loving them so we can get more cats out of shelters. I get many comments on my social media that say: “I used to hate cats but your work is amazing.”
I also volunteer at cat shelters taking professional photos of hard to adopt cats. I hope to grab the attention of people to help these sick, old, or disabled kitties find forever homes. A lot of times, animals get looked over online if they have a poor adoption photo. By creating striking and beautiful images of homeless pets, they are more likely to get people interested in them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While there are many amazing pet photographers in Colorado, I am the only one who specializes solely in cats. Since I work with cats on a daily basis I have learned so many things about them which allows me to create beautiful works of art. I understand cat behaviour and how to get them to pose for me, and how to make them feel comfortable in typically uncomfortable situations. I have created multiple different types of sessions that fit every cats needs, this took me awhile to come up with, but now I think I have it down to a science. I have studio sessions where I bring my entire studio to the client’s homes to eliminate the stress of travel. I also have what I call a “wildlife” session where I follow the cats around their homes and capture them in their natural habitat. Since I am primarily photographing indoors, I also had to master natural light which was a huge learning curve for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting Colorado I would most definitely take them to some cat shelters in Denver. The city has some amazing animal care with beautiful shelters and cat cafes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to all the folks who work and volunteer with animals. While my job is to capture the beauty of cats, I wouldn’t be able to do it without the people who care for them everyday.