Meesha the Siamese – Pittsburgh Pet Photography

At 18-years-old, little Meesha has been a big part of Amelia’s life, joining her when Amelia was still in college after seeing a newspaper ad for a Siamese kitten.

“On my way to look at her, I was thinking, It isn’t wise to spend this money, and I would just tell the woman that I needed to think about it, but as soon as I saw [Meesha’s] sweet little face, I fell in love with her and I got out my checkbook!”

For being over 18-almost-19-years old, Meesha (whose kitten meows Amelia remembers sounded like she was saying “Meee” thus earning her name) still gets around pretty well.

Amelia had toyed with the idea of booking a session for about seven months before committing to a date. The timing of Meesha’s session, unfortunately, aligns with a common reason that leads people to book: health issues. Kidney disease paired with a recent seizure and Meesha’s pacing/circling suggests the possibility of a brain tumor left Amelia realizing that time may not be on their side.

Siamese cat sniffing flowers during an in-home session in Pittsburgh

“She has the sweetest little face!” gushes Amelia. “She is very affectionate toward me. I also think she is pretty funny when she is ornery.

Amelia told me that Meesha has a red string that is her favorite toy and that she loves to lie in the sun, sit by the vent, and look out the front door from the steps. She also loves to sit on the windowsill and look out the windows. I made certain to capture as many of these photos as Meesha would allow, as well as some posed family shots of Amelia and her husband Jim with Meesha.

For an in-home session, Amelia and Jim’s home was a dream to photograph in thanks to the abundance of soft natural light filtering in through multiple windows. Meesha was partial to the couple’s bedroom that afternoon and posed in her favorite spot along the windowsills just as Amelia described.

Siamese cat on bedroom windowsill during an in-home session in Pittsburgh

While I absolutely love shooting on-location, sometimes an in-home session is a better option, particularly if your pet is elderly or too sick to travel. Photographing your furry friend within your home can produce meaningful and sentimental images; however, there are a few key elements to consider. To help produce photos similar to the ones shown in my portfolio, you’ll want to be sure your home has clutter-free areas in the room(s) in which you hope to have your pet photographed, open spaces within these rooms, and most importantly, good even lighting from large windows or sliding glass doors.

Siamese cat on bed during an in-home pet photography session in Pittsburgh

Senior pet sessions are a favorite of mine and almost always end in happy tears from pet parents. Meesha’s session was no exception. Together, Amelia and Jim decided on a beautiful heirloom-quality 10×10 fine art album filled with more than 20 of their favorites and added a few small gift prints for displaying throughout their home.

Siamese cat cuddling on the couch with owners during an in-home session in Pittsburgh

If you would like to book a Bark & Gold Photography session for your pet, click here or give me a call at 724-913-BARK (2275). For more information on Bark & Gold Photography sessions, visit “Your Session” in the menu and be sure to share your email on my homepage to join the VIP list.


This post is a part of the Pet Photography 52 Weeks project blog circle. To see what the next pawesome photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “No Place Like Home,” check out Rachel Moore with Touched By a Dog Photography, where Spokane, WA dogs and their people go for an artisan experience. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.

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15 thoughts on “Meesha the Siamese – Pittsburgh Pet Photography

    1. That is my hope, and I know by her reaction at her reveal and ordering appointment that this session was greatly appreciated.

    1. Why, thank you! I, too, am definitely a dog person, but as I told Meesha’s mom and dad, she was the most dog-like cat I’ve ever photographed. She made this session a breeze!

  1. Heartbreaking. I’ve done three forever sessions in the last two weeks and it rips me up. I hope you engage in some self-care after, because these sessions can be hard on us, too.

    1. Thanks, Angela! It may sound crazy, but I actually love doing these type of sessions; in a way, they almost energize me because of knowing how much these images and their art will be valued afterward. I also love seeing that genuine connection between pets and their people. I agree they’re not for everyone though!

  2. It’s so sad when people wait until their furkid is sick or very old before booking a session, however I also find that these sessions give the family the opportunity for give their full attention to their loved pet during that session, and that is perhaps something they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do otherwise… it gives them permission to slow down and enjoy the precious moments. You’ve certainly honoured little Meesha beautifully and created beautiful memories for her family.

    1. I totally agree! These sessions are actually some of my favorites because they are so meaningful. It fills my heart knowing the beautiful gift these photos will be to them.

  3. Gorgeous images Jessica, I’m sure he family was thrilled with the results and will love having these memories of Meesha while she still looks great and was doing all her usual kitty things :).

    1. Thanks, Tracy! What you said is exactly why I encourage pet parents to do their session while their pets are still as they wish to remember them.

  4. Meesha is beautiful and you did an amazing job capturing her beauty and soul! Mom and dad will LOVE these images. My favorites are the family image and Meesha in the window 🙂

    1. Thank you! I also love the family photos; one of those is the ones they added as a smaller gift print to display on their mantle. It’s so important to for family to join in, even if they don’t think they’ll want to at the time. There is nothing that can take away having that moment forever.

  5. Beautiful images – I love Meesha’s eyes – blue with lots of character. Sad that pet parents often wait until their pets are elderly or sick before they realize they want good photos, but at least they do it. Meesha looks very good for her age!!!

    1. Thank you, Linda! I don’t think there’s ever a “right” time for many pet parents; it just tends to be falling closer in line with health issues and aging lately. It was hard to believe Meesha’s age! She was energetic and spunky throughout her entire session. Those eyes sure do sparkle!

  6. Meesha is a beauty! And so are these photos! You did a fantastic job of capturing her with her family, and I am sure they will cherish these photos.

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