An innovative wedding photographer brings newlyweds and their pet cats closer through inclusive post-wedding photo shoots.
Say “cheese” but hold the mice, please. Photographer Marianna Zampieri has opened a market niche few thought even existed: including newlyweds' cats in their wedding photo shoots. Self-confessed “cat lover” Zampieri came up with the concept at her own wedding when her cherished pet cat Arthur was left out of the traditional wedding day photo shoot.
“When I got married,” explained Zampieri, “I wanted so much to have some photos with my cat Arthur so I decided to do a special shooting just for us. In the meantime,” she added, “a couple of friends who I had already photographed for a home-based service on commission had contacted me just for the same reason: they were close to marriage and they wanted so much that their beloved three cats took part in that momentous event.”
There's a very good reason pets – and cats especially – aren't included in wedding day photo shoots: the whirlwind of emotion, confusion, and the presence of many unfamiliar people doesn't make for calm, cool and collected subjects. The solution was to schedule a second, cat-inclusive photo shoot AFTER the Big Day when the cats would me much more conducive to being photographed.
“So, we agreed and a week after the wedding I went to their home to immortalize them in a series of photographs dressed up as a couple with their cats,” stated Zampieri. Oddly enough, Zampieri was not trained as a photographer. She took up the hobby about five years ago, after adopting Arthur. “I wanted to show his beauty worldwide.”
Word of Zampieri's unique post-wedding, cat-inclusive photo service spread quickly among the wedding planner trade, making her married life much busier than she could have ever imagined. Nowadays, Zampieri regularly photographs cats and their adoring newlywed owners in private photo shoots conducted in the intimacy of their own homes.
Though based in her native Italy, Zampieri has been known to travel far and wide for clients interested in photo-documenting their, ahem, “honeymewn”. For more information on Zampieri's schedule, rates and available options, please visit her website.