PATIENCE, a sense of humour and many gigabytes of computer storage are the key ingredients for a good cat photography, Lynda Du Vallier says.
Ms Du Vallier has been photographing cats for about 10 years and started up her photography business, Catography in 2019.
During the Christmas season, she has employed husband Michael Auld to don a white beard and red suit so cats have their photo taken with Santa.
"I've set up a studio in my house and it's all designed for cats," she said.
"It's safe, I've got fun backdrops, a lot of props. People bring their cats in to put them into little scenes, create memories of their cat, not only for Christmas and Easter but we have special photoshoots as well.
Ms Du Vallier had spent a fortune over the years on tiny props like tea cups and miniature sleighs.
She said some cats responded better than others.
"Sometimes I might just take five (photos) and there's one in there that I know is perfect.
"Sometimes it will be 100. I never hold back - I always take more.
"I'm very patient as well and that's very important for cats, because some of them aren't used to travel or being in a foreign environment.
"I have 135,000 cat photos on my computer."
There are never any shortages of cats to photograph, with Mr Auld and Ms Du Vallier also being the owners of Capalaba Cat Cottage.
The pair also sell calendars featuring Ms Du Vallier's photography to raise funds for cat rescues and Rural Aid.
One features Furrgus, an 18-year-old cat "so ugly he's handsome".
Ms Du Vallier said the job had brought her a lot of joy over the years.
"It's unique - it's a niche market.
"It brings a lot of smiles to people's faces."
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