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Paws by KVirtanen Paws by KVirtanen
I bid you welcome to viewing the original source photo of my lovely life companion, which sort of went viral and is now largely (ab)used around the net with my credits cropped or edited out. Hoping that maybe at some point the original credits will catch up with the popularity, I'll continue to display this one without a distractive watermark. For queries on licensing this photo legally (or just making sure you're on the right track with it) check out my contact info at

With a firm handshake,

PS: I do other stuff, too:
My online portfolio:


Original color version ...…

BOO! Didn't see that coming, did you ?

This is my little fellow, Alma. She was found with her mom and siblings dumped in a ditch. Luckily the local animal shelter found them and here she is now, as happy as she can be! She's got funny paws because they're very furry. Sometimes that is a problem for her because the fur makes her paws very slippery when running.

This is one of my own favorite photos of all time. I think Paws captures the intricate nature of what I consider to be the personality of the most mischievous and bad-behaving kitten I've ever had the pleasure to have as my life companion.

The photo was shot standing under her against a book shelf. Meaning, the background is the ceiling. Me and my spouse got so excited about this photo that we plan to print it on canvas : ) (UPDATE: we did it, and it looks really cool; winkety-wink .. !)

Technicals: Handheld, flash with front bounce card (…, 30mm, Canon EOS350D

Workflow: B/W conversion, sepia, contrast, vignette

BTW: The picture isn't out of focus; focusing on the paws was a conscious decision. Consider it a portrait of her paws.

Comments and critique are most welcome.
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immoimago Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
so cute
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
:) Thanks!
OMNICRON8000 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
O.O get it, kitty!
MisterGeniuseART Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   Artist
How lovely!
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
:D Thanks!
MisterGeniuseART Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   Artist
Crystellia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
D: I'm hoping you're going to the Art Institute of York or attended there because I saw this same image being used in a design for a mock up Frisky's campaign.
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for letting me know! Wow... I'd love to see pics of that event. My copyright is being abused everywhere after Paws went kind of viral. A lot of people just find the photo on the internet cropped without credits.

I hope Friskies don't think they can use it commercially. Do you know if it was a student project or something?
Crystellia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
it was only a student project as far as I know but I can send a picture of it to you if you want
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ah, thanks but I get it if they used the photo to pitch a project for their studies or something. As long as the photo isn't used in the project, I guess there's no harm done. Thanks for the heads-up, though .) :handshake:
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