Eight months ago, photographer BriAnne Willis devoted her life to showcasing the amazing bond between women and their cats by photographing an assortment of females and their feline companions at home in their natural habitat. Focused on breaking the unflattering, age-old cat lady stereotype popularized by the media, the photo series, dubbed “Girls and Their Cats,” is focused on the positives of cat companionship, and is quickly gaining ground on social media.
Although a venture primarily rooted on Instagram (@girlsandtheircats) and Facebook, Willis has hopes of turning her pet project into a book in the near future; in addition to an eagerness to expand her photographic territory, as her subjects largely consist of New Yorkers, with a few Oregon cat fanciers tossed in the mix.
Each photograph is accompanied with a brief tale of how the cat came into the girl in question’s life; and while we’re kind of smitten with them all, there are a few that seriously slay, like:
Williamsburg’s Giuliana and Yoncé:
Hey cat ladies! Many of you have been asking how to be photographed for my project. I’m trying something new so If you’re based in NYC, follow these steps. (I will hopefully be including more cities soon) 1.) Post a new photo of you and your cat + a caption that includes any info you’d like me to know. 2.) Tag @girlsandtheircats AND use the hashtag #girlsandtheircatsNYC (so I can find you) Look forward to seeing your cute photos! Above: Giuliana and Yoncé in Williamsburg #catladies #newyork #catlover #adoptdontshop #photoproject #series #catsofinstagram
Flatbush’s Jasmine and Figgaro:
Jasmine and Figgaro in Flatbush for #girlsandtheircats. Jasmine adopted Figgaro through a @catbirdnyc sponsored adoption event with @ASPCA. Figgaro has helped ease Jasmine’s pain after losing her mother last year. He’s also lovingly referred to as Figabro because he is one chill kitty. “He enjoys visits to Prospect Park, bike rides and whipped cream.” @bzarblackstar All photos by BriAnne Wills #catlady #adoption #catlover #aspca #bikes
Portland’s Emily and Cowbear:
Emily and Cowbear in NE Portland for #girlsandtheircats #girlsandtheircatsOR “Cowbear lived on the streets until she was picked up by our friend (@melanieisansty) and taken in. The scrawny cat ate all the catfood for 3 days, and then had a litter of kittens on a pile of clothes. My partner Adam took the mom (Cowbear, and yes she came with that name) and one of the kittens (who later went a bit crazy and found a more compatible home). That was over 15 years ago, and she is still roaming the neighborhood taming her territory and loving on us daily.” @emily_katz All photos by BriAnne Wills #catlady #catlover #catsofinstagram #pdx #oregon #kimono #bathtub #interiors
And if you’re dying to see the woman behind “Girls and Their Cats,” here BriAnne is with her cat Tuck:
This time I’m the one in front of the camera. @clemencepoles photographed me and Tuck for her style blog @passerbuys_official. We also talk about how/why I started #girlsandtheircats. Check it out: passerbuys.com/brianne-wills Tuck often helps me edit photos. #catlady #catladyforlife #catlover #adoptdontshop