For this assignment we were told to go out and capture a news story. I really liked this assignment because of how much freedom we had. We could pick whatever we wanted to do, so, I chose to cover the cat cafe, Catfe, in Ferndale, MI.
I had never been to a cat café before, so I went in scared as always. Scared of the new atmosphere, the judgement that I knew was sure to come and of asking some random person random questions. Our ultimate goal here was to turn our pictures into a video with an interview as the audio component. The people at the Catfe were super chill which made me calm down as well. The atmosphere in the café was very peaceful and playful and it made me excited to shoot these little cats. The cats were so damn cute. I fell in love with multiple of them and I wanted to take them all home, so I was treading dangerous waters here.
The interview could have gone a bit better. I recorded on my phone but because of all the background noises, it was hard to hear my subject speak. Jennifer Ross, the lady who graciously agreed to be harassed by me, was really nice and willing to tell all. She is a volunteer and most of the shelter was run by volunteers. She had good knowledge of the place, but I would do one thing differently. I did not prepare my questions in advance and I really wish I did because I was scrambling to come up with questions on the spot. I did not go in fully prepared and that is something I would change for next time. Nevertheless, I was able to get quite a bit of cool information about the Catfe that I think works well with the pictures I took. The whole experience was really cool, and I still cannot stop thinking about the cats!
Most of my posts are about how introverted I am and how scared I was to go do this or that and although that is true, I really enjoyed this class. As it is coming to an end, I realize that it did teach me to go out of my comfort zone and that sometimes it pays off. The anxiety I felt throughout the semester somehow made it easier to do this last assignment. The one thing I plan to continue is taking pictures and making videos. It brings me a lot of joy and now that I know how to actually work my camera, no one can stop me. I want to thank our professor, Lori King, for really teaching us her craft and with such a passion. I will miss going to class and dreading what she will make me do next.
Check out my YouTube video below and if you’re in Michigan, check out the Ferndale Catfe!