After seeing Tokyo-based photographer Aya Sakai's adorable photos of her baby boy and their French Bulldog, we knew it would just be a matter of time before we came across a similar set of heartwarming images between a child and his or her pet.
Saint Petersburg, Russia-based photographer Andy Prokh has taken these sweet, storytelling photos of his daughter Katherine growing up with her curiously cute British Shorthair cat, named LiLu Blue Royal Lada. Both of his subjects have oodles of personality which shines through in every image – from the one where Katherine's playing a music instrument, while the cat happily conducts, to the one where they're both involved in a somewhat serious game of chess. Shot mostly in black and white, the images have a classic, fine art feeling to them, yet they have that subtle touch of whimsy that makes them feel incredibly magical.
We got in touch with Andy Prokh, the father and photographer of these adorable shots. He told us that his daughter Katherine is now 4 1/2 years old and LiLu is six. “They've lived their whole lives together,” he says. “I like to take photos of them because I love them both and I've always believed a photographer must love what he shoots.”