Photographer Carli Davidson is offering the world an unexpectedly wonderful treat: portraits of cats who are in the middle of a hilariously satisfying shake. Using her high-speed camera, the artist humanely works with adorable felines, making sure the cats feel comfortable in her studio, to capture the moment they shake water off their bodies. The process involves an assistant dipping their hand in water and then gently petting the cats. Davidson also has a trained animal care professional clean the cats' ears. Both techniques cause these animals to shake off excess water and ear cleaner, which is when Davidson captures her quirky shot. The best part is that all cats involved in the Shake series are rescues. More than just a cute series of images, the project aims to promote adoption.
While the artist has previously featured adorable dogs and puppies, this cat shoot was extra special because it involved internet superstar Lil Bub. Along with 60 other cats, the famous feline will be appearing in Davidson's Shake Cats book, which will officially be available to purchase on October 27th. A portion of the publication's proceeds will be donated to the three Portland shelters that provided the photographer with her lovable subjects.