Puppies posed to play in Ann Arbor photographer’s fundraising book

ANN ARBOR, MI — Posed puppies and cute kittens are the stars of an upcoming book created by an Ann Arbor photographer to raise money for a local animal shelter.

Kat Ku, an Ann Arbor-based wildlife photographer, is releasing her book, “Tails of Ann Arbor,” later this year, with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Ku came up with the idea in 2020 but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve wanted to do a book for a while, and I was kind of thinking about what would be a great way to not only share our pets’ stories, but also connect them by giving back to our community,” Ku said. . “I feel like, timing-wise, it’s an even better time to share the impact our pets have had on our lives.”

The book, which will be available for pre-order in the fall, features portraits of Ann Arbor pets. Although all of the portraits so far have featured dogs and cats, Ku said she would also like the opportunity to photograph more unusual pets.

Ku had hoped to raise $3,000 for HSHV through the book, but increased the goal to $5,000 after raising $3,250 at the book’s launch at HSHV’s Compassionate Day in November 2021. About 30 members of the community have participated so far, but they hope to have at least 20. more people are registering their pets for portraits.

A session for “Tails of Ann Arbor” is $150, with additional pricing options for multiple pets or family sessions. Entrants will also be asked to share information about their pet, such as how it came to join their family and its personality, which will be included in the book.

Ku became interested in animal photography after adopting her two cats, Shoko and Achille, who are now both 13 years old. She added her dog, Max, during the pandemic.

“When I had Shoko, my first, it woke up like this love in me that I didn’t know I had,” Ku said.

After doing photography on the side while working in the automotive industry, Ku started her business, Kat Ku Photography, full-time in 2016.

Ku hopes “Tails of Ann Arbor” will spark conversations among readers and attendees.

“Pets bring people together. Because otherwise you wouldn’t talk to someone, but a dog bridges that gap,” Ku said. “I think it would be just awesome to have a collection of pets that people can look at and say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember seeing that dog in the book and like oh my God, that’s the dog’, and just kind of helping to open up like conversations and connection.

To sign up for a portrait or to stay up to date with pre-order information, visit the “Tails of Ann Arbor” website.

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