This pretty kitty is ready for his close-up.
This pretty kitty is ready for his close-up. (Photo: Larry Johnson)

If running away to join the cat circus was your ultimate dream job, just wait until you meet Larry Johnson. This professional portrait photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has made a career out of capturing the uniquely expressive personalities of cats.

Johnson regularly travels the competitive cat show circuit to meet his lovely feline models, and over the years, he's built up a reputation as the go-to photographer for cat glamour shots.

In the short documentary "The Purrtraitist," filmmaker Mark Zemel gives us an inside look at what Johnson's life is like during one of these weekend-long celebrations of all things cat:


Continue below to see a small selection of Johnson's cat "purrtraits," and be sure to check out his website to see more of his work or to find out how to you can have your own furry friend photographed.

A group of curious Maine Coon cats
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Majestic sand-colored cat
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Fluffy kitty getting a glamour shot.
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Spotted Bengal kitty standing on hind legs
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
An American Curl cat poses in front of blue velvet.
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Cat whiskers
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Adorable kitty playing on its back
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Fluffy feline friends
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Feline in mid-air
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
Kitty pouncing upwards
(Photo: Larry Johnson)
"Do I Have a Tail For You"
(Photo: Larry Johnson)