Elstow care home residents learn how to purr-fect their pet portraits


Residents at a Bedford care home have been putting pets in the spotlight with a photography masterclass.

Local award-winning photographer Katrina Wilson visited Elstow Manor Care Home, Bedford Road, to host a session where residents could learn how to take the purr-fect pet portrait.

During the masterclass, the visiting dogs Bertie, Mac and Monty posed with their owners and staff members Oliver Waddington, Isla McAllister and Mandy Day as well as Elstow Manor residents as Katrina got snap happy.

Katrina said: “It was such a fun masterclass – the residents were so enthusiastic.”

Resident Charles Boult, aged 90, was delighted to have his photograph taken with Mac, and the German shepherd dog particularly loved the cheese treats he was feeding him.

Charles, Mac and some cheese treats!

Fellow residents Elizabeth Villain, aged 94, and Ina Keetch, aged 90, thoroughly enjoyed stroking black Labrador Bertie and getting their photos taken with him, while 88-year-old Patrica Kollberg met pugalier Monty.

“It was so much fun having the dogs here and be great to see them again,” said Ina.

Elstow Manor wellbeing and lifestyle coach Oliver Waddington said: “It was fascinating to see Katrina interact with the dogs and get on their level, as well the different treats to entice them for those perfect snaps.”

Photographer Katrina, who has two border collies of her own, works from her studio in Maulden, Bedford and specialises in pet images.

Following the session, she said that the residents had been a pleasure to teach.

“We were lucky to have very well-behaved subjects, and the camera loved them,” said Katrina.

“It was gratifying to see the residents’ fantastic photographs and they’ve told me the images will be put on display at Elstow Manor.”

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