What do you need a photographer for, exactly?

In today's digital age of cell phones and the ever changing landscape of photography you might find this a confusing question. Why would you need a portrait photographer if you can just shoot it with your phone and upload it to social media? That's really all that counts anyway, right?

At Studio 828 Photography here in Asheville, it is our mission to ensure that we aren't just providing you pretty pictures. Yes, of course our imagery is lovely but, it is powerful too. Our work is more than "just photography". How do you want the world to perceive you? How do you dream of being photographed? When was the last time you were empowered in your own self? 

When  you look back on portraits of your grandparents and great grandparents, what are you really seeing? It is more than a piece of paper that was developed in the dark and put into an album. It is your history, your lineage, your legacy from all of the people who have loved you. That is why you are looking for a photographer, and not just any photographer at that. You are looking for someone that knows not only how to use photoshop and the basic settings on their camera but; how to engage with you during your photo shoot, how to pose you in such a way that you're presented in your absolute best self, someone that sees YOU and creates artwork that conveys all of the beauty that those that love you see everyday.

At what point do you need a professional portrait photographer?

You need a photographer when you are celebrating a milestone or a relationship with someone you love. Generations portraiture with your mother and your daughter, sisters, best friends. You need a professional when you're ready to create a piece of artwork that your children and grandchildren will cherish when you're gone. You need a professional portrait photographer when you want to celebrate your family and document that love, today. For beautiful heirlooms, showcased on  your walls so that every single day your children have a visual reminder of the people who love them the most in their lives, for years to come. 

How do you decide ON a portrait photographer? 

Well, it takes a bit of research. You want to look around through photo galleries from photographers in and around your area and see whose work speaks to you. From there, you reach out to each of those photographers to discuss what you have in mind for your photo shoot and the types of artwork you're considering for your display. You will discuss things like products (gallery wrapped canvases, striking metal prints, matted fine art prints, and more). You will discuss each photographer's steps of service and how they operate their photography business. You will discuss pricing with each of the photographers and whether or not you will be viewing those images in person or via online gallery. You will discuss whether or not that photographer simply puts everything on a disc, whether or not it is edited and how you will receive said artwork. From that point, you should have the education from each of your selections and be able to make an informed decision of who to employ for your portraiture. Whether or not that is Studio 828 Photography, we do hope you will give us the opportunity for your consideration. Read up on our FAQ page for more details about our process and feel free to reach out on our contact page for your personal consultation
Contemporary Portraiture is, by far and away the heart of our business. Photographing women, at any stage of her life and shining light upon her to reflect everything wonderful about her and to celebrate that wonder to create her legacy.
Cat Ford-Coates is not your average portrait photographer. Her work has been described as "romantic, modern and sincere". She is creative and focused, and treats each client and photography session with the utmost care and attention to detail.
"Our clients are looking for heirlooms. For artwork versus snapshots burned to a disc."  This of course is what draws them to Studio 828 Photography as their photography company. Tell me, how do YOU dream of being photographed?"

Why do you have a portrait session?

Because you are worth more than your to do list. Because being photographed, at your best, this very afternoon is freeing. Yes, you enjoy the pampering with your personal style consultation (because c'mon ladies, we've all gotta get out of yoga pants at some point), professional hair and makeup and a portrait photographer that spends your entire photo shoot coaching you from pose to pose, giving you confidence because now you KNOW that you really WILL look your best and it isn't just fluff which, in turn translates to a sparkle in your eyes in your pictures. Because whether you choose to purchase our top collection or a single image, whatever you decide, for the rest of your life will bring you back to feeling confident in your own self. Suddenly you aren't just the one behind the camera anymore. Investing in your own self means that you ARE valuable (GASP!) "Oh no, I couldn't. Just get the kids, they are so special to me, I look a mess anyway." Shenanigans ladies! Have you ever considered how important YOU ARE TO THEM? Have you considered what defining and embracing your own beauty, and on your own terms really means? What it teaches your daughters? 

What will it teach you? 

You are beautiful. I know it. Your spouse knows it. Your kids know it. Your parents know it. You, yourself knew it at one point. Where has she gone? Let's find her together.