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One Day

One day, your children WILL go looking for portraits of you, for portraits with you, Mom. Have you thought about that? I mean, REALLY thought about that. What will your children find when they do?

I’ll tell ya, I have had one roller coaster of a summer. I’ve lost friends that were so near and dear to my heart, I can’t even tell you. It has been a heart-breaking summer to say the least but, BUT what I did notice is that following the tears and the initial shock after learning about their passing my very first instinct was to find portraits of those friends. Something to remember them by because I know that one day, I will have trouble remembering their faces, the sound of their voices. That day isn’t today but it will come.

Maybe this feels a bit morbid, I don’t know. The truth of it however is that I NEVER, EVER want to forget the faces of my family. My mother. My father. My brothers. My sister. My cousins and their children. Never in a million years.

Let me ask you this; when was the last time you had a portrait made? Not a fun selfie you posted to Facebook that will never see the light of paper but an actual portrait? One you’re proud of and feel like your most beautiful self? One you’re excited to display in your home that your children will see beaming to them every, single day to remind them that they are loved? To remind them how much they are loved by the most important person in their lives…

Are you hiding behind the camera? C’mon Mom we all do it. You do it. We all do it. You don’t know how to really stand to flatter your best self or, your makeup isn’t right, or you’ve put on weight, or you don’t weigh enough, your hair is a crazy mess because you haven’t had even a moment of peace in 4 days to take the time to brush it let alone style. I feel ya. Here’s the thing though, none of us is promised tomorrow. Whether you’re 33 or 83, there is no guarantee. Take a breath. What is the best possible thing you can do to ensure that your light is celebrated by the people who are dearest to you? My answer to that is to create beautiful portraiture. Moms, Dads, Grandparents I’m looking to you. These portraits will be cherished by your children, your children’s children even, for lifetimes. Let that sink in for a moment. Lifetimes.

I hope you’ll pick up the phone. I would love to talk with you about how you’re envisioning your portrait session with us. 828-275-9932

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Mothers Daughters Sisters, a Portrait Book

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Mothers Daughters Sisters, a Portrait Book

“I truly hope you know the absolute joy you have brought to my life and how much you are loved.” – Christy R to her daughter Alicia

We would love it if you were a part of “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters” at Studio 828 Photography. Whether it is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or you simply want to create beautiful memories with your favorite person, all the details for the portrait book are listed here and you’re welcome to reach out about commissions below or to Cat@Studio-828.com

I would love to photograph you.

XoXo,

Cat

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Portraits of Tristan

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Portraits of Tristan

As I was planning for Tristan’s photo shoot, I was planning for glamour, like, capital G Glamour. Long gown, big fan, sequins, the whole nine yards and when she came in for her session, and after getting to know her for a few minutes, we went for a more minimalist approach. Very monochromatic and textured and with her edgier look, it definitely worked.

Portraits of a young woman. Portraits of Tristan.

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A Red Head and Two Dresses

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A Red Head and Two Dresses

Goodness gracious! Everyone, meet Kelly. Wife to an officer in the Army, student, and soon-to-be therapist. One of the things I learned about Kelly today is that her purpose is to be the hope in people’s lives, the light. Wow! It blew me away.

One of the things I love about her is that she knows what she wants. So often, when you ask someone what they are looking for, what they want out of life they sort of look at you like there is a foot growing on your face. Kelly knew straight away and I’ll tell you what, mark my words, she will get it.

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Kelly’s husband is deployed at the moment but, we’re both sort of hoping these images help ease the wait until he returns to the states.

PS – Kelly’s husband, in case noone has mentioned it, Thank you. You and your service are greatly appreciated.

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Are you interested in a photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography? Feel free to contact us using the form below. We would love to have you in for a consultation.

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Arbonne Annie in Asheville

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Arbonne Annie in Asheville

One of my recent clients is Annie. She has been with Arbonne for a little over two years now and is discovering how exciting owning your own business can be. For those that aren’t entrepreneurs, your first couple of years can be a real doozie and much of the time it is difficult to see the forest through the trees. Luckily, Annie has oodles of inspiration and purpose that is her driving force and she is KILLIN it in her business!

I give you, #ArbonneAnnie

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One of the things that I LOVE about Annie is her drive. She and her husband have this incredible love, four amazing kids and she is inspired daily to not only contribute to her home and their livelihood and future but, it is because of her business that they are all travelling to Europe this summer! How exciting is that??? It inspires me for sure.

One of the things that I love about Annie’s business IS her purpose. She is creating a foundation because the woman that inspired her to succeed IN her business passed away unexpectedly and they were very close. Gah, if I ever were to lose anyone close to me like that I wouldn’t even know where to begin let alone how to champion a charity. It is truly remarkable. She is also coordinating savings to contribute towards the Buncombe county school system. Look, we all know that the public school budget is less than ideal and here comes this woman, this incredible mother with plans to create a buffer so that the structures, the classrooms, and the teachers have a resource to meet their deficit.

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And to do all of this by providing these amazing skincare lines and beauty products that are eco-friendly, natural, and safe to use. It is a win-win! Oh and by the way, I have sampled the RE9 skincare system, and the “Lotus” lipstick. For starters, the lip line is Annie’s favorite and I can see why. The texture is out of this world creamy, and the moisturizer is doing wonders for my face!!! I come by quite a bit of makeup and care lines in this business and I can easily recommend both of these, personally.

For Annie’s personal branding session we did more than simply change outfits. We created several different looks both in wardrobe AND in makeup and we created each look with only her Arbonne line. It was truly impressive and I am so excited for what the world holds for Annie.

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You are worth it and so is your daughter. SHOW HER.

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You are worth it and so is your daughter. SHOW HER.

Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers.

Those roles are each, quite distinct and very, very important in their own way. My birthday gift to myself is to take action in honoring my role as a woman. My role as a woman who empowers other women. My role as a woman who sees the absolute beauty in every other feminine power that she meets, and mirrors it back to them. My role in honoring that in a new way is to create a book that tells the stories of mothers and daughters, and their connection. What those mothers want their daughters to know, the women those young girls are growing into being; their loves, dreams, and desires in life.

We will be inviting 20 women and their daughters the opportunity to a portrait session in our studio in April and May of this year and I would love for you and your daughters to be involved with us in this publication. We will be photographing our subjects in April and May and publishing a book with the imagery and stories of each of these women and their daughters this summer.

Would you and your mother or daughter be interested in a portrait shoot with us? Would you want to be part of an artistic endeavor and a book publication? Are you open to sharing your story and philosophy on womanhood, motherhood, and everything as a feminine being? Please submit your story to us below. How would this benefit you? How might this benefit your daughter(s)? How will sharing your story be empowering for you and for others?

Don’t be shy. We would love to photograph you.

What kind of legacy are you going to leave for your daughters?

What kind of legacy are you going to leave for your daughters?

They will never be this young again.

They will never be this young again.

F.A.Q.

  1. What are you publishing?
    1. A coffee table book honoring women (through portraiture and their own words) in their many roles in life as; daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers and the philosophies they want to share with their own daughters.
  2. How do I participate?
    1. First, submit your story and how being a part of this project will benefit you and others and we’ll go from there 
  3. Is there a cost?
    1. Yes. There is a non-refundable $350 fee to participate.
  4. What is your cancellation policy?
    1. Rescheduling for this project will not be permitted. Should you be unable to attend your confirmed photo shoot appointment (or arrive 30 minutes after your scheduled time), your appointment will be forfeited and your confirmation fee can be applied to a full session with our studio only.
  5. What is included?
    1. Pre-Shoot consultation: discuss your family, how this might be beneficial for you, what you want your daughter to know, and general information to plan for your session.
      1. Skype or Facetime
    2. Professional photo shoot in our Asheville photo studio
    3. Hair and Makeup styling for up to two people
    4. One signed copy of the completed coffee table book per photo shoot
      1. Additional unsigned copies available for purchase at $49
      2. Primary contact will be notified upon publishing and an appointment will be arranged for pickup
        1. Shipping additional
    5. In person reveal session
      1. We will review all of the edited imagery from your photo shoot
      2. Prints and packages available for purchase
      3. ADDITIONAL PURCHASE IS NOT REQUIRED
    6. When will you be shooting these sessions?
      1. There are 20 sessions available. Appointments will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.
      2. April: Sunday 24, Friday 29, Saturday 30
      3. May: Friday 6, Saturday 7, Monday 9, Sat 14, Fri 20, Fri 27, Sat 28
    7. Are there any age restrictions?
      1. Please keep applications for children above the age of 7
  6. Look in the mirror. Take a Deep Breath. You ARE worth it and so is your daughter. SHOW HER.

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Creating Your Legacy

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Creating Your Legacy

Her son, Fletcher is turning 1-year-old, one week from today. What a milestone for any new parent. One of the things that I wanted to do for Wendy during her session was to give her a portrait that her son would have to pass on to his own children. A true legacy.

Happy Birthday Fletcher. May you always know how fiercely your mother loves you, how ambitious she is to make you proud, and give you guidance into becoming a man of integrity, kindness, and determination.

 

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Before and After Transformation

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Before and After Transformation

The before and after transformations are such a hot topic. Many clients choose not to have their “before” image shown, which is fine. However I want to talk about WHY they are so important in my marketing efforts.

The purpose of my photography is not to make you look like a different person. It isn’t to “shop” everything away. The purpose of my photography is to create beautiful imagery of you and showcase you at your absolute best. Plain and simple.

Of course, many photographers say that.

My intention with before and afters is to show you that each of these portraits are of everyday women; just like you, and just like me. In fact, I even WANT you to smile in your before shot. It isn’t to make you look “bad”, your before shot is to simply show your face exactly as it is in all it’s plain glory. That’s mine, below.

My very own before and after transformation

My very own before and after transformation

So, before you “decide” that all the women on my site are models, let me tell you that all but one of them are everyday clients. (The one “model” that is showcased on my site is in my fine art gallery. I am branching into some conceptual photography and thought it best to utilize a professional for that piece.)

Everyone else is a beautiful, captivating, and wonderful woman just like you. She trusted me to create beautiful portraits of her the same way that I hope you will, too.

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Are you considering a beautiful portrait session of our very own? I would love to photograph you. Reach out today for your personal consultation to design the photo shoot of your dreams!

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Class of 2016 {Asheville Senior Portraits}

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Class of 2016 {Asheville Senior Portraits}

Asheville senior portraits for AC Reynolds high school senior, Adara. Class of 2016. Adara is pretty incredible. Not only is she a stunning young woman, she is ambitious and graduating early. She is enrolled in a pharmacology program and not wasting even a minute of time getting her future underway.

So proud of her!

Often parents and students inquire about our senior portrait photography here at Studio 828 Photography and, so often am I just blown away by the caliber of students we have here in wnc. Adara is no exception. Congratulations Adara! I am so excited for you!!!!

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Are you interested in your senior photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography? Fill out the info below and we’d be happy to schedule your consultation to design your makeover and photo shoot here in Asheville.

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Celebrating 40 and Fabulous {Beauty Photographer}

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Celebrating 40 and Fabulous {Beauty Photographer}

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Hair and Makeup: Daisy Chavers, Love, Daisy Salon

Celebrating 40 with everything you are! Nicole came to Studio 828 Photography with her daughter for a portrait session. Instead of shirking away from her birthday, she is embracing it in all it’s glory and creating a beautiful memory with her daughter.

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I always love it when moms bring in their daughters for their session. We play dress up and have fun in the studio but, little do the daughters know that in the game of “girl’s day” we are actually teaching them the value of SELF. She and her mother now, will have beautiful portraits for a lifetime. Portraits of the day. Portraits of their love for one another. Portraits they can both, always look back on to find the spark in their eyes.

When I delivered Nicole’s folio, she was going through the images and there is an image of her daughter she simply adores and she looks up and says to me “Now, I’ll always be able to remember her just like that…” It is so true. Have you ever had a memory, you thought for sure would be bright and bold in your thoughts forever? And then, little by little, that memory fades? It gets filed back in your subconscious behind all of the new bright and bold memories you make as time moves on.

Don’t wait. Celebrate everything you are, right now. Exist in photos for and with the people you love.

Beautiful portraits of a daughter

Beautiful portraits of a daughter

Are you interested in a portrait session with Studio 828 Photography? Get more info today about a beauty portrait session here in Asheville.

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