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COME AS YOU ARE


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COME AS YOU ARE


#comeasyouareavl

#comeasyouareavl is a personal portrait study in black and white by photographer, Cat Ford-Coates. The exhibition was showcased at Epione Integrative Healing Center through January of 2018.

"My purpose around this portrait study is to take people exactly as they are and reflect their beauty back to them in their portraiture. No added hair and makeup or personal styling like you would find in my portrait work at the studio. Just diffused light, a backdrop, and the subject. It was fascinating and I am quite proud of this series." - Cat Ford-Coates

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about the study

As a portrait photographer, I love studying the face, body language. It is sort of my version of my own anthropology. It is documenting the human condition. I also happen to love light and creating something so special for people. This is my way of not only expanding my own vision and the boundaries of my skills, but also my way of giving back to the community.

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exhibition

The works chosen will be showcased at our "Be-You-Tiful" open house on October 20th and in an exhibition at Epione Integrated Healing Clining November - January.

Closing Reception is Saturday January 20 5-8pm at Epione Integrated Health

 

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schedule

Shooting for this series is closed.  

comasyouareavl - seeing your portrait for the first time - portrait photographer
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bcso Heart


Every year Studio 828 Photography teams up with Blush Asheville to contribute to causes close to their hearts. In 2016, we partnered with Mass Wisteria Productions and the Buncombe County Special Olympics and had. a. ball. Each of the athletes were so sweet and so funny! Getting to know them individually just made me burst! The heart and joy for life within every single one of us is sometimes overwhelming to witness in person. We love what we do and are so grateful to have been able to contribute our services. 

#ispeakheart

#828blush

bcso Heart


Every year Studio 828 Photography teams up with Blush Asheville to contribute to causes close to their hearts. In 2016, we partnered with Mass Wisteria Productions and the Buncombe County Special Olympics and had. a. ball. Each of the athletes were so sweet and so funny! Getting to know them individually just made me burst! The heart and joy for life within every single one of us is sometimes overwhelming to witness in person. We love what we do and are so grateful to have been able to contribute our services. 

#ispeakheart

#828blush

 Chris has more presence, more zest for life, and more joy in his little pinky than most people do in their entirety!!! 

Chris has more presence, more zest for life, and more joy in his little pinky than most people do in their entirety!!! 

 Drew is SUCH a sweetheart! This man loves to bake! Loves to smile! And was a JOY to photograph.

Drew is SUCH a sweetheart! This man loves to bake! Loves to smile! And was a JOY to photograph.

 LeAnn has a bit of a crush on Kenny Chesney and would LOVE to meet him. Kenny, are you listening? Feel free to reach out if you'd like to make this number one fan's day! We'll get you two in touch.

LeAnn has a bit of a crush on Kenny Chesney and would LOVE to meet him. Kenny, are you listening? Feel free to reach out if you'd like to make this number one fan's day! We'll get you two in touch.

 Tait, what a wonderful young man he is. A bit shy but such an athlete! He's a gymnast and a tumbler and his coach is one of his best friends. <3

Tait, what a wonderful young man he is. A bit shy but such an athlete! He's a gymnast and a tumbler and his coach is one of his best friends. <3

 Shea, ooooooh how this little girl took our hearts! And such an adventurous soul too! Loved having aher hair and makeup done and modeled like a superstar!!!

Shea, ooooooh how this little girl took our hearts! And such an adventurous soul too! Loved having aher hair and makeup done and modeled like a superstar!!!

 Ok, Alex is awesome! This guy has performed at the Orange Peel (kind of a big deal if you didn't know already), snowboards, and is an all around rock star. He's fantastic! I'm so glad we met.

Ok, Alex is awesome! This guy has performed at the Orange Peel (kind of a big deal if you didn't know already), snowboards, and is an all around rock star. He's fantastic! I'm so glad we met.

  • Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography
    • Photographer's Assistant, Anita Bryant
  • Hair and Makeup: Wendy Ballance, Blush Asheville
  • Videography: Emily Gillis, Mass Wisteria Productions