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Portraits for You


Portraits for you can be anything from celebrating a birthday or a weight loss goal, to a boudoir photo shoot, to a high school senior's session to commemorate graduating high school This is portraiture we create OF you FOR you. To celebrate YOU

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Portraits for You


Portraits for you can be anything from celebrating a birthday or a weight loss goal, to a boudoir photo shoot, to a high school senior's session to commemorate graduating high school This is portraiture we create OF you FOR you. To celebrate YOU

Portraits for You

Are you celebrating you? Perhaps it's a birthday, or you've achieved a certain goal, or maybe you simply want to exist in photos (you absolutely SHOULD!), this imagery is created to celebrate you and only you. to create your legacy.

“It isn’t portraiture of women. It is portraiture for women.” - Kara Marie

Portraits for You

Portraits for you celebrates you exactly as you are. Whether these are to help you declare a moment in time just for yourself, for your high school senior photos, to stop time for your son or daughter to capture them as they are today, to create beautiful intimate portraits of you, or to celebrate achieving a goal, whatever the reason, we are here to help you step into that moment. To create epic portraiture you will be proud to share. Portraiture you will be proud to hang on your walls.

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TRANSFORM


Transform is a portrait project for the soul with Photographer, Cat Ford-Coates. A six month journey with personal 1:1 coaching and sessions in her Asheville portrait studio to help bring you to being the next level version of yourself. The one who is less afraid, more confident, and whole-hearted in who s/he is as a person. Let’s discover them together.

TRANSFORM


Transform is a portrait project for the soul with Photographer, Cat Ford-Coates. A six month journey with personal 1:1 coaching and sessions in her Asheville portrait studio to help bring you to being the next level version of yourself. The one who is less afraid, more confident, and whole-hearted in who s/he is as a person. Let’s discover them together.

TRANSFORM - YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY

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YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY

One of the things I love about my work as a portrait photographer is the transformative aspects of it. Even during a single session, I watch my clients completely change and step into this next level version of themselves that is unmistakable. As I started really digging into that, a mentor asked me “Cat, what might the impact BE if you walked alongside them on this journey for six months or a year?! What would THAT transformation look like????”

It looks amazing is what it looks like.

I started with the idea of working with a couple of women from different age groups and backgrounds. The idea behind it being that at no matter the stage we are in our lives, the influence of my guidance and the intention of transformation being that guiding light, what kind of affect might a six month journey look like? Who could we step into being with that kind of attention?

Mandy (photographed above) is a makeup artist. She has just turned 40 and wants to step into this next decade in appreciation. She is a mother and a professional, and always has her ish together! Well, as she journaled and we talked for her session, it became very apparent to me that the beginning of her transformation was to embrace the chaos of the unknown and I asked her to remove her full face of makeup and brush out her hair, and even wear a dress that didn’t fit her. At first I thought she might even leave, but she gasped, collected herself, and then embraced that moment.

I realize that she was able to do that because she trusted me. She knows me. She works with me. So, of course it was easier for her to trust my skills and ability to see beyond great wardrobe and flawless makeup. It is so easy for us all to be photographed when we are at our best, well, by comparison anyway. Here’s the thing though, each of us is at a different place in our lives. It could be chaotic, or completely complacent! Or maybe we just desire to be more even though we don’t quite know what that is yet.

Y’all, I am here to tell you that we are all here to be more. To expand into the container so that we can push through it to bring more of our light and heart into the world. That we are here to be mothers and fathers, to be executives, to be in crisis or at the top of the world, but we can always be more and I would be honored to guide you along in this journey, if even for a short while to usher you into that next version of you who would love nothing less than to be more whole in who you are as a person. In fact, I welcome that opportunity.

If you can trust my guidance, intuition, and vision for you, or even have a conversation to discern whether or not that is the case, I would love to meet you. Reach out below.

We are all starting this journey from somewhere; good, bad, indifferent. I would love to create that story with you.

XoXo,

Cat


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What is TRANSFORM?

  • Six month commitment

  • 1:1 conversations once per month

  • Personal Journaling (Homework)

  • Six Photo Sessions in our Asheville Portrait studio

  • In person review and ordering session

  • A portfolio of imagery (12 images) of your transformation following completion

Mandy’s Transform Folio below (in real time)

 
 
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Dream Photo Shoot


Dream photo shoots are a thing of today. More and more, women across the globe are looking to celebrate their femininity, their victories, themselves in new and exciting ways. Whether you are looking to capture an amazing time in your life or create branding imagery for your business that is like no other, the answer is to book with Cat Ford-Coates. We will design your photo shoot around capturing the YOU that you hope everyone might see when they look to you. Reach out to inquire about creating the portrait experience of your dreams today!

Dream Photo Shoot


Dream photo shoots are a thing of today. More and more, women across the globe are looking to celebrate their femininity, their victories, themselves in new and exciting ways. Whether you are looking to capture an amazing time in your life or create branding imagery for your business that is like no other, the answer is to book with Cat Ford-Coates. We will design your photo shoot around capturing the YOU that you hope everyone might see when they look to you. Reach out to inquire about creating the portrait experience of your dreams today!

 

How Will You Embrace Your Best Self?

Lenka in San Marco Square, Venice, Italy 2018 at dawn

Lenka in San Marco Square, Venice, Italy 2018 at dawn

 

We are THRILLED to be traveling abroad for destination couture photo shoots in the coming months! In addition to being available for stateside travel and hosting beautiful portrait shoots here in western North Carolina, we shot in London and Los Angeles in January, Italy and Paris in May, Phoenix in September and Georgia in October and dates/locations for 2019 will be announced soon. Don't let that hold you back though; if you have something in mind do not hesitate to reach out.

For these photo shoots we are offering the same incredible service and transformation that we offer here in our photo studio! Personal styling consultation to design your photo shoot to how you're envisioning being photographed, wonderful hair and makeup artistry, in studio and on location for a day of shooting, private photo reveal to choose your favorites for your order, archival images matted within a beautiful folio box for an heirloom keepsake your great, great grandchildren will thank you for.

If you're interested in our Queen Branding opportunities, we will discuss your business and marketing model in detail prior to your shoot. These sessions are perfect for the women ready to uplevel their empire building businesses. You are changing the lives of everyone that you serve. Isn't it time you SHOWED them how they can be living and creating empires of their own? You will still receive the incredible portraiture in folio but we will also be focusing on HOW you want to be portrayed IN your business. It is your time to SHINE. Frankly, it is time to show your audience your best self. There is NO other way to capture the clientele you are after than to SHOW them how living in your shoes will make their lives better. 

No matter the purpose, the bottom line is YOU.  It is the PERFECT time to step into the best version of yourself and showcase everything that is wonderful about you. Your femininity, your power, your grace, all of it simply leads to defining your life on your own terms and that begins with showing you your own beauty.

Get OUT of your own way, already. Stop wondering if you're good enough. Stop wondering when would be the "right" time. Stop wondering if and when and how. You're good enough today. Right this very moment. It's time to step into your best self and create a legacy you're proud of that serves not only the world, but you and the people that you love.

Are you asking yourself, "OK, how do I get more information about this? It sounds incredible!" Simply fill out the contact form below and we will move forward from there! Maybe you're asking yourself "OK, how much is this? It's too good to be true." I will say this. These shoots are not for the fast and furious couple of shots. There are plenty of photographers that can create that for you. These are personally designed sessions that are tailored to celebrating you and/or your business and life. Are we expensive? To some. Others tell me we should be charging more. These dream shoots begin at $3300 US and they are worth every. single. penny.

I can't wait to photograph you!

 

Xo,

Cat

Jenn in Charleston, South Carolina, US, Spring 2017

Jenn in Charleston, South Carolina, US, Spring 2017

Destination Portrait Experience

Waking up before the sun because you know the light will be splendid and no one else will be crowding the beautiful places of this amazing city. Arriving at the studio to enjoy the perfect pampering to create your most beautiful look, and then you see yourself in the mirror...don't you look just stunning?!

You get dressed in your magnificent gown and you can't even believe this is real, that this is happening and we race away to the first location and arrive just as the sun is beginning to rise. The streets are quiet and it is only you surrounded by this amazing architecture only available here, in this incredible city.

We place you in the setting, this beautiful place, we pick at every detail to be sure everything is in place. You dance, we direct you, ensuring you are impeccable in every way. It is happening! It is the photo shoot only models dream of having, until now. Now you are the star. Isn't it amazing?

As the sun has risen and you have danced in these beautiful streets, it is time to go back to the beautiful rented flat. Where again, new makeup, more pampering, and more outfits you've been putting together for weeks, or even waiting for years to wear it for the right occasion. Now is the time.

We stop for a bite. Light fare, perhaps even champagne to celebrate before arriving at the photo studio. Then in the studio, we spend time creating amazing portraiture for you and the people you love for generations to come. We laugh, all day we laugh. It is the adventure of a lifetime, to love yourself so, so much. You are worthy. You deserve to cherish and celebrate YOU. Step out from behind the camera. Declare and create your legacy with us.

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Belle with the love of her life, in Candler, North Carolina, US

 

Don't miss the opportunity to be photographed in the vibrant and amazing city of your choice.
No matter your intention, whether for personal or business we will create imagery of you that you will be proud to share.

Contact us below for your personal consultation. It isn't too late.

We hate SPAM as much as you do and your privacy is important to us. Your information will never be given or sold to a third party.

Emily in an English manor, London, UK, January 2017

Emily in an English manor, London, UK, January 2017


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Fine Art


Fine art portraiture is created when we step through the proverbial looking glass into how you dream of being photographed. We take your loves and interests and create artwork you have only dreamed of being in.

Fine Art


Fine art portraiture is created when we step through the proverbial looking glass into how you dream of being photographed. We take your loves and interests and create artwork you have only dreamed of being in.

Fine Art Portraiture

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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

 

It's all born from imagination. How do you dream of being photographed? Dancing on a lake? Emerging from the waves of the ocean? Flying in the sky? As a piece on a life-sized chess board? Painted in clay? As a nymph in the trees? As a fierce warrior on GOT? I could go on forever...

Let's meet to discuss what you have in mind. Maybe you love reading and want to express that in an elegant and creative way in the heirlooms you pass on to your children. Maybe you love being out in nature but aren't really interested in the standard pose under a tree in the woods and want something magical as a beautiful piece of art for your walls. 

Whatever your interest, I would love to create that with you. Inquire for your consultation today. I can't wait to photograph you.

XoXo,

Cat

 
 

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Dance Portraits


Dance portraits with Cat Ford-Coates are not just about "getting a good shot". Cat curates your portrait session with care to create artwork that not only assists in you creating your legacy, but is soulful in such a way that you can't help but honor your craft as a dancer and movement artist. Whether you're a ballerina, tap dancer, or jazz dancer I would love to photograph you.

Call for your personal consultation and to chat about what you have in mind for your dance photography session in our Asheville photo studio 828-417-7400

Dance Portraits


Dance portraits with Cat Ford-Coates are not just about "getting a good shot". Cat curates your portrait session with care to create artwork that not only assists in you creating your legacy, but is soulful in such a way that you can't help but honor your craft as a dancer and movement artist. Whether you're a ballerina, tap dancer, or jazz dancer I would love to photograph you.

Call for your personal consultation and to chat about what you have in mind for your dance photography session in our Asheville photo studio 828-417-7400

Dance Portraiture with Cat Ford-Coates


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We invite you to a personalized portrait session to capture you as a master of your craft.

 
 
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Dance isn't just to have an extracurricular activity. If you've studied any kind of dance for more than a year or two, you understand that there is a dedication almost unparalleled both physically, and mentally.

When I was growing up, I had been enrolled in gymnastics, and ballet, and jazz. I LOVED it. I'd also been enrolled in vocal and piano lessons and truth be told, music has stuck with me. I don't think I'll ever stop singing. At any rate, my instructors would pull my mother aside and tell her that if I was going to pursue dance on any kind of professional scale that "we all" needed to take my diet more seriously. I was a big kid anyhow so, it just added insult to injury. Most people think I'm taller than I am (though, I give credit to my personality there). I have been known to have a large presence. ;-)

When you have trusted adults tear apart your body as a tween and teen something shifts. It isn't something that "needs to be addressed" frankly unless you're a medical professional. I hear it from clients constantly how this agent or this mentor insisted on them losing weight. It still makes that little girl inside me cringe.

I've always been attracted to dance. There is a poetry, a strength, and a song in body movement that I find so admirable. It is what occurs when you combine art and athleticism and I find it fascinating. This is where my dance portraiture lies, in that fascination. 

It is my way of honoring that craft, that dream I held so tightly as a little girl that I let go of out of shame and fear of who I was as a person. Today I honor that little girl by helping you to honor your craft as a dancer. To create portraiture with you that captures that grace, power, and dedication you hold so dearly yourself. 

I invite you to a personalized portrait session in my studio. I would love to photograph you.

Xo,

Cat

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I photographed Kayla in the studio in Los Angeles and Caitlin Timmins captured our session together perfectly! What is a photo shoot like with Photographer, Cat Ford-Coates? Check it out and see for yourself. Let’s create portraiture you’re proud to share.

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Fitness Portraiture


Fitness portraiture is a way to honor yourself; your journey, your effort, your dedication. So many of us avoid celebrating the success of our bodies. "It's vain" or "narcissistic" when the reality is, it is a serious undertaking to make and keep your health and growth as a human a priority. 

My purpose is to create your legacy with you. Whether that is celebrating a time in your life with the people you love, or your business, or your health. My fitness style portraiture is not about cheesy posing and crazy tanning with bright lights on a runway. It's about posing you in a flattering way in a magazine style portrait session to showcase not only your body, but you in a way you want to be remembered.

Call for your personal consultation and to chat about what you have in mind for your fitness portrait session. 828-417-7400

Fitness Portraiture


Fitness portraiture is a way to honor yourself; your journey, your effort, your dedication. So many of us avoid celebrating the success of our bodies. "It's vain" or "narcissistic" when the reality is, it is a serious undertaking to make and keep your health and growth as a human a priority. 

My purpose is to create your legacy with you. Whether that is celebrating a time in your life with the people you love, or your business, or your health. My fitness style portraiture is not about cheesy posing and crazy tanning with bright lights on a runway. It's about posing you in a flattering way in a magazine style portrait session to showcase not only your body, but you in a way you want to be remembered.

Call for your personal consultation and to chat about what you have in mind for your fitness portrait session. 828-417-7400

Fitness Portraiture with Cat Ford-Coates

 
 
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Fitness portraiture with cat ford-coates

You show up to work out every single day. You watch your food intake and occasionally, enjoy a donut (c'mon...we ALL love a good donut), and then you burn it off again. You organize your personal schedule based on your fitness schedule, and you look and feel better than you have in YEARS. 

Maybe you're competing? You're hoping the photographer at your event will catch at least one decent shot while you're on stage. To be honest, that is incredibly likely. Is it the image you want? Is it the image you hope your children will be proud of when they talk about you to their kids in forty years? Or would you rather create actual portraiture celebrating this time in your life? Portraits that showcase not only your physique, but YOU. 

Look, if you're in it just for the event photographer's shot, by all means, GO for it. But if you aren't competing and just hustling hard and want to celebrate that, if you want to create a legacy to not only document your effort, journey, and success to set an example for others; for your friends, your kids, others in your circle, then give me a ring for your own personal consultation. We will design a magazine style fitness session based on your desires, and goals. 

I look forward to photographing you.

 

Kindly,

Cat

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