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January 1st, 2018 marks Cat's 3rd anniversary in studying under Sue Bryce's education platform. "I feel so honored to be where I am and it's because of Sue's business model. Without it I would probably still just be throwing images onto a disc and wondering why I couldn't pay myself. Studying under Sue is literally the best decision I ever could have made in my business."

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This Fall Sue Bryce Education, The Portrait Masters successfully launched it's very own accredidation program. The program allows photographers to enter their works to gain international recognition by earning merit points toward official certifications at the Associate, Master, and Grand Master levels.

“The Portrait Masters photo contest is more than just an outlet for photographers to be recognized for their beautiful photographs. It is a program that rewards their technical and aesthetic acumen with official certifications that are recognized internationally,” explains Sue Bryce, founder of Sue Bryce Education and co-founder of The Portrait Masters. “By combining our tutorials at Sue Bryce Education with our annual The Portrait Masters Conference and this photo contest, we have created a comprehensive learning center that rewards and acknowledges significant professional achievements.”

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“The Portrait Masters Conference and photo contest were extremely well-received by photographers around the world and have become the new benchmark of excellence for education and recognition of outstanding achievements among photographers,” said Craig Swanson, co-founder of Digital Product Studio, an innovative developer of highly-advanced online education platforms and co-host of The Portrait Masters Conference. “The number of entries we received, along with the incredible level of quality and creativity, reaffirms our belief that The Portrait Masters fulfills a creative outlet among photographers that has been lacking until now.”

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Cat entered 7 images into this first round of the program and out of 3600+ entries scored at a Bronze level with each. "I couldn't even believe it. I had no idea who would be submitting and I was certain that the judging would be fierce, to say the least. When I pulled up the website after scoring was released, I couldn't even look at the screen right away. I can't even remember the last time I was so nervous about my work. I was so excited I ended up dancing around my studio like a crazy person. I can only imagine what onlookers may have thought seeing me from outside."

This coming year, Cat is moving into a slightly different role with Ms. Bryce's education. She will be assisting and mentoring in in-person workshops given by Sue Bryce Education in Los Angeles, and in Pielungo, Italy at Castello Cicconi (also known as Graphi Castle). 

 "I am flabbergasted that a photo you did of me captured an award. I am honored! Congratulations!" - Rose Marie Viera

"I am flabbergasted that a photo you did of me captured an award. I am honored! Congratulations!" - Rose Marie Viera

"I am very much looking forward to seeing where 2018 takes me." says Cat. "I started this journey with two left feet and no shoes and I'm pretty sure I have made every mistake in the book. However, with forgiveness and love, anyone can move mountains." 

Cat is available for portrait sessions locally here in western North Carolina. She is confirmed for travel to the following destinations. If you are interested in having Cat photographing you in Asheville or any of the following, feel free to connect today to discuss what you're envisioning for your dream photo shoot.

Los Angeles, CA.

  • January 23rd and 28th
  • March 6th, and 11th

Venice, Italy

  • May 6th
  • May 12-14th

New York, NY

  • May 19-20th

Paris, France

  • October 11-15th
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Los ANgeles,CA 2017


In January of 2017, Cat was invited to Sue Bryce's Los Angeles studio where she; participated in a two day intensive with shooting and addressing sustainable business practices for portrait studios (which was then broadcast worldwide on Sue's Education website) and named a portrait master by Sue Bryce, the leading photographer of women in the world.

Los ANgeles,CA 2017


In January of 2017, Cat was invited to Sue Bryce's Los Angeles studio where she; participated in a two day intensive with shooting and addressing sustainable business practices for portrait studios (which was then broadcast worldwide on Sue's Education website) and named a portrait master by Sue Bryce, the leading photographer of women in the world.

Sue Bryce Master Class

In January of 2017, Cat was invited alongside 6 other amazing photographers to participate in a master class, led by Sue in her Los Angeles portrait studio. During the master class, Cat spent a full day photographing the beautiful Amanda Rouse while being broadcast live to an audience of over 500. They were given full access to Sue's incredible studio wardrobe and created some incredible imagery together.

On day two of the master class, the 7 photographers led by Sue addressed how to not only expand their businesses but created goals to create a sustainable future in their businesses and were then named by Sue as leaders in the field of portrait photography. As I write this here, it still almost doesn't seem real. With certainty and conviction I have not only built a successful portrait studio here in the mountains of North Carolina, but I have been recognized as a leader in my field by THE leader in my field of portrait photography. It is surreal and empowering and I am so grateful to Sue and her mentorship these past three years. I am looking forward to continuing along this path and learning from Sue every day. Her teachings have not only made me a better photographer, a better business owner, but a better person.

Thank you, Sue.

You can read about Cat's journey to where she is today on Sue Bryce's blog, here.

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Paris, France 2016


Cat Ford-Coates has been studying under Sue Bryce, the leading authority in portraiture since 2014. In the Spring of 2016 she was lucky enough to travel to Paris, France for an intense workshop led by Sue in posing, lighting, and business practices to help shape her next level in her photography business and then in January 2017, was invited by Sue to her photo studio in Los Angeles to shoot and be a part of a master class wherein Cat was named a leader in the field of portrait photography.

Paris, France 2016


Cat Ford-Coates has been studying under Sue Bryce, the leading authority in portraiture since 2014. In the Spring of 2016 she was lucky enough to travel to Paris, France for an intense workshop led by Sue in posing, lighting, and business practices to help shape her next level in her photography business and then in January 2017, was invited by Sue to her photo studio in Los Angeles to shoot and be a part of a master class wherein Cat was named a leader in the field of portrait photography.

Personal Study with Sue Bryce in Paris, France 2016

 BTS images taken by Lauren Gregory

BTS images taken by Lauren Gregory

Sue Bryce Paris Workshop, April 2016

In April of 2016, Cat studied in Paris, France under her mentor Sue Bryce. The leading authority of soulful portraiture. She continues to regularly study with Sue to master her craft of photography in; posing, midset, and business. Quite simply, this study has helped to up-level Cat's ability to not only take incredible portraits within her market but, has helped shaped her life. Sharing this experience and imagery is a way to honor this experience. The imagery below was taken during her 2016 classwork in France. 

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