The Femme Frames Valentine’s Boudoir Event {Sarasota Boudoir Photography}

Hello Sarasota!

Just about 3 weeks until the Femme Frames Boudoir Photography event in the lovely Sarasota Florida! I cannot wait! I have amazing talent lined up in hair and makeup land. One Miss Erika Mudafort from the Salon at St Armands will be taming your locks into nothing short of wonderful!!! Makeup is from none other than one Monique of Makeup by Monique and of course, I will be shooting your session.

For those of you in the Asheville area inquiring about boudoir for Valentine’s Day, the next Asheville Femme Frames boudoir event is February 24th and appointments are filling up quickly. Email to reserve your time or to inquire about details.



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Ladies, these appointments are very limited as there are only a few spots left. Believe me when I say that you should have a boudoir session at least once in your life. I shoot real women! Women in their twenties, and women in their fifties. Curvy women, thin women, brides, girlfriends, fiances and singles. Is a boudoir or glamour photography session on your bucket list? Are you looking for the Valentine’s gift that will knock his/her socks straight off? Some of the packages even come with custom designed albums. They’re designed by me and printed professionally and they are the perfect size to showcase your best images AND be kept discreetly. Prints are also a fantastic way to present your images to your favorite person…we can even go with luxury gallery wrapped canvases so that you have true art to hang in your home for years to come. The options are endless! Ladies, we are three weeks away from this terrific event. Don’t let it pass you by. Also, I am offering a few incentives as well:

  1. If you book by December 31, 2012 – $50.00 off ANY package option, that’s right, any of them!
  2. When you refer a friend to also book an appointment at the event, you are upgraded to a folio box of matted 5×7″ archival art prints, no matter which package you choose!

Do I have your attention now? I thought so too. Go ahead, send an email to An inquiry costs nothing. If you are worried about payment, your session only requires a $300 non refundable deposit with the balance due 7 days before the event (January 13). That gives you the option to confirm your appointment and be thinking about which package option is best for you. You have a couple of weeks to decide, and hey! Make it a Girls’ Day with your bestie! Then you can both go out after your session, looking AMAZING and have a great night out too!


“So Cat, what are the details? How much is this gonna cost me?” I can see your thoughts running a mile a minute.

  • “Is this really for me?”
  • “How expensive is it?”
  • “What would I wear?”
  • “Maybe if I lost just another 10 pounds…”

Like I said, every woman should treat herself to this experience at least once. I cannot tell you how many women come in to booking their session a little timid and unsure and at the end of their session (before they have even seen even one image) are walking taller (literally) with a spring in their step and thanking me for helping them to feel so great about themselves. Then, after they SEE THEIR pictures…Oh my goodness. Not only have these women had an afternoon being pampered and having a true supermodel experience where they have their hair and makeup done by true professionals, they are wearing their clothes that make them feel spectacular and sexy, and being posed so that they look their absolute best…then they have something to show for it! Images that are theirs forever!

  • Is a boudoir photography session really for me? It is for every woman. At any adult age. At any stage in her life. Is there really anything wrong with igniting your self confidence? No. Is there anything wrong with being made to look like your absolute best self and sharing that gift with the person you are closest with? No.
  • How expensive is a boudoir photography session in Sarasota? Take a click on over to the Studio 828 Photography website’s boudoir page. There you will find all of the details about the event; how much it costs, what to expect, and frequently asked questions from previous clients.
  • What would I wear? ANYthing you feel lovely in. Whether it is a corset and some fishnets, a teddy, an amazing dress you simply have not had a chance to wear yet, a white button down, even a pair of jean shorts…Ladies what makes you feel sexy? That really is ALL that matters.
  • Maybe if I lost another 10 pounds…MMmmm hmmm…I have heard this a million times.  Heck! I’ve said it! I have honestly had two clients that have booked their appointments and stuck to a strict diet and exercise regimen.  Don’t get me wrong here, they pulled it off like nobody’s business! And my other clients? they come in feeling a little self-conscious, granted…we ALL are self-conscious and at the end of the day, those images are cherished by them. 10 pounds or no 10 pounds, each and every one of them look Stunning!

Go ahead, mull it over. “Pro and Con it if you will” Read up on the 828 Guestbook. There you will find testimonials from REAL clients about their experience with Studio 828. Feel free to ask questions, email Show your friends the images, the posts, the Studio 828 website. Get comfortable. I’ll be here when you’re ready.




My Favorite Images from 2012

So, 2012 is coming to a close. Having just opened Studio 828 Photography in March of this year I feel more than blessed for having this business unfold and flourish so quickly. Below, you will find my favorite images from this year.

I have made some wonderful connections and been party to amazing support from friends and Asheville overall! These last 9 months have been eye opening, inspiring and my heart is full of love and gratitude! I am concentrating on expanding my own photographic skillset to provide even better images for my clients at every opportunity. Thank you all for your continued support and I hope your new year is full of life and love!!!

Happy New Year,


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Holiday Gift Tip for the Gentlemen {Sarasota Boudoir Photography}

Are women my target market? Absolutely. Does that mean I should exclude the gents? Absolutely NOT! Guys…are you having trouble finding that perfect gift for your best gal? Your wife? I’ve got your back. Sure, we all love jewelry, of COURSE we do we are women after all. What else is there? You got her heart-shaped everything for last Christmas, Valentine’s, Mother’s AND her birthday! Enough already!!!

Sarasota Boudoir Event Advertisement
Limited Appointments available. Email for your appointment today.

How about treating your leading lady to a Boudoir Photography Experience?  The Femme Frames.

“Hmm Cat, I don’t know…”

It is a win win guys!

“How’s that?”

Simply put, for this holiday treat her to a real experience. A boudoir photography experience in Sarasota provides her with:

  • a supermodel afternoon
  • pampering in an upscale hotel suite in Sarasota
  • professional hair and makeup application
  • a professional photography session so that SHE is the Star!
  • reminding her how sexy, amazing and powerful she is! Let’s reignite her confidence! Maybe her confidence has been  lacking a bit because the holidays are running her over like a train? the kids have been insane-o-town? she’s working two jobs? (insert any number of reasons here)

Maybe you need a few reasons why it might be a good idea for the experience to be FROM you?

  • Perhaps you’d like a few sultry images of her by Valentine’s Day (See, your holiday gift keeps on giving!)
  • What might the reaction be from her towards you knowing you gave her such an amazing and empowering experience? (I’ll let you ruminate on that one for a minute)
  • Wrapping this gift is easy…Her appointment card fits in an envelope

Guys, go ahead make an appointment for her. There are only a few left as it is an extremely exclusive event. Feel free to check out a few images and the details for the boudoir photography event in Sarasota here. Email Cat to snag Your woman a spot on January 20th, 2013.

The Femme Frames {Asheville Boudoir Photography}

Another fantastic weekend of boudoir and glamour photography here in Asheville. Oh my goodness! For this session I invited Destonie from Lola Salon again and Wendy from Blush by Wendy Ballance! Wow! These ladies worked seamlessly and transformed each of my clients so quickly and so beautifully right before my eyes. I was so excited to shoot these ladies…What a fun day!

Feel free to get in touch ( as the next luxury boudoir event is in Sarasota, Florida just in time for Valentine’s Day! January 20th, 2013 and the next Asheville event is February 24th, 2013!

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Athena’s Nightclub, Studio 828 Photography and Belvedere Vodka Walked Into A Bar…

On Thursday I was asked to cover a Belvedere vodka sponsored annual bash at Athena’s in downtown Asheville! I have only seen a small handful of parties with such a well dressed guest list. Here are a few highlights! Do you have a photographer for your holiday or New Year’s party? Get in touch, a few dates are still available in December.

Hey, That's ME on the left!
Hey, That’s ME on the left!

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The Femme Frames Holiday Boudoir Event THIS Sunday

Only a few days away and my team and I are getting all of our ducks in a row for some serious beauty on Sunday! Why? Because it is crunch time ladies ! It is my job to ensure your experience goes well beyond “Hi, I’m Cat. Pose like this.”…WELL beyond. Yes, of course each of my clients is a bit nervous I am sure, but those nerves pass quickly enough. They are stepping in front of my lens to do something extraordinary not only for their special someone, man or woman but for themselves! Sure, I am there to capture the moments of incredible greatness that each of you brings to the table but also to bring a sense of empowerment, a sense of luxury and to bring out your inner movie star.

For this event, my team consists of Destonie Shelton of Lola Salon  here in downtown Asheville to bring out the Hair Stylings of greatness, and none other than Makeup Artist Wendy Balance of Blush by Wendy Balance to accentuate the drama in your wonderful faces. What am I up to? Well, I am making sure there are more than enough mimosa’s for you, building relationships with our venue (Hotel Indigo of Asheville) to ensure that every possible need may be anticipated before your arrival, checking and double checking my gear, charging batteries, clearing memory cards and gathering a few extra little somethings to ensure your shoot is dramatic in vision, and seamless in execution.

Also, I decided that since the holidays are upon us, I will offer the last two appointments at a discount.  It is kind of my way of saying “Thank You” to you for believing not only in me, but in yourself. It takes some courage to put yourselves out there for a boudoir or glamour photography session with any photography company. I’m thankful for your trust and belief in my abilities to ensure you the best holiday gift ever…Yourself!

Gold or Black Label Boudoir Packages at 25% OFF (that is a savings of over $100.00 and more!) Head over to the Boudoir details page and email me ASAP. These appointments are available at 11:00am and 12:00pm THIS coming Sunday December 9th!

Mad Love,



Cat Ford-Coates, is available for weddings portraits and boudoir primarily in Asheville but also in Hendersonville, Tryon, Brevard, Leicester, Woodfin, Weaverville, Skyland, Fletcher, Saluda as well as in Savannah Georgia and Southwestern Florida in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Clearwater, St Petersburg, Tampa, Naples and Fort Myers. You can contact Cat for all North Carolina weddings, Asheville wedding photography, or any worldwide destination wedding by emailing Please look around to see why brides planning North Carolina weddings choose Studio 828 Photography as their destination wedding photography company. Cat is the destination wedding photographer you take home to Mom.

How I set Studio 828 Photography apart from other Wedding Photographers

“What sets Studio 828 Photography apart from other wedding photography companies?”

Well, I have been developing Studio 828 Photography after opening in March of 2012. One of my main objectives in developing my business model is how I might set my business ahead of the proverbial curve. What is it that makes my photography service in weddings, portraits and boudoir events different than other companies here in the area?

~Mission Statement~
Creating artwork and lasting memories for our clients and creating value IN that art through an experience driven business model.

~Vision Statement~
Partners: Aligning Studio 828 Photography through training and developing relationships with worldwide industry leaders as well as locally owned businesses both in Asheville and Sarasota to bring goodwill to our own communities as well as having a worldwide reach with those leading business relationships

Productivity: In being highly effecting, efficient and a fast moving organization 828 positions itself to being ready and able to adapt to a quickly changing marketplace

People: Nurture a network of client relationships and local partnerships to provide a great place to work wherein the entire staff is inspired to reach their own best potential and evolve regularly

Client Service

My clients are my lifeblood. Every interaction I have with a current or potential client is paramount in defining they perception and experience with my company. My goal is to ensure that the following criteria are met:

Creating an Unforgettable Experience (from first contact)

  • What is “first contact”? Some might say that first contact is my reply to your first phone call or email. No. Your very first interaction with Studio 828 Photography is when you visit my website (or maybe here on the blog).  It is my job to not only provide you with a gallery of images to showcase my work, but provide you with information, to educate you on the process of having me photograph your wedding and in this case give you a glimpse into my philosophy and business practice.  It might seem like a lot to take in initially, but the better understanding you have right out of the gate, the better and more effectively we can work together to get the most from your wedding photography.
  • Communication: I make myself available to my clients through several avenues. I provide you with my personal cell phone number (not just an office line to leave a message with a stranger). I am also available via email at, and Skype as well as via social media (facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.). As previously mentioned all return communicae is to be made within a 12 hour window
  • Face – to – Face: When planning your wedding day, I prefer to meet with my clients personally. This meeting allows is to get to know one another. It allows me to personally and effectively work with you to develop your wedding day timeline to capture the most beautiful imagery possible. I understand that if your wedding is a destination, that a face to face meeting is not always available however, when this is the case I employ Skype to meet with you. There is nothing better than putting a face to a name and as your wedding photographer, you will spend more time with me than anyone else on your special day.
  • Heartfelt Imagery: One of the things I pride myself on in my photography is not simply documenting your day, but capturing those intimate moments. Each photographer’s “Eye” is different and one of my intuitive skills is catching those little moments. I design the wedding day timeline to include those larger than life images as well as those tiny moments captured between two people.

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  • Creating Artwork for You: One of my main objectives as your wedding photographer is to not only shoot your wedding day, but also to be the first photographer you think of for your children’s portraits, anniversary celebrations, birthdays and the list goes on. How do I do that? I do that by providing you with imagery you want IN your home, as artwork. Anyone can show up, shoot for a few hours and then burn those images onto a disc for you. I am not here for that. You won’t even remember that photographer’s name in two months.  I am here to provide you with amazing imagery that we then in turn create terrific artwork for your home…with YOU as the star!
  • Photography Packages: Each photography package is designed to offer each type of client with quality artwork and service. Each of my couples are different in their own styles and needs. Some may only need a few hours of coverage and a simple wedding album and others are looking for all day coverage with large art for their homes alongside luxury wedding album. I have packages available that meet needs for each of my clients.
  • Printing Services: All of my imagery is available for printing from professional printers. Occasionally there are couples that would prefer to simply take their images to a local pharmacy to offset the cost of professional printing however, Studio 828 Photography employs professional printing services from reputable companies that handle every aspect of printing from color correction to additional editing techniques to bring out only the best option for every image taken via Studio 828. Also, wedding photography print services all are delivered to me personally so that I may ensure only the best quality, with my own eyes before it is delivered to your door.  Nothing is ever “drop shipped”
  • Incentives & Perks: As a “Thank You” to each of my wedding clients, I offer a few little personal extras to reinforce my clients with the love I feel when they entrust their wedding day to me.  A relaxing spa adventure from a local spa for the bride, a gift certificate for two on a Brews Cruise here in Asheville for the groom!

As I mentioned, my clients are my lifeblood! I cherish each and every one of my clients and will do my absolute best to ensure nothing is left to want for your special day. If you are getting married in 2013, get in touch. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Cat Ford-Coates, is available for weddings primarily in Asheville but also in Hendersonville, Tryon, Brevard, Leicester, Woodfin, Weaverville, Skyland, Fletcher, Saluda as well as in Savannah Georgia and Southwestern Florida in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Clearwater, St Petersburg, Tampa, Naples and Fort Myers. You can contact Cat for all North Carolina weddings, Asheville wedding photography, or any worldwide destination wedding by emailing Please look around to see why brides planning North Carolina weddings choose Studio 828 Photography as their destination wedding photography company. Cat is the destination wedding photographer you take home to Mom.