Glamour Event Announcement and a bit of a Personal Post {Asheville Beauty Photographer}

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Glamour marathon event August 25th. Email Cat@Studio-828.com for your appointment.

Hello Ladies!!! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! You know why? Because I’ve decided it is time to plan my bi-annual Asheville Glamour Marathon event. You know what that means for you? It means professional beauty, a photo shoot, a day to feel truly wonderful about yourself and do it all with a savings of around $500! (Give or take)!! There are seven appointments available for Sunday August 25th. Get in touch to reserve your time today.

I am often asked WHY I shoot beauty portraits. Glamour or boudoir, either one. For my clients, I suppose at first glance it seems like such a self centered thing for a woman to do. It isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do for you to begin with, getting up in front of a camera let alone to spend a few hundred dollars to have it done. For myself as a photographer, I could just shoot families and weddings and call it a day. In fact, a lot of my income is from just that, but I choose to shoot for women because these portraits are special.

My answer is deeply rooted, however the long and short of it is this; I grew up as somewhat of an underdog. I was always tall, and always overweight. I struggled with this for years. From kindergarten through my freshman year in high school, I even had a bit of a nemesis. There were cliques of course, the popular girls, etc. But this one girl seemed to make it her life’s mission to target me. Day in and day out for 10 years I was told that I was ugly, that I was fat, that noone would ever like me etc etc. As a child, these things are terrible. These opinions (while to adults are subjective and meaningless) to a young girl shape the way she believes in herself, the way I believed in myself.

Fast forward to 15, I had changed schools. I spent the summer after my freshman year rebuilding myself. I was tired of being the underdog. I was tired of being ridiculed. I wasn’t going to take it any longer. I lost weight. I smiled. Suddenly others were beginning to take notice of my transformation as well. I was getting…attention? This was new to me. I was even lucky enough to enroll in a modelling program in Tampa. This program was of course, a girl farm essentially but it taught me how to walk runway, how to apply makeup (without looking like I’d just discovered makeup all at once) how to dress appropriately, general etiquette in social situations (I’m a bit of a bull in a china shop). At the same time I had also discovered an extracurricular theatre program. You guessed it…a drama kid. The long and short of it is that these two programs simultaneously helped shaped my adult self. They taught me how to shine without shame.

On my very first photo shoot as a “model” I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. After a few minutes of being shy and awkward something happened. There was s shift in my consciousness. I became aware of myself, every slight movement. I knew where the camera was, everything was fluid, my gaze to the camera was more intense (not in an angry or weird way…it was just…more present? I think Tyra refers to it as a “smize” haha!)and the photographer was reacting to me, ME! I know it seems silly, but at the time it was more than just a compliment that this professional photographer was sharing energy with me. He was practically a rockstar in my book. He was moved by me and my actions. I was on top of the world! “Holy Crap! Am I Really Pretty?!” It was at this moment that I realized that I could like myself. I could be confident IN myself. I wasn’t that terrible accident that she had spent so many years accusing me of being. Eff her!

That transformation has stayed with me ever since. For the last twenty two years, I can recall that time in my life with amazing clarity. How seeing myself through someone else’s lens was paramount to developing my own inner strength and confidence. I am eternally grateful for having had such an opportunity. It has truly shaped the woman I am today. THAT is why I shoot beauty sessions. To bring that wonderful feeling to each and every one of my clients. Whether you are 15 or 75, we ALL need a time in our lives to truly FEEL beautiful. Being a part of that transformation with you brings me true joy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re interested in investing in yourself, to realize your beauty shoot me an email. I would love to shoot for you. The end result will make a wonderful gift to yourself, to your special someone or as an heirloom for your one day grand children. Remember, you will have these images in two years and still in thirty. Don’t you want a true memento showcasing how beautiful you are, right now? Want to make it a photo date with your mother, sister, bff? We can do that too! No worries!

xoxo,

Cat

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Rising Models in Asheville and Florida {Sarasota and Asheville Fashion Photography}

When Malana first called on me to shoot for her modeling portfolio, we had discussed what shows she as participated in and which photographers she has shot with here in Asheville. As she has just graduated from high school, she has hit the ground running! The Class of 2013 doesn’t mess around! We have put together her modeling portfolio and enrolled in school in Fort Myers at the Paul Mitchell Academy to earn her esthetician’s license. Why Fort Myers? This location includes classes not only with the hands on training in skin care but also for the business aspects. An entrepreneur after my own heart! Go get em Malana!!!

Xoxo,

Cat

PS – On a side note, when we met to shoot Malana was very quiet and shy. I must admit, I was a little nervous that it would take some coaxing to achieve our goals for her shoot. While it took a few minutes for her to warm up, when she did…Oh my Goodness! This transformation always takes me aback! It reminds me why I shoot for people, women especially. The empowerment a shoot brings for a woman at any age is almost magical. To catch that moment when she goes from shaky hands and blank face, to remembering that she IS beautiful and this time with me is an opportunity to showcase herself, her brand, her BEAUTY…I couldn’t ask for a better job. That moment when she realizes she will now have these images forever…it makes my heart smile.

Each of these images has a bit of advice on why we chose the shot and things to think about when building your modeling portfolio. Are you in Asheville & interested in building or expanding on your work? Email Cat@Studio-828.com. We’ll chat about your vision. Sounds like fun to me!

Think of ways you can bring a little glam to an otherwise boring scene. A construction site and a broken window...make it gorgeous! Think Vogue!!
Think of ways you can bring a little glam to an otherwise boring scene. A construction site and a broken window…make it gorgeous! Think Vogue!!
Fierce!
Fierce!
Your smile not only showcases how you light up when you're happy, but also that your teeth are in good health and can sell that Cover Girl look!
Your smile not only showcases how you light up when you’re happy, but also that your teeth are in good health and can sell that Cover Girl look!
Smiling in a "not so pretty" location brings the focus even moreso to the model. Work that juxtaposition!
Smiling in a “not so pretty” location brings the focus even moreso to the model. Work that juxtaposition!
Interact, even if only with yourself. This pose is timeless.
Interact, even if only with yourself. This pose is timeless.
Fierce, strong poses in a portfolio showcase your versatility and grace and your age range, from teen to  20 something!
Fierce, strong poses in a portfolio showcase your versatility and grace and your age range, from teen to 20 something!
When you bring your A-game with your personality & understanding your angles, you're on the right track. Practice in the mirror!
When you bring your A-game with your personality & understanding your angles, you’re on the right track. Practice in the mirror!
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Bringing personality on set is paramount to a successful photo shoot!
casual full body portrait for modeling portfolio
Modeling agencies want to see the following with your portfolio: closeups, full & 3/4 shots as well as variety in your outfits…What can YOU sell?
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A modeling portfolio should always include at least TWO headshots. One smiling & one not and BOTH images should have connection with the camera
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Always ask for a Before & After transformation

Franny’s Farm Fest THIS Saturday {Asheville Portrait and Event Photographer}

Remember a couple of weeks ago I had issued a blog post about Franny’s Farm? Let me just tell you, right now, Franny is by far and away one inspirational woman! Not only was she a speaker at the March Against Monsanto rally last weekend, she, her husband Jeff and her son Zack have worked so hard and so diligently getting Franny’s Farm off the ground it is absolutely awe inspiring to see not only how far they’ve come but the plans they have in place for the future.

I was lucky enough to help her document some really fun and great moments out on the farm in Leicester and this coming Saturday she is hosting a benefit for Asheville High School’s 4H program. They’re showing an independent film about AHS’s band trip to Washington DC for the Presidential inauguration, have musical entertainment lined up all day long from: Little Creek, Outside Suburbia, Sherry Lynn and her Bluegrass Band, The River Rats and Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work. There will also be food from Farm 2 Fender Food Trucks and craft sales from local artisans not to mention farm animals too!

This event really is going to be a blast and for a great cause!! Tickets are $5 (Pre-schoolers are free) and proceeds are going to establish Future Farmers of America at Asheville High School!!!

In the meantime, here are some more fun images from Franny’s Farm. And, if you come out on Saturday, I may even take pictures of YOU!

See you there!

Cat

funny bridesmaid at frannys farm in leicester nc frances tacy having fun with local jewelry designer sabrina sprinkle at frannys farm cowgirls - asheville farm fun - family friendly wedding venue in asheville merchandise for franny's farm in leicester nc candid portrait moments - frannys farm fun candid catalog image for local vendor frannys farm asheville family portraits at frannys farm in leicester nc farm owner - large rooster - the godfather - frannys farm farm owner with her bees in the sunlight - relaxed portrait frances and her son from frannys farm with baby turkeys on the farm