New Beauty Photography Announcement {Asheville Beauty and Boudoir Photographer}

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Ooohh lala

 

So, for 2012 and 2013 I have been keeping my marathon sessions to just twice a year. After revisiting the Studio 828 marketing plan I decided it was time to revamp our efforts. “Why only host these sessions bi-annually?” I think initially it was to keep the exclusivity factor in play. How about, instead of that, we retool our logistics so these sessions are more approachable and accessible to women all over Asheville?

“OK, ok Cat…so what ARE you doing?” That is simple. We’ll be hosting a day of mini beauty photography sessions. We’ll be hosting a Girls Day complete with bubbles and little nibbles, a lady’s soiree’ if you will. It is a fantastic way for you to test the proverbial waters of beauty and boudoir photography. These spots will fill up quickly ladies, grab your sisters, Mom, besties and daughters and make your appointment ASAP.

Includes:

  • 15 minutes in the makeup chair
  • 15 minute mini photoshoot
  • one outfit (but accessories are encouraged)
  • bubbles, because what is a girls day without bubbles?
  • light hors d’oeuvres
  • In person viewing and ordering session
  • *Images are not included. Prints and artwork to be ordered at your viewing session

When:

  • January 18, 2014 (right in time for Valentine’s don’t ya know?)
  • April 19th, 2014
  • July 26th, 2014
  • November 8th, 2014

Cost: $85.00 per person

Ready to book your Ooohh lala mini session? Call your best friend first! She’ll want in on this with you! Email Cat@Studio-828.com or call 828-275-9932 today.

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Brittney & Chris Engagement {Asheville Engagement and Wedding Photography}

If I said Brittney and Chris were just your everyday engaged couple, I would be lying. I’ve known them both for about 7 years now and watching how they both have grown as humans truly makes my heart smile. When Brittney called me a few weeks ago about scheduling engagement pictures, I went through the roof! I know she wanted the “Happy couple” pictures, outdoors so we definitely scheduled that and then I knew that they needed some intimate couple’s moments as well. Moody, loving, terrific! So, I also had them come in studio for some sexy and fun portraits as well. We did both shoots the same day and I couldn’t be happier about how they turned out! In fact, I’m a little proud. I had done a boudoir shoot for Brittney last fall…they do say one leads to another.  Haha!

As a photographer, I am privy to many instances that most people aren’t. I get to share in moments with them that they might normally share between just one another. Sure, we stage a few but when two people are this close, and this happy, that light shines and it is my job to capture it.

XoXo to you both! I couldn’t be happier for you!

 

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Congratulations!

Are you getting married in 2014? Let’s get those engagement sessions and wedding dates on the books! 2014 dates are filling up quickly through October.  I’d love to shoot for you!

Booking Inquiries: Cat@Studio-828.com 828-275-9932

Behind the Scenes {Asheville Glamour Photography}

Why hello there! I am having the BEST time editing all of the artwork from the Beauty marathon from last weekend, and I thought it might be a fun blog post for you to see what goes on behind the scenes. So, I brought on my assistant and her focus for the entirety of the two days was to shoot behind the scenes; hair and makeup, me shooting, she took the before shots for each of my clients (wanna see the before and afters? Check out the website, they might just blow you away!)and I simply cannot thank her enough! She was organized, motivated, fun and ON IT! Thank you Jennifer!!!

Hair

Makeup

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Hard at Work! Gawd! I LOVE my job!

Are you thinking of some legacy portraiture? Thinking you might just shed those last ten pounds? That is crazytalk! You are beautiful! Let’s capture you, as you are, right now. Cat@Studio-828.com

Preparing for one EPIC weekend of Photography! {Asheville Portrait Photographer}

I have been preparing for several weeks now to put together the Femme Frames event November 9th and 10th. The weekend is FINALLY upon us and I am so excited I might actually jump up and down…and then I got to thinking. Believe it or not, photographers all over the world host marathon photography events like this, and it might actually behoove people to understand what all goes in to preparing such an event. Well, I am hosting one. Why WOULDN’T I share how I go about getting ready for it?

  1. Make it Special! Look, anyone can book out a calendar whether it is for a single day or two. The question is “What is it about your photography event that differentiates it from anyone elses?” OK, your photography is pretty good…but there are hundreds of other photographers too.
    1. I try to make my sessions special by personalizing not only my shooting and editing style to each client, but I bring a little extra handmade hair pieces - asheville photographer - beauty photographyalong with me. I’ve made three dresses that my clients are welcome to wear if they want too. I’ve made a few hair pieces they can wear and I provide a professional makeover with artisans from the Asheville area.
      1. Amanda Fitts Lewis – Lola Salon and Gallery, Ashlee Knight – The Secret Spa, Tiziana Severse – Aubergine Salon
    2. I personalize their session to them. By having conversations and asking them to complete a simple survey I go into their session knowing what THEY are envisioning for their photography, the purpose of it (whether it is a gift for themselves or for someone special), what they love about themselves and maybe a few things they don’t like so much. All of this information helps me to tailor my shooting TO them. I’m not here to simply point and shoot. These sessions have the capacity to be truly impactful to each of you. It is my job to care for and design each session with that in mind.
    3. Mimosas. Enough said.
  2. Inspiration.
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    Making your inspiration tangible helps to solidify your process and in turn, your final product
    1. I make time to research in magazines and online for photography that I identify from what I know of each client. What can I do for them that will bring them joy with their finished images? Do these clients identify with Audrey Hepburn or Angelina Jolie?
    2. I carve out some time where I can sit down and draw out a posing plan to help along my vision for their session. Now, as you can see I am not much of an artist when it comes to drawing, however I do find that even sketching ideas out on paper truly helps me to solidify the vision that I have for my clients. ***That vision is of course based on conversations that I have had with each client and not just random thoughts I’m pulling out of the air. 
  3. Keep Organized! Believe it or not, if you don’t go into these marathon sessions even remotely organized…you’re done for!
    1. Setup client info sheets and model releases into Client folders before you even leave your office. Have each folder titled and ready with pens in one place. Bam! Before you even take your “Before” photo, have them complete the information. Not only will you get the legalese out-of-the-way, you’re making a professional first impression and then you don’t have to worry about chasing down a model release after-the-fact when you have that one amazing shot that you cannot use for your marketing because they never signed one.
    2. Have a backup camera, lenses, memory cards and batteries! Just do it. Even if you rent an extra for the day, that peace of mind is totally worth it!
    3. Bring a charger with you. Not just one for your phone either. I’m talking about a camera battery charger.
    4. Have copies of your price lists on site. You can give them to your client again as they’re leaving when you’ve scheduled their in person viewing. (Yes, that also means you should bring a calendar to schedule that viewing)

OK, I’m off to print a few model release forms to have on hand this weekend! If you’ve come across this blog post and are in need of a beauty pick-me-up this weekend, I do have a couple of appointments available on Sunday. Feel free to email me for your free personal consultation. I’d love to shoot for you! Cat@Studio-828.com