Tracia’s Stunning Beauty Session {Asheville Model Call}

In June I held a model call here in Asheville. For what you might ask? I was considering the promotions we’ve done in the past and decided it was time to go big, or go home as it were. So, for July and August I was offering up to ten free sessions to ten lucky ladies. That’s right, I said free. Tracia was bold enough to apply and I simply couldn’t say no. She was so excited to shoot some magazine styled portraits and have some gorgeous imagery taken. It was time.

She pretty much rocked it. No really, you’ll see…

XoXo,

Cat

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates Studio 828 Photography

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How my Photography has grown in 2 Years {Asheville Photographer}

This morning I read an article on fstoppers. It showcased 25 different photographers’ work, “Then and Now”. It was to remind all of us that every photographer begins somewhere. That each of us starts with just a love for the camera, and the opportunity for creation of art. So, with that I thought I would do a few myself. It helps me to remember that when I started 828 in the Spring of 2012 I had already been shooting for 15 years as a hobbyist but when I chose to do it professionally, something shifted. My spare time was used to challenge myself, learn the rules, learn functions with my camera I’d never even thought to use (or was scared to), drown myself in creativeLive classes, youtube tutorials, and the list goes on.

Every day I learn something new about my craft and I am happy to do so. I love my work and how far I’ve come and where I’ll go from here. It isn’t just about inspiration (though, that is a big part of it), it is about being inspired to be better and the bottom line is, you’ve gotta do the work. Each of the images below I love dearly, then AND now. I am using them merely to address how I’ve grown as a photographer and retoucher. Without having made these images, I wouldn’t be where I am today and as always, there is room for growth.

If you’re a photographer and curious where I draw education and inspiration from, I’m attaching a few links here. Check them out! You may draw some new inspiration yourself! If you’re someone listed below, Thank You.

Sal Cincotta/Behind the Shutter – free monthly magazine chocked FULL of great articles from some of the best of the best

CreativeLive – regular online classes with Amazing content about everything you could possibly even dream of in the industry

Sue Bryce – The champion of portraiture for women. Shooting with nothing but heart and gratitude

Rachel Stephens – Boudoir Photography Queen and her cL class alone helped grow my re-touching skills almost overnight!

Felix Kunze – *has a cL course with Sue Bryce for lighting…GET IT. Just do it.

 

BRIDE AND GROOM - THEN AND NOW - AVL PHOTOGRAPHER
Wedding Couple
NEWBORN - ASHEVILLE - THEN AND NOW
Newborns
BOUDOIR - THEN AND NOW - ASHEVILLE PHOTOGRAPHER - GROWTH
Boudoir
WEDING - COUPLES PHOTOGRAPHY - AVL
Couples
FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY - BABIES - ASHEVILLE
Young Families
HEADSHOT - THEN AND NOW - PHOTOGRAPHER GROWTH IN BUSINESS
Classic Headshot
MOTHERS DAY - BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS OF MOM
Beautiful Portraits of my Amazing Mom!
SARASOTA TEEN PORTRAITS
Teen Portraits and Seniors
BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS - THEN AND NOW - ASHEVILLE WEDDINGS
Wedding Bridal Parties

 

 

 

Jake and Mitch’s Asheville Wedding {LGBT Wedding Photographer in Asheville}

While many states in the US have started legalizing same sex marriages, North Carolina has yet to cross that threshold.  These two WONDERFUL human beings stepped up to the marriage license plate (no pun intended) and were among the first to be passed along TO the Attorney General’s office from the Asheville Register of Deeds in October of last year. A great step for Southern Equality and the LGBTQ family here in the south.

In May of this year, they went to New York and were legally married in the big apple but really wanted to celebrate that union with their close friends and family. On July 12th, they met that goal and renewed their vows with friends and family here in Asheville. If I hadn’t been so busy taking pictures, I may even have cried.  Gentlemen, it was an honor. Thank You.

XoXo,

Cat

PS – One of my FAVORITE pictures of the two of you. I couldn’t resist ❤

Two men at ferris wheel

And, without further adieu, I give you the handsome couple!

#JakenMitch Wedding Video

Wedding Venue: Asheville Art Museum

Wedding Reception Venue: Blue Kudzu Sake Company

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Entertainment: Asheville Wedding DJ, Mitch Fortune Productions

Officiant: Mikel Doucette

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Photo Shoot with Mom! {Asheville Portrait Photographer}

So, I know I’ve been promising it for a while now, but the time has finally arrived! I get to post the imagery from my very own photo shoot with my Mom! It was my Mother’s Day gift to her this year. We had a blast! Of course, it was pretty exciting to show her the new studio space and have a girl’s day. We don’t really get to do that all that often, well, ever really. I think I went with her when she had a hair appointment once but, it was only a million years ago.

She was a trooper! She mentioned during the getting ready phase, that she had never had her makeup done professionally before?? Luckily Wendy from Blush Asheville was on set to do her thing! While Mom may never get used to eyelashes (haha!) I think she looks great! Personally, I am thankful to have done this shoot with her. She does so much for the everyone else and it makes me happy to not only have done something nice FOR her but for us both to have some beautiful photos of just us.

NO BOYS ALLOWED!

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Hair and Makeup Artist: Wendy Ballance, Blush Asheville

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