30 Days of a beautiful you {Summer photography contest Asheville}

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A Beautiful You. Summer photography contest in Asheville with Studio 828 Photography. You deserve beautiful photos of yourself. Enter today.

As I was going through the 28 days to gorgeous challenge last month, there were lots of little moments for me to see beauty in my own self and my own life and I got to thinking. “Cat, it is your JOB, your amazing purpose to see beauty in everyone and to show them that beauty through your work.” Well, why not expound on that 28 days TO gorgeous journey and take it a step farther? Let’s do 30 days of a beautiful you. From now until June 30 I am accepting nominations from women all over wnc to take part in this event and it is going to be a doozie! I will photograph 30 women from July 10 – August 10 whose stories really resonate with me. I must admit, 30 photo shoots on top of my regular client base in 30 days is going to be a tough nut to crack. That being said, I have to remind myself that it is my purpose to show you the beauty I see in you. That purpose does nothing more than inspire and excite me to no end! Whether you are a 20 something, a mom, a grandmother…I want to photograph you.

How it works:

  • Share your story with me using the contact information below. Tell me Why, Who you are, What you love in life and what you hope to gain from a makeover and photo shoot with us (is it some much-needed pampering? time to focus on just you? have you recently reached an amazing personal goal? you’re ready to really SEE what others see in you already?)
  • I will hand-pick 30 winners based on their stories. Feel free to enter for yourself or nominate a friend! Heck, do BOTH!
  • Winners to receive our full photo shoot experience from personal consultation, professional hair and makeup styling, photo shoot all the way through your in person reveal and ordering session.
  • The chosen winners will receive our makeover and photo session for a $150 retainer that will be applied 100% towards any product purchased at their reveal AND a $150 print credit. That is $300 towards any purchase made from your photo shoot.
    • Retainer is non-refundable
    • Print credit is not redeemable for cash.
    • Cancellations and rescheduling must occur no later than 7 days before your scheduled photo shoot

What we need from you:

  • Signed model release (your images will be shown in social media, print and online)
  • Your ability to be photographed between July 10 and August 10.
  • Your beautiful self, just as you are

What are you waiting for? Enter today.


Boudoir Experience for a Wife, Mother and Artist

Sometimes you have one of those days…after you’ve had several of “those” days, where you sit down and are filled with gratitude because you get to live your dream. After day in and day out of feeling like I was just spinning my wheels and feeling disconnected, I had the pleasure of photographing Sara. We’ve been talking about it for a little over a year now and a couple of months ago she kind of giggled and quietly said, “OK Cat, I’m ready. I want to do it.”

{insert giant grin here}

I’m going to say she knocked it out of the park. Wife, mother, artist…Sara. Beautiful Woman. Feel free to show Sara some love in the comments below. She nailed modeling for her very own boudoir photography photo shoot.

Hair: Sara, Blush Asheville

Makeup: Wendy, Blush Asheville

Photographer: Cat, Studio 828 Photography

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Showcasing the beautiful Sara from her boudoir photography experience in Asheville with Studio 828 Photography

Interested in your very own makeover and boudoir photo shoot? I would love to photograph you.

Best. Father’s Day. Gift. Ever. {Asheville Boudoir Photographer}

Saturday June 21st is the day of Dad! The kids can get make him the sweet hand molds and paint him pictures he’ll cherish and you…ladies, take the plunge and skip the tie. A boudoir photography experience here in Asheville with Studio 828 Photography will be THE gift he’ll remember and the experience is the gift for you. Keep in mind, we need to photograph you before June 5th to have your artwork in time for Father’s Day.

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Best. Father’s Day. Ever.

Are you interested in a boudoir makeover and photo shoot in time for Father’s Day? Get in touch and we’ll schedule your session today.



Pinup Inspired Boudoir Shoot {Asheville Boudoir Photography}


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Nina called on me earlier in the year to accomplish part of her bucket list, starring in her own pin-up inspired boudoir photo shoot. We chatted a few times and emailed back and forth to really understand her inspiration and purpose. I must admit, I love it when clients have a vision in mind and trust that my artwork will bring that vision to life. I loved photographing you Nina and I am so glad that I was able to give you an experience you’ve always dreamed about.

One of the wonderful parts about being a photographer that specializes in photographing women is that I have the opportunity to turn my greatest weaknesses into strengths. I have always struggled with my appearance so I am able to connect with women because, like it or not, we all do. In that struggle I discovered that it isn’t about looking to perfect everything that we see as wrong in our bodies. Our inches and lines do not define us, our words and actions are what hold true power. Highlighting everything beautiful, embracing those flaws and celebrating who we are as women are what truly make us beautiful.

Are you considering a beauty or boudoir photography session in Asheville? I would love to photograph you. Please get in touch for your personal consultation with the contact form below or by phone at 828-275-9932. We can chat over the phone, meet up for coffee or meet in my studio in Asheville’s River Arts District. Whatever is convenient for you.

Talk Soon,


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Valentine’s Day Sessions Comin’ in Fast! {Boudoir Photographer}

It still baffles me that I’m marketing for my upcoming boudoir photography sessions for Valentine’s Day when it isn’t even Christmas yet! Crazy right? Well, as I’m picking up speed in travelling to different cities to shoot boudoir I have to be on my toes with the planning, which means, dear ladies, so do you. Now, I’m going to be up and down the east coast between now and mid-February but I still have sessions available in Sarasota FL and Savannah GA.

Thinking of giving the gift they can’t take their eyes off of this Valentine’s Day? How about giving the gift of you? Get in touch by emailing Cat@Studio-828.com or calling 828.275.9932. I would love to shoot for you.

  • Sarasota, FL January 10-11 SIX Four appointments left
  • Savannah GA January 24 – 25 FIVE Three appointments left

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Teresa’s Sarasota Boudoir Photo Shoot {Boudoir Photographer}

Teresa is SUCH an amazing client! I cannot even tell you how grateful I am to have been able to shoot for her. She’s funny, sweet and SO friendly! We had a ball! Truly, she was a joy to work with for the Sarasota boudoir photography event.

Thank you Teresa! You are stunning and I cannot thank you enough.




Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, www.Studio-828.com

Hair and Makeup: Tiara from Prestige Artists

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Teresa’s Before and After Transformation

Want to see MORE from Teresa’s Sarasota boudoir makeover and photo shoot? Check out our behind the scenes video right here!

Sarasota Holiday Boudoir Photography Experience {Travelling Boudoir Photographer}

Oh South Florida how I have missed you! It is that time of year again! I will be shooting in Sarasota and am taking on limited appointments for TWO days only in November. The 15th and 16th and the cup is half full. Yes, we are still booking a few sessions. Do you have your appointment yet? Ditch the boring holiday gifts this year and really knock their socks off with a boudoir photography session in Sarasota where YOU are the supermodel!

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If you’re interested in information about a boudoir photography session in Sarasota for our two-day event, please email Cat@Studio-828.com or call 828.275.9932

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Email Cat@Studio-828.com or call 828-275-9932 today

My matted prints came in! {Asheville photographer’s own beauty session}

In January I had my very own beauty photo shoot here in Asheville with a photographer I’ve been following for some time, Jesseca Bellemare. You can read about the beginning of my experience with the parts one and two links here; Part One, Part Two. Well, after my very own payment plan (thank goodness!) my matted print collection finally arrived. I find myself staring at them with sort of a disconnect. Is that me? I’ve always had my own body issues to contend with but really, haven’t we all? Before unwrapping the ribbon my self hate voice was laughing terribly at me. I pushed through and untied the ribbon and then it all fell away. The self loathing subsided and I remembered that while these pictures are a gift for myself and a marketing adventure to see how to better serve my clients, they are really a gift for everyone that loves me. The ones that don’t go out as holiday gifts will stay nicely tucked away because c’mon…who needs a dozen matted 8×10’s of themselves hanging all at once? Some will go into my studio and yes Mom, some to you too 😀

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What have I learned? I’ve learned that I already offer a pretty great experience for my clients but there are a few details I could improve upon. I’ve learned that in order for me to be a better photographer and business person for my clients that I needed to be as brave as I expect them to be. I’ve learned that it is important to value mySelf. To make sure that my own needs are met and that I can look in he mirror and be comfortable in my own skin.

How is a beauty or boudoir photo shoot empowering? How is that now that I’ve accomplished this, that I’m a better person for it? Because I am staring at images of myself that are beautiful. They aren’t over-edited. They are of me looking my absolute best at the time they were taken. They are of me at an incredible time in my life and that deserves to be celebrated. I love that in this imagery, I define my own beauty and that it isn’t defined by some Hollywood faction of commercialism. Of how someone else thinks I should be viewed. You can see, plain as day that I have curves and I am beautiful. Period. Discovering that for yourself is something every woman should experience at least once. Thank you Jesseca. This experience has been eye opening and I hope to give that to each and every woman that reaches out about a beauty or boudoir shoot. To remind them that they are beautiful too, on their own terms and in their own skin.

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The versatility in shooting for everyday women in Asheville {Asheville Portrait Photographer}

As a photographer who shoots primarily for women, I occasionally have a client that is so incredibly versatile that it blows me away. Destonie is one of those clients. She photographs as though she should have been 25 years old in the mid 70’s, her wardrobe is filled with beautiful pieces from different eras and seemingly all over the world and she is, well just gorgeous. Take a look for yourself below. She is one of those photography clients here in Asheville that gives a photographer a liiiittle bit more room for artistic expression. Thank you Destonie. Glad we could finally get together (we’ve been planning this shoot for almost a year)! Hope you love them!

Are you considering a photography session here in Asheville? I’d love to shoot for you. We’ll work together to plan the perfect shoot for our vision. We are accepting new clients for September and October of this year. Call Cat today. 828-275-9932 View more of our portfolio at the Studio 828 Photography website

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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…



Photography: Cat Ford-Coates Studio 828 Photography

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