Cinderelly, Cinderelly!

When you come in for a portrait session we will photograph you in up to 5 different outfits. What better reason to take advantage of grabbing that gown in the closet that you’ve been dying to wear? C’mon, I know it’s in there!

Whether it is your wedding dress, or a thrifty find, or just an incredible dress you’ve been dying to wear but just haven’t had the opportunity bring it with you!

We all have that dress. The one you feel like a million dollars in, a Hollywood starlet. Even if it’s a wee bit tighter than you remember, we have ways of making it fit for a portrait 😉

Every woman loved playing dress up at some point during her life, even me. Now is the time to get dressed up to create the images your great-grandchildren will thank you for.

Ring in for a photo shoot. I can’t wait to photograph you.

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Meet Audra, Beautiful Audra

 

Meet Audra, beautiful Audra. A funny, outgoing, and kind professional here in western North Carolina. We just loved having her here in the studio with us for her beautiful portrait shoot. We had a ball with the amazing dresses that she brought, and different makeup looks so that we could provide her with a wide variety of images. From professional branding imagery to dramatic portraits, I am in love with everything we produced with her.

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So many clients come to us thinking that there is no way they could ever look like the women on our website. They’re worried that they “aren’t photogenic” or are “terrible in front of a camera”. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it isn’t your job to be photogenic. It is my job to give you direction and example throughout your photo shoot so that your portraits showcase only your best self.

When was the last time you had professional portraits made? Were they with anyone special? Were they to celebrate a victory or time in your life? We would love to photograph you in our Asheville photo studio. Reach out for your personal consultation. We can chat about what you have in mind for your photo shoot and go from there.

I look forward to meeting you.

 

Kindly,

Cat
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Hair and Makeup: Andrea, Dollbox Productions #828dolls

A Red Head and Two Dresses

Goodness gracious! Everyone, meet Kelly. Wife to an officer in the Army, student, and soon-to-be therapist. One of the things I learned about Kelly today is that her purpose is to be the hope in people’s lives, the light. Wow! It blew me away.

One of the things I love about her is that she knows what she wants. So often, when you ask someone what they are looking for, what they want out of life they sort of look at you like there is a foot growing on your face. Kelly knew straight away and I’ll tell you what, mark my words, she will get it.

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Kelly’s husband is deployed at the moment but, we’re both sort of hoping these images help ease the wait until he returns to the states.

PS – Kelly’s husband, in case noone has mentioned it, Thank you. You and your service are greatly appreciated.

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Are you interested in a photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography? Feel free to contact us using the form below. We would love to have you in for a consultation.

Sue Bryce Education in Paris

Honey, I’m Hooooome! Wow! WHAT. A. Trip. Somebody pinch me! In case I hadn’t told you (oh who am I kidding? Of course I told you), I’ve spent the last two weeks abroad in Paris, France. You read that correctly, Paris! Gah! ANNNND! It was for a workshop with the leading photographer of women in. the. world!!!! Sue Bryce.

You might remember that I studied under Sue in one of her courses for the better part of 2015. That in and of itself allowed me to grow my own skill set to better my shooting and my business practices. In short, it changed my business. In October of last year, I traveled to New York to a photography trade-show (Photo Plus Expo) to meet her. Well, I took other classes also but, meeting Sue was at the top of my list.

Then, she announced her workshop in Paris. It was this incredible, dream-worthy, and completely unattainable goal. I literally had NO IDEA how I would afford it but, I was going. No ifs, ands, or buts. It seemed impossible. And then it wasn’t. I jumped in feet first. I was going to Paris to study under Sue Bryce. There was no question. “Impossible IS I’m Possible” right?

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Coffee, sequins, and glamour

Sue brought her team of mentors to teach an intense two days of shooting, business, and if you follow Sue at all you know she will also present you with the opportunity to face you own deamons, too.

The workshop was held in a Chateau in St Germaine en Laye…where Amadeus Mozart stayed on THREE different occasions, and even wrote about the home himself. It is one thing to see this place in photographs and completely another to walk through the doors.

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Being greeted by Sue. Image courtesy Katinka Tromp

Day One:

I was greeted by the mentors, Sue, and Cookie. Sue’s adorably famous star Pug. She immediately ran right up my leg, gave me a kiss and ran away again.

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Cookie Bryce

I must admit, I was way off my game for most of the first day. Well more nervous than I had expected to be not to mention, my camera was malfunctioning somehow (being rectified, no worries), and I felt like, like…I felt like it was my first day on a new job. New people, new expectations, I didn’t know what those expectations were, new workflow, and everyone was nice, and patient, and wonderful and I’m over here in the corner all “hey, look at my thumbs!”.

About half way through the day I found my stride. My camera would fire when I told it to, I was more comfortable with the setting and holy wow did I shoot some beautiful portraits! Even during one of the scenarios did I receive personal, one-on-one mentoring with Sue.

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Sue, Lauren, and Esti

One of the things that I loved most about the workshop is that attendance was so limited so that Sue was able TO give individual attention outside of the classroom setting. I can honestly say that my shooting, even if I gleaned nothing else from this course (which is NOT the case), the quality of my shooting has grown by leaps and bounds. Their (Sue and Emily London Miller‘s) guidance literally, changed my life.

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Emily, Caitlin, and Sue
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The szhuszh! Sue and Caitlin

And that was just day one.

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The ceiling was incredible, truly. Imae courtesy Katinka Tromp Photoraphy

Day Two was all about the biz! The pricing, the marketing and networking, and the part where you are faced with your own YOU. AKA, do or die, baby! Needless to say, there were a lot of tears that second day, even by me. (I’m not really a public crier normally but on day two…holy cow! Waterworks over here!)

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Sue, Shauna, and Rebecca posing 2’s

And then there was dancing. Yes, dancing. We had scrapped an idea to flashmob Sue at lunch that day (being grown, professional adults) and then a little birdie told Sue what we had been planning. Yyyyyeah, so we were called out and you’d better believe that about 8 or 10 of us got up there and did a choreographed dance to “Fireball” by Pitbull. Choreographed by one Rodney Pedroza. I also discovered something else…I probably shouldn’t spin in public without a dancing partner. 😛

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Dancing for Sue, Image courtesy Olga Zametra

This trip abroad was a lot of things: I made connections with amazing photographers from the US, the UAE, and Europe, for the first time in my life I facilitated something wonderful in my life, on my own that had nothing to do with anyone or anything other than my own desires both personally and professionally, I studied under the number one photographer of women in the world, THE WORLD, and I am facing some pretty incredible aspects of myself that I both am and am not prepared to face, and I welcome it.

I know! All this from one workshop huh?

Thank you, Sue. Again and again, your influence has changed my life, Thank you.

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Lauren directing Katie

For anyone considering whether or not a workshop given by a leader in your field is worth the time or the expense, look a little closer. I hear, so often that “Oh, it was at a workshop, that’s WHY it’s good.” which I think is a cop-out. In attending education, given by those at the top of their field, YOUR field you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow. You are investing in yourSELF and you WILL grow from it. I highly recommend it.

XoXo,

Cat

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PS – don’t be surprised if I purchase all the crown molding from my local supply store (ALL of it) and paint it gold. PS: If I go missing, it’s because my husband came home and discovered that I DIY’ed our brick ranch into a French chateau. Those walls though, GAH!

😀

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These images were created at Sue Bryce’s 1st Paris workshop 2016 by Cat Ford-Coates

 

 

Before and After Transformation

The before and after transformations are such a hot topic. Many clients choose not to have their “before” image shown, which is fine. However I want to talk about WHY they are so important in my marketing efforts.

The purpose of my photography is not to make you look like a different person. It isn’t to “shop” everything away. The purpose of my photography is to create beautiful imagery of you and showcase you at your absolute best. Plain and simple.

Of course, many photographers say that.

My intention with before and afters is to show you that each of these portraits are of everyday women; just like you, and just like me. In fact, I even WANT you to smile in your before shot. It isn’t to make you look “bad”, your before shot is to simply show your face exactly as it is in all it’s plain glory. That’s mine, below.

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My very own before and after transformation

So, before you “decide” that all the women on my site are models, let me tell you that all but one of them are everyday clients. (The one “model” that is showcased on my site is in my fine art gallery. I am branching into some conceptual photography and thought it best to utilize a professional for that piece.)

Everyone else is a beautiful, captivating, and wonderful woman just like you. She trusted me to create beautiful portraits of her the same way that I hope you will, too.

Are you considering a beautiful portrait session of our very own? I would love to photograph you. Reach out today for your personal consultation to design the photo shoot of your dreams!

Elegant Portraits in Asheville

A wife, a mother, a grandmother and a civil servant. Beautiful and elegant glamour portraits were the perfect anniversary gift for your husband. Wishing you both many, many more years together.

Thank you Robyn. I loved every bit of photographing you.

Hair and Makeup: Andrea, Doll Box Productions

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Are you considering your very own portrait session in Asheville? I would love to photograph you.

Get in touch for your no obligation consultation to discuss how you envision being photographed and answer all of your questions about our photography service here in Asheville.

Talk Soon,

Cat

Modern Portraits with Christine

Christine, GAH! I have had SUCH a blast with you! Ladies and Gentlemen, this beautiful woman is a dance instructor and a nutritionist and, in her words she “lives holistically with a sense of humor”. Needless to say she is a ball of fun and gorgeous to boot! My makeup artist and I are headed to a show she has coming up at The Orange Peel, too. Seriously, I can’t wait!

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Hair and Makeup: Wendy Ballance, Blush Asheville

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We were able to give her a fun-filled and relaxing day of pampering and laughter, beautiful portraits for her business and for HER. Sultry, inspired, friendly and authentic.

Thank you so much Christine. I adored photographing you.

Xo,

Cat

Are you considering a portrait session with Studio 828 Photography? Whether it is for a personal branding session for your business, updating your family portraits this Fall or enjoying a day of glamour customized just for you, I would love to photograph you. Reach out for your personal consultation. We’ll chat, answer any questions that you may have and address your vision so that I am able to tailor your portrait session specifically for you and your needs.