Class of 2016 {Asheville Senior Portraits}

Asheville senior portraits for AC Reynolds high school senior, Adara. Class of 2016. Adara is pretty incredible. Not only is she a stunning young woman, she is ambitious and graduating early. She is enrolled in a pharmacology program and not wasting even a minute of time getting her future underway.

So proud of her!

Often parents and students inquire about our senior portrait photography here at Studio 828 Photography and, so often am I just blown away by the caliber of students we have here in wnc. Adara is no exception. Congratulations Adara! I am so excited for you!!!!

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Are you interested in your senior photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography? Fill out the info below and we’d be happy to schedule your consultation to design your makeover and photo shoot here in Asheville.



Devin’s Photo Shoot {Asheville Teen Photographer}

Devin’s Asheville photo shoot was too much fun! She and her mom came in as part of my model call earlier this year and we had a ball! Not to mention, I received kudos from my classmates about her versatile wardrobe selection too! Thank you Devin! Had a blast with you!

Check out the video below to learn more about a makeover and photo shoot experience in Asheville with Studio 828 Photography.

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Hair and Makeup: Andrea Boyer, Doll Box Productions

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Are you interested in high school senior pictures this summer? We are running a great promotion for Asheville area seniors and time is about to run out! Check out the details for our Asheville Class of 2016 Seniors here or reach out with the contact form below. We would love to photograph you.

2016 Asheville Seniors {Model Call}

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Finals are almost over. You’re so close you can taste it. Floating up the French Broad River with friends, sleeping in on a Tuesday, visiting colleges over the summer because next year…next year you’re in the final stretch. You’ll be a senior. You’ll be graduating from an Asheville area high school in 2016.

This summer, Studio 828 Photography is launching our senior ambassadors program. W-T-Heck is an ambassador’s program? It’s simple.

What we need from you:

  • Your smiling self
  • Signing of a Model’s release with parental consent
  • confirming your makeover and photo shoot before June 5, 2015 (A parent/guardian must remain on set for your photo shoot if under 18 years of age)
  • shooting in May/June/July of this year
  • up to 5 outfits ranging from casual to prom
  • your excitement and willingness to share your photos with your friends and on social media
  • a 500 word essay about You. Why should we choose you?
    • Do you have a strong social network?
    • You want to save Mom and Dad some cash?
    • You’re uber-involved in extra-curriculars?
    • You tell US!

What we will provide:

  • Complimentary photo shoot
  • Professional hair and makeup styling
  • $300 print credit towards any product purchase
  • 100 senior rep cards OF you
  • $50 in cold hard cash when any one of your friends books a paid senior photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography in Asheville

To qualify, email your essay with a recent snap shot/selfie to before May 22nd, 2015 for consideration. We’ll be accepting 3 students from each of Asheville’s high schools listed below. Tell us why you’re awesome and why you would be the perfect fit!

Asheville area high schools:

  • AC Reynolds
  • Asheville High
  • Enka High
  • Erwin Clyde
  • The New Classical Academy
  • Francine Delany New School

Portraits of a Dancer {Asheville Photographer}


It has been on my bucket list for some time to create portraits of a dancer. I even put it out on Facebook “Hey Universe, I’d love to photograph a ballerina, please and thank you”. Well, a few weeks later, I received an email from this dancer’s mother with interest to have her portraits made with Studio 828 Photography here in Asheville.

ELATED! [insert photographer happy dance here]


Thank you Autumn!

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Do you have interest in a portrait session with Studio 828 Photography? I would love to shoot for you!

Teen Empowerment through Modeling {Asheville Teen Photographer}

Shooting for young women is ALWAYS some of my favorite photography work. As a young woman myself I was a part of a youth theatre and education program, The Source Teen Theatre) and it was here where I learned that knowledge and performance are amazing tools for the youth of our society. Allowing tweens and teens to discover their own light brings about such amazing transformations both in imagery and in their own person.

Do you remember being in middle and high school? Do you remember the drama? The bullying? The cliques? There is so much happening in a teen’s life and oftentimes, these young adults can feel powerless, and lost in the crowd. By giving these young people an opportunity to stand out and star in their own performance, you give them the power to not only be involved in the vision for their shoot (preparing their outfits and communicating their own dream of being photographed) but, you are also trusting them to be that star. When you trust your kids, they learn that they can trust themselves and their own instincts. It is absolutely incredible to watch that transformation take place. You can see it as their confidence grows during the shoot.

Last summer was the last time I had an opportunity to shoot for a young woman so I am sooooo grateful Shelby and her Mom found me! While I do require that a parent/guardian be on set for any shoot with a client under 18 years of age, I think Shannon was just as excited as her daughter! We had so much fun on set and her pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much for reminding me how incredible it is to shoot for teens.

Photography: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Hair and Makeup: Wendy Ballance, Blush Asheville

Model: Shelby Bramlett

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Are you considering a photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography? I would love to shoot for you! Please, shoot me a line anytime.



Danielle’s Senior Session with Studio 828 {Asheville Senior Photographer}

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She looks amazing doesn’t she? One of my favorite aspects of shooting for seniors in Asheville is they are at the most, perfect time in their lives. Their future is directly in front of them and the hope that future provides in anyone’s life…it is simply mesmerizing to the rest of us. Graduating from high school is such a great achievement in a young person’s life. It is their stepping stone to adulthood. College, careers, accomplishments, relationships, dreams coming true.

At Studio 828 Photography, we tailor each senior photography session to you, the client. Do we shoot in studio? Of course! We also go out into the community WITH you to YOUR favorite places. Thinking of beautiful grass fields? Check! How about cool urban areas complete with amazing graffiti by true artists? Check! Wanna glam it up? We’ve got you covered. All you have to do is reach out and tell us how you dream of being photographed. Don’t settle for second best. Document your senior year with the photoshoot of your dreams!

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Congratulations Danielle! So excited to be your senior photographer!

Thinking of booking a senior photography session in Asheville? We are offering a great promotion for Class of 2015 senior sessions booked for between June 1st and September 15th. Want a mobile phone app of your gallery with your purchased images and video? How about $25 towards a gallery wrapped canvas (<<<too great for Mom & Dad)? Let’s get together. We don’t shoot hum drum. We shoot your dreams!

Studio 828 Photography

Email or Call 828.275.9932

2014 Asheville Seniors {Asheville Senior Photographer}

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Calling all Asheville area seniors!

Do YOU have what it takes to be an 828 Ambassador?  Are you a junior or senior in an Asheville area high school? Are you engaged in extracurricular activities and social networking regularly? If you answered “Yes” to the aforementioned questions then you should probably email for your Ambassador application today.

What the heck is an 828 Ambassador?

  • A Junior or Senior in an Asheville area high school
  • has a 3.3 gpa or above
  • is active in extracurricular activities
  • is passionate
  • regularly engages in social networking, facebook, twitter, etc.
  • has at least 400 friends and followers in each exclusively (i.e. – 400 friends on facebook & 400 followers on twitter, not 250 facebook friends and 150 twitter followers)
  • is ready to get their model on…FOR FREE, that’s right, FREE*
  • willing to receive and distribute model rep cards with YOUR pictures (at NO cost to you)

What will Studio 828 do for you?

  • FREE Senior photography session with up to 4 outfits in 2 locations
  • Provide professional hair and makeup for your session
  • Consultation before your shoot and regular communication about outfits, etc. up to the shoot via telephone, text, email or Skype
  • Provide model rep cards

We will also provide print credits for each student you refer to Studio 828 Photography that books a senior session with us! Does is get much better than that? Moms and Dads, you won’t want to pass up this deal. We are taking applications from students all over the Asheville area and will accept only two students from each school so as you can imagine, these slots are more than limited. Want to save a bundle on your son or daughter’s senior photography? Have them get in touch today! or call 828.275.9932

Game ON ya’ll, Game On.

Print credits – For each BOOKED referral you send to Studio 828 Photography, as an ambassador you will receive a $75 print credit. These credits will make your prints even MORE affordable when it is time to order your package. It is a win WIN!

So, tell me, do you want to play peek-a-boo and dance around a tree for your senior photos? Or do you want to look like this???

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Enjoying the Ringling Grounds {Sarasota Teen Photography}

As I was recently in Sarasota, one of the shoots I am soooo grateful for is this Saturday afternoon I spent with Madeline. Sure, we’re related (can you tell? haha!), but this shoot also meant Mads and I could spend some time together catching up about her life, her first year as a high school student at Riverview High School, the Kiltie band, boys, family aaaaand we got to have some creative “Madeline is a model because gosh darnit she’s pretty” photo shoot time to boot!

Thanks for coming out to play Mads! Hope you enjoy the images!!!

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  • Cat Ford-Coates is not your average senior photographer. She is creative, focused and treats each client with the utmost care and attention not found with other Asheville photographers.
  • Creative, heartfelt and sincere. These are words often used to describe Studio 828 Photography in Asheville, North Carolina, New York and Sarasota, Florida. We are available to photograph your wedding anywhere in the world.
  • Our clients are looking for heirlooms, for artwork verses snapshots burned onto a cd. This is of course what draws them to Studio 828 Photography as their wedding photography company.
  • Studio 828 Photography provides wedding coverage primarily in Asheville, NC but also in the surrounding areas of Hendersonville, Brevard and Charlotte. In addition, we are available for weddings in Sarasota Florida, new York City and beyond.
  • Not looking for a wedding photographer? We are also available for senior and boudoir photography. Email for your appointment today.

The Lovely Brooke

We thought it would be nice on this incredible Autumn afternoon to wander around the NC Arboretum and capture some pretty. I teamed up with one Rachel Archer of Rachel Archer Photography who happened to already have a great relationship with Brooke as a model! What’s that? Can you say Senior pictures? OK! I’d love too!

I had a lot of fun editing Brooke’s images (as you can see). I have been testing out different editing techniques (as my editing tends to fall into the style of the 3rd image down) as senior styles change from year to year. Again, too much fun with you ladies. Brooke, you made it easy!!!