HELLO AND WELCOME!
My name is Cat, and I am a professional freelance photographer located in the Colorado Springs area of Colorado, USA.
I was born and raised in England, but moved to the US (first Virginia, and now Colorado) after spending several years living in Japan. It was while living in Japan that I discovered and became enthralled with photography, and it soon became the center of my working life.
I quickly developed an intense love affair with this craft, and it is fair to say, I live, dream and breathe photography. I feel beyond lucky to be able to spend my working life in this creative field, and can honestly think of nothing else I would rather be doing.
Passion to always push further; to literally see what may develop from a single thought; to strive to make every new image better in some way than the last, is what keeps me so infatuated with this work, and it is how I can be so deeply immersed in it at all times. And, really I am.
It is with this drive and desire that I work... whether it is for my own assignment, or for a client... on each and every shoot, from my initial concept to the final processing of each and every image - passion is key to me creating successful imagery.
THIS THING I DO...
As a freelance photographer, I have the wonderful opportunity to work with both clients and on my own personal projects and assignments. I choose to spend the majority of my time shooting images for the two agencies I work with, which just happen to be the biggest photography agencies in the world: Getty Images and iStockPhoto. By choosing to focus most of my time producing high quality images for these agencies, I am also able to shoot whatever I choose, meaning I have total creative freedom for every shot. And, in every shot, whether it is destined for delivery to my agents' sites, for a client who has hired me, or for my own personal project, I will promise the highest quality work I am personally able to achieve. Guaranteed.
As well as creating the images described above, I also have several personal projects I am working on, and please look for more details announced in the blog section of the site regarding these.
IN MY CAMERA BAG
I shoot with both Canon and Nikon's professional grade equipment for the highest quality images possible. For fun, and creative shooting, I am also a big fan of LensBaby equipment and own several of their lenses.
While I love to shoot in all natural light, I also love the versatility and creative possibilities of using strobes with ambient light for on-location shooting, and of course in the studio.
I shoot all images in RAW, process in Adobe Lightroom then finish in Photoshop CS6 and CC where I will save my final high resolution images in the ProPhoto RGB profile for the widest possible color gamut when printing. In short, I use and do everything possible to ensure the sharpest, richest, truest images possible.
There are so many things in everyday life that can influence our minds, but I have to say most of my inspiration comes from the written word. This sounds crazy, I know, as photography is such a visual medium, but I have a very creative mind, and for me everything starts with words.
I almost never watch TV, but instead love to read and listen to music when I am not out with my camera. In songs I will perhaps hear a poetic line; in books read an inspiring sentence that will in turn set my mind thinking and eventually influence a whole shoot theme for me. Along with these sources as influence, a lot of times I will think of concepts while I am out walking or at the gym exercising, as during these times my mind is pretty free from thinking about anything and that's when most ideas come. Then it is a rush to jot down the concept before I forget it again - many times I have used the tiniest scraps of paper with cryptic notes to myself so later when I return home I can recall the idea!
I transcribe all my "paper scraps with ideas" onto individual index cards, which I then file and return to when I am looking for ideas for an upcoming shoot. This system, though fairly rudimentary sounding in this age of computers works really well for me, as I like to pull out my different idea cards from time to time and add new thoughts, allowing the original idea/concept to blossom.
I have shot literally 1000's of images during the last few years, which vary in subject from children to chocolate chip cookies, and everything in-between. In order to present a cross-section of my work, without overload, I have uploaded a very small sampling of my work from different genres. I will update and change these images every so often, but will likely keep the content fairly small, as these images are designed just to give an overview of how I see and work. I hope you enjoy viewing them.