Intimate portrait, birth and wedding photographer
Based in California • Available worldwide
"I have been photographed by Cathlene many times. Each time I have come away with a collection of images that capture the very essence of that time in my life, and it is truly wonderful to be able to look back and see these chapters so beautifully framed.
Something about her as a person cuts right to the core, her gentle intelligence and bold compassion create a space which allows emotions to come to the surface and be photographed. Joy, tenderness, vulnerability, surprise, excitement, satisfaction, humour... and love. All the feelings that come up in these great moments, are right there in every image. Her dedication to her art, her integrity as a person and her natural talents combine to make her both a joy to work with and a consummate professional who will always deliver a beautiful image."
"Cathlene was the perfect choice to photograph our son’s birth. She completely understood what we were looking for. We weren’t sure how comfortable we’d be with a stranger sharing such an intimate time with us, but from the moment we met her, she felt more like an old friend than our photographer.
Cathlene has a natural and contagious peace about her. With all the stress and emotions running through the day, her calming presence and encouraging words helped us relax and fully experience the miracle before our eyes. When we received our completed gallery a few weeks later, tears streamed down both of our faces as we moved from image to image. Cathlene captured each moment with a depth we didn’t think possible. Her photographs included instances we expected and so many we didn’t. The sweet beauty of our parents as they became grandparents for the first time, the anticipation and then intense joy as we witnessed our child’s first breath. We are extremely grateful for the care taken in capturing the sweetest moment of our lives."
-Patrick & Savannah
"As a crochet fashion designer, I am constantly taking photos of myself and others wearing my designs. However, I sometimes feel I can only go so far with photographing myself. Cathlene has photographed me a number of times wearing my designs and on those wonderful occasions, I get to be the model and let someone else take care of the photography. Her photos have a relaxed, spontaneous quality; they are professional but fun. She has the magic ability to put her subjects at ease. Her images receive tons of likes on my Instagram account, and lots of positive comments. I always look forward to sessions with Cathlene and the final results are always a hit."
"We loved every moment of working with Cathlene! She is truly a gem; a skilled photographer with an exquisite eye for beauty. Our experience with Cathlene was fun, comfortable and relaxed - and she gifted us some of our favorite images ever! Thank you so much for sharing your passion and talent with us all!"
-Kirsten & Peter