Monthly Archives: September 2010

baby trystan

This has got to be the sweetest, most peaceful little guy I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing.  In fact, baby Trystan was so adorably sleepy and comfortable, that for the first time ever for me, the challenge was actually to get a shot of him where he wasn’t sleeping so we could get a glimpse of his killer blue eyes!  But alas, we didn’t want to ruin a good thing and push our luck so what we got instead was many beautiful shots of this handsome little guy in his first peaceful days on this earth.  And it’s really no wonder he’s so sweet~ the apple clearly hasn’t fallen far from the tree.  His parents pretty much blew me away during their lovely maternity session a couple months ago– you can check those out by clicking HERE.  This is one perfect little family and I’m so happy to be able to share them with you~

You three really melt my heart!  Too lovely for words.

All the photos were taken in my little home studio with only natural light.  

Chelsea & Ryan~  You two are truly dream clients and I’m so honoured you chose me to capture this amazing time in your lives.  Baby Trystan is so lucky to have you guys as parents!

September 28, 2010 - 7:44 pm

Mark Boulter Good looking group!!

September 29, 2010 - 6:57 am

brooke Beautiful pictures!

September 29, 2010 - 6:58 am

brooke Beautiful pictures! He looks like he was in a cocoon.

September 29, 2010 - 7:27 am

Anita What a great looking family!

September 29, 2010 - 7:29 am

Gordon & Margaret They are all wonderful and I agree you definitely captured how peaceful and happy Trystan truly is . The color one of him on his tummy would absolutely melt any hearts of stone on the spot. The color picture with Ryan in white and Trystan against Chelsea’s darker dress and them looking at the baby WOW thats a beautiful family. Well Done

September 29, 2010 - 8:06 am

Trent and Pamela West LOVE , LOVE , LOVE the pic of the teeny little “tootsies” ! :o)
Congratulations !!

September 29, 2010 - 8:11 am

Caitlin Forester Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. Love you guys!

September 29, 2010 - 8:58 am

Brandi Once again, I am speechless at how breathtaking these pics are! A picture of true beauty and happiness!

September 29, 2010 - 8:59 am

Brandi I am speechless at how breathtaking these are! A picture of true beauty and happiness!

September 29, 2010 - 9:21 am

John Forester Wow you guys. Some of these could be used in Ann Geddes pictures. Easy to see why you use Katch Studios.

September 29, 2010 - 10:26 am

Sharon & Ernie Tustian We have never seen such beautiful photos , so clear, sharp, and the lighting just perfect.. Every photo was an awe……….
Thanks for sharing. Never change studios…

September 29, 2010 - 11:17 am

Raegan I love all the pictures!! They all are very well done. Trystan looks so peaceful!!

September 29, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Rima Coates Congratulations you two! Your son is the cutest baby boy I have EVER seen!! You picked the perfect photographer to capture the magic of your little family. GodBless!!

October 4, 2010 - 9:27 pm

Demara What a picture perfect family captured by a truly amazing photographer!

melissa & will: featured

So you gotta check out Wedding Obsession the blog– not just because they’re a great source of inspiration for brides but because they recently featured Melissa & Will‘s awesome engagement session!  We loved the style and feel of this shoot and are so glad that more people will get to see it and read about their super romantic proposal story.  To check it out just CLICK HERE.

Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend~  it’s time for me to shut off the computer and go spend some quality time with my fam!

the afshar family

Meet the Afshar family.  Besides being one ridiculously beautiful clan, they are also the kind of people that you meet and within 2 minutes you feel completely at ease.  They welcomed me into their gorgeous home on a nice crisp fall day (wait, isn’t it supposed to be summer still???) We managed to pack in a lot of photos in a pretty quick amount of time because as you can guess, kids’ interest in photo-taking generally expires pretty quickly 😉 Their session started off in their beautifully landscaped backyard where 3 year old Dario charmed me with his adorable smile and crazy energy.  Luckily, I’ve got tons of experience chasing my own crazy kids around with a camera!  Check out a few of my favorites from the day~

It must be a science:  Beautiful parents produce beautiful babies.  Teresa and Ali both prove this!

Oh Dario~ you’re surely going to break many hearts when you’re older! 😉

Then it was Mia’s turn to shine.  This stunning little lady was so peaceful and calm that she made photographing her very easy.  Can she get any more perfect looking?

As many of you already know, I’m obsessed with baby eyelashes.  Mia’s got some pretty perfect ones and some equally gorgeous little lips.

Teresa & Ali~  Thank you so much for being so warm and inviting.  I had a great time and hope that I captured your family’s spirit through these photographs!


September 22, 2010 - 10:07 am

Anita I loveee these pictures, Kat! What a cute family!

September 22, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Julianna awwwwwwwe your family is so cute

miranda & Joe: married

Every wedding has a predominant theme… a feeling… an overall vibe.  Once we’ve left the reception and Cheryl and I are in the car nursing our sore feet and reliving the day’s events, we always end up circling around a word that just encapsulates the mood of that particular wedding day.  Perhaps it’s fun or sweet or luxurious— you get the idea. And for Miranda & Joe’s wedding, the predominant vibe was definitely emotional. From the tea ceremony at the start of the day to the dances at the end of the night, heartfelt tears were not hard to come by at this wedding and what that really  indicated to me was that this day was special. You could feel it in the air and you could see it through the lens with every snap of the shutter.   I knew that these two would deliver the goods when it came to looking fabulous in front of the camera. They already proved this to me when we shot their awesome engagement session,  but what I really  loved was the real, raw emotion that can’t ever be drawn out the way it just flows out naturally on a wedding day.  It was very apparent that we were capturing the happiness of these 2 families finally coming together and most definitely the love between Miranda & Joe.  I know I say it all the time, but this is why I love my job.  It’s hard not to get caught up in all the love.

Check out some of our favorites from their beautiful wedding~

The day started with Miranda and the girls getting ready for the tea ceremony at her parent’s house. Here’s Miranda looking radiant!

Then Joe and his boys came a knockin’, but in typical Chinese tradition, he had to pass a series of “tests” first 🙂

Then they both went their separate ways to get ready for the wedding ceremony.  Of course that means cigars for the men and pampering for the ladies!

I looove this shot of Miranda reflected off a mirror in a tool kit as she’s having a little quiet moment.

Gorgeous makeup brought to you by the dynamic duo of Susan Gill & Anita Gill.  Yes, in case you haven’t noticed already– all 3 of my sisters-in-law are ridiculously talented makeup artists and it’s always my lucky day when they’re beautifying my brides and their bridesmaids!

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton.

Oh you two~  so gorgeous.  I love everything about these shots.

My husband will kill me for using this word in a non-joking context, but oh my goodness you guys are lookin’ fierce in this shot!

“Hey Miranda, do you mind lying upside down on this giant, jagged rock and sticking your head in the ferns?  Oh, and try to make it look super comfortable.  perrrrfect.” (yes, we have the best brides ever!)

Not typically the kind of shot we’d blog, but it’s too awesome to pass up.  This is one bad ass gang.  Or not– but they sure believe it!  ha ha- you guys rule!!

Miranda & Joe~  We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, lovelier couple.  You both treated us like old friends right from the get go and trusted us with capturing all the emotion of your perfect day– we really hope we succeeded.  Love you guys!

September 17, 2010 - 8:09 am

Miranda Kat & Cheryl….you two rock my world! Emotional is definitely a good way to describe the day…or me (lol). Seeing these photos and the emotions made me…well, emotional. I love them. I love you girls (and the fab sis in laws!). Thanks for capturing our day, nothing can express my appreciation!

September 17, 2010 - 8:28 am

Lori Miranda & Joe,

Both of you looked radiant, and it shows through your pictures.
Love to you both for all the years to come

September 17, 2010 - 10:15 am

Jaclyn Snell WOWOWOW – I am speechless… sooo beautiful but you ladies are sooo talented and captured every perfect moment… what happened to the shot of the stuffed animals humping at Grandma’s… haha had to throw that in 🙂
Such an amazing day and a fabulous couple who will be so appreciated of these shots.

Thank you Kat and Cheryl for being such amazing artists and following us throughout the moments that day 🙂

Hope to see you soon and wish you all the best in success (you don’t need it though!!)

September 17, 2010 - 1:02 pm

Jana The pictures are beautiful!!! So happy for you both 🙂

September 19, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Sharon Girls, you never seize to amaze me or blow me away with your work! These photos are beautiful!! Miranda and Joe, you guys look breathtaking! I absolutely LOVE those shots where Miranda is holding her shoes and touching her hair!

September 19, 2010 - 4:40 pm

Jenny WOW!!=:0) Those pictures were amazing and beautiful….ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC….I love every single pictures…. Kat & Cheryl both are amazing job well done and great makeup Artist….THANK YOU for your good work………=:0) Miranda & Joe Love you both……….

June 11, 2014 - 9:38 pm

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melissa & will: engaged

Well it’s been crazy busy lately here at Katch Studios and the blog has been benefiting from that with tons of posts of all the fun sessions we’ve been shooting.   A definite highlight this summer though has got to be the fabulously “retro urban” (yes, that’s a new photography style according to me) engagement shoot we did with Melissa & Will.   Many of you may know Melissa from her tv hosting gigs here in Edmonton, or just from her voice, since she’s a DJ on the popular radio station The Bounce.  She also happens to be a friend of mine from back in the ol’ days when we both worked for MAC Cosmetics, and when she asked me to do her engagement pictures I knew we’d make beautiful photo magic together 😉  Of course, her fiancee Will rocked it out too and despite the freeeeezing cold and insane gusty wind, these two were beyond amazing.  I probably owe Melissa a new toe from the frostbite she surely got in those cute shoes!  Bet you’d never even know it was cold from looking at these hott pics~ check out some of my favorites (OK more like MANY of my favorites- ha!)

Love!!!  Funny how that “New York look” I was going for was actually somewhat convincing in these shots…

Delicious light.  Stunning couple.  Looks warm right?  Don’t be fooled!

Check out the sweet bedroom eyes Melissa’s giving…  and Will, you’re lookin’ pretty studly too, I must say 🙂

Thanks to my hubby who for the first time came to assist me as my “Light Boy”.  I told him if he works hard, in 6 months maybe he’ll be promoted to “Light Man”  😉

Melissa & Will~  Hope the hot chocolates warmed you up at least a little  😉  Have a wonderful wedding in Mexico and bring me back some warm weather would ya?

*Special thanks to Anita Gill for the stunning makeup job.  You rule.

September 12, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Y. Mancini Stunning photos! Congrats Will and Melissa, we can’t wait for the wedding! Such a beautiful couple!

September 12, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Sonny This is my first look at engagement photos and I’m impressed. Looking good Will, never knew you were so photogenic. And your bride to be is beautiful! All the best to you both.

September 12, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Yolanda Beautiful pics guys. So unique and refreshing. Love the outfits!

September 12, 2010 - 8:13 pm

cass Gorgeous!!! i looovvveee them!

September 12, 2010 - 9:40 pm

anna I love all 68 of them. I am really proud of you Will, you look really good. Melissa, your always a beauty – Lv you guys lots Patina

September 12, 2010 - 10:01 pm

Lori LURV!!!!! You always have such good looking couples Kat! I love her red lips and her hair and her dress! She’s just gorgeous!!

September 12, 2010 - 10:40 pm

Anita I don’t know what is more beautiful… the pictures or the couple. Awesome job Kat!!

September 13, 2010 - 7:22 am

joey Nice pictures Will and Melissa! You both look fantastic. Congrats on your engagement!

September 13, 2010 - 9:28 am

Shelly Wow, such striking photos. Will & Melissa you both look fantastic in the pictures. Your photographer is amazing! Wish she could photograph you both on the beach in Mexico!

September 13, 2010 - 9:30 am

Shelly Wow such striking photos! Will & Melissa you both look absolutely fantastic. To your photographer – amazing job well done!

September 13, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Michelle Such a fresh take on engagement photos, half of these look like they belong in a magazine! Congrats you guys! You look hot!!

September 13, 2010 - 2:32 pm

Annalie WOW WOW WOW!!!! I have been anxiously waiting to see these, and the wait was well worth it!!! Miss you are radiating with love here, and Will you sure look handsome too!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the locations, lighting, the makeup, the vibe, and of course the stunning bride and groom to-be! 7 more months, can’t wait to celebrate with you! The photos are just so wonderful!!

September 13, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Bill Nice pics you two! I can’t wait to watch you guys tie the knot in sunny Mexico!

September 13, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Debbie Lovely pictures Will and Melissa! You make an amazing couple.

September 13, 2010 - 9:52 pm

sharon Phenomenal Job Kat!!!! I love everything about this shoot!!

September 14, 2010 - 1:11 pm

John Great pictures! I like the variety of shots used.

September 14, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Carol How come we didn’t have photography like this when I got engaged?! Love these; just SO fashion mag! You’ll still love these photos years down the road M & W!

September 14, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Jesse Liking the new pics guys! You both look awesome!

September 14, 2010 - 6:09 pm

Ryan I really like the pictures Melissa and Will! Can’t wait to see the wedding pics from Mexico!

September 14, 2010 - 7:17 pm

sheryl Melissa and Will, all i can say is those pictures were amazing and beautiful. I know on your wedding day you will make your dad cry…best wishes

September 15, 2010 - 3:51 am

Terri Great pics and Melissa, you look radiant!

September 15, 2010 - 8:48 am

Allysia Fantastic photos! You both look GREAT!! All the best!

September 15, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Rose AMAZING! You look beautiful Melissa – the pictures are stunning of you and Will. I love the versatility and tenderness captured in the pictures!

September 15, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Sheila Absolutely stunning pictures! You two are extremely photogenic, its like something out of a magazine.

September 15, 2010 - 6:32 pm

nina ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! what can I say? Beautiful Couple, great makeup Artist, and great Photographer! xoxo

September 16, 2010 - 6:33 am

Gurdeep (light boy) Gill The lighting is impeccable!

September 16, 2010 - 9:17 am

Maria I love these pictures! Beautiful, beautiful!

September 16, 2010 - 2:32 pm

Amanda Stunning! I love love love the lighting and composition of the shots. My absolute fav shots are when you guys are walking in the middle of the street… you look so happy! Congrats! 🙂

September 16, 2010 - 11:15 pm

Ailynn Too cute…Congrats Melissa and Will!

September 17, 2010 - 9:41 am

Mike Great Pictures! Congrats to my little cousin!!!!!

September 17, 2010 - 11:28 am

Joe These are amazing! You both look so wonderful. I can’t wait until the wedding. Love you guys!

September 18, 2010 - 8:56 am

Jon Wow, these pictures look great!

September 19, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Kelly Awesome photos.

September 21, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Mary Very Beautiful photos of a Very Beautiful couple!! Love your polka dot dress Melissa—–definitely a classic. These photos are like ones out of a magazine. Looking forward to celebrating with you on your Special Day.

September 25, 2010 - 11:27 pm

Tamara These are probably the best engagement pics I’ve ever come across! Melissa’s strength and fierceness and Will’s charisma and gentleman-like nature are captured so so very well throughout. The locations and backgrounds complement the urban vibe/theme…so captivating! Congrats and much love! xoxo

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