About Cathy Wagner

2010_0529ItalyBest0016 - CopyI am a full-time professional photographer, living and working in Halfway House, in the Johannesburg area, South Africa.

I jumped off the corporate treadmill almost four years ago to pursue my career in photography, having tested the market for about 18 months and found that there was a great response to my work. I built a 6 meter x 6 meter studio at home where I do most of my work, although I also work on location for my corporate clients.

My main interest is in photographing people. I love spending time with a family, getting to know them and capturing the interactions between them. I know the results will be treasured for a long time, so I take special care to provide images that will bring back great memories for them.

My clients receive all their images in colour, and many of them in black-and-white, sepia or toned. Vintage effects are also a popular option, especially with the Maternity and Newborn photographs.

One of my strengths is being able to turn a relatively mundane photo into something special – a work of art – using the advanced techniques available in modern software such as Photoshop, Nik, Exposure 5 and others. I try to always provide my clients with at least one such image, free of charge, with every photo-shoot. I feel this is what sets me apart from my competitors – seeing my work as a form of artistic expression, not simply a way to earn a living. I see every image as a potential canvas or framed print, and I visualise how it would look given pride of place on a living-room wall. Seeing my work in this way allows me to focus and to give each image my full attention.

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My portfolio includes Real Estate, Events, Family, Newborn, Macro, Still Life, Landscape and Product Photography. All of my Macro, Still Life and Landscape works are available as stretched canvases or high-resolution enlarged prints.

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I enjoy taking a collection of a client’s favourite images and compiling them into a coffee table photo-book, printed on high-quality photographic paper and expertly bound. These are available with printed, linen, leatherette or hand-stitched leather covers, and are truly something to display proudly in one’s home.

My goal is to grow my business to a stage where I can comfortably pay the bills, but not so big that I don’t have time to interact properly with all my clients. Personal relationships are important to me – I have met some wonderful people over the past year who I hope I will have the pleasure of working with again.

My personal development as a photographer is also extremely important to me – I spend all my spare time studying photography, learning from other photographers, trying new photography techniques and honing my post-processing skills. I want to be the very best I can be, and the only way to get there is to work hard at it!

A new (ad)venture

Recently I have started exploring other areas of artistic and creative expression. I have taught myself tapestry crochet and have made many unique bags that I am offering for sale now that all the ladies in my family have at least one! I will be selling the patterns with full instructions so that others can learn and enjoy this technique. If you are interested, please visit my Tapestry Crochet & Crafts page on this website, and Like the page Tapestry Crochet and Crafts on Facebook too.

 

 

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