Fashion: Hayley Forsblom Models Susan Troy A/W 2016

Hayley Forsblom © Cat Laine

Hayley Forsblom © Cat Laine

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Behind the Scenes: Pinup Fun at Suite Tart

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Behind the scenes in the pinup room at Suite Tart/Providence Pinup.

Photo by Lulu Locks / @lululocks

I always seem to have overstuffed pockets. Sigh. Photo by Lulu Locks / @lululocks

Model: Becky Medina (The Beauty Within)
Makeup: Brandon Ward
Hair: Kim Moore
Wardrobe: Lulu Locks

On Assignment: Maternity Shoot with Saron and Evert

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Sometimes clients agonize about wardrobe. Will they have enough pieces the fill out an entire shoot? And sometimes a client will bring just one signature piece. When that piece is a perfectly form fitting little black dress, one can be all you need. [Read more…]

On Assignment: Mother Daughter Shoot with Barbara and Natalie

Barbara and Natalie. © Cat Laine

I find mother daughter shoots to have the most intriguing possibilities. The relationship can be so deep and complex, the emotions intense and ranging from pride to happiness even to longing. Or in the case of Natalie and her mother Barbara, it can be magic. [Read more…]

Introducing the Hollywood Sessions: Get Ready For Your Closeup

Lulu Locks. Photo by Cat Laine.

Get ready for your closeup.

I have to admit that I tend to be a solitary shooter. I like to work alone. I enjoy the quiet that makes it easy to slip into the zone and give my client(s) my full attention. But as such things often go, the moment you’ve resigned yourself to being a lone wolf, you find collaborators who elevate your work without derailing your process.

This past January, I started a fruitful collaboration with Lulu Locks and her team at Suite Tart to bring old style Hollywood glamour to her vintage photography brand, Providence Pinup. They bring their top-notch hair, makeup and wardrobe styling expertise and I bring the technical chops in lighting, posing, and retouching. It’s a marriage made in Hollywood heaven.

Lulu Locks. Photo by Cat Laine.

Lulu Locks as Hollywood Starlet.

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Non-Profit Quick Tip: Make a strong statement about your work and mission using professional photography

The 2015 class of College Unbound received their bachelor’s degrees this past May from Charter Oak State College. To commemorate their achievement, I was commissioned to photograph the matriculating students. In addition to providing a high quality framed print to each graduate, College Unbound has also used the images in social media to highlight each student and share what the program has meant to them. The photos with the testimonials are a simple and effective use of professional photography by a non-profit to help the general public understand both its mission and the population it serves.

Ajay: My degree represents everything from failure to resilience to strength to success. I have experienced all of that in chasing my degree.

Ajay: My degree represents everything from failure to resilience to strength to success. I have experienced all of that in chasing my degree.

Laura: My College Unbound cohort is full o bright, intelligent and inspiring people who always support, encourage and look out for me.

Laura: My College Unbound cohort is full o bright, intelligent and inspiring people who always support, encourage and look out for me.

Jan'Net: College Unbound was the key that opens up all the doors that I felt were locked in my life.

Jan’Net: College Unbound was the key that opens up all the doors that I felt were locked in my life.

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In Print: Painted Foot featured in RI Local Magazine

Painted Foot Photography RI Local feature story.

Thank you so much to RI Local Magazine for featuring my work in their May issue!

On Assignment: Congratulations to College Unbound 2015 Grads!!!

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Congratulations to the 2015 graduating class of the College Unbound program. In what has become a yearly tradition, I create portraits of the matriculating students in the program. It’s perhaps one of my favorite assignments as I get to document people at the end of a long and sometimes tortuous journey to get their bachelor’s degree. Here are a few of my favorite portraits that I shot of the students last month. [Read more…]

On Assignment: Dr. Sam Lester, RIVMA’s 2015 President, and Parrot

Sam Lester, DVMSam Lester, DVM, with parrot. Photographed at Coventry Animal Hospital.

For the third year running, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph the newest president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA). Perhaps the best thing about photographing veterinarians is that you can legitimately and with no intended irony ask them to pose with a parrot on their shoulder.

Fashion: Ascent to the Throne (At the Rhode Island State House)

WomenInOffice_CatLaine_201410_WEB-006Ascent to the throne. Ivory shift dress with gold accent and nude pumps: Vintage on the Rocks RI/The Vault RI. Jewelry: Domaine Designs.

On the eve of Governor Gina Raimondo’s inauguration, I wanted to post images from a 2014 Les Gamines photoshoot at the Rhode Island State House. The idea behind this fashion story originated with stylist Olivia Rodrigues who wanted to play with and explore clothing options for female leaders and politicians. Style inspirations ranged from First Ladies (Michelle O and Jackie O, among others) for Olivia to mainly international leaders such as French Politician Ségolène Royal and Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for me.

We deliberately steered clear of pant suits and the traditional red, white and blue color scheme favored by American politicians. We also stayed away from the de rigeur shoulder skimming bob and went for a more classically chic length. Tired of monochromatic solids – which we realize work better on television, we played with patterns, prints, and textures. All in all, we sought a loosening of the expected style of political power-dressing. As a result, our lovely model Naira Zakaryan (The Beauty Within) looks more like Queen Rania of Jordan or Angelina Jolie at Davos than any American politician or government official, save perhaps Condoleeza Rice. That’s just fine by us. [Read more…]