Catherine Pelura & Shawn Stratmann = CATSH

Catherine and Shawn met years ago and became fast friends.  Their shared passion for photography led to several collaborative project opportunities over the years and while working together, they figured out they loved the creative energy and additional options that were created when shooting together.  In 2012 they decided to make it official and formed CATSH Photography.

CATSH’s vision is simple.

  • Approach every session creatively.
  • No two sessions are the same.
  • Tell powerful stories with images.

CATSH achieves this vision by working closely with each client to develop a creative strategy for every photo session.

Their combined style is natural, clean, and candid, with the possibility of whimsy.   When making portraits, CATSH prefers natural light work but has extensive experience with studio lighting as well.  CATSH works diligently to capture honest moments in time, family interactions, and all the fun that is life’s journey.  CATSH has a full studio available for product and food photography.

catherineCatherine Pelura

Photography Experience

  • BFA San Jose State University in Photography
  • Assistant to Director The Photographers Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
  • Apprenticed with Todd Rafalovich
  • Owner of KC Photography 2004-2013

Catherine Pelura views photography as more than her job. It is her passion, and she is thankful that she gets to wake up every day and do something she loves. Catherine brings an artist eye to capture all of life’s special moments.  When she’s not taking pictures of her kids (or yours) she is listening to 80’s music and dancing around the house with her four little munchkins!

ShawnShawn Stratmann

  • BA University of MD in English and Journalism

Photography Experience

  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Maine Media Workshops
  • Self studied/taught in photography for over 13 years
  • Co-Owner of 929 Gallery, Baltimore 1996-1999

Shawn Stratmann has loved photography since she was a young girl using her mothers 110 camera to take snapshots.  She turned her hobby into a passion when she became a mom and decided that she wanted to hone her skills in order to document her children’s lives with extraordinary photography.  For the past 13 years, Shawn has been studying photography, including taking classes at the esteemed Maine Media Workshops and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Shawn approaches photography creatively and uses a similar creative strategy process from her marketing experience, to help clients hone in on ideas and vision.  Whether that creative process is used to present storyboards and ideas for photo sessions, to bring photographic flair to events, or to capture beautiful images for a client’s product, her overall mission to deliver excellent work that exceeds her clients expectations.  Shawn’s corporate experience in the marketing and communications field is an asset to the corporate clients who hire Catsh Photography.

Shawn lives in Maryland in a 100-year-old farmhouse on a bit of land, with her husband, two daughters, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 hermit crabs, 1 hamster, and 17 chickens and big garden.  In addition to photography, Shawn is a certified Irish Dance Teacher and teaches at several Art Retreats around the country.

To see more of Shawn’s personal photography collection, you can visit her HERE .

Coming soon…

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