Catherine Black of Cat Black Photo Shortlist Photographer


Melbourne, Victoria
5 out of 5 from 12 reviews.



About
Fashion / Conceptual / Music / Commercial / Portfolio Photographer.

Based in Melbourne.

www.catblackphoto.com

Cat Black is an experienced Fashion, Portrait, Corporate and Food Photographer who is based in Melbourne.

Over her 12 year career she has lived in Dublin, The UK and has now settled back in her hometown of Melbourne, setting up studio close to the CBD.

She has photographed for advertising campaigns, estores, food, fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, corporate and music artists both on location and in studio.

As a freelancer she has the freedom to work with a diverse range of clients, always delivering professional results and her keen eye for location and lighting result in fantastic photos perfect for a range of applications.

Catherine loves what she does and it is evident in the way she interacts with all her clients from the first contact to the final delivery of retouched finished artwork.

Mood and project depending, she uses a mix of still and video on Professional DSLR's, 35mm film and 120mm toy cameras.
Specialities
Clients
Some Clients Include:

2XU, Melbourne

Ricoh, Melbourne

Aletheia & Phos, Melbourne

Kitte Accessories, Melbourne

Premium Australian Foods Melbourne

CBRE, Melbourne

Catherine Murphy The Label, Melbourne

Lauren and Angie The Label, Melbourne

Xandi The Label, Melbourne

Edgely, Melbourne

Nigel & Co, Kilkenny & Matrix Professional Hair Care IRELAND / UK

Refresh Renovations, Melbourne

Ray White Real Estate, (Headshots) Melbourne

Barry Plant Real Estate, (Headshots) Melbourne

Frazer - Nash Consultants, Melbourne

October Eleven Pictures LTD, Dublin

Bon Mode, Melbourne and Chewton

Sureskills, Dublin

Newport Health & Wellbeing, Melbourne

FasterLouder, Melbourne

The Final Step Cafe, Melbourne

Highbank Orchards, Kilkenny IRELAND

Company D, Dublin IRELAND

Hello Tangle, Melbourne

Think in Colour, Melbourne

Gourlay Landscapes, Melbourne

Rudolf Hetzel Designs, Kilkenny IRELAND

Banksia Foundation, Melbourne

Second Nature Organic Oils, Kilkenny IRELAND
Awards
The Bernard Shaw, Dublin 2014
(Personal Exhibition)

The Photographic Academy, UK 2014
(Self Portrait Monthly Competition Winner)

See Me, Times Square NYC 2013
(Group Digital Show)

Head On Portrait Prize, Finalist 2012 
Testimonials

Harriet Floyd, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Our company enlisted the help of Cat to take some professional head shots of our Melbourne-based team. From the moment I made contact via her website, Cat was professional, helpful, communicative, and wonderful to deal with; I couldn't recommend her highly enough! Prior to the day of the head shots - which were take "on location" near our Melbourne office - Cat spent some time exploring the local area and was able to suggest a few different locations and backdrops to take the images. On the day she encouraged us to have photographs taken at a number of these different spots to ensure we got a good breadth of colour/lighting/backgrounds to choose from. Cat's speed of post-processing was amazing - within 48 hours of the photo-shoot, Cat supplied us with a gallery of lo-res images to choose from, then followed up with the hi-res images 24 hours after we made our selections. Every employee who had their head shots taken has since commented on both the superb quality of the images, and Cat's fantastic personality and approach on the day. In particular, she made everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, ensuring our "best side" was captured. Harriet Floyd Senior Engineer at Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Christopher Morley, Premium Australia Foods
Our company Premium Australia Foods has used Catherine's services a number of times and we will happily recommend her work to anyone as well as call her first for our photography needs. In our experience with Catherine we have worked with studio as well as on site needs - working with still food, food prep, lifestyle including children and at all times the output from Catherine has been to the highest possible level. Her work speaks for its self - and this steams from Catherine's professionalism and attention to detail. We enjoy working with Catherine and will continue to do so. Christopher Morley Managing Director at Premium Australia Foods

Sarah Smith, FasterLouder
Catherine Black is one of the most professional, passionate and creative photographers I have worked in my time as an editor. In all situations - even those of high stress and tight deadlines - she remains composed, enthusiastic and has a unique ability to think creatively under pressure. Sarah Smith Broadcaster at Triple R FM

Industry Affiliations
Reviews
Kate Aubrey
Cat Black - not only does she have a killer name but the womans got talent! Cat has an eye for creativity, detail and perfection. Her passion for what she does enthuses you, while her ability to hold the space in a composed and professional manner makes you feel nurtured, calm and most importantly natural. Kate Aubrey, Yoga teacher.

Reviewed on 05/05/2017


Bri, Xandi The Label
Cat is a talented, professional and friendly photographer! She worked with me to create stunning, high-res product imagery for my brand. As a start up, the quality of work she provided me with was invaluable to my business and assisted me to break into the market. She conducted herself extremely professionally and consulted with me many times before the shoot to ensure we were obtaining the results I wanted. She came organised on the day with equipment and lighting and provided great direction to the model. I was really impressed that she took the initiative to get some close up campaign style shots as well, which worked well for my social media channels. Cat went above and beyond the original brief provided to her and I am so appreciative. Her retouching and editing was second to none and she turned it all around in a timely and efficient manner. I would highly recommend Cat for your next project, especially if you are a clothing or apparel brand - this lovely lady will guide you through the process and provide excellent results. Thanks again Cat!

Reviewed on 01/05/2017


Camilla McKewen
Catherine Black is professional, decisive and creative; a triple threat! In all my experiences with her, be it through styling fashion shoots, brand photography or creative projects, her commitment and passion shine through and she delivers a beautiful product. I have loved collaborating and her easygoing nature, and look forward to more projects in the future. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 07/07/2016


Lucinda, Ray White Real Estate
Cat Black is a talented photographer on so many levels! Having done architectural photography for our company as well as group and individual portraits of staff. Cat is able to adapt to any situation or environment and work professionally with a wide range of people whilst making them feel comfortable and bringing out their best in photographs. I would always highly recommend Cat's service to anyone with photography needs.

Reviewed on 16/06/2016


Georgia
Cat is such an amazing photographer, not only because of her technical talent but the way she allows you to be yourself. She has the ability to make you feel so comfortable, shoots are an absolute joy and so much fun. I cannot recommend Cat more, her attention to detail and creative eye produce beautiful images. Love working with Cat and cant wait to shoot again soon!

Reviewed on 12/06/2016


Sarah
Catherine Black is one of the most professional, passionate and creative photographers I have worked in my time as an editor. In all situations - even those of high stress and tight deadlines - she remains composed, enthusiastic and has a unique ability to think creatively under pressure.

Reviewed on 10/06/2016


Mitchell Gourlay
Catherine is an exceptional photographer; she understands the needs of her clients and works to an outstandingly high standard. In our initial meeting, Catherine took the time and effort to not only get to know my business, but also the needs and expectations of my clients. This ensured that our photo shoot was both efficient and carefully considered. Her images were creative, diverse and most importantly they accurately represented our high standard of work. Catherine was a pleasure to work with I highly recommend her services.

Reviewed on 09/06/2016


Charlotte Aldrich
Earlier this year, I decided that it was time for me to start a serious job search. When updating my resume and online profile, I noticed that the main photo Id been using was nearly a decade old! In addition, it was taken by a friend, a white hallway wall used as a backdrop...no good. I contacted Cat immediately, as I was impressed with her work, to ask her about taking some professional head-shots. Well, she delivered and then some! When we met for shooting, she outlined the process we would go through that day, after the shooting was finished, and how long each step would take. She asked me what I had in mind and gave me some thoughts and suggestions, which I found very helpful, and then we got down to it. She was extremely adept at her work. I felt like I was in good hands already, but was definitely feeling a bit awkward as the centre of attention and my face felt frozen and forced. She talked to me as she was shooting and put me at ease and got me to relax. I was impressed with her constant rhythm of talking to me to keep me relaxed, while taking the photos, and giving me directions. We took shots at several locations and the photo styles ranged from traditionally professional to more artistic to casual and playful; before the shoot I let Cat know that I would be looking for a job at companies very diverse from one another in terms work culture and so I therefore wanted a range of options to match. When it came time to select a few shots from the photos she had taken, I wanted them all! The photos themselves were beautiful and, even more important to me, I felt like I looked like myself in them, that Cat had captured my personality in each one. I was so satisfied with the whole experience. Cat is a marvelous photographer, immensely professional, and was a pleasure to work with; she made this potentially uncomfortable process easy and fun. I get compliments on her photos all the time and have put them to good use in my job search, and beyond.

Reviewed on 09/06/2016


Harriet Floyd
Our company enlisted the help of Cat to take some professional head shots of our Melbourne-based team. From the moment I made contact via her website, Cat was professional, helpful, communicative, and wonderful to deal with; I couldn't recommend her highly enough! Prior to the day of the head shots - which were take "on location" near our Melbourne office - Cat spent some time exploring the local area and was able to suggest a few different locations and backdrops to take the images. On the day she encouraged us to have photographs taken at a number of these different spots to ensure we got a good breadth of colour/lighting/backgrounds to choose from. Cat's speed of post-processing was amazing - within 48 hours of the photo-shoot, Cat supplied us with a gallery of lo-res images to choose from, then followed up with the hi-res images 24 hours after we made our selections. Every employee who had their head shots taken has since commented on both the superb quality of the images, and Cat's fantastic personality and approach on the day. In particular, she made everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, ensuring our "best side" was captured.

Reviewed on 09/06/2016


Chris Morley
Our company Premium Australia Foods has used Catherine's services a number of times and we will happily recommend her work to anyone as well as call her first for our photography needs. In our experience with Catherine we have worked with studio as well as on site needs - working with still food, food prep, lifestyle including children and at all times the output from Catherine has been to the highest possible level. Her work speaks for its self - and this steams from Catherine's professionalism and attention to detail. We enjoy working with Catherine and will continue to do so.

Reviewed on 09/06/2016


Jessamy Gee
Cat is an incredibly talented photographer. Her ability to combine technical excellence with real personality and style is a gift. Catherine has the unique ability to capture a story in her subjects. As a small business owner, I recently engaged Cat to take a series of head shots for me for professional use. I am so thrilled with the result. I use them for everything, as they say so much about my personality and my business that transcends words. I would highly recommend Catherine to anyone seeking original and beautiful photos, that will stand the test of time.

Reviewed on 09/06/2016


Eliot Gliddon
Cat photographed our Dublin head office employees and did a fantastic job. She has a great eye for detail, the images were beyond our expectations and the photographs were delivered before the due date. Looking forward to working with Catherine again!

Reviewed on 08/06/2016


Kate Aubrey
Cat Black - not only does she have a killer name but the womans got talent! Cat has an eye for creativity, detail and perfection. Her passion for what she does enthuses you, while her ability to hold the space in a composed and professional manner makes you feel nurtured, calm and most importantly natural. Kate Aubrey, Yoga teacher.

Reviewed on 05/05/2017


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