Photography is one of my favorite things in life; it has been a passion since I was a teenager. When I'm shooting, I forget everything else. I don't notice if it's freezing or hot, raining or snowing, or if I have a headache or cold. And downloading and looking at the photos at the end of a day - it's like Christmas every time! :-)
My Grandfather and Dad were both avid amateur photographers and there was no shortage of cameras (and artistic critique and encouragement) around the house. After spending many years “shooting for fun”, I went to photography school to learn the bits I didn’t know. I graduated from New England School of Photography (NESOP) in 1994, majoring in Portraiture with a minor in Color as Fine Arts.
I have always loved taking pictures of a wide variety of things, but my favorite subjects are travel, the natural world, taking a close-up look at objects, and at the top of the list, animals of all kinds.
Animals fascinate, amaze, and inspire me - they are as important to me as photography, and have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I had to be dragged away from pastures, barns or anything I came across with animals, and was always happiest hanging out at the stable or playing with my (and my friends') dogs and other pets. I love how animals never pretend, how they are always completely honest and live in the moment, and I find their positive attitude, curiosity and joyfulness very contagious. Not surprisingly, my final portfolio at NESOP consisted of portraits of people and their pets.
I am also a certified animal massage therapist (Bancroft School of Massage, Worcester, MA) and am currently studying Applied Zoopharmacognosy with Caroline Ingraham. Both programs include in-depth studies of canine behavior, and I find that having this knowledge really helps me when photographing dogs.
My work has been featured in books, magazines, calendars and advertising world wide. I am a member of NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and proud supporter of several animal charities
Stock Photography/Commercial Use
Many of the photos on my site are available for stock or commercial use - some directly from me, some from the stock agencies I work with. If you would like to use any of my photos, send me an email with the usage details and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
The images on this website are not to be reproduced or published in any way without an Image Usage License. Printed photo products are sold on the condition that they are not to be reproduced. Digital Downloads include specific Image Usage Licenses. Cattie Coyle retains all rights to all photographs.