I had the pleasure of getting photos taken with Cat a few weeks ago and I asked her if I could interview her for my blog. She was so fun to work with and really knows how to make a girl feel loved, and beautiful! It was such a fun experience. She had someone on site to do my hair and makeup and we had such a great time.
These are just a few of the final edited photos from my session. I love them!
Here’s more about Cat:
HITC: Tell us a little bit about your studio and what you do.
Cat: My studio is currently located in the comfort of my home in east Mesa on Signal Butte and Broadway. While I’m planning to move into a storefront location in 2020, there’s something to be said about the level of relaxation that being in a home can bring to clients, especially for photo shoots!
Every session includes a pre-shoot styling appointment where we decide what outfits and accessories you’ll wear. You’re able to bring multiple outfits so you can have photos for work, representing your business, gifts for family or your significant other, or just for yourself! You’re even welcome to bring a friend, your other half or kids along to have photos done with them! The day of your shoot you get to be pampered by professional hair and makeup artists. I then make the photo shoot experience super easy by guiding you into different poses and expressions. It’s so much fun!
Within two weeks you come back in for your reveal and order appointment where you view your final images and purchase what you love. Easy peasy!
HITC: How did you get into this type of photography?
Cat: As a survivor of domestic violence I struggled with self-worth for a long time, occasionally I still do. When I came across the contemporary glamour genre about 6 months ago it just clicked that that’s what I was put on this earth to do. I never want any woman to feel unworthy of just being. So I decided I wanted to take gorgeous photos of women and put them on their walls so they can always see their beauty. I even have my own 24X36 portrait hanging in my home and every time I look at it I think, “Wow, that’s me. I am beautiful and I am worthy.” It definitely helps when those bad days decide to pop up.
HITC: What is your favorite part of these photo shoots?
Cat:Definitely the reveal! As much fun as the photo shoots are, I love watching clients smile from ear to ear by seeing themselves in such a different yet amazing light. One of my first clients said, “You found the me that I’ve been looking for” as she held back tears. We cried and hugged. It was such a raw and special moment.
HITC: What do you do when you’re not doing photography?
Cat: I’m a lucky Mom of a rambunctious four year old boy and a silly one year old girl so they definitely keep me on my toes. Aside from getting sucked into one Netflix series or another, I love cooking, yoga and hiking with my husband when we can.
HITC: Anything else you want to tell us?
Cat: My goal is to help women of every age, size and skin tone see that they are beautiful, powerful, and worthy of not only existing in photos, but looking incredible in them as well. If I had one piece of advice, do not wait to have beautiful portraits taken. Life is too short, memories can fade, but portraits last for generations to come.
Here’s her contact information if you’re interested in learning more about setting up a photo shoot. This link will take you to the contact form on her site to schedule a session.
Catriona (Cat) Simental
@CatsEyeStudiosAZ on FB & IG
Housewives in the City is a national group of women in more than 50 markets across the U.S., focused on networking and socializing events for women in the communities they serve.
Join the Housewives in the City-Phoenix group in Old Town Scottsdale for a fun night of blowouts, food + drink, mingling, networking and shopping at Toni & Guy salon on April 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature local vendors, raffle prizes and giveaways. The first 50 ladies will receive a bag of goodies and special offer coupons. RSVP now: toniguygno.eventbrite.com
This month the group is supporting The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Everyone who donates will be entered in to a raffle prize drawing for 60-minute massage or a boxed meal delivery service free trial from Hello Fresh.
The event is FREE and open to all women. Phoenix Housewives – housewivesinthecity.com Networking Socials are monthly events where you can shop, mingle, meet new friends and network while enjoying food and drink at cool venues throughout the Valley. Please be sure to register at toniguygno.eventbrite.com and reserve your spot. The first 50 women through the door will receive a swag bag! We’d love to see your photos after the event! Use #HousewivesGNO & #TGSalonGNO to share with us on Facebook and Instagram @phxhousewives
Please “like” the group’s Facebook page to stay up to date on future events: www.facebook.com/phoenixhousewives
Local businesses and vendors are welcome to sell and advertise at the event. For vendor or advertising information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can't believe tomorrow is already March! We will be hosting our next event on Thursday, March 15, at Ginger Monkey Tavern in Chandler. You can RSVP and get more details by visiting the event page: gingergno.eventbrite.com
We can't wait to see you there. There will be fun giveaways and raffle prizes, and the weather should be gorgeous on their fabulous patio.
If you or someone you know owns a business in Chandler and would be interested in showcasing or selling at the event, feel free to email us for more information on the opportunities that are available: email@example.com
I took my kiddos to Scottsdale Fashion Square to visit Santa at their special #santaHQ setup. The kids had a blast checking if they were on the naughty or nice list, and playing the interactive games inside Santa's workshop. And nobody cried when we saw Santa. #winwin Thanks, HGTV, for putting together such a fun holiday activity! You can reserve a time to see Santa here. Great idea!
The holidays are here! Join us for a fun night of mingling and shopping at Kona Grill on High Street. The event will feature local vendors with gift ideas, raffle prizes and giveaways.
The event is FREE and open to all women. For more information check outwww.housewivesinthecity.com Networking Socials are monthly events where you can shop, mingle, meet new friends and network while enjoying cool venues throughout the Valley. Please be sure to register and reserve your spot on Eventbrite so we know you're coming! The first 50 women through the door will receive a swag bag full of goodies! RSVP here:konaholidaygno.eventbrite.com
Singleton Moms will be the charity this month. They support moms battling cancer. If you would like to give back, please bring any toiletry items as a donation. The group is in need of toilet paper, wipes, paper towels, toothpaste, mouth wash, toothbrushes, deodorant, lotion, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, cleaning supplies, detergent, diapers and baby formula. Thank you!
We’d love to see your photos after the event! Use #HousewivesGNO&#KonaGNO to share with us on Facebook and Instagram @phxhousewives
If you're not sure what it's all about... you can see pics from previous Girls Night Out meet ups on our Facebook page. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on future events.
Vendors are welcome to sell at the event. We love local! For vendor or advertising information, please email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi ladies! We hope to see you on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Huss Brewing Co. Uptown Taproom on Central and Camelback. RSVP here: hussbrewinggirlsnightout.eventbrite.com. If you're interested in purchasing a vendor table, please email me at phoenix@housewivesinthecity dot com. Thanks - see you there!
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Hi ladies! It's finally here - the October event announcement! Get your free ticket here.
Grab a girlfriend + join us for a fun night out of networking, shopping and mingling at GWIN Wine Bar in Scottsdale on Thursday, October 12, from 6 to 9pm!
All women are welcome to attend our FREE Networking Socials - please register by October 11 so we know you're coming.
Our vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night! Follow our Facebook Event Page to see their specials. The first 50 women to arrive and check in will receive a swag bag with goodies and coupons.
We’d love to see your photos after the event. Use #HousewivesGNO & #GwinGNO to share with us.
If you're not sure what it's all about... you can see pics from previous Girls Night Out meet ups from Northern Virginia Housewives: http://bit.ly/2a4ua19
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Hi ladies! It's been a few months since we've hosted an event in Phoenix, and we're re-launching in October. We'll be posting details in the next few days with the location. Stay tuned, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!
It’s April. It’s Spring. It’s that time of year to clean. If you’re like me, you loathe cleaning. But it’s something we have to do! I love nothing more than coming home to a clean house, but I hate cleaning it! So I’ve gathered a few tricks to help in your spring cleaning!
Welcome to Phoenix Housewives in the City. I'm Alison and I host all of the local networking and social events. I'm an Arizona native, I work in public relations and am married with two little boys, ages 4 and 2. I hope to meet you at the next event!