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Meet Trailblazer Cat Warren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cat Warren.

Cat, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
During my dad’s time with the Navy, I lived through some pretty interesting experiences including a volcanic eruption in the Philippines, a 200-mph typhoon in Guam, and an 8.2 earthquake a year later. These life-threatening experiences came with high adventure, but they also taught me a valuable lesson that continues to re-appear in life: hardship creates appreciation, and many times, it creates beauty itself. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t discover my love for capturing moments like these, or even this concept, on camera until years later.

I actually realized just how much I loved photography when I studied International Business at Texas Tech University. I spent one semester overseas, took a photography class, and became hooked. I bought a Canon Rebel and began shooting photos of the Italian landscape and people. My passion soon grew enough to where I established a DBA, “Foto Froth Photography,” in Texas in 2011. I then moved to San Diego in 2017 where I created Cat Warren Photo.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing good ever comes easy. After creating Foto Froth, I got accepted to Navy Officer Candidate School in 2012. Photography obviously took a backseat while I focused on my Naval career and served two deployments in the Middle East. I then moved to San Diego and soon fell in love with the city. That’s when I began to really think hard about the next chapter.

What’s my advice to other women? For those looking to switch careers but aren’t exactly sure, consider this: one knows it’s time to move on from something when there’s no hesitation in one’s decision. And for those who still ponder what their mission in life is, look to your childhood for clues.

I realized that recollecting on my childhood allowed me to find my calling: my dad gave me my first camera when I was six. From it, I took my first photos of my grandmother’s roses. My parents then got me a Polaroid Captiva when I was eight. From it, I took my first selfie (had no idea that would be a thing these days!). I also loved looking at Robb Report magazines; its beautifully photographed mansions, cars, and landscape designs fascinated me. I then understood that Photography and Design are what I love. The decision to pursue these industries full time, while fervently growing Cat Warren Photo, came without hesitation once I realized this.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Cat Warren Photo – what should we know?
I love all realms of photography but mainly specialize in portraiture and travel. I’ve also recently stepped into the community to assist business owners in photographing their establishments.

My mission statement effectively describes the essence of my business, “Accentuating beauty through the eloquent capture of light, passion, genuineness and adventure. Finalizing my craft through delivering vibrantly alluring prints and digitals that one can timelessly recollect on.”

I believe that what sets me apart from others is being able to build genuine connections with people, discovering their stories, and capturing their passions through the use of beautiful light. As for what I’m most proud of, I’m not afraid to get to know people. Sometimes discovering what people are about is just as fun as executing that perfect shot. Finally, this is my first feature in a magazine, which I’m very proud of and thankful for!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
My first and probably most valuable resource as a photographer is David Hobby’s blog, www.Strobist.com. I utilized his blog when I was first learning everything there is to know about photography and light.

I recommend the following books: “The Hot Shoe Diaries,” and “The Moment it Clicks” by Joe McNally; “Mastery,” by Robert Greene; and “Crush It,” by Gary Vaynerchuck.

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Image Credit:
Tanya Torres, Jasmine Lai, Lizzi Pearson

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