We had the good fortune of connecting with Catt Hamlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Catt, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Over the years, I have turned a hobby into a full-time profession. I wasn’t in it for the business; I wanted more out of my revolving nine to five. I began my professional photography journey by capturing photos on the campus of Spelman College while I was an admissions counselor for the Office of Enrollment Management. As a former campus queen and graduate of the number one public HBCU, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and now campus recruiter, I became passionate to represent all HBCU’s, especially an all-women’s HBCU. Capturing the authentic narratives of young women of color ignited my photography journey, and I began to see purpose, not just pictures. My passion throughout the years stimulates from telling the stories of black women and men. The results are my growing media company, CattEye Media, LLC, specializing in visually transforming personal and professional brands by making what matters the primary focus.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I take great pride in giving my clients an experience. When my clients leave a photoshoot, it is my goal that they leave feeling joyful, positive, and confident. As a photographer, you aren’t just taking a photo; you are capturing the person’s energy, family, event, or brand. I am most proud of working with small and large business owners and assisting in visual marketing. Specifically, I have worked with a growing black-owned business named Springbreak (SPGBK) Watches, and over the past two years, I have captured stock, lifestyle, and commercial photography for the brand. This year, SPGBK Watches are now in major retail stores Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Belk, and their online platforms feature my photography. Although I am a photographer, I am also an educator. I understand that what we see can help shape our lives, and I enjoy being behind positive visuals for businesses and brands. It is significant that retailers showcase black-owned companies and support their imagery. I am passionate about SPGBK watch photography because it’s not just a job – I understand my purpose is more significant than taking photos. These images display an innovative product founded by a black man and feature positive, diverse images of black men and women of color. And that is empowering and inspiring.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta has so many places to visit, but I love the arts. I want to explore more and often work while everyone is playing, but I am a big kid who loves art and loves to look good while feeling good. My tourist attraction is The high museum – I can get lost and not scream for help. It is such a beautiful place to visit. My food obsession is seafood; if you need a bomb crab cake sandwich, Bon Ton Atlanta is my recommendation but if I’m feening for something else head over to Ponce City Market, The Works -Upper Westside Atlanta or Castleberry Hill where you have a mix of food, fun and art.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out my sister, friend, and mentor, Cat Harper. YES, before you ask, there are two photographers in Atlanta named Cat (maybe more lol). I want to thank her for her authentic mentorship. Over the past five years, she has guided me, encouraged my vision, expanded my thought process, and exposed me to the profession. She helped build my faith that I could become more than my reality, and I am beyond thankful for her time, dedication, and attention.
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All images taken by Catt Hamlin, CattEye Media