About Me - Cathy Anderson Photography



Cathy Anderson was born in Mount Holly, NC, just west of Charlotte, and currently resides in Morganton, NC. She is a portrait photographer by day and enjoys landscape and nature photography in her spare time. A country girl with a cosmopolitan state of mind, her photographic career started in her mid-teens as a second-generation photographer. Trained by her beloved father in traditional photographic techniques, Cathy “grew up in a darkroom” as a film photographer. She went to college at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. During her tenure at WCU, she explored the backwoods of North Carolina with her camera by her side, becoming an avid hiker, nature lover, and landscape photographer.

In 2005, she photographed her first wedding as a film photographer, but quickly made the transition to digital photography. She opened her first studio in Newton, NC for a few years until she met Chris Garner from Morganton, NC. Chris and Cathy quickly found out that their shared synergy was very unique and decided to begin working together in Morganton. Celebrating over ten years as a professional photographer, Cathy works as lead photographer at TPS Photography in Morganton, NC. Cathy specializes in landscape photography, adventure photography, sportraits (sports photography portraits), senior portraits, and off-camera flash. Her style is modern and classic, mixed with a creative edge. The heart of her photographic work focuses on the psychological connection between photographer and client, understanding that a photo session is a truly vulnerable experience for all clients. She leverages that knowledge during portrait sessions to reveal a client’s true personalities in her portraiture.

Cathy earned the prestigious designation as a Certified Professional Photographer in 2011 and her Master Photographer and Craftsman Degrees in 2017. She has also won several awards, including the Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPNC) President’s Award, PPNC first and second place multi-maker wedding album design, International Print Competition Loan Collection Awards, Photographer of the Year (PPA), and photographic merits at the state (PPNC) and national (Professional Photographers of America [PPA]) level. Her landscape photography work has been featured in the Nightly News with Lester Holt, Washington Post, the Weather Channel, local TV news stations, Professional Photographers of America’s Loan Collection, art galleries, magazines, and various social media platforms. Cathy was a featured speaker at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta, GA and has taught seminars and classes across the United States, including classes for state conventions and PPA affiliates (South Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, and Minnesota), PPA Super One Day classes, and PPNC’s Carolina Photo Expo state convention and regional seminars, and Senior Portrait International.