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I'm Catherine Crane, an Equine and Senior Portrait Photographer based in Virginia Beach, VA. Grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for photographers & equestrians, and getting a peek into my life! Read more...



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My beautiful best friend is due with her first baby at the end of October. When she asked me to do maternity portraits I was so honored! You might recognize Rachel & Spencer from their pregnancy announcement post back in May. Back then they didn’t know the gender yet, but we just so happened to […]

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Elizabeth and Carl were recently married on their gorgeous farm in Ashland, VA. They definitely wanted their animals in their portraits but knew it would be too hectic the day of the wedding so we captured some bride and groom portraits with their horses and dogs just last weekend. Thankfully we had absolutely perfect weather […]

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Allison with her horses Max and Lefty were amazing during their session in Castalia, NC during one of the hottest days of the year! This session was a special one because Allison is about to leave for law school and wanted to capture her bond with her horses, as well as the bond her horses […]

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Megan and Gypsy’s equestrian portrait session was a dream! After rescheduling a few times because of storms, we finally had an absolutely perfect evening for their photos. Megan had been wanting pictures with her horse for a while and her parents gave her this session as a birthday present (best birthday present ever if you […]

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I am so excited for my friends Rachel & Spencer who just announced that they are expecting!! We did a little mini photoshoot to share their exciting news in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Thankfully we had wonderful weather and Spencer was a great tour guide and picked out some beautiful locations […]

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classic winnie the pooh nursery

This post has been on my to-do list for a while so I figured it’s finally time to get it done now that Tucker is born! I’ve known for a long time, long before I got pregnant, that I wanted to do a classic Winnie the Pooh nursery theme. It would work for a boy […]

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Christine and Nathaniel traveled all the way from Texas to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge for their Husum WA wedding. She found all of her vendors and the venue through google and everything worked out beautifully, including the weather! She chose the beautiful Husum Highlands Bed & Breakfast for the ceremony and reception, which provided […]

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neutral home office inspiration

I finally got my home office all set up the way I want it (only after a year of being in our new house)! It’s so important to have a clean and productive workspace for those of us that work from home. Being productive is so much easier to do when you are in a […]

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equine assisted learning in hood river or

I am so excited to share my first experience working with a magazine! First off, I have to thank the Rising Tide Society. Because of the monthly Tuesdays Together meetings with RTS, I met Jennifer Gulizia of Gorge Us Photography at one of the Hood River meetings who referred me for this shoot. Jennifer was asked […]

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horse putting nose on girls cheek as she kneels

I couldn’t have ended my Virginia sessions any better way. Morgan and her horse Leo were amazing in front of the camera for her equine senior portraits. I was so thankful she was able to reschedule from Sunday to Monday (the last day I was in Chesapeake) since Sunday had rain in the forecast. Luckily […]

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fort story engagement pictures

Katie and Brandon’s Fort Story engagement pictures in Virginia Beach were so much fun! They drove from out of town for their session while I was in Hampton Roads and available for pictures. What’s even better is they made it happen a day earlier than planned so we could take advantage of the sunny skies […]

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virginia beach couples session

Stacey is not a stranger in front of my camera, we have done multiple shoots together including a pet session with her and her dog Finn, an equestrian session with one of the cutest ponies ever and she even snagged a few shots in Lorie’s equestrian session with Pumpkin. She loves her horses and dogs as […]

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