Hi! I’m Cattie Coyle, a travel and fine art photographer capturing details, patterns, and quiet moments in coastal locations around the world.
I was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up on the beautiful and magical island of Gotland, where I spent most of my childhood on the beach and in and on the water. Growing up like that made me a lifelong beach and ocean lover, and whenever I’m away from the ocean, I miss it like crazy.
My terrible eyesight taught me how to really see
I picked up photography in my early teens because of my poor eyesight. Before anyone realized I needed glasses, I saw everything as a pretty and blurry haze, and looked at things in a very different way. I either noticed the tiniest detail since I had to look at everything really up close to be able to see it, and for scenes farther in the distance, rather than seeing “things”, I noticed how they felt (emotionally) and how the quality of the light changed my perception of them at different times of day, and in different seasons. When I finally got glasses, it was a bit of a shock to the system; everything looked almost painfully sharp, and I missed that soft, quiet world I was used to. But of course I couldn’t go through life like that, so I resigned myself to wearing glasses / contacts. But when I realized that a camera could help me record and share the little details and the feelings I had been seeing, and liked to see, I was hooked.
After many years of “shooting for fun,” I went back to school for classical photography training with large format cameras and darkroom printing. At that point, life had landed me in the US and I graduated from the New England School of Photography (NESOP) in Boston, MA in 1994.
ABOUT THE ART
My work is often described as tranquil and soothing; images that carry the viewer away. I’m inspired by abstract details, the quality of light, the atmosphere of a scene, and the stillness that can exist in the midst of chaos. My images are often less about what you see, and more about how you feel when you look at them. My goal with every photo is to capture and preserve a moment and the mood that accompanies it.
Amber McPherson Design, Brisbane, Australia
Anne Pappas Interiors, Savannah, GA
BBNC Publishers, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Beachy Boheme Interior Design, Encinitas, CA
Blackband Design, Costa Mesa, CA
Boston Art, Boston, MA
Bridget Beari Designs, Richmond, VA
Carolyn Thayer Interiors, Boston, MA
Carrie Moore Interior Design, Raleigh, NC
Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, MA
Crave Design, Atlanta, GA
Heuer Design Collective, Atlanta, GA
Home Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Kriste Michelini Interiors, Danville, CA
Kristina Crestin Design, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
LTW Design, New Canaan, CT
Marnie Custom Homes, Bethany Beach, DE
Michelle Berwick Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Molly Hirsch Interiors, Ridgefield, CT
Paggie Design Studio, Madison, WI
Pure Salt Interiors, Newport Beach, CA
Seersucker Cottage, Charleston, SC
Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA
The Grove Restaurant, Savannah, GA
Tiffany Harris Design, Costa Mesa, CA
Urbanology Designs, North Richland Hills, TX
Victoria Holly Interiors, Beverly Hills, CA
Willow Tree Credit Partners, New York, NY
As well as private collectors across the USA and worldwide.
My work has also been featured on blogs and in books, magazines, calendars and advertising world wide.
I am a member of APA (American Photographic Artists) and supporter of several marine conservation organizations.
Commercial Use & Licensing
Some of the photos on my site are available for commercial use – some directly from me, some through the stock agencies I work with. If you would like to use any of my photos, contact me with the usage details and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
The images on this website are not to be reproduced or published in any way without my permission. But I do love to collaborate with other creatives, so if you would like to repost an image or collaborate in any other way, please get in touch!
All content and pictures are © Cattie Coyle Photography unless stated otherwise.