Capturing Breath on Film


This project started August, 2016. Watch the video I created below. It was made just before the project started 2 years ago.

On August 18th, 2016 I celebrated 29 years of continuous sobriety. Some might call this Recovery... I like to call it 29 years of Discovery.

This date not only marks the accumulation of many days without any mood altering substances, it also marks the beginning of my 30th year. here. with you. with myself. and all of the things in between.

When I first got sober, it was suggested to do "30 in 30".  That's 30 AA meetings in 30 days. It helps create a new habit. it gets you in the "middle of the boat".

My project started as a metaphoric "30 in 30" by offering 30 photo session events in 30 cities. This will mark a moment in my life that's so meaningful while offering you the same in your life.

This project has been on the road now for the last 8 months. It started August 18th, 2016 in Paris, France. As I made my way through this project in various countries and cities It has naturally evolved.

I now see this as a much larger and longer project capturing the pulse, the heartbeat and the soul of the Planet.

We all connect on this earth with the common fact that we all breathe, we all have a heartbeat and we all have dreams, desires and wishes.

I wish to capture the collective ( and diverse ) prayer of the planet.




I'm taking my 4x5 large format camera and the New 55 film and hitting the road.

As most of you know who have taken my courses, workshops or have seen my work on Instagram or in galleries, I've been creating self portraits with long exposures for as long as I've been sober.

My feeling is that when I leave the camera open to document what's happening for longer than the usual setting of a 60th of a second,  the camera is able to see the things that live in between the words. The places that are unseen but deeply felt. My heart beat. My essence. Clues about my life that live underneath the surface of everyday reality.

It becomes a time capsule that holds evidence of worlds seen and unseen.

I'm Capturing Breath on Film.

This photography project, Capturing Breath on Film, is an opportunity for you to experience and capture who you are underneath the surface of words, written or spoken.

This can be a time for reflection, celebration or transition.


During the photo session I'll be taking up to 5 photos of you. Each being a long exposure, capturing this time in your life and marking it for yourself. You can journal beforehand if you like, to get down to the essence of what you want to be thinking about and feeling during the photo session.

What is it you want to mark at this time in your life? What is it that's happening that's important to you right now? What are you releasing? What you are intending moving foward? What is bubbling up to the surface to explore? What are you celebrating? What are you wanting to be more devoted to? What is your secret prayer?

We will work together in co-creation of this series of images.


Each image holds your secrets, your whispered conversations with yourself and with the universe.

This isn't about creating the perfect portrait.

This is about creating something altogether potent and powerful, meaningful and other worldly.

In the end I'll be scanning your photos when I get back to my studio, and printing 1 photo and printing it 4x5" and mailing it to you. *Shipping costs apply outside the US.

If you feel called for a larger image on your wall, You can order an 8x10", 11x14" or 16x20" print that will be printed on professional paper and mailed to you. Contact me for Pricing.  Shipping is not included in the printing price. )

I've often told people that I experience connecting with God when I look through the lens of my camera and see You looking back at me. It often brings me to tears during photo sessions and joy filled laughter. )Essentially I'll be photographing my version of God for an entire year. For me, that is a form of healing medicine.


Where will I be?


Capturing Breath on Film :: Tour Locations from 2016 - Present

If you see your city listed and would like to host me at your home and hold the workshop there, please contact me. ( you'll receive the workshop, photo session, photograph for free in exchange for this generous offering. I'll ask that you help me spread the word about the event to your friends and loved ones. )

If you don't see your city listed and you'd like me to head your way, let me know. As you can see I've left room on my list below for your unlisted city to be added.

If you're having a specific life event happen at a specific time during the year and you want me there, email me so we can create it!

If you'd like to be a part of the workshop in your area, contact me so I can secure your spot.


  1. Paris, France :: August 16th, :: Private session with Danielle Laporte

  2. Paris, France :: August 18th :: Come join us in Paris for photography and CAKE to celebrate the beginning of the project and my 29th year of sobriety. (If you are in Paris August 18-30th and want to be a part of this project, email me as I am scheduling individual sessions through out the month

  3. Cannes, France :: September 7th :: at Julia Child's Summer home.

  4. Valbonne, France :: October 6th :: at Julia Child's Summer home.

  5. Rome, Italy :: Sept 9 :: This is a private event with Michele Della Guardia

  6. San Diego, CA :: October 25th :: Hosted by Charmaine Haworth

  7. Los Angeles, CA::November 13:: Hosted by Nicole Montez

  8. Marrakech, Morocco :: December :: Marrakech Film Festival. Click HERE for Images from this Project

  9. Paris, France :: January 2-3rd :: Private sessions.

  10. Seattle, WA:: February 11th:: Hosted by Deb Achak

  11. Vancouver, BC, CANADA :: March 25th :: Hosted by Danielle Laport

  12. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca :: Saturday April 8th :: Private session with Caitlin Padgett

  13. Oaxaca city, Oaxaca :: Private Sessions with Caitlin Padgett and Special Guests

  14. Sedona, AZ :: April:: with HeatherAsh Amara

  15. Boston, MA:: May 13-14th :: Hosted by Sam Hiser ( Creator of New 55 film ) ...I also have 5 spots for photo sessions May 15-18th (branding or Boudoir etc)

  16. NYC, NY :: May 20-21 :: Kelly Beck... I also have 5 spots open for 1:1 photo sessions, May 22-29

  17. Mexico City :: Saturday, May 27th :: Private sessions with Caitlin Padgett and Rodrigo Garciarroyo

  18. Teotihucan, Mexico :: with HeatherAsh Amara June 22 - July 8th

  19. Paris, France :: November 9-12th, 2017

  20. Marseille, France :: June 2018

  21. Arles, France :: June 2018

  22. Laurel Canyon:: Various dates :: September 2017 - Present



Attendance is $850.00 for the photo session and a one of a kind 4x5" fine art print that will be mailed to you after the session along with a digital file of the image.

You can email us at to set up a session with me. It requires a $400, non-refundable deposit with me to book the date.



(You will be asked to sign a model release as photos may be used in an upcoming Gallery show and Published in a Book.)


Here are some results and feedback from the sessions so far:


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Capturing Breath On Film | Vancouver
What an amazing day with this Beauty @cjust and her 4 x 5 large format camera - the Beast - this past weekend @daniellelaporte's art studio. Catherine has been a major inspiration in my creative journey ever since connecting with her work and participating in her conceptual photography projects over the past couple of years. I feel incredibly grateful to finally have met Catherine in person and to participate in her Vancouver session of Capturing Breath on Film..."mark the moment in your life with your breath, your heart beat and thoughts captured on a single piece of film" C. Just.

The day long gathering began with reflecting on an idea or word and then setting an intention on what we felt connected to and the essence of ourself we wanted captured in the photo. During the introduction period there was open heart story telling and discussion, laughter and a few tears shared. Afterwards, we participated in a cleansing ritual and as each participant was working with Catherine, the other beautiful and brave ladies @alyssaburtt @kerstinmartin @sandiamorim @lerinalta @taraleduc @supercouplecoach @reginaviars connected and chatted over many cups of hot tea and, at other times, settled into solitary moments to write, or simply observe and reflect on the experience of witnessing a single breath captured on film.
It was a beautiful day that will forever be imprinted on my heart.

_ Jennifer Welch

A great capture by @reginaviars from @cjust's Capturing Breath on Film workshop on Saturday. It was such a pleasure to hang out and be in Catherine's creative energy among seven other inspiring women for a day of transformational art making. Catherine does the photography for a lot of my clients, we've been accidental collaborators for about two years now and it was such a pleasure to meet her in person. For this project, she is traveling with her medium format camera, holding up the lens to luminous souls capturing a few moments of their breath with a long exposure as they meditate on their intentions and desires at this exact moment in their lives. I am inspired by Catherine's vision and how she moves through the world, leaving a trail of light in her path. Check out her work, she may be coming to a city near you 💜 📷@reginaviars    - Alyssa B.

Melanie : Julia Child's House : France : 6 October, 2016

Melanie : Julia Child's House : France : 6 October, 2016

Carrie Anne : Rue de Bretagne, Paris, France, 30 Sept. 2016

Carrie Anne : Rue de Bretagne, Paris, France, 30 Sept. 2016