Stills Photographer, Camera Operator & LOCAL 600 Member:
I first picked up my camera at the age of 8 when my mother worked as a wedding photographer. I got my start clicking away at ceremonies and receptions from my mother's Hasselblad and tripod. I've since then graduated with a degree in Radiology, but while attending for a medical career I was making my living shooting everything I could get a job doing.
I was shooting at the age of 17 for international magazines and now I've been published in over 40 printed publications and have shot everything from business ads and products to celebrity head shots and movie posters. I love to shoot anything and everything. I don't believe in one avenue, everything in this world is so beautiful I want to capture it all to the best of my ability. I've had an incredible time and hope this is just the beginning of my work is seen around the world.
I need to take the moment to thank my main mentor and woman that helped me learn everything I needed to succeed, Stephanie Rogillio (my mother) who was the photographer in Baton Rouge, LA long before I came into being. She taught me the basics and a true love of the craft. Prepping nights before shoots to light metering the subjects, nothing was off limits for my education into the world of photography. She was and always will be my inspiration, first teacher, harshest critic, and biggest fan. Thank you for teaching me how to show people how I see the world. Shooting each genre has led me into ever expanding my portfolio and professional reach. First, bands and live events led me into beauty portraits. From there I went onto senior portraits, and so on. The dream of an international magazine publication always lingered in the back of my mind. After a few years, I was published my first time at the age of 17. Now I'm shooting for movies and tv shows and I'm happy to say I LOVE every second of it. From the long hours to the most random of locations. I wouldn't trade this for anything else in the world.
I have met many great professionals during my travels and I'm fortunate enough to work with and learn so much with them. Some are listed below :) and I hope to add to my ever growing list of clients and friends
LOCAL 600 Camera AC & Photographer
Cat Leatherwood began her photography career in elementary school armed with a "Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers" 35 mm point and shootmand Looney Tunes' Polaroid Cameras. For a long time photography remained a way to take snapshots of time an document memories. Entering amateur contests for photography and being feature in local magazines and books of photography of Coast nature and New Orleans sights.
However, that changed when she attended the University of Southern Mississippi to study Radio, Film and Television. Her professors not only pushed well rounded filmmakers, but a dedication to the visual medium and the discipline of working with 16mm film.
Post-college she found herself working as a photographer and technical director for WLOX news in Biloxi and work in camera departments in various productions in Mississippi and Louisiana which eventual led her into filmmaking in her own right.
She improved as a photographer as well, being a part of gallery showings and local magazines (and even more local 'zines!). As well as dedicated her time to non-profits to help young filmmakers and artists flourish in her home state. Now she is excited to continue to grow as a photographer and learn more about photography from Josh and being part of a great crew!