About Cathleen

Photographer:  Cathleen McGrath


I’m a Southern California-born Irish girl . . . well mostly Irish.  I’ve spent the last 30 years working my butt off for my kids (three), parents, a day job in the legal field and my photography clients.  I am now dedicating the majority of my energy on living life and my photography business – FINALLY.

I have been practicing portrait photography since I was 18 – and I’m old so . . . .  I say “practicing,” because as in all professional fields, there is always room for growth and new things to learn – which is another thing I love about this career choice.

My main business focus is high school and college seniors, families, pregnant mommies, people and animals of all ages, sizes and types in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  I also serve nearby counties at a slightly higher rate.

You will receive a fun and unique portrait experience that emphasizes your personality and style.  Your experience will consist of a pre-session styling consultation, professional hair styling and makeup (optional), choice of locations, and finally the reveal … your session will be all about YOU!

If you are looking for a fun, fresh and modern portrait experience with a personal approach, stunning images and a variety of product offerings, contact me today to schedule your in-person consultation so we can get started designing your session.

I love people.  I love connecting and making people happy.  It’s what lights me up.  I look forward to creating something with you!!!



We have worked with Cathleen on several occasions now over the years. From a family of 14, to just our small family to a surprise engagement shoot. Time and time again she delivers exactly what we are looking for. We are so thankful to have her make our family memories come to life! – K. Ocampo

There are many great photographers. However, there are only a few great photographers with the vision, imagination, and experience to produce truly memorable photographs. Cathleen is one of those few.  – S. Zeidman

Excellent work, highly skilled professional. One of the best in the business! – Leo Key

Cathleen’s portraiture work is delightful. The use of light, depth of field, and background coloration in the framing bring out the subject in a way that is vivid and present to the moment. Best of all, there is a very spontaneous, natural quality to her photographs that enables her to capture her subjects in settings that are joyful and relaxed. – Sonia Balcer

I would definitely recommend Cathleen because her creativity in everything she does.  Her photos are both fun and beautiful. – Ruth Barnes

Cathleen is one of my favorite photographers. She not only captures the moment, but the essence of the subject. I have known Cathleen since we were kids and I have watched her artistic abilities grow and flourish.  She is absolutely one of my favorite photographers and I recommend her highly! – Matthew Leum

Cathleen is a fabulous photographer and is extremely professional. – Cheryl Woodson

In addition to her superb technical skills as a photographer, Cathleen has a great sense of what will make each photograph meaningful to her clients. – S. Steward

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