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Photography by Cat doesn't just take your baby's first photos or updated family portraits- with your vision in mind, I help create heirloom memories designed to last a life-time!

I, Cat Tamayo, a professional photographer and owner of Photography by Cat, provide a one of a kind experience to all my clients! I pride myself on being best known for my patience and attention to detail. I will provide you with a phenomenal experience you won't find with any other Mid-Michigan photographers!

I help create heirloom memories designed to last a life-time! Sure, everyone has a camera phone nowadays, but when was the last time YOU (that's right Mom- I'm talking to you!) When was the last time YOU were in the photo with your children? It has probably been a long time! Don't waste these precious memories!! Let me help design an experience that you and your family can look back on for years to come!

My highest priority, as one of  Lansing's top family portrait photographers, focuses on helping families, like yours, capture those fleeting moments and create an amazing experience for your whole family!!


Photography by Cat is not like your typical "box store" portrait studio. I am a local, small business owner who prides myself on providing you with a personal experience you won't find at the mall.


My number one goal is to build a personal relationship with each and everyone of my clients! I love watching my newborn clients come back for "sitter" and first birthday milestones! I love seeing how much they have grown in the short time between sessions. When you choose me to be your family photographer, you choose a not only a business but also a friend!


Newborn portraits are not something that you do every day, or every year, for that matter.


Newborn portrait sessions are best scheduled in the first 14 days of your baby's life! Newborn's gain approximately half-ounce and an ounce EACH day their first month! That can easily add up to 1-3 pounds the first month. Think of how much that changes your baby's appearance. Newborn's also sleep 16+ hours a day! These first few days are the absolute BEST time to capture those adorable, sleepy poses!


Whether you are thinking about newborn or family portraits, I understand the value of these once-in-a-lifetime memories.  I can help you select perfect ways for you to display your art! Together, we can create your own custom collection to match exactly what you want while finding the best savings for your budget! 


When you choose Photography by Cat, I know you want something very special for your family! You are choosing the best Lansing has to offer for fine-art Newborn & Family Portraiture!


A studio Newborn Session typically ranges from 2 to 3 hours in length. This allows for relaxed feedings and lots of snuggles! Newborn sessions take place in a small in-home studio where I can best control the temperature for you brand new baby. I keep the room nice, cozy, and extra warm so that baby is very comfortable! Full Newborn sessions also include parent and sibling poses at no extra cost! This is also a great for parents of multiples- with no added fee for multiples!

For all my newborn sessions, I provide all kinds of cute props ranging from adorable baby bonnets with beautiful textures  simple and elegant headbands, and cozy blankets/wraps. Parents are always welcome to bring any props that hold special meaning!!