Ashley Catto

My name is Ashley Catto, I married my high school sweetheart, Kyle, who works full time for CalFire. We have two beautiful children, Kinslee and Maverick, of which I have the honor of staying home with full time (unless I’m busy documenting a birth)! I began my photography business, Ashley Catto Photography in 2017. After experiencing the beauty, unique differences, strength, sacredness, and support I received from my doula, with the births of both my children, it put a passion in my heart to help expecting families on a greater level. Offering support in the decisions they make for their birth. This led me to pursuing my certification as a Birth and Bereavement Doula through Stillbirthday Academy. I am a firm believer that families need to be supported, no matter the outcome of their pregnancy. Birth looks different for each individual and it is my hope and heart to provide a strong support system for families, both with happy endings, and also to the ones who are experiencing loss. Grief comes in all different forms, but you don’t have to be alone in it. It is an incredible experience to support mothers, believe in them, assist them, educate them, and remind them just how incredibly strong they are!This led me to pursuing my credential as a Birth and Bereavement Doula through Stillbirthday Academy.  I am a firm believer that families need to be supported, no matter the outcome of their pregnancy. Birth looks different for each individual and it is my hope and heart to provide a strong support system for families, both with happy endings, and also to the ones who are experiencing loss. Grief comes in all different forms, but you don’t have to be alone in it. It is an incredible experience to support mothers, believe in them, assist them, educate them, and remind them just how incredibly strong they are!

I am passionate about my job, and feel so honored to be the one that is trusted to capture and support what will become one of your most life changing days. Birth is like a time warp, on one hand it seems never ending, like all of pregnancy builds up to this event, but there is somehow no end in sight, at the same, the entire journey to welcoming your child and those first moments with a new life are fleeting. Never to be experienced again. It is my job to protect and give back those moments and memories though photography. Each birth is unique, as only two souls meeting for the first time can be. But what I’ve learned from having my own two babies, Kinslee and Maverick, is that, those memories that I swore I could never forget, quickly became a blur. This is why I'm passionate about celebrating and documenting each birth I attend. It's my joy and honor to work in multiple counties serving at birth centers, home births and hospitals, giving growing families documented memories they can look back on and cherish for a lifetime.

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