Biography

 

Leon CatoLeon Cato

 

My photography journey began in 2003 when my uncle gave me a Minolta SRT-1 fully manual film camera so I could explore a new hobby.

 

Although I had just completed an MBA in NYC and was pursuing a career in corporate marketing, photography immediately began to swallow me whole and my personal passion soon became my profession.

 

In 2010, while living and working in London, I was hired to photograph multi-million pound properties for a broker. 

 

I used this opportunity to bring as much artistry to each image as possible. In the same way that every person has their own story, each space has its own personality,  and I was able to effectively capture and convey this by combining my technical skills with the use of natural light.

 

On my return to NYC in 2012, my portfolio continued to expand with contracts for Airbnb, real estate agents and building management companies. 

 

To date, I have photographed thousands of properties and have been instrumental in assisting property developers, luxury renovation companies, interior designers, construction firms, real estate professionals, commercial businesses, and private sellers achieve their sales targets and marketing goals.

 

The fourteen years of professional experience I gained in client-facing marketing roles prior to becoming a photographer have been invaluable in helping me identify each clients needs and enabling me to deliver effectively to them. 

 

I believe that each space has its own flow and energy extending far beyond bricks and mortar, becoming a birth place for design and human connection. 

 

I look forward to working with you on your project and helping you realize your vision.

Contact me at - 914 417 9492 - [email protected]

Ps. I also create visual art documentary projects through undercatproductions.com.
 

 


 

Press

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Looking to Sell Your Place? Five Tips for Prepping Your Home for a Photoshoot

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Testimonials

 

- Leon is a real pro. Very timely and easy to deal with. I have used his services three times. This last time resulted in a rental in one day! His beautiful photos that I posted on StreetEasy made the apartment look it's very best! Thanks Leon. - Richard S.

 

- I'm very happy I decided to go with Leon's professional photography.  My apartment listing (on Streeteasy and other sites) has gotten a very high number of views and lots of interest - thanks to Leon's photos of it.  I've gotten lots of compliments from a number of people on my photos as well. Leon is also a very considerate, interesting and intuitive person to work with.  Sometimes the real estate process can be a little stressful or hectic, but Leon made this piece more pleasant.  Again, if you are looking for beautiful and polished photos for real estate or event spaces, I highly recommend Leon's photography service. - Pearl W.

 

- I can not recommend Leon Cato enough. His photos made my for sale by owner an easy sell. The photos turned out beautifully. He knows how to maximize the size of the rooms with his angles. He is easy to work with as he is so knowledgeable and personable. Thanks you for the stunning photos. I sold my apt after the 2nd open house! - Danielle F.

 

- I HIGHLY recommend Leon Cato. He was pleasant, professional, on-time, fun to chat with, and most importantly - his photography skills are outstanding! Leon has a strong grasp of the art of photography, and takes great care to capture the perfect photo. He really understands good customer service, and gives you plenty of value for your money. I used Leon's services to take before and after pictures of my apartment to showcase my design aesthetic for a home staging business. He negotiated a reasonable price, and was flexible when I needed to reschedule one of the appointments at the last minute. I am very impressed with his work, and would happily use his services again. - Roberta P.

 

- If you have an interior to shoot, you need Leon in your life. We hired Leon to take pictures for our AirBnb rentals. 
Not only was he on-time and highly professional, but he was really great to speak with!
And, the pictures were great!  He has a great eye. Our photos came out perfectly composed and perfectly lit with a modern feel. 
Our pictures are leaps and bounds better than any of the other spaces in our area. 
He offered this all at a very affordable, reasonable price. I highly recommend him and would gladly use his services again. - Jacklyn D.

 

- Leon is absolutely amazing! I am an interior designer and have worked with Leon on 10 different apartments and the results were absolutely stunning each time. He takes photos that make your space look like it belongs in a magazine cover! Leon is also a really cool person to work with, he has a very sweet and kind personality and an awesome sense of humor. A lot of positive energy which he passes on and you can see in each of the photos he takes. I highly recommend Leon's services and look forward to working with him in the near future! - Byanca A

 

- Leon is awesome! Easy to coordinate and even came same day to do an interior photoshoot of my apartment. The photos came out absolutely stunning with his expert eye on staging and lighting. - Nafis J.