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Photographer Corner

Cathy Maier

Photographer (and adoptive mother) Cathy Maier

Cathy Maier, co-founder of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, is a versatile professional photographer and instructor. She has run a successful commercial photography business for 30 years and is known nationally for her portrait and wedding photography. Her images have been published internationally and Cathy's stock photography is represented by Getty Images.

Cathy first conceived the idea of the Heart Gallery and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department took off with the idea in 2001.

She is the proud mother of Emmanuel and Isabella and lives in Santa Fe, NM.

I am thrilled to have been a Heart Gallery Photographer since it's inception in 2001 and to play a part in finding "forever families" for these amazing kids. There is nothing like seeing the joy in the eyes of these children when I photograph them. Their confidence explodes as they see themselves presented with style, grace and beauty. As a photographer, I am honored to focus my camera on these young stars and see the photography session lift their lives and their self-esteem. When I am photographing, I experience a deep and profound connection and love for each child. I love to share the images from my digital camera with them during our session, and work with them to discover their own unique personalities. We really become a team.

In my professional career as a photographer, nothing has touched my heart more than watching the transformation in these children's attitudes from the beginning of the photography session until the last image is captured. I observe them walking taller, smiling brighter and feeling stronger, just in the course of our time together. They begin to understand how special they really are. What a gift this has been for me to be a part of The Heart Gallery, knowing that one photograph can make a huge difference in a child's life.

AustinWhen I began photographing Austin at the zoo in Albuquerque, NM he was quite shy. As he became more comfortable with the camera and with me, he became energetic, animated and relaxed. His sense of humor and kind heart emerged. His photograph was chosen for the National Heart Gallery Exhibit in Washington D.C. in 2005. This was deeply gratifying for me, especially knowing that others would see the photograph and be inspired by the incredible gift that The Heart Gallery has provided. Through the art of photography, the unique spirit of these children shines, engaging the hearts of prospective families.


We have found this program beneficial in finding families for our children. We ask that as you view the children, consider that they live in our communities. Respect their right to privacy, and be aware that they may attend school or church, or play at the local park with your children and relatives. The availability of their pictures leaves our children recognizable and vulnerable to negative attention. Although we strive to protect them, we need your help. Thank you!

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