My passion is nature photography.

I love taking pictures that tell a story. Stories that make people smile or warm their hearts.


My gallery collections include birds, artistic interpretations, botanicals, scenics and pet portraits.


Please enjoy looking.

For more information contact me at 860-287-6048 or [email protected]

Professional Associations:

  • Photographic Society of America
  • Photography Club of Sun City Hilton Head


  • Art League Hilton Head
  • Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA)
  • Coastal Exchange (Bluffton)



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Address29 Catamaran Lane
Bluffton, SC 29909
United States
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I live in Bluffton, the South Carolina Lowcountry, where my wide variety of life experiences have led me to my current passion, nature photography.

After I retired from dental hygiene in California, I owned and operated a boutique in Connecticut. There, I needed to take quality photographs of my wares for online sales and bought my first digital camera. I soon discovered there was a lot more to take photos of beyond jewelry and womens clothing. I enrolled in classes at the New York Institute of Photography, joined a local camera club, acquired a mentor, and was soon winning awards at the local and state levels as well as the New England regional level. Born from a simple desire to take good photos, I had found my craft.  

I began shooting portraits of people and their pets, landscapes, and wildlife. I traveled with my cameras and took photographs throughout the United States and to Europe and Africa. I continue to take classes in photography and photo editing and study with other photographers and digital artists to continue learning and advancing my skills.


My happy place is out in nature photographing. I strive to tell stories through my photographs, the mating ritual of great egrets, an osprey diving into the water to catch a fish, or a lone shrimping boat on a tidal river. My favorite subject is birds. I have studied bird behavior and learned to move slowly and deliberately, crouching, and laying on the ground to avoid appearing as a threat. As there is a limited time before the subject flies away. I have learned through trial and error to balance patience and spontaneity when shooting wildlife.

With recent advances in photo editing, I have learned that photography does not always end with the click of the shutter. I can use my photographs as a base, and then for using my imagination to create something more artistic. The computer is my paintbrush, and the fun begins when editing on my computer. Through photoshop and various programs I can eliminate distracting elements and create images that resemble paintings. I can combine several photographs into one piece of eye-popping unique art. Photography is as much a form of art as painting and poetry. I believe good art, no matter what the medium, tries to invoke a feeling in its viewers. My favorite photographs are those that tell a story.  

I hope my photos convey a story to those who view them.

All Photographs

SOBA Society Of Bluffton Artists 29 Annual Judged Show

1 photos
SOBA Society Of Bluffton Artists 29 Annual Judged Show

Award Winning Images TOPS In Connecticut Photography Exhibition

3 photos
Award Winning Images TOPS In Connecticut Photography Exhibition

Award Winning Images New England Camera Club Council

5 photos
Award Winning Images New England Camera Club Council

Award Winning Images Simsbury Camera Club

78 photos
Award Winning Images Simsbury Camera Club

Award Winning Images Ocean State International Exhibition of Photography

1 photos
Award Winning Images Ocean State International Exhibition of Photography

Greater Lynn International Exhibition

1 photos
Greater Lynn International Exhibition

Artistic Interpretation

65 photos
Artistic Interpretation


86 photos


122 photos

Pet Portraits

94 photos
Pet Portraits


15 photos
Open All Photographs

1188 photos

Guestbook for Catherine Thiem Nature Photography
Hasan Koçak(non-registered)
Hi... This website very beautiful...
Nakliyat Yapanlar
Great photographer, Awesome pictures, Follow your dreams and keep up the great work. Looking forward to checking out your pictures and page. Congratulations achievements
Steve Ryden & Louise Sola(non-registered)
WOW! Quite impressive. You have certainly captured and documented images of God's creations.
A treasure trove awaits you in the Low Country!!!
Your art and craft will be most welcomed by residents and visitor to this part of the world (So Eastern US).
Donna Doble-Brown(non-registered)
The website looks FABULOUS! Gosh, these pictures are great!
Love you!
Mark - W.H.(non-registered)
Absolutely stunningly beautiful photos Cathy.

I'm thinking of some pics of my lab. I'll give you a call.
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