In this paper, we review some published studies using correlative light and electron microscopy methods. We further refined our criteria to include only those studies using live cells for light microscope and where high-pressure freezing was the method of specimen preparation for electron microscopy. High-pressure freezing is especially important for some difficult-to-fix samples, and for optimal preservation of ultrastructure in samples larger than a few micrometres. How the light microscope observations are done is completely sample dependent, but the choice of high-pressure freezer depends on the speed required to capture (freeze) the biological event of interest. For events requiring high time resolution (in the 4–5 s range) the Leica EM PACT2 with rapid transfer system works well. For correlative work on structures of interest that are either non-motile or moving slowly (minutes rather than seconds), any make of high-pressure freezer will work. We also report on some efforts to improve the capabilities of the Leica EM PACT2 rapid transfer system.