This year Catherine Hill, an immensely talented, intuitive and passionate documentary wedding photographer, celebrates her tenth year of by launching a new service: Catherine Hill Family Photography.
At weddings, Catherine captures beautiful, intimate, magical, natural and unforgettable moments by unobtrusively moving around the guests, becoming part of the intimate wedding party. She captures the details, the couple, their nearest and dearest and the real intricacies of their day by using her unique viewpoint to catch their real personalities as they interact - celebrating, chatting, crying, laughing and dancing.
During the editing process, Catherine is very precise and precious with every image she is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, who takes her time editing to produce truthful, objective, and candid photographs of the couples family gathering. When assembling the wedding album, she carefully and sensitively narrates the images using a combination of colour and black and white photographs, to tell a true story that provides a beautiful and thought-provoking, resonant, romantic and historic documentation of the wedding day for generations to come.
However, post wedding, when Catherine has presented the albums to the couples, something significant has happened; a number of the couples have been so overwhelmed by the quality and way that she has captured their friends and family, they have asked her for more of her time, to photograph them at key moments in their family life, something, as a wedding photographer, Catherine never expected.
As a documentary photographer with a love and awareness of the beauty in the everyday, it is no surprise to learn that after each session, Catherine has become increasingly interested in capturing family life. So, to mark her centenary wedding anniversary as a professional wedding photographer, she has launched an exciting new service: family photography.
When asked why or when might a family book a family documentary session, Catherine said Each family is unique, with their own story and characters. Having been invited into their family life, I observe their relationships and capture those everyday beautiful, comic, contemplative, delightful, enchanting, funny, playful and special moments that people outside of their family home rarely see. I capture the childrens personalities and the family ties to cherish forever.
When asked, did this mean that she was giving up Wedding Photography, Catherine replied Not at all, I would never give up wedding photography, I love being part of the couples special day. After all, wedding photography is how I started and is at the very heart of all that I do. But, having built strong ties with couples, an important and integral part of how I work, I am thrilled that they want to make me a part of their life and that I go on their life journey with them, capturing their precious moments. And some of my wedding couples have become lifelong friends.
Catherine plans to spend one or two hours or a day in your home and on location - perhaps out, with the family dog, in the woods or on the beach, listening to and capturing what comes naturally - those un-posed, genuine, spontaneous moments. Using the available natural light, she looks to capture the families personalities; perhaps their wisdom, gentleness, intelligence or caring nature, their sense of fun or quirkiness and their uniqueness, all within a real atmospheric context.
To ensure proper commitment to each client, Catherine Hill only accepts a limited number of commissions each year. So, if you are lucky enough to book her for your wedding, conceivably you are, in fact, securing her new service, to document your familys life.
Surrounded by a loving, affectionate and caring family, Catherine learnt that friendships, family and love are what is most important to her and what makes her happy. Since a small girl, with her first cine camera, she has honed her photography and editing skills, to really document and capture moments full of emotion, to be cherished forever.