i don’t usually featured styled shoots. period. it’s just something that i prefer not to feature as this blog has always promoted the pure and genuine emotions that photographers magically capture. HOWEVER, this one was just a bit special, so i couldn’t say no.
“My husband and I just marked our 1-year wedding anniversary and after some reluctancy on his part, I convinced him to partake in a celebratory anniversary shoot. Since our wedding last year, we’ve traveled all over the country, further developed my photography business and have embraced the craft beer culture with home brewing, touring breweries nation wide, and making steps towards Matt opening his own brewery. I wanted this shoot to celebrate our love + all of these things we’ve experienced in our first year of marriage! Much like our wedding, we had some help with family with pulling off this shoot… my younger and crazily-talented cousin created the chalkboard which helped set the tone for the color scheme. My aunt who hand-calligraphed our invitations wrote out the EE Cummings poem that was a reading at our wedding. And my mom had contacted our caterer, Stone Soup Food Company, to create the beautiful yet simple cake. Matt and I went away to his family’s house in the Berkshires where I picked the flowers from their property and used some of the antique furniture and other details found in the house. The rest of the details were repurposed from our wedding day or purchased from Anthropologie (my favorite store!).”
thank you so much to
for sending this very special feature over.
head on over HERE for more of Nicole’s photography work, where she’s behind the lens capturing the magic.
#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done. i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring. for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers. so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve. i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week. but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too. it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.
this sunday’s ever ours after hours is highlighting
i think i’ve known Catherine for almost 4 years now? she has been one of the most positive friends i’ve known throughout this blog journey of mine. was fortunate enough to sit in one of her classes at field trip and i just absolutely love her energy, as cheesy as it sounds. but all of it and all of her shines through the work that she captures. not just the typical moments from engagement sessions, wedding days, family portraits, but the heartfelt moments you want captured forever. and it’s truly been an honor to showcase her work time and time again on here, and of course, more importantly to have her friendship outside of this blog.
How did you get your start in wedding photography?
I’ve been working as a photographer since 1995, and had assisted at weddings or shot weddings for other studios for many years. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until I started my own business in 2006 did I realize how much I loved photographing weddings. I also do a lot of family photography, and I think one of the biggest attractions for me to shoot weddings also happens to be the family aspect of wedding photography, which is the coming together of so many loved ones to celebrate love. It’s incredible to me that I don’t know the parents of most of my adult best friends, unlike how I did when I was a child, but I get an all-access pass to the lives of wedding couples & their families in just one short day. I’m still surprised, how much I can learn about the history of someone by being thrown into the mix of such a whirlwind day, and I totally live for that shit… I think it’s so cool.
What is unique about your style of shooting?
I don’t think my style of shooting is that unique, but I do think I’m fairly good at both portrait photography and documentary photography, which obviously serves me well when it comes to weddings since they are such a mixed bag of opinions, needs, and wants from the people I’m working with. Also, I’ve noticed that I tend to shoot really close… my focus really is on the happiness of it all. I like to ride the emotions of the day, and just really try to have fun with my couples & also with everyone at their wedding. In addition, I still shoot film, which I think possibly influences how I shoot as well; it allows me to be in the moment, take my time, and just enjoy the art of photographing while celebrating.
Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.
This image says it all, for me. I’ve titled it “Group Hug,” which believe it or not, is one of the so-called tricks (I guess you can call it?) that I sometimes employ at weddings. I yell “GROUP HUUUUUUG!” and see what craziness ensues. And sometimes I don’t even photograph the group hug itself, because I just love hugging that much… and sometimes I get in on the hugging action too! There’s something so silly about this photo in particular, and I think it perfectly captures the things that I adore so much about weddings… love, laughter, celebration, and just being together.
What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.
What I struggle with the most is basically anything that is NOT shooting. I love what I do, but I don’t love all the boring stuff that goes into supporting what it is that I do; you know, emails (ugh!), marketing, accounting, etc, etc, etc. I always say that I think I’m a pretty good photographer, but a pretty baaaad businessperson. That’s a horrible & embarrassing thing to admit, but I’m okay with that. I wish hugs & laughter paid the bills, because I would seriously be the most successful photographer of all time!
Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would you like to see it go?
I’m not totally sure where wedding photography is heading next, but I do really like how it has evolved. I remember in the late 90’s in NYC, I saw the wedding album of some friends of mine who had been married in like, 1994, and they had decided to hire a fashion photographer for their wedding instead of a traditional wedding photographer. I’m telling you, I seriously could not believe what I saw… all black & white images, almost all shot horizontally (the format in which most “documentary” photography is traditionally shot), with lots of movement, and just oozing with emotion. My mind was blown, because I had never seen anything like that before. And honestly, just talking about it now, I realize how much of an impact that made on me and possibly on my work as well. Anyway, I think that what they did was so progressive, and I think it’s cool how wedding photography has evolved so that we are seeing more of that. I love that modern wedding photography seems to embrace traditional wedding photography but with a healthy mix of focusing on what’s most important… which in my opinion, is the emotion of the day.
If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)
Be yourself. Surround yourself with good people. Be good to others.
What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?
That’s such a tough question for me, because I just don’t put much thought in what comes next. I love waking up every day, honestly. Every day, my goal is to approach the day with hope & with gratitude. I think my family is pretty fucking rad, and I really love my friends, and I’ve been super lucky with the inspiring folks that I’ve been so lucky to work with; so I guess the answer to what drives me is the hope that I will continue to always feel this way, and the gratitude that I even get to feel this way.
What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?
Love! Cake! DANCING!!!
Catherine is based in Seattle/Ballard, Washington but has traveled worldwide for her work, not just for weddings, but for her family portrait sessions too. check out more of her latest work on HER SITE .
i would also like to share that Catherine has some set travel dates this year.
OAHU // April 11-19
NYC // April 21-30
LA // June 13-17
LA // September 12-16
for more details about her offers for travel sessions, check it out HERE. you most definitely do not want to miss out on this opportunity- no matter if you’re looking for family portraits or just for you.
“Zoe and Dalip’s wedding was a perfect mix of their two cultures. The event’s indian elements paid homage to the groom’s heritage (including a baraat with a traditional white horse and drummers), while the rustic location spoke to the bride’s Calgary roots.
The couple chose a bright color palette, with matching paper goods, which highlighted the many unique elements of their relationship. The bride and bridesmaids wore traditional Indian Sari’s. Table numbers were named after important elements in their lives. For example, some guests were seated at table 11092– the distance between the couple’s two hometowns– Calgary and Dehli. Honoring family was also very important, as the guests at table number 86 found. (86: The number of combined years Zoe and Dalip’s parent’s have been married).
However, there were also elements that were uniquely them. Not being huge cake fans, the couple instead chose to bring in their favorite dessert, locally made Molly Moon’s ice cream, and also brought in one of Seattle’s top DJ’s (Austin Beaver) to spin their favorite dance tunes until the wee hours.”
“Cassandra and Josh met in 2005 when they were both attending a music program. Josh was enhancing his piano skills while Cassandra focused on the guitar. They began dating shortly after.
Eight years later, Josh knew it was time to put his proposal plan into action. He had pieced together bits over the past year. Cassandra has always loved Disney – so he knew it would take place there. They are both close to their family, so Josh had to casually invite a few others to their next outing. Josh picked out a beautiful three stone diamond ring – all set on that front.
Next step? How to make it happen. The day of the proposal, the families headed to Disney and made their way to Cinderella’s castle. They took some photos with a handful of variations and group swaps. The whole family. Just Cassandra and her parents. Just Josh and his parents……
Soon, it was time for Josh and Cassandra’s photo. He looked at her and whispered, “Do you know why they are all here?” Cassandra looked around blankly and Josh’s step-father tossed him a little black box. Cassandra immediately began to cry. “
huge thanks to
for sending this one over share.
head on over to EMILY’S BLOG for much more of her latest work. she’s got a lot of her sleeve you don’t want to miss.