I’m Catherine, a Madison, WI Photographer

I specialize in birth and family storytelling photography. I love the bustle of life, the beauty in its chaos and the moments of emotive stillness that candid portrait photography can capture. I believe that every family's story is beautiful in its own unique way and my goal as a family photographer is to help you tell it. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my work. I'd love to chat more about working with you to tell your story.


family lifestyle portrait session with mom, dad, and newborn baby


My passion and drive to capture your family's everyday comes from my commitment to preserving the everyday memories of my own family. I find that even the most vital and definitive of moments inevitably fade in our memories, and the quiet routines of day-to-day life are even more apt to be easily forgotten. Yet, these moments and memories are precisely the substance of our emotional lives. They are the building blocks of our history as a family and when strung together they compose the narrative of our story. I want to remember every moment and every detail of this life that my family and I are making together and because I know I simply cannot do so, I take picutres.

I want to remember our life right now in its imperfect glory and I want the photos that we have of this time to reflect the beauty of it, flaws and all. Hugs, kisses, smiles, laughter, tears and upset should all be preserved, I believe. This is the philosophy that informs how I photograph my own family and yours: no artifice, no matching outfits, no pretense, just real life and true emotion remembered. As your family photographer I can promise to tell your family's story with love, compassion, honesty and a respect for its beautiful uniqueness.  

Hello and thanks for stopping by!

I'd love to talk more about being your family photographer and helping to tell your uniquely beautiful story. You can use this form to get in touch or reach me at hello@catherinehilcove.com or at 608-421-2214. I look forward to hearing from you!


black and white portrait of little girl in Madison, WI