I'm Catherine, a Madison, WI photographer specializing 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 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.
When I was young I remember being fascinated by a set of black and white photography books on my parent’s bookshelf. They were slim volumes of the most famous images taken by iconic photographers and I looked at them over and over. The candid, documentary portraits were always the most fascinating: brief, disappearing moments of emotion and connection, immortalized and preserved in one click of the shutter. And it’s that freezing of time and emotional distillation that I hope to capture in my images.
Becoming a mother has fundamentally changed my life and my approach to photography. All of the oft-repeated adages about how time flies are true and I use my camera to pause it all, if only for a fraction of a second. While I absolutely want photographs that capture me and my family at our best, I also want them to be of our real experience. 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. And that’s the approach that I bring to photographing both my family and yours: no artifice, no matching outfits, no pretense, just real life and true emotion remembered.