Every child is beautifully unique and school photos should celebrate that.


I believe that school photography should not be a cookie-cutter experience, but rather an opportunity to showcase and celebrate each child’s personality and individuality with empathy, warmth and authenticity.


When photographing children for school portraits I take the time to ask them questions, get them to think and make them laugh. I don't ask them to say cheese, but rather I engage with them to learn a little about who they are, what they like and what makes brings them joy. And by authentically interacting with children with kindness and sensitivity, I am able to provide families with more than just a smiling snapshot of their child.


My approach to school photography gives me the ability to document the dynamic emotional range of each child and
my commitment to authenticity allows me to produce photographs of children that are just as unique as they are. I provide families with natural, beautiful portraits of their children that capture just who they are, without artifice or forced smiles.


I provide unparalleled customer service to schools and their families and my commitment to a great school photo experience isn't just about providing beautiful photos. I independently and effectively manage the school photo process from start to finish, thus minimizing the work for administrators and teachers. And I communicate directly with families about all photo-related questions and concerns and manage all of the ordering, processing and delivery details.


I work with schools to make picture days an event to look forward to and enjoy, rather than a chore to dread. And I ensure that every detail of the process, from the announcement of photo day through the delivery of orders runs smoothly and efficiently.


Let me help your school provide the best that school photography has to offer.


"Catherine's ability to photograph the essence of each child is truly masterful. In the short time she has with them, Catherine engages each child in conversation and is able to organically capture the nuances of their emotions. The process and result are both natural and beautiful."

"I can't believe how much more smoothly school photos have gone since we switched to Catherine Hilcove Photography. We used to absolutely dread the logistics nightmare of school photos . . . Now we don't have to handle any of the logistics and the quality of the photos is astounding. I love that her photos are not just snapshots of the children, but portraits that really capture the personality of the children."

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Catherine Hilcove Photography: Family Photography, Madison WI