Let's Tell Your Uniquely Beautiful Story

hi! it's so nice to meet you!

This is me.




in my living room with my kids, in my pajamas, bed-head and all.


Real life is messy and so


Let me help you remember your
perfectly imperfect life.



life is love

Your daily life is a record of love.


Each meal prepared, every book read aloud, push after push on the swing, the many tears wiped away: the seemingly ordinary is truly extraordinary.


I want you to see the beauty of your everyday in the photos I take for you.

just be yourself

Family photos that capture the real you and document the beauty and deep meaning of your everyday life are easy.


No need to make big plans, coordinate outfits or worry that your house is messy.


You do you and I will take care of the rest.

Booking your perfect family photo session is as easy as...

Pick the perfect time and date for your photo session and get it on the books.

Have an awesome time hanging out with your favorite people, feeling the love and letting me photograph it all.


Enjoy all the amazing photos that show just how beautiful your real life truly is. And then choose some awesome ways to make those photos part of your everyday life.

Let's do this: scheduling

To find the perfect time for your session, we can have a quick phone call, exchange a few short emails or you can book directly via the link at the bottom of this page.
To book your session you will sign some paperwork and pay a session fee of $150 (for weekday sessions) or $225 (for weekend sessions).
Scheduling a documentary photo session is a little different than planning a more tradition photo shoot. When thinking of a day and time for your session, I encourage you to think about what routines in your daily life feel the most meaningful to you and then plan around those.
Do you have a special Saturday morning pancake and playtime tradition? Do you have a specific dinner, bath time, bedtime routine that you do every evening? Does your family make weekly trips to the farmers' market or regularly go on weekend hikes? Is an afternoon trip to the park and a stop by your local ice cream shop a regular outing for you and your family?
Whatever that really meaningful routine or regular activity might be for your family, I encourage you to try to schedule your session to capture it. I want to photograph you and your family just being yourselves and this is absolute the best way to accomplish that. Early mornings, weekday evenings, trips to state parks--I'm up for it all!
And if you'd like some help brainstorming ideas for scheduling your session, just let me know and we can figure it all out together!


The big day: your Photo session

Family fun during family photo session
After you've booked your session, keep an eye on your snail-mail box for a welcome package from me. In it, you'll find all the information you will need to help me make your family's photo session just as unique and amazing as you are.
For our session, you should plan on spending between 2 and 3 hours with me. With the help of my welcome guide and some communication before and after scheduling your session, we'll have already come up with a plan for our time together. So all you'll have to do on photo day is relax, enjoy and, above all, be yourselves.
I specialize in photographing families' real lives. Crying children, messes of toys and books, pajamas for daytime clothing, a camera-shy teenager, overly energetic dogs--I've seen it all and I love it all. This is life how you live it and showing you the beauty of it all as a whole is why I do what I do.
There's something magical about feeling the rhythm of your regular life through the click of a camera. I encourage you to lean in to that feeling and feel the love and meaning that is not-so-subtly hiding beneath the veneer of the ordinary. I promise you'll be amazed by the beauty you see in what feels like the mundane.

You did it: Now comes the best part!

A few weeks after your session, you'll receive an email from me letting you know that your photos are ready to view: hooray! After enjoying the big reveal, you'll let me know which collection you'd like to purchase.
After you've made your purchase choice, you'll have a whole month to choose and download your digital files and to pick out the print products that are the perfect fit for you and your family.
If you're like me and want to see and feel the products that I offer, just say the word and we can plan a meeting for you to see sample products. And if you need help along the way, I'm always just email, phone call or text away!
After you make your digital file and product choices, you only need to sit back and enjoy the moments and memories that you'll now get to remember forever.


Collection A: $900

Pre-Session Phone Consultation
Documentary family photography prep guide
your choice of 20 high resolution digital files with print release
$125 gift credit good toward your choice of anything inyour gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

Collection B: $1100

Pre-Session Phone Consultation
Documentary family photography prep guide
your choice of 40 high resolution digital files with print release
$350 gift credit good toward your choice of anything inyour gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

Collection C: $1300

Pre-Session Phone Consultation
Documentary family photography prep guide
your complete set of high resolution digital files with print release
$700 gift credit good toward your choice of anything inyour gallery store: prints, frames, albums, digital files, etc.

albums, prints and wall art, oh my . . .


There is something so exciting about receiving a huge digital gallery gallery of heart-warming family photos, right? But once you get all those images downloaded and saved, how do you decide what to print and how?


Your family photos deserve to be seen over and over again, in the course of your daily life and not just when you have the chance to open that file on your computer.

Let me custom design an album for you. Let's design a gallery wall of your favorite images. Let me help you make your family photos part of your family life. Leaf through that family photo album over and over, see your child's smiling face every time you climb the stairs. I do the work and you enjoy the rewards. All of my collections include substantial print credits that will help you move those beautiful photos from your computer to your wall or bookshelf.


You will find a variety of beautiful (and hand-picked) products in my online store; here are some of my favorites:



Hand-torn prints that are truly unique with a rich and textured finish. Each print is carefully torn to reveal a soft feathered edge that adds a beautiful softness to each image. These archival prints are 100% cotton, acid-free and weigh 350gsm.


5 x 7: $50

8 x 10: $80

11 x 14: $150



Your favorite images are professionally printed on archival quality photo paper with a gorgeous deep matte finish. These full bleed prints are available in a variety of sizes, and are perfect for framing and hanging on the wall or giving as a special gift.


5 x 7: $15

8 x 10: $30

11 x 14: $45


These premium albums are printed on high-end matte photo paper with thick, lay flat pages. All albums include custom design services and a design consult to make sure your album is exactly right for you. With a linen cover and optional embossing, they look and feel like a luxury item and yet are durable enough for little hands to page through.


10 x 8 album, with 10 spreads (20 pages): $285

Each additional spread: $5



The possibilities for a gallery wall in your home are endless. I'll work with you to choose the right space in your home, the perfect type of print, a fabulous design and just the right images to make your gallery wall a centerpiece in your home.


Pricing is variable depending on size, materials and number of prints.


P.S. All of my collections include a complimentary product consultation so you'll never feel like you just don't know what to choose. And all albums and gallery walls include complimentary custom-design services.

I'm sure you will love your session and your photos, but don't just take my word for it:

"I'm always a little hesitant to have someone take our family photos because it has the potential to be an awkward and uncomfortable experience. Nothing felt forced or posed, instead we just acted like we normally do, going about our routine and interacting as we usually do as a family in our own home.


When we first got our photos I was absolutely amazed to see how Catherine captured the
beautiful moments we share as a family and especially the love I feel for my children. My
husband said he felt as though he was looking at a New York Times photo essay as Catherine was able to bring out the extraordinary among what we simply see as our daily lives.



She goes beyond taking photos and instead captures scenes that express so much emotion and love."

"When she came to our home, she got to know us first and foremost and created an atmosphere where we felt like we were welcoming a friend into our home. Once we got into the actual shoot, she asked us to just be ourselves, do what we would do with our son, with our dogs, how we live inside our home.


It felt incredibly natural, and to be honest, I'm not sure our son was even aware his photograph was being taken. I truly felt like we were just enjoying time together as a family, and Catherine happened to be there capturing the joy of this magical age.


When we got our photos back, I was absolutely speechless. She captured us in our element - no fuss, beautiful chaos, and happiness -- I can remember the day, and more importantly, our son at that age, so vividly by looking back at her photographs."




ALL SESSIONS REQUIRE A session fee TO BOOK: $150 for weekdays, $225 for weekends

session fees/deposits ARE paid in addition to your package price


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