ABOUT CATHERINE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY
Do you need a relaxed and creative family portrait photographer who’s goal is to provide you with stunning images that you can treasure for years to come?
Hello! I am a Hitchin based family photographer and I use natural light and the outdoors to capture authentic moments for families. I like photographing families in a relaxed and informal way which involves minimal direction, using a documentary style to capture the story being told.
My aim is for the session to be fun, and to present a gallery of images that represents YOUR own unique family. My editorial style is both vibrant and personal - mixing a pop of colour (lovely for natural portraits) with timeless black and white (enhancing the more soulful and intimate moments).
Located in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, I have a number of suggestions for scenic beauty spots in the surrounding area. Alternatively I can travel to you and shoot in a location that has special meaning to you and your family. This might mean beginning in your home and then venturing to the local park.
If you have a dog that is willing and able to join us, then this can be a brilliant way of keeping everyone relaxed and engaged whilst capturing your family in it’s entirety - just be sure to walk them first and bring plenty of treats! I also offer a natural light studio space that is perfect for family or dog portraits.
Props can help tell the story - any favourite teddy bears, scooters, musical instruments or other treasured items will all help to create personalised images that will capture this moment in time. If your child is a bookworm (like mine) then bring along that book!
Choice of clothing can help to give vibrancy and cohesion to the final image. It is a good idea to reflect the colours of the season in clothing for the shoot - a mustard yellow coat in Autumn (for example) will always look fantastic. On the other hand I feel it is important for your clothes to reflect who you are and for your children to be happy wearing them! I am happy to discuss ideas or you can check out my pintrest board.
I approach my work in a mindful and sensitive way, giving some direction for group shots as well as allowing moments of connection to unfold. This is the best way I know of capturing what is truly authentic, and I try to make people feel relaxed and at ease. I welcome muddy knees in my photography - the only thing you need to do is be yourself.