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I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer based near Canterbury, Kent specialising in natural, stylish, documentary style wedding photography.
I combine beautfully crafted natural images which tell a story with stunning portraiture which won't interupt the flow of your day. My attention to detail and personal approach ensures your perfect results.
I love creating fresh, beautiful photographs which will stand the test of time and tell your story for generations to come, it’s at the heart of what I do. I only accept a limited number of commissions each year so i’m able to guide you through the process, giving you a personal service to ensure that I am available before, during and after your wedding.
To date I’ve documented over 200 weddings in Kent, Jersey and the UK, all of which have been unique and incredibly special. No two weddings are the same so I’ll be telling YOUR story in a authentic way.
We were so pleased that we chose Catherine as our photographer. She is very well organised, professional and made us feel at ease. During the day she moved discreetly with the guests and captured lots of moments that we didn't get to see. Many of our guests commented on her talent and professionalism. We love our photos! Catherine has an excellent eye for light and composition. She captured our day in such a way that we can relive the fun and laughter every time we look them. She has really created a journey of the day and we will treasure the photos forever.
We first came across Catherine's website online whilst searching for a photographer for our wedding, a friend of ours then recommended her.
When we first met Catherine we could tell that her style and approach was just what we were looking for, natural photos using natural light whilst keeping us as relaxed as possible.
It was an absolute joy to have Catherine photograph our wedding and previous engagement shoot, the photos are stunning and all our guests have commented on how fantastic they are.
I offer a wedding photography and album design. I've also recently launched a documentary family photography website where I'm able to record a slice of your family life www.catherinehillfamilyphotography.co.uk
I believe that when you feel you've found the right photographer for you or would like to investigate further, you should make contact as soon as you begin planning your wedding. I will only shoot one wedding on a day and accept a limited number of commissions each year so I'm able to offer couples the very best service that I can.
I don't really like to pigeon-hole my style of photography, other than I'd describe it as being uncontrived, unfussy and natural. Other than a handful of predetermined group shots, my preference is to observe and document your day as it unfolds. When it comes to your portrait shots, I just want you to be you - I will give some gentle direction, but ultimately I want to create classic, beautifully crafted images for you.
I use 2No. Canon 5D's Mark IV and a selection of L series prime lenses. I also bring a backup camera - a Canon 5D mark III
Your images are available to view via an online, password protected gallery within 3-4 weeks from the date of your wedding. All images which appear on your gallery will be exported as high res jpgs within 6 weeks of your wedding.
As is standard in the wedding photography industry, the copyright remains mine and if you elect to purchase the high res files, you will have licence to print, share and post on social media if you wish.
Yes absolutely. If you select an eight-hour package, additional hours are available at £100 per hour.
My style of documentary photography is a mix of photojournalism – discreetly blending in and recording the day unfold; and editorial – styling photographs of the two of you, your family, and all the little details. If it rains on the day then that’s what I’ll record. I would have already conducted a recce of your venue so I’ll have a ‘plan B’ for a protected location for your group and portrait shots. It’s very unusual to have wall to wall rain so there’s a good chance we’ll be able to find some window of opportunity to whisk you out for some shots around the grounds of your venue – even if it’s with an oversized umbrella and a pair of wellie boots (I’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast before your wedding so I’ll advise if you need to bring anything extra with you!).
I am part of a great network of photographers who I respect and love working with who have a similar style of photography and approach. It is highly unlikely that I would ever be ill enough to prevent me carrying out your wedding shoot, but we all know that nothing is 100% guaranteed in life! If this did occur, I would do my utmost to find a like-minded, professional replacement photographer for you.
Yes, absolutely! I have up to date full professional indemnity and public liability insurance so I can photograph your wedding in Jersey, Kent, the Southeast or anywhere in the UK.
Digital files are great, but we have no idea where they will be in 10 years’ time! I still love looking at the actual photos of my wedding and my parents’ wedding. Having a physical reminder of your wedding day for you, your children, and your grandchildren is priceless. I offer several albums in a range of finishes and sizes for you to choose from. I put together a custom design for your album as well as work hand in hand with you to make it perfect through the use of online album proofing software. It's really worth while considering how you are going to view your images in the future. I truly believe that your images take on on a differnt context when they are designed into an album. This will be your heirloom.
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I have a number of albums, both mat and digital, which show the story of a number of weddings at different venues. I also regularly update my blog where you are able to view recent and archived work.
I have the experience, knowledge and appropriate camera bodies and lenses to deal with difficult conditions. I use fast lenses which are able to deal with low light conditions and also speed lights which I use sympathetically to create natural images. Flash used incorrectly can be particularly unflattering! If you are getting married in the winter months, it’s well worth considering having an earlier ceremony if you’d like some outdoor group and portrait shots. This is something I can help with when it comes to scheduling the timings for your wedding day.
I will conduct a recce of your venue and identify the best locations for your group and portrait shots – for both dry and wet weather options. I like to conduct my recce as close to the date of your wedding as possible. If your venue is out of my area and I have to travel a distance to get there, I will arrive at your venue a minimum of 30 minutes before I commence shooting so that I can have a good look around. Sometimes choosing a photographer who hasn’t previously been to a venue can be a good thing; they can see the venue with fresh eyes, giving you a set of unique wedding photos.
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