HI, I’M CATHERINE, STROUD PHOTOGRAPHER
A people photographer who loves to capture a story.
I took disposable cameras around China when I was 21 and developed them as we travelled. I have no idea where those photos are now! Later I formed a passion for documenting all the details of daily life with kids. I love printing, making photo books and slideshows, experimenting with double exposures and macro photography.
Saying goodbye to Hackney in 2021 was a massive wrench but I love Stroud! I travel back frequently and work as a photographer in Stroud, Gloucestershire & London.
Using light creatively to create portraits and stories is my speciality. I have an arsenal of lights and professional lenses to flatter and shape the people I photograph.
I’m very sensitive to the feelings that arise for people being photographed. We prepare well, chat loads and forget about the lens.
More about me
I have a BA and MA in Philosophy and in my 20’s worked for an educational charity organising public philosophy events. I was fascinated by the Philosophy of Mind which led me to devour popular neuroscience and psychology books. So when my first two children were small I completed a Psychology conversion degree, and I was absolutely hooked. I loved all of it.
Later I studied for a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science and worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at University College London. I worked with young people experiencing first episode psychosis, as we looked at an intervention to help them reduce their cannabis use. Then my third child was born and the pandemic happened.
We uprooted to the beautiful valleys of Stroud and my photography hobby took on new levels. Photography helped me cope with the isolation of being with a 3 year old. I honed my skills while we roamed around together. The creative process helped keep me stimulated. I met communities of photographers through online training courses and through Instagram and Facebook. Just like my older kids relied on social media to speak to their friends I was finding a whole new world of fellow camera addicts.
I learnt editing, shooting and studio lighting, all through online courses. I have come full circle since discovering Mindful Photography. It turned out that the activities I was seeking out for myself had a name! I have now completed a Mindful Photography facilitators programme, qualifying me to run workshops based on the evidence based methodology of Look Again.
I’m currently enrolled on a post-grad online course in Therapeutic Photography with Robert Gordon University. I’m looking forward to learning about the theories underpinning Therapeutic Photography and bringing that knowledge to the workshops that I develop.
I fiercely believe that creative hobbies and the communities we find through shared passions can be life changing. Creativity enriches our lives, renews our purpose and presents new perspectives. I love photography for it’s accessibility. You don’t need to have penmanship or hands that mould clay. These days you don’t even need a camera. All you need is your smart phone.
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