“Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Susan Sontag


Stroud family photography


If you are looking for photos as cool as the photographer, Catherine Harder Photography is where to go. Catherine blends into the day with kindness and humour, and captures everything. Our family with four sons cannot have been easy to work with, particularly since Catherine followed our day in central London but we are DELIGHTED with the photos! Thank you Catherine. 

Jo & Pete Hughes



I’m a Stroud based family photographer, with a passion for capturing families interacting, just being in the world together!

I love getting Mums and Dads in pictures and showing daily life. Relaxed family photography captures your life stories so that your family can experience some serious nostalgia in years to come.

Shoots start at 2 hours in length, so that we can plan plenty of activities to amuse the kids and create interesting pictures. No need to prepare or worry about kiddie boredom. Choose only those activities your family loves.

Enjoy a fun filled, action packed session of hanging out with your family. You’ll receive a private gallery of images to view before deciding on a package of digital images. 

Your gallery will have a store for prints, frames & Photobooks. The packages you can choose from are shown below.

Stroud Family Photography Packages


Collage showing group of family photos


 2 Hours 

 Enough time to do some baking at home and take a walk to the playground.

Includes preparation, shooting, editing and supply of a private online gallery.

Receive around 50 images to choose from.


3 Digitals included


choose from a digital add-on after your viewing gallery is live.



Collage of images from a Family Photoshoot


4 Hours 

Plenty of time to play some games, show me your favourite toys, cook a meal and even climb a hill.

Includes preparation, shooting, editing and supply of a private online gallery.

Receive around 120 images to choose from. 


5 Digitals included 


choose from a digital add-on after your viewing gallery is live.



Collage of pictures from a Day in the Life Session

8 Hours

For documentary photography addicts. Oodles of time to capture all the incredible details.

Invite the cousins for a playdate. Include a trip ice skating or the trampoline park.

Take me on your favourite family walk and cook your favourite family tea. I can be there to record bedtimes cuddles or sleepy morning faces. Includes preparation, shooting, editing and supply of a private online gallery.

Digitals are included and you’ll receive around 250 images to play with



Digital packages vary according to the number of images you buy. The smallest package is 30 images, which is enough to make into a lovely book. 



Fine Art Albums of outstanding quality. My Yorkshire based supplier makes exquisite handmade books with fantastic eco credentials. 

Framed wall art, posters and prints. 

More information about albums, prints and framing in my welcome brochure!


Example book cover and print
Selection of example matted prints
Pages from Fine Art Album


Our family had a wonderful day with Catherine. With two young boys running around and camara shy parents we were all put skillfully at ease and were immediately relaxed and comfortable. We had shots at home and outside in the surrounding countryside. We were thrilled with the results.. beautiful photographs, so cleverly taken capturing real family moments full of personality and showcasing the gorgeous countryside. Entirely original, thoughtfully composed, beautifully presented. I can’t recommend Catherine Harder Photography enough !!

Nicola & Barny


Let’s get everyone in the picture!

Struggling to find any pictures with the family photographer in the frame?

Our children are small for the shortest time. We all know how valuable family photographs will be to our future selves so we click click click.

But – the family photographer is never in the picture. We can’t capture ourselves interacting with our kids – unless we use a tripod, but who’s managing to do that? Enter your friendly family photographer!

What’s so good about relaxed family photography?

Boy smiling broadly on a bumper car ride
Stroud family photography of girl enjoying fairground ride
Child holds an ice cream cone
Family photograph of Dad looking out to sea with children

Authentic record of children as they are, right now.

Genuine laughter, connection & tears.

No awkward posing or getting bored.

Incredible variety of images to make books, prints & wall art.


Double exposure of the Valleys around Stroud

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