I’d been in communication with Donna-Marie since mid-February after I posted a competition on social media for Valentine’s day for a documentary family shoot for a single parent. Speaking from experience, I know that parenting is hard enough when you’re on your own, let alone on Valentines Day when romance is the focus! That said, it meant that Donna-Marie, Skye and I came to meet each other and we hit it off instantly.
In the build-up to their documentary family photography session, I had asked Donna-Marie where was a special place for them. She said that they loved spending time on Portelet Common and the bay. In all my years of visiting and living in Jersey, I had not been to the common, having stuck more to the cliff paths on the North of the island. Wow! What an incredible place. The vibrant colour of the gorse was stunning. After some dare-devil rock climbing by Skype, we made our way to Portlet Bay cafe for well-earned icecream. What a gem of a place!
I absolutely loved my time with Donna-Marie and Skye – they’ve got such a fabulous fun relationship. Thank you both of inviting me along for a fun afternoon!
As a Jersey family photographer, it’s a privilege to be able to spend time with families and create a body of work which is unique, authentic and meaningful. The shoot doesn’t involve any uncomfortable posing either, which has to be a big attraction! If you would like to hear more about how I could capture your family dynamics, I’d love to hear from you.
Here’s some wonderful feedback Donna-Marie gave me…
“Catherine is an outstanding photographer, I personally dislike having my photo taken and as a single mum, photos of my daughter and I together are few and far between. Catherine was so amazing, and I was put as ease in minutes, unlike my daughter who went straight into model mode. Catherine’s style is non-invasive, and you easily forget she’s taking photographs.
Accompanying us on what are generally our normal (not overly exciting) weekend activities, Catherine ingeniously captured moments which perfectly depict our mother-daughter relationship.
Her exposures and style are phenomenal; which not only have produced the most beautiful images, but portray our Island (Jersey, Channel Islands) so exquisitely they should be used as advertising for tourists to visit our pretty little island.
Not only does Catherine produce extremely magnificent images which capture the most intimate little moments most people would miss she then adds to her extraordinary service by producing a slideshow with a selection of photos with carefully selected music to accompany it. The slideshow had me in tears, I was blown away. Not only was I overwhelmed by the beautiful photographs but without knowing Catherine chose a song that I used to sing to my daughter when she was little and is a perfect representation of the battles we have overcome together. My daughter keeps watching the slideshow on repeat, she loves it! When looking at the collection of photographs neither of us can choose a favourite because they are all so incredible.
If you require a photographer for family photos, weddings, functions, advertising or just because you think it would be fun, I could not recommend Catherine enough. Her communication is efficient, friendly and professional.
There are not enough stars to show a true representation of her talent, personality, kindness and creativity…A 5-star review is simply just not enough.
Both my daughter and I will cherish Catherine’s photographs forever and we are incredibly grateful that we had the opportunity to meet her, experience her amazing service and be lucky enough to have such a momentous keepsake for years to come”