Next time you are looking for a photographer to capture your family photos – look no further than down the street. Catherine Hatfield is a professional photographer living here in San Elijo Hills.
Catherine and her family moved here in 2015. Her husband, Nate is in the Marines which is what brought them to the area. They are thrilled to be in this community as they have four children (ages 12, 10, 7 and 3) and it’s also great for them to be located in between Miramar and Camp Pendleton.
Catherine has been a photographer for 10 years. When she was 19 years old living in Australia, her flat burned down and she lost a lot of her own family photographs. The event really triggered that awareness of how important photographs are. They are usually the first thing people take with them when being evacuated because they are captured moments and memories that are impossible to replace.
Catherine has always loved taking photos. When she got married and started having children, that’s when she started to pursue photography professionally. She started with families and then grew her business organically. Today, she can’t imagine doing anything else. She is always thinking about photography, lighting, locations, etc.
Catherine’s style utilizes natural light to capture the best angles, shadows, and emotion. She uses a mix of contemporary, illustrative and traditional portraiture for everything from family photos to weddings, senior portraits and more. San Diego is the perfect backdrop for Catherine’s work because there are so many backgrounds to choose from – desert, ocean, mountains, flower fields, tall grass – the options are limitless.
Catherine loves the outdoors – cycling and running to scout new locations for her photography. Originally from Australia, she has traveled a lot. She also enjoys volunteering and when she is not behind the lens, she is out and about with her family and their beloved dog or networking within her community of photographer friends.
Next time you see Catherine out at a community event or behind the camera, stop and say hello. You’ll love listening to her Australian accent, but you’ll also love hearing about the adventures of her life and family.